/// FTC Approves Nielsen Acquisition of Arbitron

September 20, 2013  |  Media Week

The Federal Trade Commission on Friday gave Nielsen Holdings the necessary clearance to acquire Arbitron. Subject to standard closing conditions, the deal is now expected to close on Sept. 30. Per terms of the deal, which was announced on Dec. 18, 2012 , Nielsen will acquire all of the outstanding common stock of Arbitron for $48 per share, or $1.3 billion. “We are pleased to have the regulatory process behind us and are excited to be closing the Arbitron acquisition,” said Nielsen CEO David Calhoun, by way of announcing the FTC’s decision. “We are looking forward to providing all of the benefits of the combined company to our new clients in the radio industry and their advertisers, driving incremental value for them as well as our shareholders.” The FTC voted 2-1 in favor, as Democrats

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