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Daily Mail owner buys New Scientist – £70M

Daily Mail newspaper owner DMGT in the UK has announced that dmg media, its Consumer Media business, has acquired New Scientist, one of the world’s leading science publishing titles, from a consortium of individual investors led by Sir Bernard Gray, for £70m cash consideration.

New Scientist has a large and growing international readership, with a weekly circulation of approximately 120,000, of which just over half are UK-based. The business also has a high-quality revenue base with about 75% derived from subscriptions. In 2021, the business is expected to generate cash operating income and operating profit of approximately £7m and revenues are expected to exceed £20m.

Lord Rothermere, Chairman of DMGT, said: “New Scientist is a world-renowned publication loved by its readers, and we are both thrilled and proud to welcome it to the DMGT family. They are a specialised and talented team who showcase the best of science journalism, bringing integrity, curiosity and craftmanship to their work. We are very much looking forward to supporting their exciting plans to grow as the go-to publication for anyone interested in the scientific world around us.”

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