Mondadori Group: Antitrust gives go-ahead to acquisition of De Agostini Scuola
The Mondadori Group announces that it has received notice from the Antitrust Authority of the authorization to acquire 100% of De Agostini Scuola S.p.A. as disclosed last 12 July.
The provision envisages the adoption of appropriate behavioural measures, as indicated by the Authority and shared by the Mondadori Group, to safeguard the competitiveness of the school textbooks market, including, in particular, the commitment to continue to keep De Agostini Scuola separated until 31 December 2024.
These remedies confirm the rationale of the acquisition, the business development plan and the potential for value creation initially estimated by the Group.
“We are really delighted to be able to go ahead with the acquisition of De Agostini Scuola, a deal consistent with our strategy of focusing on our core business of books”, said Antonio Porro, CEO of the Mondadori Group. “The investment – the most relevant made in the last 15 years – will allow us to open up a new chapter in the path of growth of our Group and to achieve a leadership position in the school publishing market”, concluded Porro.
The Authority’s go-ahead triggers the fulfilment of the suspensive condition attached to the agreement on the sale of the investment in De Agostini Scuola; the sale will therefore be fully executed on the closing date, scheduled to take place later this year.