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Arlington Capital Partners Announces the Sale of Virgo Holdings to Informa plc

Arlington Capital Partners today announced the sale of Virgo Holdings (“Virgo”), a leading integrated business-to-business information services company, to Informa plc.

Headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, Virgo is focused on delivering content within the fast-growing natural products, communications, healthcare, and business solutions industries via live events, electronic and print media products, and online platforms. Currently, Virgo produces six trade shows and conferences, publishes nine trade websites and six affiliated magazines, and operates online training and accreditation programs as well as branded online stores.

“Since our acquisition of Virgo in 2008, we have worked closely with the entire management team to accelerate the company’s digital media strategies, increase online revenues over 400%, and nearly double trade show revenues. We are proud of the value we have built together over the last six years for the company, its customers, its employees and our investors and look forward to the team’s continued success,” said Perry Steiner, a Managing Partner at Arlington Capital Partners.

John Siefert, CEO of Virgo, said, “Our sale to Informa presents a tremendous opportunity for the combined companies to continue to innovate and deliver value across our network and beyond. Through our partnership with Arlington Capital, we have expanded our presence in a number of exciting categories, providing a solid foundation from which to build under Informa’s ownership and global reach.”

Malcolm Little, a Vice President at Arlington Capital Partners, added, “It has been a pleasure working with the Virgo team and ultimately arriving at this highly successful transaction. We congratulate management and wish them, along with all of Virgo’s employees, the best in their new partnership with Informa.”

The sale closed on August 8, 2014. Financial terms were not disclosed.

About Arlington Capital Partners

Arlington Capital Partners is a Washington, D.C.-based private equity firm with $1.5 billion of committed capital focused on middle market investment opportunities in growth industries including: business services, software, aerospace/defense, government contracting, and healthcare services. The firm’s professionals and network have a unique combination of operating and private equity experience that enables Arlington to be a value-added investor. Arlington invests in companies in partnership with high quality management teams that are motivated to establish and/or advance their company’s position as leading competitors in their field. www.arlingtoncap.com

About Informa plc

Informa is one of the world’s leading knowledge, networking and business intelligence groups. It provides customers with unique, specialist information that enhances knowledge and understanding, driving improved decision making, and facilitates connections across communities and geographies that drive transactions and trade. With a workforce of approximately 7,000 people in over 150 offices across more than 40 countries, Informa is a truly global business. Within the Conference, Training and Exhibitions markets, it is one the largest players, producing more than 3,000 events across the world annually, including leading brands such as Vitafoods, Arab Health, Broadband World Forum and The Monaco Yacht Show.

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