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closed 1/3/2012 via PR Newswire

Scholastic Inc., acquired Learners Publishing

synopsis: Scholastic, the global children's publishing, education, and media company, announced that through its Singapore subsidiary, Scholastic Education International (Singapore) Private Ltd., it has acquired Learners Publishing, a Singapore-based publisher of supplemental learning materials for English Language Learners.
buyer: Scholastic Inc. (SCHL:$1,679.40)
Scholastic is the world's largest publisher and distributor of children's books and a leader in educational technology and related services and children's media. It creates quality books, print and technology-based learning materials and programs, magazines, multi-media and other products. "
target: Learners Publishing
Learners Publishing is a Singapore-based publisher of supplemental learning materials for English Language Learners. Since its launch in 2000, Learners Publishing has produced a list of more than 400 titles.
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announced 6/13/2018 via BusinessWire

Vista Higher Learning, Inc., will acquire Santillana USA

synopsis: Vista Higher Learning, Inc., the leading educational publisher of world language products in the US, has announced an agreement with the PRISA education subsidiary SANTILLANA, for the acquisition of SANTILLANA USA’s operations. SANTILLANA USA is a leading company for the learning of Spanish at all levels in the U.S. market.
buyer: Vista Higher Learning, Inc.
Based in Boston, Massachusetts, Vista Higher Learning, Inc. was founded in 2000 as a specialized publisher focused exclusively on world languages. Since that time, VHL has become the market leader for language learning solutions for Spanish, French, German, and Italian. "
target parent: Prisa
target: Santillana USA
Santillana USA, based in Miami, Florida, are dedicated to the diffusion of the Spanish and English language by offering quality second language instructional materials and children’s literature for K-12 education.
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announced 10/30/2017 via Company Press Release

Tosho Printing Company, Limited, will acquire Kirihara Shoten K.K.

synopsis: Tosho Printing Company, Limited, a Japanese company engaged in the production and sale of publication and commercial printings, will acquire a 51% stake in Kirihara Shoten K.K., a publisher of educational materials for high school students in Japan. Kirihara publishes textbooks on English Language learning approved by the Japanese government.
buyer: Tosho Printing Company, Limited (TSE:7913:$466.42)
Tosho Printing Company, Limited is engaged in the production and sale of publication printings and commercial printings in Japan. The company produces a variety of products, including dictionaries, encyclopedias, textbooks, reference books, picture books, comics, magazines, art books, and more. "
target: Kirihara Shoten K.K.
Kirihara Shoten K.K. is a leading publisher of educational materials for high school students in Japan. Kirihara publishes textbooks on English Language learning approved by the Japanese government for use in over 40% of high-end private high schools in Japan.
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$10*
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closed 2/28/2006 via BNC Analysis

National Geographic Society, acquired Hampton-Brown Co., Inc.

synopsis: The Hampton-Brown Company, the leading publisher of English as a Second Language learning materials, has been acquired by National Geographic Society ("NGS"). Hampton-Brown focuses its publishing efforts on language and literacy materials for under-performing students and for students whose first language is not English.
buyer: National Geographic Society
Founded in 1888, the National Geographic Society is one of the world's largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations. It reaches more than 330 million people worldwide each month through its official journal, National Geographic, and its four other magazines. "
target: Hampton-Brown Co., Inc.
The Hampton-Brown Company was founded in 1980 by Sheron Long to create motivating educational materials of quality and instructional merit that make a difference in students' educational advancement.
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closed 7/27/2009 via Company Press Release

Cengage Learning, purchased ELT Business from Marshall Cavendish

synopsis: Cengage Learning, one of the world's leading providers of print and digital information services for the educational and library reference markets, announced that it has completed the acquisition of Marshall Cavendish's English Language Teaching business
buyer parent: Apax Partners
buyer: Cengage Learning (OTCPK:CNGO:$1,593.70)
Cengage Learning, formerly Thomson Learning, delivers highly customized learning solutions for colleges, universities, professors, students, reference centers, government agencies, corporations and professionals around the world. "
seller parent: Fraser & Neave Limited
seller: Marshall Cavendish
The Marshall Cavendish ELT business includes its first series title, Just Right, published since 2003, as well as titles under the Summertown imprint.
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closed 11/3/2005 via Company Press Release

EMCParadigm, acquired Symtalk, Inc.

synopsis: EMC Corporation ("EMC"), an independent educational publisher, announced its acquisition of Symtalk, Inc. ("Symtalk"), a leading provider of language learning materials for grades K-12.
buyer parent: The Wicks Group of Companies, L.L.C.
buyer: EMCParadigm (:$0.00)
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. "
target: Symtalk, Inc.
The Symtalk Method is an original concept in foreign language instruction, allowing teachers to get immediate results. Symtalk is academic, visual and exciting. Symtalk is a vertical & horizontal integrated curriculum. Students learn how to substitute words for self-explanatory symbols. The use of s
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closed 1/30/2015 via Market Wire

Sibling Group Holdings, Inc., acquired Urban Planet Mobile

synopsis: Sibling Group Holdings, Inc., an educational technology holding company, announced that it has acquired Urban Planet Media & Entertainment Corp., the operator of the Urban Planet Mobile education software platform, a mobile media company focused on creating high-value content and solutions in education, healthcare and literacy.
buyer: Sibling Group Holdings, Inc. (SIBE:$0.30)
Sibling Group Holdings, Inc. is a developer of 21st century teaching and learning solutions for the K-12 education market. Sibling Group Holdings, Inc. utilizes advanced technology and education management to enhance and accelerate the delivery of 21st century learning. "
target: Urban Planet Mobile
Urban Planet Media & Entertainment Corp., a mobile education company, provides education and information products for delivery via mobile phones. The company specializes in literacy lessons for delivery to mobile phones.
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cancelled 1/28/2013 via

Bayside Capital, Inc., cancelled an acquisition of School Specialty, Inc.

synopsis: School Specialty Inc. (SCHS ), a Greenville-based provider of K-12 educational materials and school supplies, reported reaching an asset purchase agreement with an affiliate of Bayside Capital, Inc., pursuant to which School Specialty proposes to sell its assets as a going concern via. a court-supervised sale process.
buyer parent: H.I.G. Capital
buyer: Bayside Capital, Inc.
Bayside Capital is a credit oriented investment firm with more than $4.5 billion under management. Focused on middle market companies, they invest across several segments of the primary and secondary debt capital markets with an emphasis on long term returns. "
target: School Specialty, Inc. (OTCPK:SCOO:$674.03)
School Specialty is the industry's largest provider of educational products, services and programs including Classroom Supplies, Arts products, Special Needs Resources, Math, Science, Reading, Physical Education, planning, etc.
price ($mm)
rev ($mm)
$694
EBITDA ($mm)
$38
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0.0x
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0.0x
closed 6/25/2008 via BusinessWire

AIM Education, Inc., acquired Teacher's Media Company

synopsis: Visual media publisher and distributor AIM Education, Inc. has acquired the award-winning educational video product line Teacher’s Media Company, from School Specialty, Inc. AIM Education, Inc. is a new division of the international AIM Learning Group, Inc.
buyer: AIM Education, Inc.
AIM Education, Inc., based in Plainview, NY, is a visual media publisher and distributor that supports educators by offering supplemental curriculum, guidance, and health products to help students achieve academically, socially, and emotionally. "
target parent: School Specialty, Inc.
target: Teacher's Media Company
In 1994, Teacher's Video Company became the largest producer and distributor of educational videos in the U.S., serving teachers in every discipline in almost every American school. Offerings now exist in all areas of core curriculum, and student health and wellness.
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$8.60
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closed 10/17/2006 via BusinessWire

Learning Resources Inc., acquired Educational Insights, Inc.

synopsis: Learning Resources, Inc., a leading manufacturer of hands-on educational materials for classrooms and learning toys for the home, completed its acquisition of Educational Insights, a leading designer, developer, and marketer of innovative learning products dedicated to teaching children the fundamentals of geography, math, reading and science.
buyer parent: Educational Teaching Aids
buyer: Learning Resources Inc.
Learning Resources, Inc. is a leading manufacturer of innovative, hands-on educational materials for classrooms and learning toys for the home. Educators and parents trust the company as a source for quality, award-winning educational products teaching language and reading, math and science. "
target: Educational Insights, Inc.
Educational Insights, Inc. is a leading designer, developer, and marketer of innovative learning products dedicated to teaching children the fundamentals of geography, math, reading, science, and other subjects.
price ($mm)
$24
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$33
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0.7x
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closed 2/1/2005 via PR Newswire

ProQuest Company, acquired Voyager Expanded Learning

synopsis: ProQuest Company, a leading electronic publisher for the education and automotive markets, has completed the acquisition of privately held Voyager Expanded Learning. ProQuest acquired Voyager for $340 million in cash and approximately $21 million of ProQuest Company stock.
buyer: ProQuest Company (VLCY:$0.00)
Voyager Learning Company is a leading provider of K-12 curriculum products, in-school core reading programs, reading and math intervention programs, and professional development programs for school districts throughout the United States. "
target: Voyager Expanded Learning
Voyager Expanded Learning provides research-based reading curriculum and professional development programs for school districts throughout the United States. Voyager currently has 180 employees and has a highly profitable, scalable business model with good visibility and strong growth.
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closed 9/7/2010 via Market Wire

MMAC, LLC, acquired Trudy Corporation

synopsis: Trudy Corporation announced that it had closed its previously announced transaction and sold substantially all of its assets to MMAC, LLC, which also assumed certain liabilities of Trudy. The assets sold consisted of Trudy's on-going business as a publisher of children's educational story and novelty books, audiobooks and plush toys.
buyer: MMAC, LLC
MMAC, LLC is an investment firm. "
target: Trudy Corporation
Founded in 1947 as a stuffed toy manufacturer, Trudy Corporation is a prominent publisher of educational storybooks, read along audiobooks and plush toy manipulatives under licenses with the Smithsonian Institution, American Veterinary Medical Association and the African Wildlife Foundation.
price ($mm)
$0.54
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$0
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6.8x
cancelled 6/9/2009 via Market Wire

PCS Edventures, Inc., cancelled an acquisition of Trudy Corporation

synopsis: PCS Edventures! and Trudy Corporation jointly announced that the two companies have terminated discussions for PCS to acquire substantially all of the assets and assume certain liabilities of Trudy Corporation.
buyer: PCS Edventures, Inc. (PCSV:$2.94)
PCS Edventures! is the recognized leader in the design, development and delivery of products and services rich in technology, imagination, innovation, and creativity that make learning easier, more engaging, and more effective at all levels. "
target: Trudy Corporation
Founded in 1947 as a stuffed toy manufacturer, Trudy Corporation is a prominent publisher of educational storybooks, read along audiobooks and plush toy manipulatives under licenses with the Smithsonian Institution, American Veterinary Medical Association and the African Wildlife Foundation.
price ($mm)
$4.75
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$6
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closed 1/3/2012 via PR Newswire

Scholastic Inc., acquired Learners Publishing

synopsis: Scholastic, the global children's publishing, education, and media company, announced that through its Singapore subsidiary, Scholastic Education International (Singapore) Private Ltd., it has acquired Learners Publishing, a Singapore-based publisher of supplemental learning materials for English Language Learners.
buyer: Scholastic Inc. (SCHL:$1,679.40)
Scholastic is the world's largest publisher and distributor of children's books and a leader in educational technology and related services and children's media. It creates quality books, print and technology-based learning materials and programs, magazines, multi-media and other products. "
target: Learners Publishing
Learners Publishing is a Singapore-based publisher of supplemental learning materials for English Language Learners. Since its launch in 2000, Learners Publishing has produced a list of more than 400 titles.
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closed 3/27/2019 via PR Newswire

Scholastic Inc., acquired Make Believe Ideas

synopsis: Scholastic Corporation, the global children's publishing, education and media company, announced that it completed the acquisition of Make Believe Ideas. The UK company creates over 100 new titles a year, publishes into many different languages and fosters relationships with incredible collaborators around the world.
buyer: Scholastic Inc. (SCHL:$1,679.40)
Scholastic is the world’s largest publisher and distributor of children’s books, a leading provider of print and digital instructional materials for pre-K to grade 12, and a producer of educational and entertaining children’s media. "
target: Make Believe Ideas
Make Believe Ideas was founded on a desire to create beautiful, innovative and educational products with an accessible price point. The UK company creates over 100 new titles a year, publishes into many different languages and fosters relationships with incredible collaborators around the world.
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closed 4/26/2017 via BNC Analysis

Scholastic Inc., acquired Ooka Island

synopsis: Ooka Island, a game based reading program, announced that is has been acquired by Scholastic. Ooka Island has 80 hours of educational games and 85 eBooks wrapped in a 24-level adventure that teaches mastery of the five foundational skills to enable children to read confidently.
buyer: Scholastic Inc. (SCHL:$1,679.40)
Scholastic is the world’s largest publisher and distributor of children’s books, a leading provider of print and digital instructional materials for pre-K to grade 12, and a producer of educational and entertaining children’s media. "
target: Ooka Island
Ooka Island is an adaptive, game-based learn to read program that develops strong early reading skills through 24 levels of educational activities and 85 ebooks. They've combined research and scientifically-proven concepts to teach the five foundational skills needed to become a confident reader.
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closed 9/23/2015 via Company Press Release

Scholastic Inc., acquired Travelling Books

synopsis: Scholastic, the world’s largest publisher and distributor of children’s books, announced the acquisition of Travelling Books. The company is one of the the UK’s leading School Book Fair providers, delivering Book Fairs into more than 8000 schools every year.
buyer: Scholastic Inc. (SCHL:$1,679.40)
Scholastic is the world’s largest publisher and distributor of children’s books, a leading provider of print and digital instructional materials for pre-K to grade 12, and a producer of educational and entertaining children’s media. "
target: Travelling Books
Travelling Books is one of the the UK’s leading School Book Fair providers, delivering Book Fairs into more than 8000 schools every year. They provide good quality, carefully selected exciting titles that children will want to read.
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closed 5/29/2015 via BusinessWire

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, acquired Scholastic Educational Technology and Services

synopsis: Global learning company Houghton Mifflin Harcourt announced that it has completed its previously-announced acquisition of the Educational Technology and Services business of Scholastic Corporation. The EdTech segment of Scholastic provides digital intervention curriculum, products and services to schools and districts throughout the United States.
buyer: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMHC:$1,387.60)
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) is a leading provider of pre-K–12 education content, services, and cutting-edge technology solutions across a variety of media, HMH enables learning in a changing landscape. "
target parent: Scholastic Inc.
target: Scholastic Educational Technology and Services
The EdTech segment of Scholastic provides digital intervention curriculum, products and services to schools and districts throughout the United States as well as related implementation and assessment services and school consulting services.
price ($mm)
$575
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$249
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$68
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2.3x
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8.5x
closed 1/3/2012 via PR Newswire

Scholastic Inc., acquired Learners Publishing

synopsis: Scholastic, the global children's publishing, education, and media company, announced that through its Singapore subsidiary, Scholastic Education International (Singapore) Private Ltd., it has acquired Learners Publishing, a Singapore-based publisher of supplemental learning materials for English Language Learners.
buyer: Scholastic Inc. (SCHL:$1,679.40)
Scholastic is the world's largest publisher and distributor of children's books and a leader in educational technology and related services and children's media. It creates quality books, print and technology-based learning materials and programs, magazines, multi-media and other products. "
target: Learners Publishing
Learners Publishing is a Singapore-based publisher of supplemental learning materials for English Language Learners. Since its launch in 2000, Learners Publishing has produced a list of more than 400 titles.
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closed 9/13/2010 via PR Newswire

Scholastic Inc., acquired Math Solutions

synopsis: Scholastic, the global children's publishing, education, and media company, announced that it has acquired Math Solutions, a leading authority on K-12 mathematics instruction, providing teachers with the highest quality professional development services, publications and resources.
buyer: Scholastic Inc. (SCHL:$1,679.40)
Scholastic is a global children’s publishing and media company in both education and entertainment. Scholastic’s 78 year reputation for quality, learning and fun is based on a long-term relationship with teachers, parents and children, and its unique ability to understand what kids want and need. "
target: Math Solutions
Founded in 1984 by renowned educator Marilyn Burns, Math Solutions is dedicated to improving the teaching of mathematics by providing professional development and resources of the highest quality to K–8 teachers and administrators.
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closed 3/2/2009 via BNC Analysis

TeachersPayTeachers, acquired TeachersPayTeachers

synopsis: Paul Edelman purchased TeachersPayTeachers from Scholastic. TeachersPayTeachers is the world’s first open marketplace for lesson plans and other teacher-created materials. Paul Edelman is the original founder of TeachersPayTeachers and is buying back the company he sold in 2007.
buyer: TeachersPayTeachers
Teacher Synergy, Inc., dba TeachersPayTeachers, operates an online open marketplace for teachers to buy and sell original and used teaching materials. "
target parent: Scholastic Inc.
target: TeachersPayTeachers
Teacher Synergy, Inc., dba TeachersPayTeachers, operates an online open marketplace for teachers to buy and sell original and used teaching materials.
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closed 2/12/2009 via Company Press Release

Market Data Retrieval, acquired Quality Education Data

synopsis: Market Data Retrieval, a D&B Company, has acquired Quality Education Data, an education marketing services provider, formerly owned by Scholastic Inc.
buyer parent: Dun & Bradstreet, Inc.
buyer: Market Data Retrieval
Market Data Retrieval (MDR) is the market’s first choice for direct sales and marketing solutions, powered by the most complete, current, and accurate education databases available in the industry. "
target parent: Scholastic Inc.
target: Quality Education Data
Quality Education Data (QED) is a marketing services firm focused solely on the education market. QED provides clients with marketing planning, execution and analysis.
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announced 8/29/2008 via Yahoo, Inc.

Sandvik AS, will purchase direct-to-home continuities business from Scholastic Inc.

synopsis: Scholastic Corporation has entered into a definitive agreement with Sandvik AS to purchase its U.S. direct-to-home continuities business.
buyer: Sandvik AS
Sandvik AS is a Norway-based, family-owned company whose primary line of business is operating consumer-direct, age-appropriate children’s book clubs, using email and the Internet to reach their target audience of parents with children up to age seven. "
seller: Scholastic Inc. (SCHL:$1,679.40)
Scholastic is a global children’s publishing and media company in both education and entertainment. Scholastic’s 78 year reputation for quality, learning and fun is based on a long-term relationship with teachers, parents and children, and its unique ability to understand what kids want and need.
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closed 6/8/2007 via

Scholastic Inc., acquired International Center for Leadership in Education

synopsis: Scholastic, the global children's publishing, education and media company, announced that it has entered a five-year agreement with Dr. Bill Daggett and will acquire the stock of the International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE) and join forces to provide greater support to school districts seeking whole school reform.
buyer: Scholastic Inc. (SCHL:$1,679.40)
Scholastic is a global children’s publishing and media company in both education and entertainment. Scholastic’s 78 year reputation for quality, learning and fun is based on a long-term relationship with teachers, parents and children, and its unique ability to understand what kids want and need. "
target: International Center for Leadership in Education
International Center for Leadership in Education has a wealth of experience in helping schools and districts implement organizational changes that translate into world-class curriculum, instruction, and learning.
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closed 1/25/2007 via Company Press Release

Scholastic Inc., acquired TeachersPayTeachers

synopsis: Scholastic has acquired TeachersPayTeachers. TeachersPayTeachers is the first online marketplace that offers talented teachers the opportunity to sell their original course materials and provides educators with access to a repository of teacher-tested, original lessons and resources for purchase.
buyer: Scholastic Inc. (SCHL:$1,679.40)
Scholastic is the world's largest publisher and distributor of children's books and a leader in educational technology and related services and children's media. It creates quality books, print and technology-based learning materials and programs, magazines, multi-media and other products. "
target: TeachersPayTeachers
Teacher Synergy, Inc., dba TeachersPayTeachers, operates an online open marketplace for teachers to buy and sell original and used teaching materials.
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announced 4/28/2005 via PR Newswire

Scholastic Children's Book Publishing, will acquire Chicken House Publishing Ltd.

synopsis: Scholastic Inc., the global children's publishing and media company, announced today that it is acquiring UK-based Chicken House Publishing Ltd., whose founder Barry Cunningham's list includes the current bestseller Dragon Rider with 900,000 books in print in the U.S. and Canada.
buyer parent: Scholastic Inc.
buyer: Scholastic Children's Book Publishing
Scholastic is the largest publisher and distributor of children’s books and is the largest operator of school-based book clubs and school-based book fairs in the United States. "
target: Chicken House Publishing Ltd.
Chicken House Publishing Ltd. is a plucky independent children’s book publishing company with an enthusiasm for developing new writers, artists and ideas. Our books have found world-wide popularity with children, parents, teachers and librarians everywhere.
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closed 4/8/2002 via BusinessWire

Scholastic Inc., acquired Klutz Press

synopsis: Klutz brings a remarkable freshness and relevance to children's publishing, packaging books and play components in an engaging format that kids want to pick up and own
buyer: Scholastic Inc. (SCHL:$1,679.40)
Scholastic is a global children’s publishing and media company in both education and entertainment. Scholastic’s 78 year reputation for quality, learning and fun is based on a long-term relationship with teachers, parents and children, and its unique ability to understand what kids want and need. "
target: Klutz Press
Publishes children's non-fiction activity books and kits with games, toys, and activities often attached in netting to the books. They do not publish fiction or stories.
price ($mm)
$58
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$18
EBITDA ($mm)
$4
EV / rev
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closed 1/3/2012 via PR Newswire

Scholastic Inc., acquired Learners Publishing

synopsis: Scholastic, the global children's publishing, education, and media company, announced that through its Singapore subsidiary, Scholastic Education International (Singapore) Private Ltd., it has acquired Learners Publishing, a Singapore-based publisher of supplemental learning materials for English Language Learners.
buyer: Scholastic Inc. (SCHL:$1,679.40)
Scholastic is the world's largest publisher and distributor of children's books and a leader in educational technology and related services and children's media. It creates quality books, print and technology-based learning materials and programs, magazines, multi-media and other products. "
target: Learners Publishing
Learners Publishing is a Singapore-based publisher of supplemental learning materials for English Language Learners. Since its launch in 2000, Learners Publishing has produced a list of more than 400 titles.
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closed 8/23/2019 via BNC Analysis

Sphero, acquired littleBits

synopsis: Sphero, an industry-leading robotics toy company, is acquiring littleBits, the New York-based education startup that invented the electronic building block. The company’s magnetic “Bits” snap together to turn ideas into inventions and its online learning community, DIY, teaches kids to turn passions into creative skills.
buyer: Sphero
Sphero is an industry-leading robotics toy company that bridges the gap between the real world and the virtual world with its smartphone-controlled robots. "
target: littleBits
littleBits is the New York-based education startup that invented the electronic building block. The company’s magnetic “Bits” snap together to turn ideas into inventions and its online learning community, DIY, teaches kids to turn passions into creative skills.
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closed 8/14/2019 via BNC Analysis

Bookosmia, acquired Mytha

synopsis: Bookosmia, a children's book publisher in India, has acquired Mytha, an Indian mythological stories app for children. Mytha provides more than 40 mythological digital stories that immerse readers in a world of forgotten stories from across the Indian subcontinent.
buyer: Bookosmia
Bookosmia is a children's book publisher in India. Bookosmia curates and publishes stories for children through physical books, e-books and audio formats. Bookosmia offers over 500 stories that written by kids for kids. They also offer colouring books, puzzles and gift boxes. "
target: Mytha
Mytha is an Indian mythological stories app for children. Mytha provides more than 40 mythological digital stories that immerse readers in a world of forgotten stories from across the Indian subcontinent. Their stories feature beautiful artwork that pave the way for new ways of creative thinking.
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closed 4/10/2019 via Publishers Weekly

Jump!, acquired Bearport Publishing

synopsis: Minneapolis-based children’s publisher Jump! has acquired Bearport Publishing. Bearport has a backlist of 1,050 curriculum-aligned books for children in grades PreK-8. Through the deal, Jump! has acquired all Bearport assets, staff, and customer contracts.
buyer: Jump!
Jump! publishes children’s nonfiction with a focus on curriculum-aligned subjects for emergent through early-fluent readers. Their books combine vibrant colors with captivating photography and corresponding text to draw readers into the subject and encourage reading success. "
target: Bearport Publishing
Bearport Publishing develops curriculum-aligned books for children in grades PreK-8. They focus on topics that appeal to young readers and pay close attention to text length, vocabulary, and picture-text match, to make their books less intimidating and more inviting to kids.
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closed 4/1/2019 via BNC Analysis

Rowman & Littlefield, purchased Publishing Imprints from Finney Company

synopsis: Rowman & Littlefield, an Independent book publisher, has acquired the publishing imprints of Finney Company, a publisher, distributor, and manufacturer of educational materials. The publishing imprints includes nearly 400 nonfiction titles produced by 12 Finney Company imprints, including Astragal Press, Finney Career, Anacus Press, and more.
buyer: Rowman & Littlefield
Rowman & Littlefield is a leading independent publisher. They focus on academic publishing in the humanities and social sciences, government and official data, and educational publishing. In addition to print publishing they also specialize in creating e-book editions. "
seller: Finney Company
The publishing imprints of Finney Company includes nearly 400 nonfiction titles produced by 12 Finney Company imprints, including Astragal Press, Finney Career, Anacus Press, and Windward Publishing. Finney Company is a publisher, distributor, and manufacturer of educational materials.
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closed 4/1/2019 via BNC Analysis

Penguin Random House, acquired Little Tiger Group

synopsis: Penguin Random House (PRH) has acquired 30-year-old children's indie Little Tiger Group. Little Tiger CEO and co-founder Monty Bhatia will continue to run the business as a stand-alone company within PRH. Little Tiger, founded in London in 1987, publishes over 200 new books a year and has a 1000-strong backlist.
buyer parent: Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA
buyer: Penguin Random House
Penguin Random House, the largest publishing group in the world, is devoted to the goal of nurturing a universal passion for reading, bringing authors and their works in touch with readers across the globe. Penguin Random House is present on 5 continents with about 250 labels and independent brands."
target: Little Tiger Group
Little Tiger, founded by Monty and Kuki Bhatia in London in 1987, publishes over 200 new books a year and has a 1000-strong backlist. It has grown an international presence, selling its books around the world, including via its US operation Tiger Tales. Little Tiger specializes in children's books.
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closed 4/1/2019 via BNC Analysis

Little Tiger Group, acquired Liontree Publishing

synopsis: As part of the acquisition of Little Tiger Group, Penguin Random House has also acquired UK-based packager Liontree Publishing. Liontree will be brought under the Little Tiger Group umbrella. With over 30 years experience in children’s publishing, Liontree Publishing has a proven track record in delivering top product to the marketplace.
buyer parent: Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA
buyer: Little Tiger Group
Little Tiger, founded by Monty and Kuki Bhatia in London in 1987, publishes over 200 new books a year and has a 1000-strong backlist. It has grown an international presence, selling its books around the world, including via its US operation Tiger Tales. Little Tiger specializes in children's books. "
target: Liontree Publishing
With over 30 years experience in children’s publishing, Liontree Publishing has a proven track record in delivering top product to the marketplace. Liontree intends to provide excellent designs, concepts and stories in all their books.
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closed 1/31/2019 via BNC Analysis

Storytel AB, acquired Ztory

synopsis: Storytel, a Sweden-based digital subscription service for audio books, has acquired Ztory, a Swedish subscription service for digital magazines and newspapers. Ztory provides readers with an ever growing collection of magazines, newspapers, and children's book that they can access from their web browser or mobile device.
buyer: Storytel AB (NGM:STORY B:$166.85)
Storytel AB is a digital subscription service that streams audio books for mobile phones. It offers audio and e-books for iPhone, iPad, and Android devices in Swedish and English under the Storytel brand. The company based in Stockholm, Sweden. "
target: Ztory
Founded in 2013, Ztory is a Swedish subscription service for digital magazines and newspapers. Ztory provides readers with an ever growing collection of magazines, newspapers, and children's book that they can access from their web browser or mobile device.
price ($mm)
rev ($mm)
$1
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
0.0x
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closed 1/16/2019 via Publishers Weekly

Little Bee Books, acquired Little Bee Books

synopsis: Little Bee Books' founding execs, Shimul Tolia and Thomas Morgan, have acquired the company from Bonnier, a Swedish publishing conglomerate. Little Bee Books is a children’s book publisher dedicated to making creative and fun books for children ages 0 through 12. Little Bee Books offers early learning concept books, board books, and more.
buyer: Little Bee Books
Little Bee Books is a children’s book publisher dedicated to making high-quality, creative, and fun books for children ages 0 through 12, offering an inspired selection of early learning concept books, board books, novelty books, activity books, picture books, chapter books, nonfiction, and more. "
target parent: Bonnier AB
target: Little Bee Books
Little Bee Books is a children’s book publisher dedicated to making high-quality, creative, and fun books for children ages 0 through 12, offering an inspired selection of early learning concept books, board books, novelty books, activity books, picture books, chapter books, nonfiction, and more.
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closed 11/14/2018 via Publishers Weekly

Trustbridge Partners, acquired Peachtree Publishers, Ltd.

synopsis: Trustbridge Partners, a leading growth equity investor based in Shanghai, has acquired Peachtree Publishers, a trade book publisher that specializes in children's books. Peachtree's books include board books, picture books, and middle grade and young adult fiction and nonfiction.
buyer: Trustbridge Partners
Trustbridge Partners is a leading growth equity investor based in Shanghai. The firm focuses on high-quality growth opportunities in China. Trustbridge manages approximately $8 billion in assets from an investor base that includes university endowments, pension funds and strategic industry partners."
target: Peachtree Publishers, Ltd.
Founded in 1977, Peachtree Publishers is a trade book publisher that specializes in children's books. Their books include board books, picture books, and middle grade and young adult fiction and nonfiction. Peachtree creates books that educate, entertain, encourage, and endure.
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closed 9/4/2018 via BusinessWire

The Vomela Companies, acquired Learning ZoneXpress

synopsis: The Vomela Companies of St. Paul, Minnesota, announced it has completed the acquisition of Owatonna-based Learning ZoneXpress, Inc., a leading source of health, nutrition, and life skills education resources.
buyer: The Vomela Companies
The Vomela Companies is a full-service, specialty graphics provider that creates a near-limitless variety of promotional, store décor, event, fleet, commercial, and transportation graphics. The Vomela Companies' skill, creativity, and knowledge of materials bring their brands to life. "
target: Learning ZoneXpress
Learning ZoneXpress, Inc. is a leading source of health, nutrition, and life skills education resources. For more than 20 years, Learning ZoneXpress has been promoting nutrition content with award-winning posters, handouts, games, lesson plans, nutrition activity books, and more.
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announced 8/8/2018 via BNC Analysis

Central Médiacsoport Zrt., will acquire Wydawnictwa Szkolne i Pedagogiczne SA

synopsis: Central Médiacsoport, the leading publisher of online and print magazines in Hungary, will acquire Wydawnictwa Szkolne i Pedagogiczne (WSiP) from Advent International, a global private equity firm. WSiP is the largest educational publisher in Poland. WSiP offers textbooks, workbooks, and methodological guides.
buyer: Central Médiacsoport Zrt.
Central Médiacsoport is the leading publisher of online and print magazines in Hungary. Their portfolio of magazines include popular brands such as Nők Lapja, National Geographic, Marie Clarie, ELLE, Cosmopolitan, Wellness, Auto, and more. "
target parent: Advent International
target: Wydawnictwa Szkolne i Pedagogiczne SA
Wydawnictwa Szkolne i Pedagogiczne (WSiP) is the largest educational publisher in Poland. They offer textbooks, workbooks, and methodological guides for all classes of primary schools, junior high schools and high schools, as well as preschool education.
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closed 5/30/2018 via Company Press Release

Whitaker House, acquired Smart Kidz Books

synopsis: Whitaker House, a Christian literature publisher, has acquired Smart Kidz Books from Smart Kidz Media Inc. Smart Kidz books includes titles for children from infancy through age eight. Bestsellers include It’s Potty Time, You’re My Little Love Bug, Love from My Heart, and It’s Time to Call 911.
buyer: Whitaker House
Whitaker Corporation is dedicated to sharing the gospel through books and products through Whitaker House, its publishing arm, and Anchor Distributors. As a leading provider of Christian literature, Whitaker's products can be purchased from local Christian book stores as well as online. "
target parent: Smart Kidz Media Inc.
target: Smart Kidz Books
Smart Kidz books includes titles for children from infancy through age eight. Bestsellers include It’s Potty Time, You’re My Little Love Bug, Love from My Heart, and It’s Time to Call 911. Other favorites include inspirational board books that have a song chip embedded into them.
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closed 1/8/2018 via GlobeNewswire

Centre Lane Partners, LLC, acquired Infobase Publishing

synopsis: Centre Lane Partners, LLC has completed the acquisition of Infobase Holdings, Inc., a cloud-based provider of digital educational content solutions to colleges & universities, K-12 schools, public libraries and enterprises from VSS, a private investment firm.
buyer: Centre Lane Partners, LLC
Centre Lane Partners is a private equity firm focused on making investments in North American middle market companies. Centre Lane targets companies with revenues between $20 and $500 million that have leading market positions and sustainable competitive advantages in their respective niches. "
target parent: Veronis Suhler Stevenson
target: Infobase Publishing
Infobase Holdings, Inc. is a cloud-based provider of digital educational content solutions to colleges & universities, K-12 schools, public libraries and enterprises. Infobase provides a robust product portfolio of streaming video platforms, databases, eLearning modules, and eBook collections.
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announced 8/21/2017 via GlobeNewswire

School Specialty, Inc., will acquire Triumph Learning

synopsis: School Specialty, Inc., a leading distributor of supplies, furniture and both curriculum and supplemental learning resources to the education, healthcare and other marketplaces, announced that it has reached a Definitive Agreement to acquire leading educational content company, Triumph Learning, LLC.
buyer: School Specialty, Inc. (OTCPK:SCOO:$674.03)
School Specialty is a leading distributor of innovative and proprietary products, programs and services to the education marketplace. The Company designs, develops, and provides educators with the latest and very best school supplies, furniture and both curriculum & supplemental learning resources. "
target: Triumph Learning
Triumph Learning, LLC, is a leading educational content company based in New York City and publisher of print and digital K-12 resources, state-specific best practices aligned instructional materials and effective literacy programs.
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closed 6/28/2017 via PR Web

Carson-Dellosa Publishing Co., Inc., acquired Rourke Educational Media

synopsis: Carson-Dellosa Publishing Group (Carson-Dellosa), a leading children’s publisher focused on creating innovative educational solutions for school and for home, and Rourke Educational Media LLC (Rourke), a publisher of informational texts and children’s books, have announced the successful completion of the acquisition of Rourke by Carson-Dellosa.
buyer parent: Guardian Capital Partners
buyer: Carson-Dellosa Publishing Co., Inc.
Carson-Dellosa™ Publishing Group is a leading children’s publisher focused on creating innovative educational solutions for school and for home. Over the past 40 years, the company has introduced best-selling, award-winning, and fun products that teachers and parents love and trust. "
target: Rourke Educational Media
Rourke Educational Media has been publishing informational texts and engaging nonfiction and fiction children’s books since 1980. It also offers eBook content, instructional software, and ELL and biliteracy programs.
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closed 4/26/2017 via BNC Analysis

Scholastic Inc., acquired Ooka Island

synopsis: Ooka Island, a game based reading program, announced that is has been acquired by Scholastic. Ooka Island has 80 hours of educational games and 85 eBooks wrapped in a 24-level adventure that teaches mastery of the five foundational skills to enable children to read confidently.
buyer: Scholastic Inc. (SCHL:$1,679.40)
Scholastic is the world’s largest publisher and distributor of children’s books, a leading provider of print and digital instructional materials for pre-K to grade 12, and a producer of educational and entertaining children’s media. "
target: Ooka Island
Ooka Island is an adaptive, game-based learn to read program that develops strong early reading skills through 24 levels of educational activities and 85 ebooks. They've combined research and scientifically-proven concepts to teach the five foundational skills needed to become a confident reader.
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closed 3/8/2017 via Company Press Release

Kaiken Entertainment Ltd, purchased Animation Studio and Publishing business from Rovio Entertainment ltd.

synopsis: Kaiken Entertainment, a entertainment company specializing in storytelling through film, apps, streaming video and publishing, has purchased Rovio's TV animation studio in Vancouver and Rovio's book publishing business. The two assets have made a variety of animations and books about Rovio's most well know franchise, Angry Birds.
buyer: Kaiken Entertainment Ltd
Kaiken Entertainment is an entertainment company based out of Los Angeles, Helsinki and Vancouver specializing in storytelling through TV, film, digital products and publishing with a team that has achieved the impossible many times over. "
seller: Rovio Entertainment ltd. (HLSE:ROVIO:$320.72)
Rovio is a entertainment media company. Their most well know product is the Angry Birds mobile app game. They own an animation studio and publishing buisness which have expanded the Angry Birds universe by creating a variety of cartoons and fictional books for the franchise.
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closed 11/9/2016 via BNC Analysis

Norstedts Förlagsgrupp AB, acquired Barnens Bokklubb AB

synopsis: Norstedts buys Sweden's largest book club for children - Barnens Bokklubb AB (Children's Book Club). Barnens Bokklubb AB began in 1977 and is Sweden's largest book club for children. Barnens Bokklubb offers a monthly book club subscription to its clients, containing a package of quality books by Swedish children's book publishers.
buyer parent: Storytel AB
buyer: Norstedts Förlagsgrupp AB (XSAT:STORY B:$46.02)
Norstedts is Sweden's oldest publishing house, founded in 1823. The publishing program comprises fiction, non-fiction, academic, reference books and dictionaries. "
target: Barnens Bokklubb AB
Barnens Bokklubb AB (Children's Book Club) began in 1977 and is Sweden's largest book club for children. Barnens Bokklubb offers a monthly book club subscription to its clients, containing a package of quality books by Swedish children's book publishers.
price ($mm)
$0.06*
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closed 10/26/2016 via Company Press Release

Imagine Learning, Inc., acquired Think Through Math

synopsis: Imagine Learning, a leader in elementary language and literacy software solutions, announced its acquisition of Pittsburgh-based Think Through Learning Inc., provider of the Think Through Math supplemental online math program.
buyer parent: Weld North LLC
buyer: Imagine Learning, Inc.
Imagine Learning, Inc., a Utah-based company, was founded with one goal in mind: to teach English to the children of the world. Today Imagine Learning English is being used by tens of thousands of students in hundreds of schools across the United States and around the world. "
target: Think Through Math
Think Through Math is a leader in education technology innovation, and is transforming math education in schools with the adaptive learning technology. Think Through Math integrates state-certified teachers who tutor struggling students live to improve math understanding.
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