Services Provided

Dirks Van Essen & Murray provides a broad range of services in the sale, acquisition, and valuation of daily and non-daily newspapers.

These include:

Sales. The primary business of the firm is representing sellers of newspaper companies. Since 1990, Dirks, Van Essen & Murray has handled the sale of more than 300 dailies.

Acquisitions. The firm provides advice on valuation and negotiation strategies for companies contemplating a specific acquisition.

Consulting. DV&M provides operational and financial consulting services to newspaper companies looking to preserve and grow value amidst a difficult economic environment

Fair-Market Appraisals. Using a proprietary database of transaction information to compile confidential tables on comparable sales, the firm performs fair-market appraisals for a variety of purposes. These include shareholder buyouts, support with lending institutions and mergers.

Estate Planning Appraisals. Valuing the business is an important part of any newspaper family's estate and succession planning. Dirks, Van Essen & Murray has performed these valuation services for a number of families that have successfully transferred ownership to a new generation.

Employee Stock Ownership Plan Appraisals. Newspaper values must be updated periodically for employee ownership and some management incentive plans. Dirks, Van Essen & Murray's activity in the marketplace year-in and year-out assures consistent valuations on an ongoing basis.