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Emerald Expositions Completes Acquisition of GLM

Emerald Expositions, parent company to Outdoor Retailer tradeshow in Salt Lake City, Utah, amongst other shows in the sports, healthcare, design, and photography markets, has acquired Surf Expo’s parent company George Little Management (GLM) for $335 million.

The announcement comes on the heels of Surf Expo’s January 2014 show, which just wrapped up in Orlando last week, and just before Outdoor Retailer’s Winter Market, which is slated for Wednesday, January 22 through Saturday, January 25. Take a look at some of the action from OR’s Summer Market in 2013 from our event coverage and recap.

PRESS RELEASE – San Juan Capistrano, CA and White Plains, NY, January 15, 2014 – Emerald Expositions, Inc. ("Emerald") and George Little Management, LLC ("GLM") announced today that Emerald has completed the acquisition of GLM from Providence Equity Partners ("Providence") for $335 million. The purchase price, including transaction expenses, was funded by $200 million of debt and a $140 million equity investment from Onex Partners III. Emerald was acquired by Onex Partners III in June 2013.

GLM creates face-to-face buying, selling and networking platforms for designers, product developers, manufacturers, retailers and operators through more than 20 leading tradeshows including four of the largest 100 trade shows in the U.S. GLM's tradeshows serve industries as diverse as home furnishings, home textiles, stationery and paper products, giftware, tabletop, gourmet housewares, contemporary furniture and interiors, personal care, art & design, antiques & jewelry, fashion, board sports & resort lifestyle, and e-commerce. GLM has approximately 130 employees and operates out of six U.S. offices.

About Emerald Expositions

Emerald is a leading operator of large business-to-business tradeshows in the United States, producing more than 85 tradeshows and conference events per year connecting over 525,000 buyers and sellers across ten diversified end-markets, including general merchandise; sports; hospitality and retail design; jewelry, luxury, and antiques; e-commerce; photography; decorated apparel; building; healthcare; and military. Emerald is headquartered in San Juan Capistrano, California. The company's shows are typically the most prominent and important for exhibitors and attendees within their various industries. For more information on Emerald, please visit

About Providence

Providence Equity Partners is the leading global private equity firm specializing in equity investments in media, communications, education, and information companies around the world. In total, the firm's principals manage funds with $37 billion in commitments and have invested in more than 130 companies globally since the firm’s inception in 1989. Providence is headquartered in Providence, RI and also has offices in New York, London, Hong Kong, Beijing, and New Delhi. Visit for more information.