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Informa Acquires Tarsus Group

18 March 2023: Informa, the leading B2B exhibition organiser has announced the acquisition of B2B Events group, Tarsus for $940M.

Stephen A. Carter, Group Chief Executive, Informa, said “We have long admired Tarsus business which, like Informa, has been built around major brands in attractive, specialist B2B markets in the growing regions of Asia, China, Middle East and the Americas.”

Douglas Emslie, Chief Executive, Tarsus added “I am extremely proud of the Tarsus business, our people and our customers. I could not think of a better partner than Informa to lead our brands and colleagues through the next phase of growth and expansion.”

Key Highlights

  • Addition of Tarsus … Combination of Tarsus with Informa’s Live and On-Demand Events portfolio brings together market-leading brands, exceptional talent and deep customer relationships in a range of attractive B2B markets
  • Highly complementary portfolios … Strong commercial, operational and cultural fit between the two businesses, creating reach and depth in Asia, China, the Middle East and the Americas
  • Depth in growing B2B markets … Strong portfolio alignment in Healthcare (Health Connect Partners), Beauty & Aesthetics (A4M, LiVDerm), Packaging (Labelexpo), Infrastructure (Intertraffic), Aviation (Dubai Airshow), Fashion (SIUF, OFFPRICE) and Sustainability (Intersolar, Mexico WindPower)
  • The Combination Programme … Integration will minimize disruption and maximise delivery in 2023, a key year of growth and acceleration for Live B2B Events
  • Growth Acceleration … Combination expected to create incremental revenue opportunities through the cross-marketing of major brands, digital expansion and new event launches

The Informa Board believes the combination is both commercially and financially compelling, with strong portfolio alignment that will deliver enhanced value for customers, additional opportunities for colleagues and attractive returns for shareholders.

Robert Leeming, Partner at Charterhouse, said ”We are proud to have supported Tarsus’ development since 2019 and are confident that Informa is exceptionally well placed to deliver the next stage of the company’s growth strategy. We look forward to becoming a shareholder.”

Tarsus owns and operates a portfolio of 160+ Live and On-Demand B2B Event brands, with a focus on growing, specialist B2B markets with fragmented supply chains and high levels of innovation.

Since 2019, when Tarsus plc was acquired by Charterhouse, the Tarsus portfolio has been expanded and enhanced through 24 new launches and 11 targeted acquisitions. Like Informa, Tarsus is seeing a similar strong return to the market for Live and On-Demand B2B Events in 2023.

Informa colleague, Mark Temple-Smith, will step in as Executive Chair of Tarsus from completion through to the end of the Combination Programme in January 2024. Mark is currently Informa Markets Chief Operating Officer and was formerly the CEO of Asia for Tarsus.

Douglas Emslie, the current Chief Executive of Tarsus, will become a Senior Advisor to the Informa Group through the Combination Programme, guiding on talent, brands and partnerships.

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