By M.E. Sharpe, Inc.

closed 8/5/2014 via BNC Analysis

Taylor & Francis Group, acquired M.E. Sharpe, Inc.

synopsis: M.E. Sharpes, a higher education academic books and journals company has been acquired by Taylor & Francis Group, a subsidiary of Informa plc. M.E. Sharpe publishes textbooks and general interest books for the higher education market, with particular strength in economics, marketing and politics and current affairs.
buyer parent: Informa plc
buyer: Taylor & Francis Group
Taylor & Francis is a leading international academic publisher. Operating from a network of 20 global offices, the Taylor & Francis Group publishes more than 1,500 journals and around 1,800 new books each year, with a books backlist in excess of 20,000 specialist titles. "
target: M.E. Sharpe, Inc.
M.E. Sharpe publishes textbooks and general interest books for the higher education market, with particular strength in economics, marketing and politics and current affairs. M.E. Sharpe also publishes both original works and translations in Asian and East European studies.
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closed 8/5/2014 via BNC Analysis

Taylor & Francis Group, acquired M.E. Sharpe, Inc.

synopsis: M.E. Sharpes, a higher education academic books and journals company has been acquired by Taylor & Francis Group, a subsidiary of Informa plc. M.E. Sharpe publishes textbooks and general interest books for the higher education market, with particular strength in economics, marketing and politics and current affairs.
buyer parent: Informa plc
buyer: Taylor & Francis Group
Taylor & Francis is a leading international academic publisher. Operating from a network of 20 global offices, the Taylor & Francis Group publishes more than 1,500 journals and around 1,800 new books each year, with a books backlist in excess of 20,000 specialist titles. "
target: M.E. Sharpe, Inc.
M.E. Sharpe publishes textbooks and general interest books for the higher education market, with particular strength in economics, marketing and politics and current affairs. M.E. Sharpe also publishes both original works and translations in Asian and East European studies.
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closed 1/17/2017 via PR Newswire

Lightswitch Learning, acquired Scobre Press

synopsis: Lightswitch Learning, a national K-12 publisher and sales organization, has acquired high-interest educational publisher, Scobre Press. A publisher of high-interest fiction and nonfiction devoted to serving striving readers, Scobre Press has a catalog of more than 100 fiction and nonfiction titles that students have enjoyed for over 15 years.
buyer parent: Sussman Sales Company
buyer: Lightswitch Learning
Lightswitch Learning is a national K-12 sales organization that provides schools, teachers, parents, and students with resources on family engagement, social-emotional learning, career exploration and much more. The company was founded in 1971 and is headquartered in New York City, New York. "
target: Scobre Press
Scobre’s library consists of over 100 fiction and nonfiction titles, each available on two reading levels. Scobre has sold hundreds of thousands of its books to elementary, middle, and high schools across the country. Scobre Press Corporation was founded in 1999 and is based in Seattle, WA.
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announced 6/25/2009 via AP - Associated Press

Gareth Stevens Publishing, LLLP, will acquire Gareth Stevens, Inc.

synopsis: The Reader's Digest Association, Inc. (RDA) has reached an agreement to sell the assets of Gareth Stevens, Inc., to Roger Rosen, owner and CEO of Rosen Publishing, and Gary Spears, a co-founder of Gareth Stevens in 1984. Under the agreement, the assets will be sold to a new entity, Gareth Stevens Publishing, LLLP.
buyer: Gareth Stevens Publishing, LLLP
Gareth Stevens, Inc. is a leading international publisher and distributor of educational and entertaining children's books and a distributor of multimedia products. Gareth Stevens, Inc. produces and distributes over 600 titles to schools and libraries in print and CD-ROM. "
target parent: Ripplewood Holdings LLC
target: Gareth Stevens, Inc.
Gareth Stevens, Inc. is a leading international publisher and distributor of educational and entertaining children's books and a distributor of multimedia products. Gareth Stevens, Inc. produces and distributes over 600 titles to schools and libraries in print and CD-ROM.
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closed 4/19/2005 via PR Newswire

The Wicks Group, acquired EMC Corporation

synopsis: Wicks Group of Companies, L.L.C., a New York-based private equity firm, today announced that its affiliate, Wicks Educational Publishing, LLC, has completed the acquisition of EMC Corporation, an independent educational publisher, for $21.00 per share, or a total purchase price of $44.1 million.
buyer: The Wicks Group
The Wicks Group of Companies, L.L.C. is a New York based private equity firm that invests in selected segments of the communications, information and media industries. "
target: EMC Corporation
EMC/Paradigm publishes textbook programs for accounting/math, allied health, computer applications, developmental skills, English/communications, keyboarding, machine transcription/shorthand, office systems, psychology/human relations/careers, staff development, and world languages.
price ($mm)
$44
rev ($mm)
$30
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
1.5x
EV / EBITDA
closed 9/18/2006 via PR Newswire

Freeload Press, Inc., acquired Textbook Revolution

synopsis: Freeload Press, Inc. has purchased Textbook Revolution in a strategic move designed to add more products, expand services and increase resources for college students and other learners around the country. The combined companies will provide extensive resources for students searching for affordable textbooks.
buyer: Freeload Press, Inc.
Freeload Press, Inc. publishes e-textbooks using advertising and corporate sponsorship to reduce costs. The company publishes its own college textbooks and distributes both Freeload Press publications and other publishers’ textbooks. "
target: Textbook Revolution
Textbook Revolution catalogs and hosts free textbooks and websites that could replace books. Each link in the catalog is carefully reviewed and tagged so that users can quickly find and compare books.
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closed 3/3/2010 via Company Press Release

Media Source, Inc., purchased Library Journal and School Library Journal from Reed Business Information

synopsis: Ohio-based Media Source Inc. announces that it has acquired Library Journal and School Library Journal from Reed Business Information-US. The acquisition includes all print and web products, services, supplements, and newsletters, including Library Hotline.
buyer parent: The Riverside Company
buyer: Media Source, Inc.
Media Source is the parent company of Junior Library Guild (JLG) and The Horn Book, Inc. JLG is a review and collection development service that provides books to more than 17,000 school and public libraries. The Horn Book, Inc. reviews children’s and young adult books in two print publications. "
seller parent: Reed Elsevier
seller: Reed Business Information
Reed Business Information is a leading provider of critical information and marketing solutions to business professionals in targeted industry sectors. Our market-leading properties include more than 135 business-to-business publications and over 125 Web sites.
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closed 8/5/2014 via BNC Analysis

Taylor & Francis Group, acquired M.E. Sharpe, Inc.

synopsis: M.E. Sharpes, a higher education academic books and journals company has been acquired by Taylor & Francis Group, a subsidiary of Informa plc. M.E. Sharpe publishes textbooks and general interest books for the higher education market, with particular strength in economics, marketing and politics and current affairs.
buyer parent: Informa plc
buyer: Taylor & Francis Group
Taylor & Francis is a leading international academic publisher. Operating from a network of 20 global offices, the Taylor & Francis Group publishes more than 1,500 journals and around 1,800 new books each year, with a books backlist in excess of 20,000 specialist titles. "
target: M.E. Sharpe, Inc.
M.E. Sharpe publishes textbooks and general interest books for the higher education market, with particular strength in economics, marketing and politics and current affairs. M.E. Sharpe also publishes both original works and translations in Asian and East European studies.
price ($mm)
rev ($mm)
EBITDA ($mm)
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closed 1/17/2017 via PR Newswire

Lightswitch Learning, acquired Scobre Press

synopsis: Lightswitch Learning, a national K-12 publisher and sales organization, has acquired high-interest educational publisher, Scobre Press. A publisher of high-interest fiction and nonfiction devoted to serving striving readers, Scobre Press has a catalog of more than 100 fiction and nonfiction titles that students have enjoyed for over 15 years.
buyer parent: Sussman Sales Company
buyer: Lightswitch Learning
Lightswitch Learning is a national K-12 sales organization that provides schools, teachers, parents, and students with resources on family engagement, social-emotional learning, career exploration and much more. The company was founded in 1971 and is headquartered in New York City, New York. "
target: Scobre Press
Scobre’s library consists of over 100 fiction and nonfiction titles, each available on two reading levels. Scobre has sold hundreds of thousands of its books to elementary, middle, and high schools across the country. Scobre Press Corporation was founded in 1999 and is based in Seattle, WA.
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announced 6/25/2009 via AP - Associated Press

Gareth Stevens Publishing, LLLP, will acquire Gareth Stevens, Inc.

synopsis: The Reader's Digest Association, Inc. (RDA) has reached an agreement to sell the assets of Gareth Stevens, Inc., to Roger Rosen, owner and CEO of Rosen Publishing, and Gary Spears, a co-founder of Gareth Stevens in 1984. Under the agreement, the assets will be sold to a new entity, Gareth Stevens Publishing, LLLP.
buyer: Gareth Stevens Publishing, LLLP
Gareth Stevens, Inc. is a leading international publisher and distributor of educational and entertaining children's books and a distributor of multimedia products. Gareth Stevens, Inc. produces and distributes over 600 titles to schools and libraries in print and CD-ROM. "
target parent: Ripplewood Holdings LLC
target: Gareth Stevens, Inc.
Gareth Stevens, Inc. is a leading international publisher and distributor of educational and entertaining children's books and a distributor of multimedia products. Gareth Stevens, Inc. produces and distributes over 600 titles to schools and libraries in print and CD-ROM.
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closed 4/19/2005 via PR Newswire

The Wicks Group, acquired EMC Corporation

synopsis: Wicks Group of Companies, L.L.C., a New York-based private equity firm, today announced that its affiliate, Wicks Educational Publishing, LLC, has completed the acquisition of EMC Corporation, an independent educational publisher, for $21.00 per share, or a total purchase price of $44.1 million.
buyer: The Wicks Group
The Wicks Group of Companies, L.L.C. is a New York based private equity firm that invests in selected segments of the communications, information and media industries. "
target: EMC Corporation
EMC/Paradigm publishes textbook programs for accounting/math, allied health, computer applications, developmental skills, English/communications, keyboarding, machine transcription/shorthand, office systems, psychology/human relations/careers, staff development, and world languages.
price ($mm)
$44
rev ($mm)
$30
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
1.5x
EV / EBITDA
closed 9/18/2006 via PR Newswire

Freeload Press, Inc., acquired Textbook Revolution

synopsis: Freeload Press, Inc. has purchased Textbook Revolution in a strategic move designed to add more products, expand services and increase resources for college students and other learners around the country. The combined companies will provide extensive resources for students searching for affordable textbooks.
buyer: Freeload Press, Inc.
Freeload Press, Inc. publishes e-textbooks using advertising and corporate sponsorship to reduce costs. The company publishes its own college textbooks and distributes both Freeload Press publications and other publishers’ textbooks. "
target: Textbook Revolution
Textbook Revolution catalogs and hosts free textbooks and websites that could replace books. Each link in the catalog is carefully reviewed and tagged so that users can quickly find and compare books.
price ($mm)
rev ($mm)
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
EV / EBITDA
closed 3/3/2010 via Company Press Release

Media Source, Inc., purchased Library Journal and School Library Journal from Reed Business Information

synopsis: Ohio-based Media Source Inc. announces that it has acquired Library Journal and School Library Journal from Reed Business Information-US. The acquisition includes all print and web products, services, supplements, and newsletters, including Library Hotline.
buyer parent: The Riverside Company
buyer: Media Source, Inc.
Media Source is the parent company of Junior Library Guild (JLG) and The Horn Book, Inc. JLG is a review and collection development service that provides books to more than 17,000 school and public libraries. The Horn Book, Inc. reviews children’s and young adult books in two print publications. "
seller parent: Reed Elsevier
seller: Reed Business Information
Reed Business Information is a leading provider of critical information and marketing solutions to business professionals in targeted industry sectors. Our market-leading properties include more than 135 business-to-business publications and over 125 Web sites.
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