Yell Group

This Reading firm, which has produced the Yellow Pages business directories since 1966, was sold by BT to the private-equity firms Apax Partners and Hicks, Muse, Tate and Furst for £2.1 billion in 2001. Yell has expanded by acquisition in America and now has a presence in 41 states. Its backers are looking to float the company as soon as stock markets permit. Yell reported sales of £865m and an operating profit of £152m in 2002.

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Company details
Year2003
Rank29
CompanyYell Group
ActivityBusiness directory operator
LocationReading
Sales £m*865
Profit £m*152
Year endMar 02
Principal shareholdersApax Partners (44.35%), HMTF (44.35%)
Staff7,600
Founded1966
Websitewww.yellgroup.com

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