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Photo by Marla Aufmuth/Getty Images for Pennsylvania Conference for Women 2019

TheSkimm, a digital media company catering to millennial women, has hired JPMorgan Chase & Co. to evaluate deal offers, sources tell Axios.

By the numbers: The company brought in roughly $20 million in 2019 revenue, per sources. Its leadership has been telling stakeholders that it expects revenues this year to be nearly double that number by year's end.

Details: Sources say the company is eyeing sales to non-media companies, like financial services companies and luxury brands that are desperate to reach millennial women.

  • It's also explored some strategic partnerships, which would be with media companies, including being a part of a SPAC rollup.
  • It's had a few conversations with pure-play media companies, like Discovery, which on Monday announced a mega-deal of its own with WarnerMedia.
  • The company officially engaged JPMC a few weeks ago to evaluate inbound offers and partnerships.

Be smart: TheSkimm's value to a products or services company may be greater than it would be to a traditional media company.

  • TheSkimm is one of the few assets up for sale that could help a brand reach millennial women. (Its main newsletter The Daily Skimm has over 7.5 million active subscribers, mostly women under 35.)
  • Its financials may be a tougher sell for a traditional media company, looking to maximize profits from content, as opposed to company selling goods or services to a niche audience of millennial women.
  • TheSkimm has raised nearly $30 million from a number of investors, including GV (Google Ventures), Goldman Sachs, RRE Ventures and Homebrew.

The big picture: More companies that aren't traditional media firms have been exploring such deals as a way to boost customer acquisition.

  • For example, HubSpot, a publicly-traded marketing software company, bought The Hustle, an email newsletter company targeted at entrepreneurs, in February for $27 million.
  • TheSkimm's investments in financial literacy content for millennial women may make it an attractive asset for a financial tech or services company. During the pandemic, it launched a financial literacy vertical called SkimmMoney alongside a virtual course program called "SkimmU."

Between the lines: Rumors and speculation around TheSkimm's sale prospects have been swirling for years, as the company is one of the remaining standalone digital media companies that's left to buy.

  • More media companies are consolidating to be able to better compete with tech giants like Facebook or Google for eyeballs and attention.

Go deeper

May 18, 2021 - Economy & Business

Big media to get a lot bigger

Data: Yahoo Finance; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

The megamerger of Discovery and AT&T media assets is likely to trigger a chain reaction of other media giants forming ever bigger combinations.

Why it matters: There was a time when most Americans got their news and entertainment from three broadcast networks, a handful of Hollywood studios and their local paper. Today, Americans get content from hundreds of different sources, but they're increasingly being gobbled up by the same owners.

May 17, 2021 - Economy & Business

AT&T spins off WarnerMedia, forming new media behemoth with Discovery

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

AT&T and Discovery have agreed to create a joint venture that would house WarnerMedia’s premium entertainment, sports and news assets with Discovery's nonfiction and international entertainment and sports businesses, the companies announced Monday.

Why it matters: It's a major course correction by AT&T. The deal essentially confirms shareholder fears that the company's $85 billion merger with Time Warner three years ago was not fully baked.

May 16, 2021 - Economy & Business

AT&T in talks with Discovery to combine media assets

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

AT&T is in talks with media giant Discovery about merging its media assets, like CNN, TBS and TNT, according to two sources familiar with the discussions.

Why it matters: A potential merger could allow AT&T and Discovery to better compete with entertainment giants like Disney and Netflix in the video streaming wars.

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