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Dirks, Van Essen & April provides a broad range of services in selling, acquiring, and valuing daily and non-daily newspapers.


The primary business of the firm is representing sellers of newspaper companies. Since 1990, Dirks, Van Essen & April has handled the sale of more than 925 dailies and thousands of weekly newspapers.


The firm advises valuation and negotiation strategies for companies contemplating a specific acquisition.


DV&A provides consulting services to newspaper companies looking to preserve and grow value amidst a difficult economic environment

Fair-Market Appraisals

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

Estate Planning Appraisals

Valuing the business is important to any newspaper family’s estate and succession planning. Dirks, Van Essen & April has performed these valuation services for several families that have successfully transferred ownership to a new generation.