Ringier Axel Springer Media AG expands its country portfolio to Hungary




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23.01.14

Ringier Axel Springer Media AG expands its country portfolio to Hungary

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Ringier AG and Axel Springer SE intend to transfer their activities in Hungary into Ringier Axel Springer Media AG. The new company, headquartered in Budapest, is to operate as Ringier Axel Springer Hungary. Its portfolio consists of the leading tabloid newspaper BLIKK, successful women's magazines and licensed titles such as AUTO BILD, GLAMOUR or GEO.

Part of the Hungarian portfolio owned by Axel Springer and Ringier is to be sold to comply with competition requirements for the planned transfer into the Ringier and Axel Springer Joint Venture. The purchaser is VCP Capital Partners Unternehmensberatungs AG (Vienna Capital Partners). Along with the national daily newspaper NÉPSZABADSÁG and the business newspaper VILÁGGAZDASÁG, Vienna Capital Partners is also acquiring several regional newspapers, as well as sports, women's and youth magazines.

The portfolio of Ringier Axel Springer Hungary will be made up of publications with a strong market position and very good prospects for digitization. It will primarily comprise the tabloid and women's magazine segment including the tabloid newspaper BLIKK, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. 
The BLIKK Group's products include the leading tabloid BLIKK and blikk.hu, Hungary's largest Sunday newspaper VASÁRNAPI BLIKK, as well as the women's magazine BLIKK NŐK and other line extensions. The portfolio will also contain a number of women's magazines, TV guides and licensed titles such as GLAMOUR, GEO or AUTO BILD and their online editions. The emerging international subsidiary will also have its own printing plant.

The CEO of Ringier Axel Springer Hungary will be Dr. József Bayer, the current CEO of Axel Springer in Hungary.

Mark Dekan, CEO of Ringier Axel Springer Media AG: "Extending our country portfolio to include Hungary means, for us as a group, access to another, interesting market in Central Europe. For the Hungarian subsidiary this means, above all, access to the digital and journalistic know-how of our joint venture. Ringier Axel Springer Media AG has significantly reorganized its portfolio over the past 15 months. We are already generating more than half of our earnings today in the digital sector."

The completion of the transaction is subject to approval by the Hungarian Competition and Media Authorities.

Press contact: Hendrik Lange
Tel: +49 30 2591 77651