JCDecaux - proposed acquisition of APN Outdoor Group Limited


  • JCDecaux


  • APN Outdoor Group Limited

Market definition

The ACCC did not reach concluded views on market definition, but it considered the impact of the proposed acquisition on competition in national markets for:
- the supply of out-of-home advertising services; and
- the leasing/acquisition of out-of-home advertising sites from landlords.

The ACCC also considered the possibility that there may be narrower markets for one or more individual categories of out-of-home advertising or for local/regional areas, but did not consider it necessary to reach a concluded view in that regard.

Competition analysis

The ACCC concluded that the proposed acquisition was unlikely to substantially lessen competition in any relevant market.

The ACCC found that the proposed acquisition would combine two businesses that operate in essentially complementary segments of out-of-home advertising. JCDecaux operates principally in street furniture, a segment in which APN Outdoor is not present. APN Outdoor operates principally in large format billboards and airports, where JCDecaux is not present in Australia.

The ACCC considered that the complementary nature of the merger parties' businesses meant that the proposed acquisition was unlikely to substantially lessen competition. The information before the ACCC, including bidding data for sites, indicated that the merger parties rarely compete head-to-head. The available options for advertisers and site owners would not change significantly as a result of the proposed acquisition. The merged entity would continue to face competitive constraints in each segment.

While some parties expressed concerns in relation to the proposed acquisition, in particular about the possible anti-competitive bundling of different out-of-home categories, site owners, the major media agencies and large advertisers did not generally express strong concerns, and the ACCC considered that bundling was unlikely to have a significant impact on competition. The ACCC noted that the major media agencies account for a significant amount of advertising spend in Australia (approximately 80%).

In assessing the proposed acquisition, the ACCC took account of the proposed acquisition of Adshel Street Furniture Pty Ltd by oOh!media Limited, which was being reviewed by the ACCC at the same time. It concluded that the proposed acquisition was unlikely to substantially lessen competition irrespective of whether or not the other acquisition were to proceed.


26/06/2018ACCC commenced review under the Merger Process Guidelines.
17/07/2018Closing date for submissions from interested parties.
21/08/2018Former proposed decision date of 30 August 2018 brought forward.
23/08/2018ACCC announced it would not oppose the proposed acquisition.