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Publishing Businesses For Sale

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Publishing (Trade, Consumer & Newspaper Media) for sale

Solutions Journalism

DEAL ALERT: Publishing

INDUSTRY:   Digital News Platform

BUSINESS OVERVIEW: 

This company operates a national network of online media outlets leveraging the power of journalism and narrative journalism to advance community change. Currently publishes weekly digital issues covering the regions of Florida, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee.
All totaled 20 titles currently providing issue-impact news to these communities in five states.
Types of Revenue Generated: The Company produces several consistent types of revenue and special projects. These include Underwriting/Sponsorship,
(Embedded journalism in communities lacking news sources) – On the Ground
(Engaging youth in the community while amplifying youth voice) – Youth Voices

CUSTOMERS:

AUDIENCE: Working with key community stakeholders with a shared affinity and missions through an underwriting publishing model. This model includes partnerships with local community funds, nonprofits and foundations, businesses, and civic institutions that support and expand community and economic development coverage, social innovation, city building, and place-making. The award-winning journalists engage the community through regular editorial advisories, events, and conversations to build trusted relationships with leaders and residents that help shape the community’s unique stories.

INVESTMENT HIGHLIGHTS:

COMPETITIVE POSITIONING: This company has shown consistent growth in revenue since 2019. Prefunded, multiyear contracts with a coalition structure limit risk, increase operational efficiencies, and greatly improved client retention. There is a market opportunity for scaling into additional cities. There is a pipeline of underserved news locations interested in bringing this company to their communities. As the news landscape continues to shrink, the opportunities for this business continue to grow. This company’s current newsletter has 259,075 subscribers, and 2.5 million annual readers with a reach of 7.37 million, social media users, and 215,000.
OWNERSHIP: The Company is an LLC with three partners. The majority owner has 51.60%, a partner has 47.40% and the minority share is 1.00%
FINANCIAL: Revenues have continued to grow since 2019, with very strong repeat customer renewals each year. No client accounts for more than 10% of Total Revenue and 2022 Adjusted EBITDA margin is over 16%.

NDA REQUEST/EMAIL: Tim Smith at [email protected] or call (541) 817-5449

 

 

Dairy Industry Subscription & Advertising Publishing Business

DEAL ALERT: Publishing

INDUSTRY: Focused on Cheese Production Market

BUSINESS OVERVIEW:

Subscription-based weekly dairy trade publication with coverage including pricing and production trends, marketing and technology, and legislative, environmental, and regulatory issues. The publication delivers vital information on changing prices of raw ingredients, new manufacturing products, and technological advances, allowing producers to navigate complex market barriers while providing the freshest products to the end user.

The company also produces exclusive content delivered through digital and print channels that keeps its audience engaged with its brands.

CUSTOMERS:

AUDIENCE: Over 6,300 Industry executives and 1,650 paid subscribers focused on the dairy business, especially cheese production. Audience includes associations nationwide, independent producers, banks, industry executives, consulting firms, and more. They are reached via a Weekly Newsletter, Weekly Newspaper, and Annual Reports.

INVESTMENT HIGHLIGHTS:

COMPETITIVE POSITIONING: The company offers a unique, value-added product to the market that can only be provided by a weekly publication that has built working capital over 144 years, and offers the in-depth stories needed to compete in today’s marketplace.

TYPE OF REVENUE GENERATED: A mix of advertising, subscription, and market reports. The largest portion of the business is derived from advertising with majority being repeat clients. Substantial recurring revenue from paid subscriptions.

FINANCIAL: Over 8% Revenue growth in 2022 with a stable growth pace for 2023. Revenue has rebounded to higher than pre-pandemic levels with consistent growth trends in display advertising.

NDA REQUEST/EMAIL: Tim Smith at (541) 817-5449 or [email protected].

 

North Central Kansas Multi-layered Newspaper Company

​DEAL ALERT: Publishing

INDUSTRY: Newspapers

REGION:     North Central Kansas

BUSINESS OVERVIEW:
For nearly a century, this newspaper family has been committed to maintaining a print media presence in the local communities of North Central Kansas. The flagship property covers the county news with distribution three times a week. An additional local paper is distributed three times a week, providing this community with all news, sports, and weather of its own. The shopper is mailed countywide. There is additional revenue from commercial print work.

CUSTOMERS:

AUDIENCE: The readership of these properties sits at 36% of the population. Growing online subscriptions in the outlaying areas show Kansas’s demand for local journalism.

INVESTMENT HIGHLIGHTS:

The company includes two papers published three times a week, a weekly paper and a weekly regional shopper, digital publications, and social media pages for the latest news and events in these three counties.
FINANCE: Post-pandemic has revealed a steady growth in income and EBITDA. Annually grossing over 1 million dollars.

NDA REQUEST/EMAIL: Tim Smith at (541) 817-5449 or [email protected].

 

Award-Winning Weekly Newspaper in Midwestern Region

​DEAL ALERT: Publishing

INDUSTRY: Newspapers (Weekly)

REGION: North Dakota

BUSINESS OVERVIEW:

Award-winning weekly newspapers on the state and national levels.  This Company has had a reputation as being one of the best weekly newspapers in North Dakota for decades. It has a broad reach among its readers, with roughly 20 percent of circulation to out-of-state former residents. 

CUSTOMERS:

AUDIENCE:
The stable advertising base covers Transportation, Communications, Medical Centers, Local Governments, Business Associations, Banking, Retail, Grocery, Higher Education, and Agriculture.

INVESTMENT HIGHLIGHTS:

COMPETITIVE POSITIONING: Great Journalism has kept the competition out of these rural market areas. This property has one of the state’s best newspaper websites and regularly wins awards from the state newspaper association.

FINANCIAL: The property held its gross revenue in the low 600K to the mid 700K over the past five years, with an increasing EBITDA.

NDA REQUEST/EMAIL: Tim Smith at (541) 817-5449 or [email protected].

 

Monthly Newspaper serving Southern Florida Coast

​DEAL ALERT: Publishing

INDUSTRY:  Newspapers (Monthly)

REGION:      Southern Florida Coast

BUSINESS OVERVIEW:

This Company is a free distribution monthly newspaper delivered to South Florida residents. Founded in 2008, it serves an incredibly affluent set of towns along the Coast. The towns constitute some of the highest-income neighborhoods in Florida. Two editions of The Newspaper are produced monthly for a total distribution of more than 15,000 copies. The paper is also available through local hotels, businesses, and libraries.
REVENUE: Total audited readership is more than 38,250.

CUSTOMERS:

AUDIENCE: A diverse customer base that reaches most industry verticals – with some heavier concentration in Medical/Healthcare, Real Estate, Food/Beverage, and Arts Venues to name a few.

INVESTMENT HIGHLIGHTS:

COMPETITIVE POSITIONING: The Company selected this 22-mile stretch of the Florida east coast, which was not being served by any other news organization in 2008. Additionally, no other weekly or monthly papers focus exclusively on this marketplace. It features engaged, well-educated readers, with 85% of the households having at least on reader.
TYPE OF REVENUE GENERATED:
This monthly newspaper regularly produces over $700,000 in Gross Revenue annually.
FINANCIAL: Revenues compared to 2020 are up almost 38%, with very strong repeat customers and strong advertiser loyalty. No client accounts for more than 10% of Total Revenue and 2022 Adjusted EBITDA margin is over 12.31%.

NDA REQUEST/EMAIL: Tim Smith at (541) 817-5449 or [email protected].

 

Community Journalism in the Pacific Northwest

​DEAL ALERT: Publishing

INDUSTRY:  Newspapers (Weekly)

REGION: Pacific Northwest

​BUSINESS OVERVIEW:

The paper services the communities along the border of Oregon and Idaho. The region has experienced steady growth in recent years as the state’s largest metroplex has grown to the northeast of this community.

CUSTOMERS:

AUDIENCE:
Serving the local retail and industry sectors of marketplace with the newspaper. While the commercial printing portion of the business print specialty products and other local papers from the surrounding area.

INVESTMENT HIGHLIGHT:

The print facility is the region’s hub for newspaper printing and specialty print work. The newspaper is a central part of the communities, its revenues have returned to pre-pandemic levels, continuing to serve its loyal readers and advertisers. The revenues have recovered from the pandemic years and are the up swing for the newspaper.
FINANCIAL: Embracing Digital opportunities will continue to grow revenue.

NDA REQUEST/EMAIL: Tim Smith at (541) 817-5449 or [email protected].

 

Community News Outlet

​DEAL ALERT: Publishing

INDUSTRY:  Newspapers (Digital)

REGION:     Coastal San Diego

BUSINESS OVERVIEW:

The online turnkey operation launched in 2002. The mission of this company is to make this community of twenty-four thousand smarter and better connected while being fair and accurate in coverage of this community. The writers are local, intentional, and committed to telling the truth.

CUSTOMERS:

AUDIENCE: This news product serves one of the most affluent beachfront communities in San Diego County with passionate local coverage of news, events, and lifestyle. 50,000 to 75,000 monthly readers. The 2x week newsletter has 14,500 subscribers.

INVESTMENT HIGHLIGHTS:

The publication has had positive cash flow for the last 20 years with an impressive high profit margin for 7 years. Fully staffed and ready for the next owners.

NDA REQUEST/EMAIL: Tim Smith at (541) 817-5449 or [email protected].

 

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