greeting cards industry

announced 7/9/2012 via PR Newswire

The Occasions Group, Inc., will acquire CardsDirect

synopsis: Taylor Corporation and its affiliate The Occasions Group announced it has reached an agreement to acquire CardsDirect of Dallas, TX, becoming part of The Occasions Group business unit. CardsDirect is a catalog and internet-based company that offers thousands of unique designs across dozens of categories.
buyer parent: Taylor Corporation
buyer: The Occasions Group, Inc.
The Occasions Group is a leading provider of personalized business greetings and stationery. The company creates, designs, manufactures, personalizes, fulfills, markets and outsources a wide variety of products, including invitations, accessories, napkins, and more. "
target: CardsDirect
Founded in 1998, CardsDirect is a catalog and internet-based company that offers thousands of unique designs across dozens of categories including business holiday cards, corporate birthday cards, thank you cards, Christmas cards, photo holiday cards, assorted boxed cards, and more.
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closed 8/9/2013 via PR Newswire

American Greetings Corporation, acquired American Greetings Corporation

synopsis: American Greetings Corporation announced the completion of its acquisition by the Weiss Family, including the Company's Chairman, Morry Weiss. American Greetings Corporation is a creator and manufacturer of innovative social expression products that assist consumers in enhancing their relationships to create happiness, laughter and love.
buyer: American Greetings Corporation (AM:$1,975.95)
American Greetings Corporation is a leading manufacturer of innovative social expression products that assist consumers in enhancing their relationships. The Company's major greeting card lines are American Greetings, Carlton Cards, Gibson, Recycled Paper Greetings and Papyrus. "
target: American Greetings Corporation (AM:$1,975.95)
American Greetings Corporation is a leading manufacturer of innovative social expression products that assist consumers in enhancing their relationships. The company's major greeting card lines are American Greetings, Carlton Cards, Gibson, Recycled Paper Greetings and Papyrus.
price ($mm)
$878
rev ($mm)
$1,695
EBITDA ($mm)
$217
EV / rev
0.5x
EV / EBITDA
4.1x
announced 11/5/2012 via PR Newswire

Crane & Co., will acquire William Arthur

synopsis: Crane & Co., the iconic American brand known for its premier quality stationery, announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire William Arthur, a subsidiary of Hallmark Cards, Inc, known for quality and innovative stationery.
buyer: Crane & Co.
Crane & Co. produces the paper for United States currency and manufactures products used in banknote security and industrial applications. It is also a leader in the social networking business, producing quality paper for personalized notes, business stationery, announcements and more. "
target parent: Hallmark Cards, Inc.
target: William Arthur
William Arthur stationery, invitations, announcements and holiday cards are renowned for beautiful designs, substantial paper stock, rich embellishments and exceptional printing. Headquartered in Maine, they combine time-honored print methods with state-of-the-art design and technology.
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cancelled 9/26/2012 via Reuters

American Greetings Corporation, cancelled an acquisition of American Greetings Corporation

synopsis: American Greetings Corp received a go-private offer from a group led by its CEO, valuing the company at about $580 million. American Greetings Corporation has been a creator and manufacturer of innovative social expression products that assist consumers in enhancing their relationships to create happiness, laughter and love.
buyer: American Greetings Corporation (AM:$1,975.95)
American Greetings Corporation is a leading manufacturer of innovative social expression products that assist consumers in enhancing their relationships. The Company's major greeting card lines are American Greetings, Carlton Cards, Gibson, Recycled Paper Greetings and Papyrus. "
target: American Greetings Corporation (AM:$1,975.95)
American Greetings Corporation is a leading manufacturer of innovative social expression products that assist consumers in enhancing their relationships. The Company's major greeting card lines are American Greetings, Carlton Cards, Gibson, Recycled Paper Greetings and Papyrus.
price ($mm)[EV]
$592 [$885]
rev ($mm)
$1,750
EBITDA ($mm)
$151
EV / rev
0.5x
EV / EBITDA
5.9x
closed 3/4/2011 via PR Newswire

UK Greetings Ltd., acquired Watermark Publishing Limited

synopsis: American Greetings Corporation has announced that its European subsidiary, UK Greetings Ltd., has acquired Watermark Publishing Limited, a leader in the United Kingdom in the innovation and design of greeting cards.
buyer parent: American Greetings Corporation
buyer: UK Greetings Ltd.
UK Greetings Ltd. is the UK’s market leading direct-to-retail publisher and manufacturer of greetings cards and associated social expression products. The company is a supplier to all key distribution channels including major supermarkets, high street specialists, and retailers. "
target: Watermark Publishing Limited
Watermark Publishing is a leader in the United Kingdom in the innovation and design of greeting cards. The company has a current portfolio of over three thousand designs. In addition to greeting cards, Watermark's product range includes rollwrap, gift bags, gift boxes and stationary.
price ($mm)[EV]
$17 [$6]
rev ($mm)
$40
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
0.1x
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closed 2/25/2009 via PR Newswire

American Greetings Corporation, acquired Recycled Paper Greetings, Inc.

synopsis: American Greetings Corporation announced it has completed its acquisition of Recycled Paper Greetings, Inc. Chicago-based Recycled Paper Greetings (RPG) is a preeminent creator and designer of humorous and alternative greeting cards with annual net sales of approximately $75 million.
buyer: American Greetings Corporation (AM:$1,975.95)
Founded in 1906, American Greetings is the world's largest publicly owned creator, manufacturer and distributor of social expression products. Our major domestic greeting card brands are Carlton Cards, American Greetings and Gibson. "
target: Recycled Paper Greetings, Inc.
Recycled Paper Greetings (RPG), makes humorous greeting cards using recycled paper and is the third largest greeting card company is the US. RPG provides both humorous and affectionate designs with presentation options suited for any retailer.
price ($mm)[EV]
$67 [$267]
rev ($mm)
$82
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
3.3x
EV / EBITDA
closed 12/3/2007 via BusinessWire

CSS Industries, Inc., acquired CR Gibson Co., The

synopsis: CSS Industries, Inc. announced that it has completed the previously reported acquisition of substantially all of the business and assets of C.R. Gibson, Inc., a leading designer, marketer and distributor of memory books, stationery, journals and notecards, paper tableware, infant and wedding photo albums and scrapbooks and other gift items.
buyer: CSS Industries, Inc. (CSS:$0.00)
CSS is a consumer products company primarily engaged in the design, manufacture, procurement, distribution and sale of seasonal and all occasion products, principally to mass market retailers. These products include gift wrap, gift bags, boxed greeting cards, gift tags and decorative tissue paper. "
target parent: InterMedia Partners
target: CR Gibson Co., The
C.R. Gibson, Inc. is a leading designer, marketer and distributor of memory books, stationery, journals and notecards, paper tableware, infant and wedding photo albums and scrapbooks and other gift items that commemorate life’s celebrations.
price ($mm)[EV]
$62 [$67]
rev ($mm)
$50
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
1.5x
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closed 11/7/2013 via BusinessWire

Provide Commerce Inc., acquired Sincerely, Inc.

synopsis: Provide Commerce, Inc., the parent company of leading e-commerce gifting brands ProFlowers, RedEnvelope, Personal Creations, Gifts.com and others, has purchased mobile gifting startup Sincerely, Inc. This strategic acquisition accelerates Provide Commerce’s ability to leverage the rapid growth in mobile commerce for its e-commerce brands.
buyer parent: Liberty Interactive Corporation
buyer: Provide Commerce Inc.
Provide Commerce, one of the nation’s leading e-commerce companies. They operate an e-commerce marketplace of websites for perishable goods that consistently delivers fresh, high-quality products direct from the supplier to the customer at competitive prices. "
target: Sincerely, Inc.
Sincerely, Inc is a mobile gifting startup. They also offer mobile and social network applications to create birthday invitations, photo prints, postcards, and greeting cards from iPhone, iPad, and Android.
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closed 8/14/2013 via

The Occasions Group, Inc., acquired Red Stamp

synopsis: Taylor Corporation and its affiliate The Occasions Group, a company providing personalized correspondence, has reached an agreement to acquire Red Stamp. Red Stamp is best known for its Apple's App Store, with over 1,000 designs that can be personalized with photos + text and then shared from a mobile device and/or desktop computer.
buyer parent: Taylor Corporation
buyer: The Occasions Group, Inc.
The Occasions Group is a leading provider of personalized business greetings and stationery. The company creates, designs, manufactures, personalizes, fulfills, markets and outsources a wide variety of products, including invitations, accessories, napkins, and more. "
target: Red Stamp
Red Stamp's lifestyle app in Apple's App Store, with over 1,000 designs can be personalized with photos, text and then shared from your mobile device and/or desktop computer in a multitude of ways: texts, tweets, emails, Instagram, Facebook, paper postcards and soon to be printed cards in envelopes.
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closed 10/24/2012 via BNC Analysis

CafePress, acquired InvitationBox.com

synopsis: CafePress Inc ., the custom-goods producer, has acquired the company behind customized-stationery website InvitationBox.com, according to a new version of its prospectus filed with regulators.
buyer: CafePress (PRSS:$78.48)
CafePress is the world's biggest destination for self-expression through merchandise. Each month over 11 million shoppers visit CafePress to buy or create custom T-shirts, mugs, posters and other unique gifts that reflect their interests, passions, beliefs and affiliations. "
target: InvitationBox.com
InvitationBox.com is one of the internet’s largest stationery retailers. InvitationBox.com take great pride in offering a high quality and diverse range of products to customers from birth announcements and wedding invitations to party invitations, stationery, gift items and more.
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closed 4/25/2011 via BusinessWire

Shutterfly, Inc., acquired Tiny Prints, Inc.

synopsis: Shutterfly, Inc., a leading Internet-based social expression and personal publishing service, announced that it has completed the acquisition of Tiny Prints, Inc., a privately-held ecommerce company offering stylish cards, invitations, personalized stationery and photo books.
buyer: Shutterfly, Inc. (SFLY:$2,086.78)
Founded in 1999, Shutterfly, Inc. is an Internet-based social expression and personal publishing service. Shutterfly provides high quality products and world class services that make it easy, convenient and fun for consumers to preserve their digital photos in a creative and thoughtful manner. "
target: Tiny Prints, Inc.
Tiny Prints, Inc. is comprised of www.tinyprints.com and www.weddingpaperdivas.com, two thriving ecommerce brands offering stylish cards, invitations, personalized stationery and photo books to customers from around the world.
price ($mm)[EV]
$357 [$328]
rev ($mm)
$87
EBITDA ($mm)
$1
EV / rev
4.4x
EV / EBITDA
594.5x
closed 11/6/2013 via BNC Analysis

Otter House Group Limited, acquired Otter House Group Limited

synopsis: Otter House Group has been acquired from founders Gary Beck and Hendrik Vollers by a seven-strong management team led by group managing director David Pike. The company offers unique retail display solutions and a diverse product range including cards, giftware, homewares, stationery, high-end gift collections, and calendars.
buyer: Otter House Group Limited
Otter House Group offers unique retail display solutions and a diverse product range including cards, giftware, homewares, stationery, high-end gift collections, and calendars. "
target: Otter House Group Limited
Otter House Group offers unique retail display solutions and a diverse product range including cards, giftware, homewares, stationery, high-end gift collections, and calendars.
price ($mm)
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$73
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0.0x
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closed 12/16/2005 via

Dicksons, Inc., acquired Lawson Falle Publishing Limited

synopsis: Paramount Cards Holding Corporation today announced the sale of Lawson-Falle Publishing, its Christian greeting card unit, to Dicksons Gifts, a leader in Christian and inspirational gifts. It also simultaneously entered into a long-term strategic alliance to create and manufacture greeting cards for Dicksons.
buyer: Dicksons, Inc.
Dicksons has grown into a leading manufacturer and supplier of inspirational gifts and wall décor in the Christian market. "
target parent: Paramount Cards Holding Corporation
target: Lawson Falle Publishing Limited
Lawson Falle Publishing is America’s second largest Christian greeting card publisher. Lawson Falle provides innovative cards that reflect God’s love and grace for every reason, every season and every heart.
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closed 5/22/2019 via BNC Analysis

ARCUS Capital AG, acquired Sendmoments

synopsis: German private equity house Arcus Capital has acquired a majority stake in German online greeting cards and gifts business Sendmoments. The company offers high-quality invitation cards and printed materials for a variety of occasions, like birthday parties and weddings, which can be personalized according to a variety of templates.
buyer: ARCUS Capital AG
ARCUS Capital AG (ARCUS) is an independent private equity company that is located in Munich and was founded by entrepreneurs in 1994. The firm’s investment focus is on German-speaking medium-sized companies engaged in restructuring and growth phases. "
target: Sendmoments
Sendmoments is an online provider of greeting cards and print products in the DACH region. The company offers high-quality invitation cards and printed materials for a variety of occasions, like birthday parties and weddings, which can be personalized according to a variety of templates.
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closed 7/18/2012 via PR Web

Webtradex International Corporation, purchased B´Wished from Birthday Slam

synopsis: Webtradex International Corp. is pleased to announce that it has completed acquisition of certain assets of Birthday Slam Corporation, an Ontario Corporation. B´Wished helps find the perfect gift for anyone on their special day by combining social media with ecommerce to put the focus back on the giver and the receiver of gifts.
buyer: Webtradex International Corporation (ZDVN:$0.00)
Webtradex International Corp. does not have significant operations. The company intends to raise capital; or seek a merger, acquisition, or outright sale. Previously, it was engaged in the acquisition and exploration of chip mineral claims located in British Columbia, Canada. "
seller: Birthday Slam
Birthday Slam is an internet start-up which will encompass multiple tools and applications that allow users to send e-cards, create wish lists, purchase group-gifts, receive notifications of approaching Birthdays, store details of past greetings and gifts and conduct other, similar activities.
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CardsDirect

American Greetings Corporation

William Arthur

American Greetings Corporation

Watermark Publishing Limited

Recycled Paper Greetings, Inc.

CR Gibson Co., The

Sincerely, Inc.

Red Stamp

InvitationBox.com

Tiny Prints, Inc.

Otter House Group Limited

Lawson Falle Publishing Limited

Sendmoments

Birthday Slam

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American Greetings Corporation
American Greetings Corporation
American Greetings Corporation is a leading manufacturer of innovative social expression products that assist consumers in enhancing their relationships. The Company's major greeting card lines are American Greetings, Carlton Cards, Gibson, Recycled Paper Greetings and Papyrus.
year
2014
rev ($mm)
$1,975.95
EBITDA ($mm)
$230.47
EBIT ($mm)
$173.03
Net Income ($mm)
$60.87
Employees
18250
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