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Informa was created in 1998 through the merger of the IBC Group plc and LLP Group plc. In 2003, Informa acquired PJB Publications Limited, the publisher of Scrip and other leading healthcare titles. The following year, Informa merged with Taylor & Francis, a leading international academic publisher.
Informa has expanded further through a combination of organic and acquisition (both strategic and bolt on) led growth. In July 2005, through the acquisition of IIR Holdings, Informa brought together the two largest global events businesses. In July 2007, Informa acquired Datamonitor, a leading provider of premium global business information.
The strong portfolio of products within the Informa stable allows the group highly favourable valuation characteristics including:
- Excellent free cash generation
- High return on capital employed
- Excellent quality of earnings - significant subscription revenues with high renewal rates
- High margins especially on data and subscription products
- High operational gearing and cost flexibility
- Products which do and will continue to benefit from technological advances and changing consumer trends
The stability of the group has been supported through the following strategic objectives:
- Focusing on recurring, visible and secure revenue streams – subscription products and large scale events
- Maintaining a highly flexible cost structure with a low fixed-cost base – rapid reaction to global downturn
- Accelerating the shift to electronic distribution – significant improvement in operating margins
The combination of a resilient subscription information service alongside its market leading events position is an attractive package. In addition a team of strong Executives throughout the business, with great depth of experience, supported by a strong Board, has all the attributes to make Informa a major international power in the media sector”.