Trillium Partners Advises Centaur Media On The Disposal Of Various Assets

Trillium Partners Limited (Trillium), the independent corporate finance advisory firm, has advised Centaur Media PLC, a leading UK-listed B2B information and events group (Centaur), on the disposal of its Logistics and Supply Chain portfolio (Logistics), The Awareness Group and the EU Road User Conference to Akabo Media Limited and the disposal of its Recruiter portfolio (Recruiter) to Redactive Publishing Limited (the Disposals). Terms were not disclosed.

Logistics comprised a group of leading B2B print titles, online products and events serving the supply chain and logistics industry. The Awareness Group and the EU Road User Conference operated market leading conferences and events targeting supply chain, logistics and road charging professionals across Europe. The Recruiter comprised a leading B2B magazine, a website and award ceremonies targeting the Recruiting sector.

The Disposals follow Centaur’s announcement of its restructuring initiative on 28 June 2011, including the sale of certain non-core assets. The proceeds received from the Disposals support Centaur’s strategy to accelerate its pace of revenue and margin growth within its core markets.

Trillium specialises in M&A, financial restructuring and fund raising transactions and corporate finance advice. The firm has a core expertise in information products and digital media, providing support for clients as they undertake transactions to position themselves for sustainable future growth and profitability.

Trillium advised Centaur on all aspects of the Disposals. In particular, Trillium co-ordinated the disposal processes and assisted Centaur with negotiation, valuation and reviewing transaction structuring options.

Geoff Wilmot, Centaur’s CEO, commented:
“We are very pleased to have completed the asset disposal programme we announced in June and are delighted that these businesses have found new homes. Trillium’s professional guidance and support was instrumental in ensuring a successful outcome to this phase of our development”

Stephen Routledge of Trillium added:
“Centaur has a clear plan to develop its leading B2B market positions and these Disposals will provide additional funds and further focus in supporting its clear strategic objectives”

About Trillium Partners
Trillium Partners is an independent mid-market firm that advises listed companies, private firms and financial sponsors on M&A and Private Capital raising transactions valued at £20 million to £500 million in the B2B Information Services and Events, Consumer Media, Learning and Development, and Marketing Services.

Over the last 30 years, we have advised our clients on a comprehensive array of transactions in the UK, Europe, USA and Asia, with an aggregate value in excess of £10 billion. Underpinned by deep sector knowledge and insight, our expertise extends from private acquisitions and disposals to public offers and raising capital from the private equity, family office, banking and alternative finance communities for working capital, business development, acquisitions and buy-outs.

For more information regarding this transaction, please contact Stephen Routledge or Philip Mastriforte on +44 (0)20 3008 8375