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Nielsen To Acquire Arbitron

Stocks in this article: NLSN

Together, Nielsen and Arbitron generated total revenues of $6.0 billion and combined pro forma adjusted EBITDA of $1.7 billion based on the 12 months ended September 30, 2012. The combined assets will support Nielsen's strong cash flow characteristics and will enable continued investment in growth initiatives. Excluding estimated transaction costs and purchase accounting adjustments, the acquisition is expected to be approximately $0.13 accretive to adjusted EPS 12 months after the close and approximately $0.19 accretive to adjusted EPS 24 months after the close. Cost synergies associated with the acquisition are expected to be at least $20 million and will be largely driven by the integration of technology platforms and data acquisition efforts.

Conference Call Information

Nielsen and Arbitron will host a live conference call to discuss the transaction today, December 18, 2012 at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time. The dial-in number for U.S. participants is 1-888-317-6016. The dial-in number for international callers is 1-412-317-6016. The passcode is Nielsen. A slide presentation and audio webcast of the call can be accessed live on the investor relations section of Nielsen’s website at http://ir.nielsen.com. An archive will be available on the site after the call.

About Nielsen

Nielsen (NYSE: NLSN) is a global information and measurement company with leading market positions in marketing and consumer information, television and other media measurement, online intelligence, mobile measurement, trade shows and related properties. Nielsen has a presence in approximately 100 countries, with headquarters in New York, USA and Diemen, the Netherlands. For more information, visit www.nielsen.com.

About Arbitron

Arbitron, Inc. (NYSE: ARB) is an international media and marketing research firm serving the media -- radio, television, cable, and out-of-home -- the mobile industry, as well as advertising agencies and advertisers around the world. Arbitron businesses include: measuring network and local market radio audiences across the United States; surveying the retail, media, and product patterns of U.S. consumers; providing mobile audience measurement and analytics in the United States, Europe, Asia, and Australia; and developing application software used for analyzing media audience and marketing information data.

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