Academic journal publishing business W S Maney & Son has been acquired by Taylor & Francis the academic publishing arm of Informa plc. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.
W S Maney & Son has established itself as one of the UK’s leading independent publishers of journals to a wide variety of academic sectors including materials science and engineering, the humanities, social science and health science.
The academic journal sector has seen a significant degree of consolidation over the last few years and the W S Maney was one of the few remaining major independent players. The sale provided a full realisation for the existing shareholders.
David Hardless, who led the deal for PPCF, commented “We are delighted to have helped the shareholders to realise the value they have created in Maney since they acquired the business over 14 years ago. Taylor & Francis were identified as one of a small number of strategic acquirers due to the close overlap of their respective journal portfolios. This targeted approach has assisted the shareholders in optimising the value of their investment”