Press statements

  • 12 /01 2016

    Artnews Ltd. Names Vincent Fremont as CEO

    Rozwiń

    Art Industry Veteran Will Oversee U.S. Strategy of Leading Publisher of Art News, Reviews, and Information

     

    New York, NY – January 12, 2016—Vincent Fremont has been named CEO of ARTnews Ltd., effective immediately. Dan Gardner, chairman of the supervisory board of parent company Artnews S.A. said today: “Vincent Fremont is a widely respected 40-year veteran of the New York contemporary art scene, dating back to his days working alongside Andy Warhol. We are thrilled to have his experience and vision at the helm overseeing our U.S. business.”

    “This is an exciting new chapter for me,” said Fremont. “There’s a remarkable opportunity here to build upon the rich editorial history of Art in AmericaARTnewsThe Magazine Antiques, and MODERN, while enhancing the company’s digital offerings and spearheading new initiatives.”

    Fremont was instrumental in establishing the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, following the artist’s death in 1987. The foundation has served as a template for later artists’ foundations. Fremont was the foundation’s exclusive sales agent for Warhol paintings, drawings, and sculptures from 1991 to 2010. Prior to Warhol’s death, Fremont served as vice president of Andy Warhol Enterprises and executive manager of the Andy Warhol studio. He co-directed and co-produced the documentary film Pie in the Sky: The Brigid Berlin Story (2000) with his wife, Shelly Dunn Fremont.

    “Vincent’s strategic business acumen, along with his dedicated commitment to the arts, makes him the perfect choice as CEO. He brings years of experience working with artists, art dealers, and writers, and will be a tremendous asset to the media company,” said Peter M. Brant, chairman of Brant Publications, which is the largest controlling shareholder of ARTnews Ltd.’s parent company, Artnews S.A.

    In this new leadership role, Fremont will provide a cohesive vision and strategy for ARTnews Ltd. and its four art media titles. While each print publication will retain its own distinct identity, brand, and editorial content, Fremont will focus on building upon combined strengths to further develop new revenue streams, as well as editorial and digital offerings.

    Following the October 2015 merger of art media titles held by BMP Media Holdings LLC and Artnews S.A., the combined company emerged as the world’s leading publisher of art news, reviews, and information. Both Art in America and ARTnews have been in print for over 100 years and have the most complete archive of art history and events of the past century, and also offer the most comprehensive coverage of the classical, modern, contemporary, and decorative arts fields. Art in America maintains profitability and growth with 80 percent of readers purchasing annual subscriptions, evidence of passionate reader loyalty. Noted for its editorial excellence, ARTnews has received over 40 journalistic prizes, and ARTnews.com, focused on breaking news, analysis, and criticism on a daily basis, continues to be one of the fastest growing art news sites, with more than 7 million page views last year. The Magazine Antiques, the leader in the field of fine and decorative arts for 94 years, keeps past and present in lively touch with one another six times a year. Since its inception seven years ago, MODERN has become essential reading in the design field and continues to be printed quarterly.

     

    About ARTnews Ltd. and Artnews S.A.:

    Headquartered in New York, ARTnews Ltd. is the U.S. arm of parent company, Artnews S.A., the world’s leading print and the fastest growing online art media business including print magazines Art in AmericaARTnewsThe Magazine AntiquesMODERN, and Art & Business, digital properties www.ARTnews.com and www.artbiznes.pl, and Skate’s Art Market Research business intelligence unit. Artnews S.A. is publicly listed on the Warsaw Stock Exchange (WSE:ATN) and its controlling shareholder is BMP Media Holdings LLC, owned by Brant Publications, Inc. For more information, visit http://investor.artnews.com.

     

     

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  • 30 /11 2015

    Artnews CEO Resigns

    Rozwiń

    November 30, 2015 – Following the acquisition of the majority ownership interest of Artnews S.A. by BMP Media Holdings LLC, the Supervisory Board of Artnews S.A. has agreed on a number of management changes aimed to reflect the new structure of the company.

    The Supervisory Board has accepted the resignation of Ms. Izabela Depczyk from the position of the President of the Management Board and CEO of Artnews S.A. in consideration of her desire to pursue other career opportunities and projects.

    “Over the last two years Izabela led the company through a complete transformation from a local Polish, small scale, art business into the world’s leading art media company — Artnews S.A. On behalf of the Supervisory Board and all of the Artnews shareholders, I would like to congratulate and thank Izabela for her clear vision and unwavering determination to get things done and to wish her all the best in her new professional endeavors,” – commented Dan Gardner, Chairman of the Supervisory Board at Artnews S.A.

    “It was a privilege for me to work with all the great people at Artnews S.A. on both sides of the Atlantic and to lead the transformation of our flagship brands of Artnews, Art & Business and Skate’s into vibrant, market-defining art media properties, culminating with the last month’s mile-stone merger with the art media assets acquired from BMP Media Holdings LLC (i.e. Art in America, The Magazine Antiques and The Modern). As I consider my mission at Artnews fully accomplished I would like to thank all of my colleagues, clients, shareholders and partners for this unforgettable opportunity and a fantastic journey,” commented Ms. Depczyk.

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  • 13 /11 2015

    Artnews S.A. Doubles Revenue in 9M 2015 to PLN 25.3 Million

    Rozwiń

    PLN 35M Revenue Guidance for Full Year 2015 Remains on Schedule

    Warsaw, November 13, 2015 – Artnews S.A., the Warsaw Stock Exchange listed art media firm with its primary operations in New York, USA is reporting financial results for the nine months period ending September 30, 2015, the last reporting period before consolidation of BMP Art Media Companies acquired on October 8, 2015:

    • 9 months total revenue is PLN 25.3 million, 99.7% up to the same period of 2014, largely driven by the full effect from consolidation of Artnews Ltd in the US (consolidated in May 2014), strong growth in digital revenue and weakening Polish Zloty exchange rate to US Dollar, the major revenue currency of Artnews;
    • High interest expenses as well as decline in value of Artnews investment in artnet.com AG were the primary reasons behind PLN 8.75m net loss recorded in the first 9 months of the year;
    • The acquisition art media companies from BMP Media Holdings combined with capital increase, all completed after reporting date, made positive impact on de-leverage of Artnews S.A., with total debt reduced by the amount of PLN 9,33  million as of October 31, 2015;
    • Artnews consolidated art media companies acquired from BMP Media Holdings as originally anticipated (on October 8, 2015). Original estimate of PLN 3 million EBITDA for 2015 remains on schedule, but is likely to be off-set with significant one-off transaction and integration expenses including severance, restructuring and advisory charges and expenses.

    “Strengthening market leadership and profitability in print in the US through exploring synergies between our expanded roster of titles, continuing with the strong growth in digital space internationally with artnews.com and exploring high growth niche offerings such as Skate’s database run out of New York and launch of Interview brand in Poland, both on the back of low cost Warsaw infrastructure, are some of the key components of our growth strategy for 2016”, commented Izabela Depczyk, CEO of Artnews S.A.

    About Artnews S.A.

    ARTNEWS S.A. is the world’s leading print and the fastest growing online art media
business with its media properties including print magazines Art in America, ARTnews, The Magazine Antiques, Modern and Art & Business, digital properties www.artnews.com and www.artbiznes.pl and Skate’s Art Market Research business intelligence unit. ARTNEWS S.A. is publicly listed on the Warsaw Stock Exchange (WSE:ATN) and its controlling shareholder is BMP Media Holdings LLC, owned by Peter M. Brant. The company’s primary operations are located in New York.

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  • 08 /10 2015

    Artnews S.A. and BMP Media Holdings Complete Transaction Creating the World’s Leading Publisher of Art News, Reviews and Information

    Rozwiń

    BMP Media Holdings Acquires 60% Ownership in Artnews S.A.

    October 8, 2015, New York — Warsaw – BMP Media Holdings LLC has completed today the transaction to acquire 60% ownership in the Warsaw Stock Exchange listed Artnews S.A. (WSE: ATN) for a total consideration of PLN 63.86 million (US$ 16.9 million). As a result of this transaction, all of BMP Media Holdings art media publications including Art in America, The Magazine Antiques and Modern, as well as Artnews S.A. publications ARTnews, Art & Business and its Skate’s Art Market Research business unit, will operate under the newly combined Artnews S.A.

    “With the completion of this transaction we have created the world’s largest and most influential print and digital publisher of art news, critical reviews and information. Under the new Artnews S.A., we have the most complete archive of art history and events of the past 100 years, and also offer the most comprehensive coverage of the classical, modern, contemporary and decorative arts fields,” said Peter M. Brant, owner of BMP Media Holdings LLC and now the majority controlling shareholder of Artnews S.A. “The new Artnews S.A. will utilize its combined forces and iconic media titles to expand digital content and online news reporting, grow European market share and create new business offerings uniquely targeted to art lovers around the world.”

    Effective immediately, Dan Gardner, Heiner Rutt and Ed Sherrick will join the Supervisory Board of Artnews S.A. Mr. Gardner is Co-Founder and Executive Creative Director of Code & Theory, Mr. Rutt is the former Managing Director of Carlyle Germany and one of the founding members of the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) who helped establish the company as the leading consultancy in Germany and throughout Europe, and Ed Sherrick was previously Senior Vice President and CFO of White Birch Paper. The Board will be reduced from seven to six individuals to meet requirements of Deutsche Boerse where the firm intends to list next year in addition to its existing Warsaw listing.

    Artnews S.A. will continue to be run by its current CEO, Izabela Depczyk who led on the turnaround of ARTnews magazine acquired by what is now Artnews S.A. from Milton Esterow in April of last year. The turnaround includes achieving profitability in the U.S. six months ahead of schedule, maintaining profitability of the print magazine ARTnews since May 2015, repositioning Skate’s Art Market Research as the art business intelligence unit of Artnews S.A. and transforming Artnews.com as the growth leader in terms of digital audience and digital only revenues among other art media peers.

    “We have an extraordinary pool of talent in our combined organization, total dominance in the U.S. print market in terms of paid and verified circulation, global leadership in the art business intelligence field through our Skate’s business unit and maintain strategic focus to make Artnews.com the world’s largest digital art media business in terms of both audience and revenue by integrating the journalistic content, data and research from all of our media properties on a single Artnews.com platform,” commented Izabela Depczyk, Chief Executive Officer of Artnews S.A.

    The New Team

    In addition to Ms. Depczyk as CEO, the newly combined Artnews S.A. organization includes Szczepan Adamski who will continue in his role as General Counsel and Mark Korb will remain as Chief Financial Officer. Cynthia Zabel, previously the Publisher of Art in America, will become head of sales for Artnews S.A., and Violeta Breheny, the former head of ARTnews S.A.’s U.S. operations, will assume the role of Director, Operations.

    On the editorial front, Lindsay Pollock and Sarah Douglas will run editorial for Artnews S.A. Ms. Pollock will continue as Editor in Chief of Art in America and will build upon the strength of the last five years in which newsstands sales grew 12 percent. Ms. Douglas will focus on further expansion of Artnews.com and ARTnews quarterly print issues. The Company’s entire online content is to be consolidated under the Artnews.com domain before the end of the year and the platform will be also used as the key driver for European expansion. Dina Veprinsky, the Director of Production at Artnews.com, will continue in this capacity and will oversee the production process for the merged company.

    Elizabeth Pochoda will continue in her role as Editor of The Magazine Antiques and Beth Dunlop will remain Editor of Modern. Art in America, The Magazine Antiques and Modern will remain in print under the current publication schedule (eleven, six and four issues per year respectively), thus giving ARTnews and Art in America subscribers up to 25 more print issues a year depending on their subscription plan.

    As the group’s digital media properties will be consolidated around Artnews.com this will become the primary source of growth for the Company going forward through introduction of various new digital products, databases and services and rollout of Artnews.com in-language sites across various European markets in 2016.

    As the core element of the digital strategy, Artnews S.A. will allocate further resources to expand the suite of products and services provided by Skate’s, the art business intelligence unit of the company, and expanding its premium subscription offer already fairly successful with large corporate art industry customers.

    About the New Artnews S.A.:
    ARTNEWS S.A. is the world’s leading print and the fastest growing online art media business with its media properties including print magazines Art in America, ARTnews, The Magazine Antiques, Modern and Art & Business, digital properties www.artnews.com and www.artbiznes.pl and Skate’s Art Market Research business intelligence unit. ARTNEWS S.A. is publicly listed on the Warsaw Stock Exchange (WSE:ATN) and its controlling shareholder is BMP Media Holdings LLC, owned by Peter M. Brant. The company’s primary operations are located in New York.

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  • 22 /09 2015

    Shareholders Approve Artnews/Art in America Merger

    Rozwiń

    New York’s BMP Media Holdings LLC is on Track to Become Majority Owner of Artnews S.A. as a Result of PLN 144M ($38.6M) Merger

    September 22, 2015, Warsaw – BMP Media Holdings LLC, the New York based media company owned by Peter M. Brant, is set to acquire approximately 60% ownership interest in Artnews S.A. for a total consideration of about $17 million including approximately $14 million paid with contribution of assets in-kind. The assets contributed by BMP Media Holdings LLC are to include a 100% ownership interest in Art in America magazine, the largest print competitor of Artnews S.A. in the USA.

    Artnews S.A. extraordinary shareholders meeting held today, voted in favor for the transaction and agreed to issue 3,412,903 new shares to be paid for cash at PLN 2.69 per share by Skate Capital Corp, the specialist art industry investor and existing shareholder of Artnews S.A., and 25,531,132 new shares of Artnews S.A. to BMP Media Holdings LLC as the payment for the assets contributed by BMP Media Holdings LLC. Simultaneously with this transaction Redline Capital Management will complete a partial exit from its investment in Artnews S.A., albeit remain as minority shareholder in the company. At PLN 2.69 per share agreed for the cash component of Artnews S.A. capital increase and approved by Artnews extraordinary shareholders meeting today, the merged company is valued at PLN 144.3 million or US$ 38.6 million.

    BMP Media Holding assets being sold to Artnews S.A. include 100% ownership interest in each of Art in America, The Magazine Antiques and Modern print and digital publications.

    Artnews S.A. is scheduled to close on this transaction with BMP Media Holdings LLC in October, 2015 and will consolidate related art media assets as of the day of closing. Artnews S.A. will remain listed in Warsaw and will seek for an additional listing in Germany in 2016.

    About Artnews S.A.
    ARTNEWS S.A. is the world’s leading print and the fastest growing online art media business with its media properties including the 113 years old ARTnews and the Art & Business monthly print magazines, www.artnews.com and the www.artbiznes.pl digital properties and Skate’s art business intelligence unit (www.skatepress.com). ARTNEWS S.A. is listed at Warsaw Stock Exchange and has its primary operations in New York, USA via Artnews Ltd, the 100% owned subsidiary of ARTNEWS S.A.

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