Acquirer: John Fairfax Publications Pty Ltd; Target: The Text Media Group Limited

Acquirer(s)

  • John Fairfax Publications Pty Ltd

Target(s)

  • The Text Media Group Limited

Summary

John Fairfax Holdings Limited ("Fairfax") proposes to acquire the central Melbourne magazines of Text Media Limited ("Text").

Market definition

For the purposes of competition assessment the following market definition was adopted:

1. The market in which real estate agents acquire display advertising services from local newspapers and magazines circulating in the central Melbourne area ("the display real estate advertising market"); and
2. The market in which real estate agents acquire classified advertising from newspapers circulating in the central Melbourne area ("the classified real estate advertising market").

Competition analysis

Market inquiries suggest that entry to the market is likely and that the countervailing power of advertisers and emerging competition from the internet may impose a possible constraint on the behaviour of the merged firm despite its high market share.

On this basis the Commission finds that no substantial lessening of competition appears likely. The Commission does not intend to oppose the proposed transaction.

Merger type

Horizontal

Guidelines thresholds

Unknown

Imports above 10%

Unknown

Initiation

Parties

ANZSIC code

2421