AMR update of Top 20 exhibition organisers sees Top 4 consolidate

The top four exhibition organisers in the world have maintained their status in the latest AMR International annual ‘Top 20 exhibition organisers’ global ranking based on revenues.

AMR are international advisers to the global events industry and released the new ranking, 11 October, based on 2018 revenues and 2019 M&A activity to date.

Informa Markets retains the top spot in the new ranking, 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 a recent spate of acquisitions.

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.”