Press statements

  • 29 /07 2015

    ARTNEWS S.A. and Brant Publications, Inc. Announce Merger of their Art Media Properties Creating the World’s Leading Print and Digital Publisher of Art- Related News and Information

    Rozwiń

    ARTNEWS S.A. and Brant Publications, Inc. Announce Merger of their Art Media Properties Creating the World’s Leading Print and Digital Publisher of Art- Related News and Information

     

    • Brant Publication’s BMP Media Holdings LLC, publisher of Art in America, The Magazine Antiques and Modern Magazine to combine its publications with ARTNEWS S.A. making BMP Media Holdings LLC the largest controlling shareholder of the publicly traded ARTNEWS S.A.

     

    New York, NY — ARTNEWS S.A. the Warsaw Stock Exchange-listed art media company with its primary operations in New York, and Brant Publications, Inc. announced terms to combine the two publishing companies’ art media assets, creating the world’s largest and most influential print and digital publisher of in-depth, comprehensive and scholarly writing, art- related news, information and art business intelligence.

    Under terms of the deal, Brant Publication’s BMP Media Holdings LLC will become the majority shareholder of ARTNEWS S.A.  BMP Media Holding LLC will transfer 100% ownership interest in Art in America, The Magazine Antiques, Modern Magazine and related archives and digital properties to ARTNEWS S.A. The transaction will give BMP Media Holdings LLC a controlling interest in ARTNEWS S.A. Interview magazine is not part of the transaction and will continue to be operated by Brant Publications, Inc.

    Upon completing the merger of the two companies, ARTNEWS S.A. will maintain Art in America on its current publication schedule of 11 issues a year and will launch a new bundled print subscription offer under the Art in America brand with ARTnews focusing on special themed editions that have proven successful with the readers, such as the best-selling ARTnews issue “The World’s Top 200 Collectors”. The Magazine Antiques and Modern Magazine will continue as quarterly editions.

    All the art media properties will be consolidated onto a single digital platform at www.artnews.com, featuring art-related news, extensive archives, images and editorials. Readers will have access to a wide range of information on art and art business intelligence and both digital and international expansion of the group will continue under the ARTnews brand.

    Skate’s Art Market Research will continue its focus on providing reliable and unbiased research, art market data and art business intelligence.

    The above transactions remain subject to certain conditions, including the approval of shareholders of ARTNEWS S.A.

    “Under one umbrella, the combined company will have some of the most important cultural publications that together provide the complete content and history of decorative arts, classical arts and art-related news,” said Peter M. Brant. “We plan to strengthen our focus on digital content and online news reporting across all platforms. The combination of Art in America’s digital resources coupled with those of artnews.com will ensure that the company is the leading online resource for the art and design industries. We also see Skate’s Art Market Research as an area that has a significant growth potential.”

    The combined company will have a 52% market share in the U.S. print art magazines market, a digital audience in excess of two million unique users per month and will be based in New York. To improve on the liquidity of ARTNEWS S.A. shares, ARTNEWS S.A. management will seek to list them on the German Stock Exchange (Deutsche Boerse) in 2016.

    “This merger gives the new ARTNEWS S.A. the necessary scale and market power to preserve and strengthen our leadership in the art media space going forward. We’ll continue to deliver the best in class audience to our advertisers and the most diverse high quality content to our readers – a streamlined print offering will be combined with a significant investment in digital expansion with the objective of establishing artnews.com as the number one digital destination for the art loving public in the North American and European markets,” said Izabela Depczyk, who will remain the 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 the 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. 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.

    About Brant Publications, Inc.

    Brant Publications Inc. was founded in 1984 by Peter M. Brant and is on of the nation’s leading magazine and digital publishers.  It’s four titles include:  Interview, Art in America, The Magazine Antiques and Modern.

    Art in America was founded in 1913,Art in America is published 11 times per year. Current, provocative and comprehensive, over 200,000 readers rely on Art in America’s in-depth coverage every month. The magazine’s editorial team explores the contemporary art world with expertise and passion, engaging readers through critical essays, reviews and profiles.

    The Magazine ANTIQUES, in print since 1922, currently publishes six bi-monthly issues each year on fine art and antiques for collectors, museum directors and enthusiasts.  The publication delivers deep insight into the history of American, European and Continental works of beauty. Its prestigious reputation in the art world has made it well known for intelligent articles on exquisite objects of historical importance are illustrated with outstanding photography.

    MODERN magazine is a vibrant quarterly magazine on modern furniture, architecture and design that began publication in 2009. It examines 20th & 21st century design from all angles – looking at architecture, interiors, furniture, objects and the players in the design industry with a fresh and intelligent approach. It’s readers are a unique, affluent audience of sophisticated fine art and design buyers.

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    Media Contact:

    Tisha Kresler
Rubenstein Associates, Inc. Phone: 212.843.8294 tkresler@rubenstein.com

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  • 07 /07 2015

    ARTnews Publishes the List of the World’s 200 Top Art Collectors

    Rozwiń
  • 24 /06 2015

    ARTnews Delivers over 0.6M Top-Quality Digital Audience to Its Advertisers During Art Basel Week

    Rozwiń

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    ARTnews Delivers over 0.6M Top-Quality Digital Audience toIts Advertisers During Art Basel Week

    ARTnews Introduces Continuous Coverage of World’s Art Collectors and Launches Searchable Price Archive

     

    June 23, 2015, New York – Warsaw –– Artnews S.A., New York– and Warsaw-based global art media company, is rolling out a series of new product initiatives all aimed to further increase the reach and stickiness of its digital media properties. ARTnews’s hugely successful live art-events coverage that debuted in Miami Beach last year continues to be a primary source of digital traffic, with the recent real-time coverage of Art Basel 2015 gaining over 40,000 new readers alone (close to 20% of ARTnews’s digital audience for the week) who on average spent over three minutes per session and read at least three out of 23 Art Basel–related stories published by the ARTnews editorial team during the event.

    The ARTnews Facebook page outperformed all other art media pages by reach and new page likes during Art Basel week, with the daily page reach hitting an all-time high for ARTnews at over 375,000 and exceeding the size ofARTnews’s web audience for the week.

    ARTnews reached over 0.6 million art-loving premium-demographics readers during Art Basel week alone. This is about seven times the total number of Art Basel visitors this year. All of our digital inventory was sold out in May and June, including at premium rates around Venice and Basel coverage,” commented Izabela Depczyk, Chief Executive Officer of Artnews S.A. “There is more and more public interest and informational noise around events like Art Basel, and we see an increasing trend of both our readers and advertisers gravitating to ARTnews live events coverage to learn what matters the most from the trusted source,” added Ms. Depczyk.

    As the art world is about to hit the slow summer season, ARTnews is launching a series of initiatives aimed to further increase its audience engagement across various digital platforms throughout the summer. ARTnews already introduced a free-access searchable price data archive in cooperation with Skate’s and Barnebys which increasingly gains traction with both ARTnews readers and advertisers.

    The all-new ARTnews 200 Top Collectors coverage debuts online on June 30 and will provide a searchable archive of 25 years’ worth of ARTnews’s flagship 200 Top Collectors lists as well as brand-new art-collector profiles and continuous coverage. “Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the ARTnews 200 Top Collectors issue, ARTnews brings its coverage of art collectors to a totally new level, expanding it to include year-round digital coverage and a searchable archive atartnews.com,” commented Sarah Douglas, Editor in Chief of ARTnews.

    Exhibit 1: ARTnews 200 Top Collectors, Summary Data, 1990-2015

    ARTnews 200 Top Collectors: Geography and Collecting Interests, Summary Data, 1990-2015

    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 ARTnews and the Art & Business monthly print magazines, the www.artnews.com and the www.artbiznes.pldigital properties and Skate’s art business intelligence unit. 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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  • 05 /06 2015

    Artnews Audience Exceeds 1 Million Collectors and Art Lovers Worldwide Digital Audience Has Grown by 260% Since ARTnews Acquisition in May 2014

    Rozwiń

     

     

    ARTNEWS S.A.

    Press Statement

    Artnews Audience Exceeds 1 Million Collectors and Art Lovers Worldwide

    Digital Audience Has Grown by 260% Since

    ARTnews Acquisition in May 2014

    June 3, 2015, New York – Warsaw –– Artnews S.A., the Warsaw Stock Exchange–listed art-media company, is announcing the all-time record audience for its print and digital media properties in May.

    Artnews S.A. has developed a significant and loyal digital audience for its products since the U.S. magazine publisher ARTnews Limited became part of Artnews S.A. exactly a year ago. The total number of monthly unique users for all of Artnews S.A. digital media properties across both web and social networks exceeded 850,000 in May 2015. That is 260% growth since May of 2014. Digital audience now represents about 80% of ARTNEWS total audience, with many of our blockbuster stories and posts generating more than 10,000 shares and engagements each. Instagram was the fastest growing social network in terms of ARTnews magazine audience in May with 65% growth compared to April 2015. Coverage of the all-time record art prices achieved during the auction season in May, the Venice Biennale, and Frieze Art Fair New York, along with other initiatives such as Skate’s powered infographics and art industry research, all translated into a major surge of traffic across Artnews S.A. web and social-networks platforms. 63% of ARTNEWS digital audience in May came from the United States and about 40% were using mobile devices to access content.

    Print sales also remained strong in spite of the 25% increase of subscription prices effected earlier this year. ARTnews recorded all-time record newsstand sales for its March and April issues (estimated sales of 4,500 copies each), with newsstand representing less than 10% of overall audited and verified paid circulation of ARTnews magazine. 97% of ARTnews newsstand and subscription sales are in the United States, with an overall print audience estimated at 184,000 readers.

    Strong growth in digital audience helped to drive e-commerce sales, a relatively new product line ofARTnews. Standard and premium magazine subscriptions, Skate’s research, and ARTnews back issues all achieved record sales in May, with e-commerce revenue exceeding 3% of ARTnews total monthly sales, otherwise made of advertising and subscription income.

    “Now, when ARTnews has a strong and growing audience of art collectors and art business professionals, we intend to add more products and services for our readers, to make ARTnews their primary source of art news, information, business research, and price market data,” commented Izabela Depczyk, CEO of Artnews S.A.

    In separate and unrelated developments Artnews S.A. has successfully refinanced its domestic debt denominated in Polish Zloty and established the new benchmark rate of 8.45% in local currency for 18 months domestic bonds.

    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 ARTnews and the Art & Business monthly print magazines, the www.artnews.com and the www.artbiznes.pl digital properties and Skate’s art business intelligence unit. 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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  • 19 /05 2015

    ARTnews Unveils Original Cover Design by Will Cotton Commissioned in Celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the World’s Top 200 Collectors

    Rozwiń
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