We invest in b2b information companies.
We play the long game.
We back management.
Others may “buy-to-integrate” or “buy-to-sell”.
We are different. We “buy-to-grow”.
We bring the resources of a global media company.
Married to the soul of the entrepreneur.
dmg :: information (“dmgi”) comprises a portfolio of high growth, innovative, must-have information media businesses in the property, education, energy and commodity and structured finance sectors. Our goal is to continue to identify, invest in and organically develop strong and differentiated b2b information businesses.
Headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut, dmgi has an international focus with significant operations through our businesses in the United States, UK, Australia and Continental Europe. These businesses employ over 1,600 employees globally.
dmgi is a division of Daily Mail and General Trust plc (“DMGT”), a publicly listed company quoted on the London Stock Exchange (www.dmgt.co.uk). Our remit is to broaden the group’s media investments internationally and by revenue type.
Culture and Philosophy
Through our front-end customer focused approach and decentralized decision-making culture, we attract and retain exceptionally talented management teams in whom an entrepreneurial spirit is nurtured. Our “light touch” central management style is evidenced through our small but experienced head office organization.
Coupled with our flexible approach to structuring earn-outs and other “value creation” sharing plans, this allows us to attract great teams, to act quickly and to enjoy sustained growth.
dmgi has a successful financial track record. Our divisional results are presented within DMGT’s Annual Report and can be found on our DMGT’s website here: http://www.dmgt.com/companies/dmg-information.
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dmgi started life in the early 1990’s and comprised a few educational publishing assets and a stated goal of building an information-based division to diversify DMGT’s interests outside of its UK newspaper assets. By the late 1990’s the division had transformed into a business-to-business information group following the acquisitions of EDR, Landmark and Risk Management Solution (which has grown so significantly that it now operates as a separate division of DMGT). During this period, we also acquired Study Group, a provider of education to international students, which we subsequently sold in 2006.
In the Mid 2000’s we entered the structured finance information sector, initially through Trepp and then Lewtan. Soon after that we acquired Genscape providing a foothold in the energy and commodity information sector.
Over the past decade we have driven organic growth through innovative new products and geographic expansion as well as successfully integrating numerous bolt-on acquisitions. In total, dmgi has invested approximately $600m in businesses currently in the portfolio.
dmgi’s two decade history is short in comparison to our parent DMGT, whose media foundations date back to 1896 when the Harmsworth brothers (Alfred and Harold) established the Daily Mail newspaper in the United Kingdom.