Arkwright has been working with key players in the media industry for over a decade to help redirect them back onto a path of growth and profitability, allowing them to outperform their peers. Each media category has its own challenges, which need to be addressed in a tailored approach. The challenges often differ from country to country due to customer preferences, historical development or government regulations. Even in stagnating or declining markets, like for newspapers, superior performance can be achieved by streamlining production and back-office processes while allocating sufficient resources to journalism departments so as to deliver high-quality content to the audience. The transition to the “digital world” requires that media companies adapt quickly, oftentimes via acquisitions of start-ups or rapidly growing digital companies. Arkwright has extensive expertise not only in corporate development advice but also in M&A (buy and sell sides) and due diligence in the media sector.
Our expertise includes:
Optimization of the long-term value of traditional print media by utilizing best practices in printing, distribution, reader-market initiatives, editorial departments and advertising sales
- Short and long-term consolidation plans for home markets to strengthen market position vis-à-vis readers and advertisers – often creating significant cost savings along the entire value chain as well
- Informed portfolio evaluations based on in-depth industry understanding, best practices from international markets and a profound understanding of client-specific situations
- Extension of the traditional product range by identifying new growth areas within print and digital media such as free sheets, online classifieds or new digital offerings such as payment services, with acquisitions supported by a thorough due-diligence process
- Securing long-term growth and profitability through aggressive digital transformation, combining existing activities, making acquisitions and launching start-ups
- Support for divestiture of core and non-core activities such as newspapers, magazines, radio and TV stations and online classifieds
Making a move into online classified
For several years, Arkwright has supported a major European media client as it has both optimized existing print titles and moved into new activities such as commuter papers.
Participation and diversification strategies of German regional newspaper groups
The digital transformation is a challenge that media houses have been facing for a long time.