Future has announced the purchase of five well-known, specialist consumer titles from Haymarket Media for up to £14m, 1.2x their combined revenue for the year to June 2017. These strengthen the group’s offering in audio visual and add new verticals in sports and leisure. Management has a very good record on speedy and successful integration of consumer titles and their improved monetisation. It expects this deal to be earnings enhancing. We will update our estimates when the transaction completes in May. The share price has drifted back from recent highs and we consider that the current rating does not fully reflect the opportunity.

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