Funny, for a business that many people think is dead, we see both an IPO and a Merger in the same week !
AP is reporting that German media company Bertelsmann AG will buy the New York-based DVD and music club Columbia House.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed. A spokesman for Bertelsmann, however, didn’t provide details of the deal nor did he confirm the price tag for Columbia House, which The WSJ pegs at about $400 million. Blackstone Group (BGP.XX) bought a majority holding (85%) in Columbia House in 2002.
According to The Wall Street Journal, which first reported the deal, Bertelsmann foresees combining Columbia House with Bertelsmann’s own U.S.-based music-club division BMG Direct to create a business with about $1.5 billion in annual revenue.
The acquisition comes a month after Bertelsmann, which has earmarked up to 3 billion euros ($3.9 billion) for purchases until the end of 2006, bought French bookstore chain Privat in another deal to strengthen DirectGroup.
Bertelsmann to Buy Columbia House
The Wall Street Journal, May 10, 2005; Page B1
Bertelsmann buys CD seller Columbia House
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