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More on the big B2B consolidation story which started last weekend: After the news came out that UBM and Informa were in early talks for a $6 billion merger, some more bidders have emerged for Informa: The owners of German publisher Springer Science & Business Media are considering a possible bid. PE firms Candover and Cinven, which own Springer Science, were in the early stages of thinking about a bid, which means they are a step behind UBM.
Other PE groups circling Informa in recent weeks include Carlyle and Apax, although with the PE market being what it is, it would have difficulty competing with a trade player, reports Times UK. Two years ago, Candover and Cinven made a 630p-a-share takeover approach for Informa to merge with Springer, but after several weeks talks between Informa and the PE firms broke down.
And following the news leak, more analysis of the possible merger:
— Independent: With a market cap of around £1.6bn, Informa is actually the larger of the two, compared with UBM’s £1.5bn value. But a series of acquisitions