SOURCE: IMG

April 12, 2007 07:00 ET

IMG Acquires Quintus

LONDON -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 12, 2007 -- IMG, the world's leading sports, entertainment and media company, today announced that it has acquired Quintus, the sports and entertainment company.

The acquisition follows the recent purchase by IMG of a number of other companies including CSI Sports, BSI Speedway, Tennis Week and Art + Commerce.

Among its impressive portfolio, key Quintus events include the BlackRock Masters Tennis, the showpiece and climax of the BlackRock Tour of Champions at the Royal Albert Hall, the Michelob ULTRA London Triathlon (the world's largest triathlon with more than 10,000 entrants), and the Microsoft UK Challenge (part of the Intelligent Sport™ Challenger World corporate team building series).

The deal also sees the return of Quintus CEO and one of its founders, Peter Worth, to IMG. Peter worked at the company for 11 years in the 1970s and 1980s, during which time he managed Bjorn Borg and headed IMG's European sponsorship sales division.

SBI, the sponsorship activation and consulting arm of Quintus is included in the acquisition, and will transfer later this year to IMG's West London offices along with Quintus, although the companies will continue to trade under their own names.

Ian Todd, President, IMG International, said: "I am delighted that IMG has been able to acquire Quintus with its impressive portfolio of UK events and talented management team. We will use our international network of offices to develop their proprietary events around the world. It's also great to have Peter back at IMG again, and I am looking forward to working with him."

Peter Worth, Quintus Chief Executive, said: "I am delighted that Quintus will be part of a company of IMG's stature and excited about the future, when we will be able to build on what Quintus has successfully achieved so far using IMG's extensive resources and talent pool."

Quintus is also one of the official hospitality agents for Rugby World Cup 2007 and holds a licence for the 3-D signs currently being viewed on the pitch at the Cricket World Cup in the West Indies.

Editor's Notes

About IMG

IMG is the world's premier Sports, Entertainment and Media Company. IMG is a diversified global business with two major business segments: IMG Sports & Entertainment, and IMG Media. IMG employs over 2,600 people in 30 countries. Forstmann Little & Co. purchased IMG in 2004.

IMG Sports & Entertainment includes: consulting services; event ownership and management; fashion events and models representation; licensing; golf course design; client representation in golf, tennis, broadcasting, speakers, European football, rugby, cricket, motorsports, coaching, Olympic sports and action sports. In addition, IMG Academies is the world's largest and most advanced, state-of-the-art, multi-sport training and educational facility, delivering world-class sports training experiences to over 12,000 junior, collegiate, adult and professional athletes each year.

IMG Media, which includes our content production subsidiaries TWI, Darlow Smithson Productions (DSP) and Tiger Aspect Productions (TAP), is recognized as a global leader in the delivery of traditional and new media content and services, with Internet, broadband and mobile expertise, transforming how audiences access and interact with content.

IMG Media produces and distributes over 11,000 hours of sports, documentary, drama, comedy, entertainment, popular factual and children's content annually, over multiple platforms across 220 countries, including award-winning television and radio programming. It also represents the broadcast rights to many of the world's premier sporting events and has the world's biggest sports archive with more than 250,000 hours of footage.

More information about IMG is available at www.imgworld.com, www.darlowsmithson.com and www.tigeraspect.co.uk

About Quintus

Quintus was founded in 1991 in order to create and market intellectual property rights in the field of sport and entertainment. Quintus is involved in sponsorship, corporate hospitality, event management and television rights.

Quintus is an Official Hospitality Agent of Rugby World Cup 2007 France.

In 2005, Quintus acquired SBI Group, which added The Michelob ULTRA London Triathlon and the Challenger World Series to its portfolio, as well as a fully-fledged sponsorship consultancy offering.

Quintus owns and manages a number of proprietary events such as the BlackRock Masters Tennis at the Royal Albert Hall, The Fortis Tennis Classic at the Hurlingham Club, the London Bierfest and the Boodles Legends Tennis Classic at Mottram Hall.

Quintus is also the sanctioning body on the ATP Champions Tour outside of USA and Europe. Quintus has rights in other events including the Wales Rally GB, the UK leg of the World Rally Championship.

Quintus acquired worldwide 3-D signage rights by purchasing Three-D-Signs International, the company that owns the worldwide patents to 3-D surface branding. 3-D surface branding makes use of a technology where logos are applied to the surface using carpets or painted onto the pitch and appear to be standing upright when viewed through a television camera.

Quintus also manages a full range of hospitality requirements and bespoke events for corporate clients.

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