US Entertainment Media and Communications deal insights: 2013 year end update

February 2014
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US Entertainment Media and Communications deal insights: 2013 year end update

At a glance

The entertainment, media and communications (EMC) deal market is gaining momentum once again and companies face greater competition for attractive acquisitions. We look at deal drivers and the deal outlook for 2014 in the most active sectors, including: Broadcasting, Communications, Advertising & Marketing, Publishing, Recreation & Leisure and Film/Content.

This annual report focuses on merger and acquisition trends in the EMC sector including domestic and outbound deals, and corporate versus private equity deals. With respect to subsector activity, we provide a look back at 2013 activity and an outlook for 2014. Based on the positive feedback we received from our readers, the report includes a deeper dive into a single industry-specific deal driver. The Spotlight article in this issue titled, Breaking news: Broadcasting consolidation – no end in sight, offers insight into the immediate outlook for deal-making in the Broadcasting sector. Station groups continue to chase retransmission fees amid increased scrutiny on deal activity by the FCC. At a time when content consumption trends are shifting, TV station groups know the stakes are high and the rewards big for successful deals.

By the numbers:

  • Helped by several “megadeals” in excess of 10 billion dollars, EMC sector deal value increased $126.5 billion in 2013 to $222.7 billion, despite deal volume being relatively consistent with 2012.
  • Private equity continues to see opportunities and be active in the EMC space.
  • Broadcasting: With strength returning to broadcast advertising and continued growth in retransmission revenues, broadcasting deal volume increased from 51 deals in 2011 to 87 in 2013. Deal value increased from $5.8 billion in 2012 to $26.3 billion in 2013. Read the spotlight article to learn more.

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