Like Harlequin Enterprises Limited

closed 8/1/2014 via BusinessWire

Harper Collins Publishers Limited, acquired Harlequin Enterprises Limited

synopsis: News Corp, a global, diversified media and information services company, has acquired Harlequin Enterprises, one of the world’s leading publishers of books for women, from Torstar Corporation, a broadly based media and book publishing company. Harlequin will become a division of HarperCollins Publishers, a News Corp subsidiary.
buyer parent: News Corporation
buyer: Harper Collins Publishers Limited
HarperCollins Publishers is one of the largest global English-language publishers in the world. HarperCollins is a broad-based publisher with strengths in literary and commercial fiction, business books, children's books, cookbooks, narrative nonfiction, design, health, and spiritual books. "
target parent: Torstar Corporation
target: Harlequin Enterprises Limited
Harlequin is one of the world's leading publishers of books for women, with titles issued worldwide in 34 languages and sold in 114 international markets. The company publishes more than 110 titles monthly and more than 1,200 authors from around the world.
price ($mm)
$415
rev ($mm)
$375
EBITDA ($mm)
$53
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1.1x
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7.9x
closed 3/2/2018 via PR Web

She Writes Press, acquired Shebooks

synopsis: She Writes Press, an independent publishing company, has acquired Shebooks, a publisher of short e-books written by women, for women. Shebooks offers a curated collection of original and hard-to-find memoir, fiction, and journalism tailored to women. All of their e-books are easy read and can be downloaded on any digital device.
buyer parent: SparkPoint Studio
buyer: She Writes Press
She Writes Press is an independent publishing company. The company serves members of SheWrites.com, the largest global community of women writers online. She Writes Press serves writers who wish to maintain greater ownership and control of their projects while still getting quality editorial help. "
target: Shebooks
Founded in 2013, Shebooks is a publisher of short e-books written by women, for women. They offer a curated collection of original and hard-to-find memoir, fiction, and journalism tailored to women. All of their e-books are easy read and can be downloaded on any digital device.
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closed 8/1/2014 via BusinessWire

Harper Collins Publishers Limited, acquired Harlequin Enterprises Limited

synopsis: News Corp, a global, diversified media and information services company, has acquired Harlequin Enterprises, one of the world’s leading publishers of books for women, from Torstar Corporation, a broadly based media and book publishing company. Harlequin will become a division of HarperCollins Publishers, a News Corp subsidiary.
buyer parent: News Corporation
buyer: Harper Collins Publishers Limited
HarperCollins Publishers is one of the largest global English-language publishers in the world. HarperCollins is a broad-based publisher with strengths in literary and commercial fiction, business books, children's books, cookbooks, narrative nonfiction, design, health, and spiritual books. "
target parent: Torstar Corporation
target: Harlequin Enterprises Limited
Harlequin is one of the world's leading publishers of books for women, with titles issued worldwide in 34 languages and sold in 114 international markets. The company publishes more than 110 titles monthly and more than 1,200 authors from around the world.
price ($mm)
$415
rev ($mm)
$375
EBITDA ($mm)
$53
EV / rev
1.1x
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7.9x
announced 10/6/2005 via PR Newswire

Harlequin Enterprises Limited, will purchase BET BOOKS from Black Entertainment Television (BET Holdings Inc.)

synopsis: Harlequin Enterprises Limited today announced the purchase of the assets of BET BOOKS, the publishing arm of Black Entertainment Television. The new ownership deal is expected to close November 30, 2005.
buyer parent: Torstar Corporation
buyer: Harlequin Enterprises Limited
Harlequin Enterprises Limited is the global leader in series romance and one of the world's leading publishers of women's fiction, with titles issued worldwide in 25 languages and sold in 94 international markets. "
seller parent: Viacom Inc.
seller: Black Entertainment Television (BET Holdings Inc.)
BET, a subsidiary of Viacom, Inc., is the nation's leading television network providing entertainment, music, news and public affairs programming for the African-American audience. The BET Network reaches more than 79 million households and can be seen in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean.
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announced 4/8/2020 via Company Press Release

Harper Collins Publishers Limited, will purchase UK and Poland Children's Books Business from Egmont Publishing

synopsis: Egmont Publishing announced that it has been agreed to sell the children’s books businesses in the UK and Poland together with Schneiderbuch in Germany, another children's books publisher, to HarperCollins.
buyer parent: News Corporation
buyer: Harper Collins Publishers Limited
HarperCollins Publishers is the second-largest consumer book publisher in the world. HarperCollins has publishing operations in 17 countries. With more than 120 branded imprints around the world, HarperCollins publishes approximately 10,000 new books every year in 16 languages. "
seller parent: Egmont Foundation
seller: Egmont Publishing
The acquisition includes the Egmont children’s books businesses in the UK and Poland as well as Schneiderbuch in Germany, another children's books publisher. Egmont Publishing is the UK’s leading specialist children’s publisher for babies to teens.
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closed 1/23/2019 via Company Press Release

The Bookseller Media Limited, acquired BookGig

synopsis: BookGig, the publisher-agnostic website dedicated to book events, launched by HarperCollins in October 2016, has been acquired by The Bookseller. BookGig helps readers connect with their favourite authors by listing book related events for as many different authors and genres as possible. 
buyer: The Bookseller Media Limited
The Bookseller has been the business magazine of the book industry since 1858; incorporating the even earlier Bent's Literary Advertiser, established in 1802. It is one of the UK’s longest-standing magazines. "
target parent: News Corporation
target: BookGig
BookGig helps readers connect with their favourite authors by listing book related events for as many different authors and genres as possible. Since launch, BookGig has featured thousands of events across the UK including talks, signings, readings and other book-related activities.
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closed 3/2/2018 via PR Newswire

Harper Collins Publishers Limited, acquired AMACOM Books

synopsis: HarperCollins Publishers has acquired AMACOM Books from the American Management Association International. HarperCollins takes over all front list and backlist publication, sales, distribution, and licensing of the more than 600 books in AMACOM's catalog. AMACOM Books primarily focuses on personal and professional growth and business leadership.
buyer parent: News Corporation
buyer: Harper Collins Publishers Limited
HarperCollins Publishers is the second largest consumer book publisher in the world, with operations in 18 countries. With 200 years of history and more than 120 branded imprints around the world, HarperCollins publishes approximately 10,000 new books every year in 17 languages. "
target parent: American Management Association
target: AMACOM Books
AMACOM Books help readers lead a more satisfying and successful life through books that drive professional and personal growth. AMACOM specializes in business books, but they also publish titles in health, fitness, parenting, and popular psychology.
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closed 10/28/2015 via BNC Analysis

Harper Collins Publishers Limited, acquired The Midlist

synopsis: HarperCollins Publishers announced its acquisition of The Midlist, a daily email newsletter featuring ebooks deals, from Libboo, the industry leader in audience development through sharing content.
buyer parent: News Corporation
buyer: Harper Collins Publishers Limited
HarperCollins Publishers is the second largest consumer book publisher in the world, with operations in 18 countries. With nearly two hundred years of history and more than 120 branded imprints around the world, HarperCollins publishes approximately 10,000 new books every year in 17 languages. "
target parent: Libboo
target: The Midlist
The Midlist is a daily email newsletter featuring ebooks deals.
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closed 8/1/2014 via BusinessWire

Harper Collins Publishers Limited, acquired Harlequin Enterprises Limited

synopsis: News Corp, a global, diversified media and information services company, has acquired Harlequin Enterprises, one of the world’s leading publishers of books for women, from Torstar Corporation, a broadly based media and book publishing company. Harlequin will become a division of HarperCollins Publishers, a News Corp subsidiary.
buyer parent: News Corporation
buyer: Harper Collins Publishers Limited
HarperCollins Publishers is one of the largest global English-language publishers in the world. HarperCollins is a broad-based publisher with strengths in literary and commercial fiction, business books, children's books, cookbooks, narrative nonfiction, design, health, and spiritual books. "
target parent: Torstar Corporation
target: Harlequin Enterprises Limited
Harlequin is one of the world's leading publishers of books for women, with titles issued worldwide in 34 languages and sold in 114 international markets. The company publishes more than 110 titles monthly and more than 1,200 authors from around the world.
price ($mm)
$415
rev ($mm)
$375
EBITDA ($mm)
$53
EV / rev
1.1x
EV / EBITDA
7.9x
announced 2/27/2012 via BNC Analysis

Figment, LLC, will acquire inkpop

synopsis: Figment, a teen writing site launched by two Condé Nast vets, is buying a competitor: HarperCollins’ Inkpop, an online writing community.
buyer: Figment, LLC
Figment is a community where you can share your writing, connect with other people who love to read, and discover new stories and authors. "
target parent: News Corporation
target: inkpop
inkpop is a writing community created by HarperCollins Publishers. inkpop is devoted to give teens (and those who write for teens)a voice in YA publishing.
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announced 10/31/2011 via BusinessWire

Harper Collins Publishers Limited, will acquire Thomas Nelson, Inc.

synopsis: HarperCollins Publishers has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Thomas Nelson, Inc. for an undisclosed sum. Thomas Nelson is one of the leading trade publishers in the US. It provides multiple forms of inspirational content including: books, Bibles, e-books, journals, audio, video, curriculum and digital applications.
buyer parent: News Corporation
buyer: Harper Collins Publishers Limited
HarperCollins Publishers is one of the world’s leading English-language publishers. HarperCollins is a broad-based publisher with strengths in literary and commercial fiction, business books, children’s books, cookbooks, and mystery, romance, reference, religious, and spiritual books. "
target parent: Kohlberg & Company, LLC
target: Thomas Nelson, Inc.
Thomas Nelson, Inc., headquartered in Nashville, TN, is one of the leading trade publishers in the United States. The Company is the world’s leading provider of Bibles, inspirational books and digital content, with product distribution in over 100 countries.
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closed 9/9/2010 via BNC Analysis

Harper Collins Publishers Limited, purchased UK Primary List from Folens Publishers

synopsis: HarperCollins has bought the UK primary list from the Irish education publisher Folens. It follows the acquisition of Letts, Lonsdale, and Leckie & Leckie from Heaveaux and continues the firm's expansion of its UK education interests.
buyer parent: News Corporation
buyer: Harper Collins Publishers Limited
HarperCollins Publishers is one of the world’s leading English-language publishers. HarperCollins is a broad-based publisher with strengths in literary and commercial fiction, business books, children’s books, cookbooks, and mystery, romance, reference, religious, and spiritual books. "
seller: Folens Publishers
Folens Publishers has been at the forefront of Irish Primary and Post-Primary educational publishing since it was founded in 1958. Since then they have adhered to three core principles Excellence, Value, and Responsiveness to teachers’ needs.
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closed 3/19/2010 via BNC Analysis

Harper Collins Publishers Limited, acquired Letts and Londsdale

synopsis: Huveaux Plc. confirmed that it has completed the sale to Harper Collins Publishers Limited of the entire share capital of Letts Educational Limited and Leckie & Leckie Limited and of the business and assets of Lonsdale or together the "Education Division" for a cash consideration of £10.0 million.
buyer parent: News Corporation
buyer: Harper Collins Publishers Limited
HarperCollins Publishers is one of the world’s leading English-language publishers. HarperCollins is a broad-based publisher with strengths in literary and commercial fiction, business books, children’s books, cookbooks, and mystery, romance, reference, religious, and spiritual books. "
target parent: Huveaux plc
target: Letts and Londsdale
Letts and Lonsdale publish accessible and manageable revision guides and other revision resources for pupils preparing for tests and exams.
price ($mm)
$15
rev ($mm)
$24
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$5
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0.6x
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2.9x
closed 8/1/2014 via BusinessWire

Harper Collins Publishers Limited, acquired Harlequin Enterprises Limited

synopsis: News Corp, a global, diversified media and information services company, has acquired Harlequin Enterprises, one of the world’s leading publishers of books for women, from Torstar Corporation, a broadly based media and book publishing company. Harlequin will become a division of HarperCollins Publishers, a News Corp subsidiary.
buyer parent: News Corporation
buyer: Harper Collins Publishers Limited
HarperCollins Publishers is one of the largest global English-language publishers in the world. HarperCollins is a broad-based publisher with strengths in literary and commercial fiction, business books, children's books, cookbooks, narrative nonfiction, design, health, and spiritual books. "
target parent: Torstar Corporation
target: Harlequin Enterprises Limited
Harlequin is one of the world's leading publishers of books for women, with titles issued worldwide in 34 languages and sold in 114 international markets. The company publishes more than 110 titles monthly and more than 1,200 authors from around the world.
price ($mm)
$415
rev ($mm)
$375
EBITDA ($mm)
$53
EV / rev
1.1x
EV / EBITDA
7.9x
closed 2/1/2021 via BNC Analysis

Play Magnus AS, acquired New In Chess

synopsis: Play Magnus Group, a Norwegian chess training platform, has acquired New In Chess, the world's leading chess magazine. New In Chess features interviews, chess training and historical articles, and game comments by the world's leading players. The company also publishes chess books about opening theory, chess history, and more.
buyer: Play Magnus AS (OB:PMG-ME:$2.93)
Headquartered in Norway, Play Magnus is a chess training platform. Magnus Trainer’s effective and engaging lessons are perfect for total beginners to intermediate players, but also includes advanced topics for experienced players and lifelong learners. "
target: New In Chess
New In Chess is the world's leading chess magazine. New In Chess features on-the-spot tournament reports, interviews, chess training and historical articles, and game comments by the world's leading players. The company also publishes chess books about opening theory, chess history, and more.
price ($mm)
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$2
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0.0x
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closed 1/31/2021 via BNC Analysis

Turner Publishing Company, acquired Prospect Park Books LLC

synopsis: Turner Publishing Company announced its acquisition of Prospect Park Books of Altadena, California. Prospect Park Books is a general trade publisher focusing on fiction, mysteries, cooking/food, humor, and regional/gift titles. The acquisition comprises more than 100 existing titles and approximately 11 titles in the process of being published.
buyer: Turner Publishing Company
Founded in 1985, Turner Publishing Company is an award-winning independent publisher based in Nashville, Tennessee, that currently publishes more than 5,000 titles. It has been named five times to Publishers Weekly's Fastest Growing Publishers List. "
target: Prospect Park Books LLC
Prospect Park Books is a California native, publishing beautiful print and digital books with wit, creativity, and intelligence. They're a general trade publisher focusing on fiction, mysteries, cooking/food, humor, and regional/gift titles.
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announced 1/20/2021 via BusinessWire

Naver Corporation, will acquire Wattpad

synopsis: Wattpad, the global multi-platform entertainment company for original stories and leading social storytelling platform, is to be acquired by Naver, South Korea’s internet conglomerate and home of WEBTOON™, a leading global digital comics platform.
buyer: Naver Corporation (KOSE:A035420:$6,533.26)
Naver Corporation is an Internet content service operator headquartered in Seongnam, South Korea. It operates the Naver search portal and Hangame gaming services. Its spinoff companies in Japan operate the Line messaging service in addition to offering Japanese versions of Naver and Hangame. "
target: Wattpad
Wattpad’s vision is to entertain and connect the world through stories. Wattpad’s flagship app is a leading social storytelling platform, home to a community of more than 90 million people who spend over 23 billion minutes a month engaged in original stories.
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$600
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closed 12/30/2020 via BNC Analysis

Welbeck Publishing Group, acquired Trigger Publishing

synopsis: Welbeck Publishing Group, a leading British publisher, has become the majority owner of UK-based Trigger Publishing, a publisher of mental health and wellbeing books for adults and children. Mental health books on the list will continue to publish under Trigger, which becomes part of a new wellness imprint called Welbeck Balance.
buyer: Welbeck Publishing Group
Welbeck Publishing Group is a leading UK-based publishing group. Welbeck Publishing Group is focused on illustrated reference, sport, entertainment, and children’s books, publishing under six imprints: Carlton, Goodman, Goodman Fiell, André Deutsch, Prion, and Carlton Kids. "
target: Trigger Publishing
Based in the UK, Trigger is an independent publisher devoted to opening up conversations about mental health and wellbeing. Trigger publishes books on a wide range of topics surrounding mental health and wellness, as well as launching Upside Down Books, its collection aimed at children.
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announced 11/25/2020 via BusinessWire

Penguin Random House, will acquire Simon & Schuster, Inc.

synopsis: ViacomCBS Inc. is to sell the publishing business Simon & Schuster to Penguin Random House, a wholly owned subsidiary of Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA. Simon & Schuster is a global leader in general interest publishing, dedicated to providing the best in fiction and nonfiction for readers of all ages, and in all printed, digital and audio formats.
buyer parent: Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA
buyer: Penguin Random House
Penguin Random House is an American multinational conglomerate publishing company formed in 2013 from the merger of Random House and Penguin Group. Penguin Random House is the world's largest English language trade publisher, bringing people the best in fiction, nonfiction, and children's books. "
target parent: ViacomCBS Inc.
target: Simon & Schuster, Inc.
Simon & Schuster is a global leader in general interest publishing, dedicated to providing the best in fiction and nonfiction for readers of all ages, and in all printed, digital and audio formats.
price ($mm)
$2,175
rev ($mm)
$814
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2.7x
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closed 11/4/2020 via Company Press Release

Real World Co., Ltd, acquired Manga Tairiku

synopsis: Real World Co., Ltd. has taken over Manga Tairiku, which is a web media business based in Japan. Manga Tairiku provides an easy-to-understand lead to the official manga app / e-book site. Manga Tairiku has grown into a medium with about 6 million page views per month.
buyer: Real World Co., Ltd (TSE:3691:$6.82)
Based in Japan, Real World Co., Ltd. provides crowd-sourcing services that allows people to work without restrictions on time, place, age, gender, and experience. The company also operates point services and point exchange services to cash or electronic money. "
target: Manga Tairiku
Manga Tairiku business is a web media business based in Japan. Manga Tairiku provides an easy-to-understand lead to the official manga app / e-book site. Manga Tairiku has grown into a medium with about 6 million page views per month.
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$2.09
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closed 10/7/2020 via GlobeNewswire

Agillic, acquired Gyldendal A/S

synopsis: Agillic, a leading Danish omnichannel marketing software company, has acquired Gyldendal A/S, Denmark’s oldest and largest publishing house. With the acquisition, Gyldendal will be executing emails, SMS messages, and activating data through the Agillic platform to reach audiences in the Google, Facebook, and Adform ecosystems.
buyer: Agillic (CPSE:AGILC:$8.39)
Agillic is a Danish software company enabling marketers to maximise the use of data and translate it into relevant and personalised communication establishing strong relations between people and brands. "
target: Gyldendal A/S (:$140.57)
Gyldendal is Denmark's oldest and largest publishing house, consisting of Gyldendal Publishing, Gyldendal Education, and Systime. Founded in 1770, the company has been working to enrich Danish book readers with knowledge, art, culture, and entertaining reading experiences.
price ($mm)
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$135
EBITDA ($mm)
$13
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0.0x
closed 9/18/2020 via gamesindustry.biz

Bandai Namco Entertainment Inc., acquired Reflector Entertainment

synopsis: Bandai Namco Entertainment, a Japanese multinational video game developer and publisher, has acquired Reflector Entertainment, a transmedia company in Canada. Reflector creates universes that tell stories across multiple platforms. Their first product, Unknown 9, is a paranormal mystery that unfolds across novels, comics, podcasts and video games.
buyer parent: BANDAI NAMCO Holdings, Inc.
buyer: Bandai Namco Entertainment Inc.
Bandai Namco Entertainment is a Japanese multinational video game developer and publisher. Bandai Namco publishes and develops games for all major video game consoles, iOS, Android, and online platforms. Their top video game franchises include PAC-MAN, Tekken, Galaga, Ace Combat, and more. "
target: Reflector Entertainment
Reflector Entertainment is a transmedia company in Canada. Reflector creates expanding universes that tell stories across multiple platforms. Their first product, Unknown 9, is a paranormal mystery that unfolds across a wide variety of platforms, including novels, comics, podcasts and video games.
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$11
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closed 9/9/2020 via Company Press Release

Hachette UK, acquired Laurence King Publishing Ltd.

synopsis: Hachette UK has announced the acquisition of Laurence King Publishing (LKP), the UK’s leading gift publisher and one of the country’s top three art publishers. Established in London in 1991, LKP is recognised as one of the world’s leading publishers of books and gifts on the creative arts.
buyer parent: Lagardère SCA
buyer: Hachette UK
Hachette UK is a leading UK publishing group. The group is made up of ten autonomous publishing divisions and over fifty imprints with a rich and diverse history. Hachette UK is owned by Hachette Livre, the world’s second largest trade and educational publisher. "
target: Laurence King Publishing Ltd.
Established in London in 1991, Laurence King Publishing (LKP) is recognised as one of the world’s leading publishers of books and gifts on the creative arts. These include Johanna Basford’s Secret Garden and Enchanted Forest adult colouring books.
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closed 9/3/2020 via Publishers Weekly

ABRAMS Books, acquired Cameron + Company

synopsis: Illustrated book publisher Abrams has acquired Cameron + Company, a family-owned independent house that specializes in books on photography art, lifestyle, children’s titles, and regional topics. Cameron + Company will operate as a standalone division at Abrams while giving Abrams a new West Coast perspective.
buyer parent: La Martiniere Groupe
buyer: ABRAMS Books
ABRAMS was the first company in the United States to specialize in publishing art and illustrated books. The company publishes works in the areas of art, photography, cooking, craft, comics, interior and garden design, entertainment, fashion, and popular culture, as well as children’s books. "
target: Cameron + Company
Cameron+Company is a boutique publishing house, creating and distributing quality books and calendars with a focus on photography, art, food+wine, children’s literature, and publications of regional interest.
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closed 6/10/2020 via BNC Analysis

Welbeck Publishing Group, acquired Eddison Books Ltd

synopsis: Welbeck Publishing Group has bought the assets of wellness publisher Eddison Books. Eddison Books was launched in 1892 under the name Eddison Saad, and published illustrated mind, body and spirit non-fiction. It was relaunched in 2015 and the company expanded to publish health, diet and fitness-related literature, in addition to self-help books.
buyer: Welbeck Publishing Group
Welbeck Publishing Group is a UK-based publishing group. Welbeck Publishing Group is focused on illustrated non-fiction and children’s books for the co-edition market as well as commercial fiction and non-fiction. "
target: Eddison Books Ltd
Eddison Books was launched in 1892 under the name Eddison Saad, and published illustrated mind, body and spirit non-fiction. It was relaunched in 2015 and the company expanded to publish health, diet and fitness-related literature, in addition to self-help books.
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closed 6/10/2020 via BNC Analysis

Intellect Ltd, acquired HammerOn Press

synopsis: Intellect, a UK-based academic publisher for scholars and practitioners teaching and researching in the arts, media and creative industries, has acquired HammerOn Press, an independent publisher in the UK. HammerOn Press publishes nonfiction focusing on feminist, anti-racist, trans, queer and anti-fascist subjects.
buyer: Intellect Ltd
Intellect is a UK-based academic publisher for scholars and practitioners teaching and researching in the arts, media and creative industries. Intellect publishes over 100 journals and over 50 academic books a year. Intellect seeks to offer an unbiased platform for quality critical debate. "
target: HammerOn Press
HammerOn Press is an independent publisher in the UK. HammerOn Press publishes nonfiction focusing on feminist, anti-racist, trans, queer and anti-fascist subjects. Their titles explore topics such as popular culture, community heritage, youth work, para-academia and the history of social movements.
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closed 5/13/2020 via Company Press Release

Pelican Publishing Co., Inc., acquired River Road Press LLC

synopsis: Arcadia Publishing, the nation’s leading publisher of books of local history and local interest, announced that it has acquired River Road Press, the dynamic publisher of books about New Orleans, Louisiana and the surrounding region. Its catalog includes bestsellers such as The Incomparable Magazine Street, by John Magill.
buyer parent: Lezen Acquisition
buyer: Pelican Publishing Co., Inc.
Pelican Publishing has been committed to publishing books of quality that enrich the lives of those who read them. In the 93 years since publishing William Faulkner and William Spratling’s Sherwood Anderson and Other Creole Characters, Pelican has pushed the perceptions of Southern publishing. "
target: River Road Press LLC
River Road Press, the dynamic publisher of books about New Orleans, Louisiana and the surrounding region. Its catalog includes bestsellers such as The Incomparable Magazine Street, by John Magill and Simon of New Orleans, by Yvonne Spear Perret.
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closed 4/1/2020 via BNC Analysis

Jonathan Ball Publishers (Pty) Ltd., acquired Icon Books

synopsis: Jonathan Ball Publishers, a leading publisher and distributor of English general books in South Africa, has acquired Icon Books, an independent publisher in the UK. Icon Books is a non-fiction publisher is a member of the Independent Alliance, and features titles across popular science, history, psychology, and current affairs.
buyer parent: Naspers Ltd.
buyer: Jonathan Ball Publishers (Pty) Ltd.
Jonathan Ball Publishers is a leading publisher and distributor of English general books in South Africa. The company specializes in South African history, politics, and current affairs and acts as agents for British and American publishers marketing and distributing on their behalf. "
target: Icon Books
Icon Books is an independent publisher in the UK that specialises in intelligent, quality non-fiction for a general audience. Their Introducing Graphic Guide series thrives alongside a list of books in science, history, politics, sport, language, humour, and more.
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closed 3/20/2020 via Company Press Release

Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, acquired Zed Books Limited

synopsis: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, a global independent publisher, has acquired Zed Books Limited, the London-based academic and non-fiction publisher. Zed will operate within Bloomsbury's Academic & Professional division, strengthening its offerings in African Studies and Development Studies.
buyer: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc (LSE:BMY:$182.14)
Bloomsbury Publishing is a global independent publisher across trade, specialist, professional, school, and higher education markets. Its Academic division publishes around 1,800 titles per year, specializing in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. "
target: Zed Books Limited
UK-based Zed is the world's largest publishing collective that operates in two divisions, Zed Books and Zed Scholar. Zed Books publishes socially and politically meaningful books for general readers. Zed Scholar is an award-winning, academic publisher of critical social science research.
price ($mm)
$2.28
rev ($mm)
$1
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2.2x
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closed 1/2/2020 via Publishers Weekly

Mango Publishing, acquired Yellow Pear Press

synopsis: Mango Publishing, an innovative independent publisher, has acquired Yellow Pear Press, a boutique publisher that specializes in lifestyle and regional titles as well as notecards and journals. Yellow Pear Press publishes beautifully designed books that inspire and delight book lovers who appreciate distinctive, insightful, witty, and playful books.
buyer: Mango Publishing
Mango Publishing is an innovative independent publisher. Mango's goal is to create high-quality books that explore new ideas and start conversations with their readers. Their books covers a broad range of topics, including new science, de-cluttering, creativity, lifestyle, personal growth, and more."
target: Yellow Pear Press
Yellow Pear Press is a boutique publisher that specializes in lifestyle and regional titles as well as notecards and journals. Yellow Pear Press publishes beautifully designed books that inspire and delight book lovers who appreciate distinctive, insightful, witty, and playful books.
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closed 10/9/2019 via Company Press Release

Princeton University Press, acquired Wild Nature Press Ltd

synopsis: Princeton University Press, a nonprofit publisher, has acquired Wild Nature Press, a UK-based natural history publisher. Wild Nature Press specializes in marine-life books. Their books combine eye-opening natural history discovery with the very best in writing, design, illustration and photography.
buyer: Princeton University Press
Princeton University Press is a nonprofit publisher with close connections to Princeton University. Princeton University Press seeks to publish the innovative works of the greatest minds in academia, from the most respected senior scholar to the extraordinarily promising graduate student. "
target: Wild Nature Press Ltd
Wild Nature Press is a UK-based natural history publisher. Wild Nature Press specializes in marine-life books. Their books combine eye-opening natural history discovery with the very best in writing, design, illustration and photography.
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closed 10/9/2019 via BNC Analysis

Vesuvian Media Group, acquired Black Spot Books

synopsis: Vesuvian Media Group, a Los Angeles–based books-to-film multimedia company, has acquired Black Spot Books, a small-press publisher specializing in speculative fiction that has released about 12 titles of speculative fiction with another dozen in the publishing pipeline.
buyer: Vesuvian Media Group
Vesuvian Media Group is a books-to-film multimedia corporation dedicated to creating quality entertainment across literary and visual arts. Through the divisions of Vesuvian Books and Vesuvian Entertainment, VMG provides Hollywood unparalleled access to high quality content and talent. "
target: Black Spot Books
Black Spot Books is a small-press publisher specializing in speculative fiction. They aim to release books monthly and their books include Peril in the Old Country by Sam Hooker and And Then There Were Crows by Alcy Leyva.
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closed 10/2/2019 via Publishers Weekly

Mango Publishing, acquired CONARI PRESS

synopsis: Mango Publishing, an innovative independent publisher, has acquired Conari Press from Red Wheel/Weiser, a publisher of occult and New Age books. Conari Press is a publisher dedicated to publishing books that make a difference in people's lives. Conari Press publishes in the areas of personal growth, spirituality, parenting and women's issues.
buyer: Mango Publishing
Mango Publishing is an innovative independent publisher. Mango's goal is to create high-quality books that explore new ideas and start conversations with their readers. Their books covers a broad range of topics, including new science, de-cluttering, creativity, lifestyle, personal growth, and more."
target parent: Red Wheel/Weiser LLC
target: CONARI PRESS
Conari Press is a publisher dedicated to publishing books that make a difference in people's lives. Conari Press publishes in the areas of personal growth, spirituality, parenting and women's issues. Their books reveal, explore, and incite readers to grow spiritually and emotionally.
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Broadview Press Inc.
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EBIT ($mm)
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Animoca Brands
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Storytel AB
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Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
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EBITDA ($mm)
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EBITDA ($mm)
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EBITDA ($mm)
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Educational Development Corporation
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EBITDA ($mm)
$1.68
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$1.54
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83
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