Axios is being acquired by Cox Enterprises, the businesses stated Monday, with plans to broaden the digital information website’s protection to incorporate extra cities.
The deal values Axios at $525 million, in line with individuals aware of the matter, who requested to not be named as a result of monetary phrases of the deal weren’t disclosed. Axios co-founders Jim VandeHei, Mike Allen and Roy Schwartz will stay on the corporate’s board and proceed to handle its day-to-day operations, the businesses stated in a launch. Alex Taylor, the CEO and chair of Cox Enterprises, will be part of the Axios board.
Cox, which is privately held in and based mostly in Atlanta, had beforehand invested in Axios in fall 2021. The corporate ramped up talks to purchase Axios a number of months in the past, intrigued by the corporate’s push into native journalism, VandeHei stated in an interview. Axios, which focuses closely on politics and enterprise information, launched in 2017 and affords native protection of cities that embrace Austin, Texas, Boston and Seattle, in line with its web site.
“We have been on the lookout for two issues: a purchaser that was authentically dedicated for the very long run to critical media, and somebody who was nice with us being in management for a very long time,” VandeHei stated. “That’s not as a result of we’re smug however as a result of we now have a transparent thoughts about what a superb journalism enterprise appears like.”
Axios by no means employed a banker and solely spoke with Cox a few sale, moderately than soliciting different consumers, stated VandeHei, who described the deal as “good and straightforward,” with talks escalating over the previous few months. Axios had beforehand held talks to promote to Axel Springer and to merge with The Athletic, which The New York Instances purchased earlier this yr.