Private Investors Purchase VNU

A consortium of private investors has purchased Dutch publishing company VNU for $9.7 billion.

VNU includes Nielsen’s Television Ratings, Nielsen SoundScan, Billboard and Hollywood Reporter.

There has been considerable speculation that VNU will sell of its trade magazine publishing unit.

The consortium comprises AlpInvest Partners NV, The Blackstone Group LP, The Carlyle Group, Hellman & Friedman LLC, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. LP, and Thomas H. Lee Partners LP.