Bauer says subscriptions to its magazines have surged by over 60%

Original article by Vivienne Kelly
Mumbrella – Page: Online : 21-May-20

Bauer Media Australia has advised that its magazine subscription sales have risen by over 60 per cent in the past month when compared to the previous month. Subscription increases for individual titles include a 97 per cent increase for ‘The Australian Women’s Weekly’ and an 81 per cent rise for ‘Woman’s Day’. When compared to the corresponding period in 2019, Bauer’s magazine subscriptions are up by 111 per cent over the past 30 days.

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BAUER MEDIA AUSTRALIA PTY LTD

Bauer sacks 60 Pacific Magazines staff

Original article by Lilly Vitorovich
The Australian – Page: Online : 5-May-20

Bauer Media is believed to have retrenched employees at Pacific Magazines and put the print editions of some titles on hold just days after taking control of the former Seven West Media business. Some 60 jobs at Pacific Magazines are said to have been cut, following Bauer’s recent move to stand down or lay off about 140 of its own employees. ‘InStyle’, ‘Men’s Health’ and ‘Women’s Health’ are among the Pacific Magazines titles that have been affected.

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BAUER MEDIA AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, BAUER MEDIA KG, PACIFIC MAGAZINES PTY LTD, SEVEN WEST MEDIA LIMITED – ASX SWM

Mag queen tips Bauer will axe Pacific titles

Original article by Lilly Vitorovich
The Australian – Page: 19 : 4-May-20

Bauer Media completed a $40m deal to acquire Seven West Media’s Pacific Magazines division on 1 May. Magazine industry veteran Deborah Thomas expects Bauer to suspend the print editions of some Pacific titles due to the coronavirus-induced downturn in the advertising market. Four of the print editions of Bauer’s own titles were recently put on hold, and some industry executives doubt that several of them will resume publication. Bauer has also stood down or laid off up to 140 employees in Australia, while its New Zealand operations were shut down in April.

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BAUER MEDIA AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, PACIFIC MAGAZINES PTY LTD, SEVEN WEST MEDIA LIMITED – ASX SWM, BAUER MEDIA KG, BAUER MEDIA (NZ) LIMITED

Clock ticking on debt-laden Seven as lenders make plans

Original article by Lilly Vitorovich, Perry Williams, Bridget Carter
The Australian – Page: 19 : 13-Apr-20

Seven West Media’s $541m debt equates to 2.4 times its underlying earnings. CEO James Warburton is seeking to reduce costs in response to the coronavirus-induced downturn in the advertising market, but there are concerns that Seven’s lenders may opt to on-sell their debt; any buyers of this debt could potentially call in their loans or gain control of Seven via a debt-for-equity swap. Seven’s outlook has been complicated by uncertainty regarding the future of its $40m deal to sell Pacific Magazines to Bauer Media.

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SEVEN WEST MEDIA LIMITED – ASX SWM, PACIFIC MAGAZINES PTY LTD, BAUER MEDIA AUSTRALIA PTY LTD

Seven takes Bauer to court over mags deal

Original article by Lilly Vitorovich
The Australian – Page: 15 : 9-Apr-20

Seven West Media has stated that Bauer Media’s contract to buy Pacific Magazines is unconditional following recent regulatory approval for the $40m deal. Seven has launched court action to ensure that Bauer completes the deal. There has been speculation that Germany-based Bauer could withdraw from the Australian market following its decision to shut down its New Zealand arm. Seven in turn has flagged the possibility of further asset sales to reduce its $541m debt.

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SEVEN WEST MEDIA LIMITED – ASX SWM, PACIFIC MAGAZINES PTY LTD, BAUER MEDIA AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, BAUER MEDIA KG

Seven slumps on downgrade

Original article by Lilly Vitorovich
The Australian – Page: 17 & 23 : 19-Feb-20

Seven West Media has posted a 2018-19 interim net loss of $66.3m, with underlying EBIT down 21 per cent at $119.7 and revenue falling 3.2 per cent to $771.7m. The media group advised that its full-year earnings will be 13 per cent lower than previously forecast amid challenging condition in the advertising market, while CEO James Warburton has flagged the potential for "transformative" mergers and acquisitions. Seven will seek to reduce costs by 20 per cent in the second half, and it will consider asset sales.

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SEVEN WEST MEDIA LIMITED – ASX SWM

Bauer boss urges ACCC: think digital

Original article by Leo Shanahan
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 23 : 27-Jan-20

Bauer Media Australian CEO Brendon Hill has urged the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission to approve the proposed $40m merger with Pacific Magazines. The ACCC’s statement of issues identified concerns such as the potential for the prices of some magazines to rise and for their quality to decline. Hill is disappointed that the ACCC chose to focus on four titles, and he argues that the magazine market is much broader. He has also rejected suggestions that Bauer would discontinue some Pacific titles.

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BAUER MEDIA AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, PACIFIC MAGAZINES PTY LTD, SEVEN WEST MEDIA LIMITED – ASX SWM, AUSTRALIAN COMPETITION AND CONSUMER COMMISSION

Bauer chief determined to proceed with $40m Pac Mags deal with Seven

Original article by Zoe Samios
The Sydney Morning Herald – Page: Online : 24-Jan-20

Bauer Media Australia CEO Brendon Hill has stressed that the group’s proposed acquisition of Pacific Magazines is in the interests of the magazine industry. He adds that Bauer and its German parent are fully committed to the $40m deal to buy Pacific from Seven West Media. He has rejected suggestions that Mercury Capital’s withdrawal of its offer to acquire Bauer Media Australia will affect the Pacific deal. The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission expressed concern in late 2019 about the potential impact of the merger on competition in the magazine sector.

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BAUER MEDIA AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, PACIFIC MAGAZINES PTY LTD, MERCURY CAPITAL PTY LTD, AUSTRALIAN COMPETITION AND CONSUMER COMMISSION, SEVEN WEST MEDIA LIMITED – ASX SWM, BAUER MEDIA KG

Mercury gives up on Bauer buyout

Original article by Lilly Vitorovich, Leo Shanahan
The Australian – Page: 17 : 23-Jan-20

Bauer Media Australia CEO Brendon Hill has confirmed that private equity firm Mercury Capital has withdrawn its offer to acquire the magazine publisher. Hill added that Bauer is open to another approach from the private equity sector if the company’s proposed merger with Pacific Magazines goes ahead. The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission recently expressed concern about the potential impact of the merger on competition in the magazine sector.

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BAUER MEDIA AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, PACIFIC MAGAZINES PTY LTD, MERCURY CAPITAL PTY LTD, AUSTRALIAN COMPETITION AND CONSUMER COMMISSION, SEVEN WEST MEDIA LIMITED – ASX SWM

Bauer ready to sack magazine luminaries

Original article by Lilly Vitorovich
The Australian – Page: 19 : 26-Nov-19

The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission will shortly rule on Bauer Media’s proposed acquisition of Pacific Magazines. Bauer is said to be identifying roles that will be duplicated if the merger is approved, with a view to downsizing the combined workforce. Bauer CEO Brendon Hill has declined to comment. There has been speculation that Bauer may sell its magazines business to private equity firm Mercury Capital.

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BAUER MEDIA AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, PACIFIC MAGAZINES PTY LTD, SEVEN WEST MEDIA LIMITED – ASX SWM, AUSTRALIAN COMPETITION AND CONSUMER COMMISSION, MERCURY CAPITAL PTY LTD, NEWS CORP AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, NEWS CORPORATION – ASX NWS