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STATE OF THE INDUSTRY - Far from Dead

December 2000
(Editor's Note: The following was prepared by Compass Capital Partners, the printing industry's most active investment banker. Located in Radnor, PA, and headed by Chairman Harris M. DeWese, it represents only sellers and buyers of printing companies. Since 1996, Compass Capital has completed 47 transactions involving printing revenues exceeding $1.5 billion.)

The U.S. printing industry is a bedrock of our economy. Yet, in this day of electronic communication, some are telling us that print-on-paper communication is about to be replaced by alternative media.

Compass Capital Partners has been following the printing industry for 12 years. We have made our living from representing buyers and sellers of printing companies. Today, we are the most active printing industry investment banker in the United States. Since 1996, we have completed 47 transactions involving aggregate printing revenues exceeding $1.5 billion. What we read about this industry is at odds with what we see. This report is our attempt to set the record straight.

 

Companies Mentioned:

Printing SegmentStatusLargest Competitors in
Consolidated Segments
PublicationsConsolidatedR.R. Donnelley, Quad/Graphics, Quebecor
AdvertisingFragmented 
CatalogsConsolidatedR.R. Donnelley, Quad/Graphics, Quebecor
Direct MailFragmented 
Free-standing InsertsConsolidatedValassis, Vertis, ACG Holdings
BooksModerate
Consolidation
R.R. Donnelley, Quebecor
Directories & SchedulesFragmented 
Financial & LegalConsolidatedR.R. Donnelley, Merrill, Bowne
General CommercialFragmented 
Business FormsModerate

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