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November 18, 2005
* An investor rebellion forced Dutch publisher VNU to drop a $7-billion takeover of U.S. healthcare data firm IMS Health Inc.
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January 19, 2007 | From Reuters
Information and media group VNU, which was bought by a group of private equity firms last year, is changing its name to Nielsen Co. to capitalize on its largest brand. The Netherlands-based VNU was founded more than 40 years ago through the merger of two Dutch publishing companies and originally was called Vereinigde Nederlandse Uitgeversbedrijven. The name was abbreviated to VNU in 1999.
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December 19, 2006 | Scott Martelle
The corporate owner of the Hollywood Reporter and Billboard announced Monday that it plans to lop another 4,000 jobs worldwide, but the entertainment publications can rest easy -- they already gave at the office. VNU, bought earlier this year for $10 billion by a private consortium of six equity firms, plans to reorganize itself into a simpler structure, said spokesman Jack Loftus, a move that will include cutting about 4,000 of its 42,000 jobs worldwide.
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December 19, 2006 | Scott Martelle
The corporate owner of the Hollywood Reporter and Billboard announced Monday that it plans to lop another 4,000 jobs worldwide, but the entertainment publications can rest easy -- they already gave at the office. VNU, bought earlier this year for $10 billion by a private consortium of six equity firms, plans to reorganize itself into a simpler structure, said spokesman Jack Loftus, a move that will include cutting about 4,000 of its 42,000 jobs worldwide.
BUSINESS
January 19, 2007 | From Reuters
Information and media group VNU, which was bought by a group of private equity firms last year, is changing its name to Nielsen Co. to capitalize on its largest brand. The Netherlands-based VNU was founded more than 40 years ago through the merger of two Dutch publishing companies and originally was called Vereinigde Nederlandse Uitgeversbedrijven. The name was abbreviated to VNU in 1999.
BUSINESS
March 21, 1998 | Chuck Philips
VNU, the giant Netherlands-based publishing conglomerate, this week purchased 60% of SoundScan Inc., the New York research firm whose computerized retail tracking system transformed the music business in 1991 by providing accurate sales data to record labels. The price was undisclosed.
BUSINESS
December 15, 2005 | From Associated Press
Dutch media company VNU, owner of television ratings firm Nielsen Media Research, said it had been approached by more than one company interested in taking it over and was now considering its options. "There can be no assurance that this process will result in any specific transaction," VNU said. The news follows VNU's failed $6.8-billion bid to buy Fairfield, Conn.-based IMS Health Inc., which led to the resignation of VNU's chief executive, Rob van der Bergh.
BUSINESS
November 8, 2005 | From Associated Press
Dutch media company VNU said it was considering scrapping its planned $6.92-billion acquisition of U.S. healthcare data provider IMS Health Inc. because of opposition from VNU shareholders. VNU, known for the Nielsen TV ratings in the United States, said it was in wide-ranging discussions with IMS Health after shareholders claiming to represent 48% of VNU's outstanding shares said they would not "support the transaction under any circumstances."
BUSINESS
January 15, 1994 | JAMES BATES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The parent company of the Hollywood Reporter, Billboard magazine and Adweek has been sold for $220 million cash to a Dutch publishing giant, the parties announced Friday. Netherlands-based VNU plans to buy BPI Communications, a joint venture whose partners include the New York Times Co. and the investment group Boston Ventures. Boston Ventures has been the principal company behind BPI.
BUSINESS
May 5, 2006 | From the Associated Press
A U.S.-led consortium increased its offer to buy Dutch publishing company VNU and extended the deadline for tendering shares two more weeks. The alliance of six private equity groups upped the sale price to 7.7 billion euros ($9.7 billion) from 7.5 billion euros and set May 19 as the closing day for tendering shares. The consortium comprises AlpInvest Partners, Blackstone Group, Carlyle Group, Hellman & Friedman, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. and Thomas H. Lee Partners.
BUSINESS
May 5, 2006 | From the Associated Press
A U.S.-led consortium increased its offer to buy Dutch publishing company VNU and extended the deadline for tendering shares two more weeks. The alliance of six private equity groups upped the sale price to 7.7 billion euros ($9.7 billion) from 7.5 billion euros and set May 19 as the closing day for tendering shares. The consortium comprises AlpInvest Partners, Blackstone Group, Carlyle Group, Hellman & Friedman, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. and Thomas H. Lee Partners.
BUSINESS
January 18, 2006 | From Associated Press
Dutch publisher VNU said Tuesday that it would take a majority stake in Internet research firm BuzzMetrics Inc. The announcement came a day after VNU received a takeover bid worth as much as $8.87 billion from a group of private equity firms. VNU's management has not said whether it will endorse Monday's takeover offer, and shareholders have said they need time to consider its merits. Financial terms of Tuesday's BuzzMetrics deal were not disclosed.
BUSINESS
December 15, 2005 | From Associated Press
Dutch media company VNU, owner of television ratings firm Nielsen Media Research, said it had been approached by more than one company interested in taking it over and was now considering its options. "There can be no assurance that this process will result in any specific transaction," VNU said. The news follows VNU's failed $6.8-billion bid to buy Fairfield, Conn.-based IMS Health Inc., which led to the resignation of VNU's chief executive, Rob van der Bergh.
BUSINESS
November 18, 2005
* An investor rebellion forced Dutch publisher VNU to drop a $7-billion takeover of U.S. healthcare data firm IMS Health Inc.
BUSINESS
November 8, 2005 | From Associated Press
Dutch media company VNU said it was considering scrapping its planned $6.92-billion acquisition of U.S. healthcare data provider IMS Health Inc. because of opposition from VNU shareholders. VNU, known for the Nielsen TV ratings in the United States, said it was in wide-ranging discussions with IMS Health after shareholders claiming to represent 48% of VNU's outstanding shares said they would not "support the transaction under any circumstances."
BUSINESS
March 21, 1998 | Chuck Philips
VNU, the giant Netherlands-based publishing conglomerate, this week purchased 60% of SoundScan Inc., the New York research firm whose computerized retail tracking system transformed the music business in 1991 by providing accurate sales data to record labels. The price was undisclosed.
BUSINESS
January 18, 2006 | From Associated Press
Dutch publisher VNU said Tuesday that it would take a majority stake in Internet research firm BuzzMetrics Inc. The announcement came a day after VNU received a takeover bid worth as much as $8.87 billion from a group of private equity firms. VNU's management has not said whether it will endorse Monday's takeover offer, and shareholders have said they need time to consider its merits. Financial terms of Tuesday's BuzzMetrics deal were not disclosed.
BUSINESS
January 15, 1994 | JAMES BATES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The parent company of the Hollywood Reporter, Billboard magazine and Adweek has been sold for $220 million cash to a Dutch publishing giant, the parties announced Friday. Netherlands-based VNU plans to buy BPI Communications, a joint venture whose partners include the New York Times Co. and the investment group Boston Ventures. Boston Ventures has been the principal company behind BPI.
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