The AMR Top 20 exhibition organisers by exhibition-organising revenue 2018, including 2019 M&A

11 October 2019

Leading advisers to the global events industry, AMR International has today released its annual “Top 20 exhibition organisers”: the global ranking based exclusively on exhibition organising revenue. The ranking takes into account 2018 revenues and 2019 M&A activity to date.

The top four positions have not changed since the previous AMR Top 20 was issued this time last year. Informa Markets retains the top spot, followed by Reed Exhibitions in second spot and Messe Frankfurt in third. Meanwhile, Clarion Events continues consolidating its position in fourth spot.

New entrant Messe Nüremberg benefitted from record financials in 2018 to enter AMR’s Top 20.

Tarsus has fallen out of the AMR Top 20, however, following Charterhouse taking it private earlier this year and recent spate of acquisitions, it will be interesting to see how it develops in the next 12 months.

Denzil Rankine, Executive Chairman, AMR International said, “Over the past year, industry consolidation at the top has continued with Reed Exhibitions acquiring Mack Brooks early 2019, bringing it closer to Informa Markets. ITE has integrated Ascential Events and rebranded as Hyve Group.”

“Transaction multiples are currently high, and we expect continuing M&A as many private equity firms are keen to enter the exhibitions market.”

The AMR Top 20 exhibition organisers by exhibition-organising revenue

The AMR Top 20 enables exhibition organisers to see how they rank in the global events market. It also helps organisers to track any shifts in market share, particularly ahead of the financial reporting cycle.

In addition, the ranking presents a pure view of organising, the dynamic and highly profitable part of the industry, by isolating exhibition organiser revenues from venue rental and service revenues. Organisers are ranked on the latest fully reported year combined with pro-forma revenues of acquisitions.

AMR International also provides more in-depth analysis on the global exhibitions industry in the 11th edition of Globex: the global exhibitions organising market: assessment and forecast to 2023.

About AMR International

For over 25 years, AMR International has developed unparalleled experience in the events industry. Today, as the events industry accelerates along its evolutionary path, AMR’s mission is to act as a guide for organisations seeking to navigate this change. AMR supports all facets of strategy, event lifecycle, data and digital, operational and transaction support. AMR is also a regular advisor to financial investors in the events industry, providing strategic M&A support in emerging and mature markets. AMR has offices in London, New York, Paris and New Delhi, as well as on-the-ground experience in more than 30 countries.

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