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Chinese fintech firm, Ant Financial raises USD 4.5 billion
26-April-2016 | Financial Services | Investments
Ant Financial, the financial and payments affiliate of Chinese internet group Alibaba has raised USD 4.5bn from a number of investors including China Investment Corp and China Construction Bank. The investee`s activities include a leading Chinese online and mobile payments service, Alipay and MYbank, an online lender targeting SMEs and consumers. The latest fundraising included additional investment by existing shareholders (including Postal Savings Bank of China, private equity arm of China Development Bank, and Primavera Capital Group.
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South Korean food delivery service raises USD 50 million in funding
25-April-2016 | Food delivery | Investments
South Korean firm Woowa Brothers Corp has raised USD 50 million in funding from Chinese investment firm, Hillhouse Capital Group. Woowa is behind the online food delivery app, Baedal Minjok. The company had previously raised funding from Goldman Sachs (USD 36 million in November 2014).
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Follett Corporation acquires book and multimedia distributor, Baker and Taylor
22-April-2016 | Book Publishing and Distribution | M&A
Follett Corporation has acquired Baker & Taylor, the leading distributor of books, video and music products to public libraries and institutions, and a major wholesaler to retailers worldwide. With combined sales of USD 3.6 billion, the two businesses will offer librarians, patrons, educators and students access to curated physical and digital content wherever learning and reading take place in the community. Follett is a provider of technology, services and print and digital content to Pre K-12 libraries, schools and higher education institutions.
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UBM acquires US fashion industry trade events firm, Business Journals Inc for USD 69 million
22-April-2016 | Trade Events | M&A
UBM plc has acquired the US-based trade events firm, Business Journals Inc for USD 69 million. Business Journals is a producer of fashion trade shows in New York and Las Vegas. It serves the men`s apparel and women`s apparel and accessories markets under the following leading tradeshow brands: AccessoriesTheShow, EDIT, FAME, Moda, MRket and Stitch. These shows run multiple times a year and in some cases are located in the same venues as UBM shows. BJI also operates several websites and publications serving the fashion sector. In 2015, BJI`s revenues were approximately USD 40m-USD33m from Events and USD7m from Other Marketing Services.
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Online publishing firm, Medium raises USD 50 million in funding
21-April-2016 | Online Publishing | Investments
Online publishing platform, Medium raises USD 50 million in Series C funding. The round was led by Spark Capital. Medium was founded by Ev Williams, a co-founder of Twitter. In 2015, the company had raised USD 57 million.
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Swiss sports data firm, Sportsradar acquires sports media firm, Sportman Media
21-April-2016 | Media Rights and Marketing | M&A
The sports data business, Sportradar has acquired Sportman Media Holding, a company specialising in sports media rights, marketing and platforms, from the founders, Thomas Krohne and Karl Wieseneder. Sportradar will acquire: the sportman business; an online sports channel,; and the Unas media production operation. Sportradar is a leading sports data firm, with estimated revenues of EUR 130 million.
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Zoopla acquires agency software firm, PSG for GBP 75 million
19-April-2016 | Real Estate Software | M&A
The UK online property media and lead generation firm, Zoopla has acquired PSG, a provider of software to property professionals for GBP 75 million. Established in 2007, PSG is the a leading provider of software solutions used in over 8,000 property agency branches. PSG provides workflow tools to over 40,000 estate and lettings agents across the UK through its cloud-based (Alto, Jupix) and desktop (Vebra, Core, CFP) software products. In the year ended 31 March 2016, PSG generated revenues of GBP 15.9m and Adjusted EBITDA of GBP 5.1m, with 84% recurring revenues and a customer retention rate of over 97%.
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