audiobook industry

closed 4/4/2018 via BNC Analysis

Ulverscroft Large Print Books Ltd., acquired Oakhill Publishing Ltd

synopsis: Ulverscroft, a publisher of large print and unabridged audio books, has acquired audio books company Oakhill Publishing. Established in 2005, Oakhill Publishing is based in Bath, United Kingdom and offers a large selection of audio books, ranging from historical fiction to crime thrillers and non-fiction.
buyer: Ulverscroft Large Print Books Ltd.
Ulverscroft is a leading world-wide publisher of large print and unabridged audio books. They offer a wide variety of large print titles in hard and soft cover formats as well as audio books written by some of the world's favourite authors. "
target: Oakhill Publishing Ltd
Established in 2005, Oakhill Publishing offers a large selection of complete and unabridged audio books, which represent quality and choice for a demanding market. They have a range of adult books from historical fiction to contemporary crime thrillers, and some of the latest non-fiction titles.
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closed 1/1/2018 via BNC Analysis

Verlagsgruppe Random House GmbH, acquired Der Audio Verlag GmbH

synopsis: Verlagsgruppe Random House, a German book publisher, has acquired Der Audio Verlag (DAV) from Spiegel Gruppe, a German publisher of magazines and periodicals. DAV is a German publisher of audio books. DAV offers audio books in all genres, including books for children, thrillers, classic literature, non-fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, and more.
buyer parent: Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA
buyer: Verlagsgruppe Random House GmbH
Verlagsgruppe Random House is a German book publisher. The company publishes 200 new titles a month and covers a broad spectrum of genres. Their books cover modern and classical literature, books for children, religion, non-fiction, art books, guidebooks, and more. "
target parent: Spiegel Gruppe
target: Der Audio Verlag GmbH
Der Audio Verlag (DAV) is a German publisher of audio books. DAV offers audio books in all genres, including books for children, thrillers, classic literature, non-fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, and more. The company has published over 1,800 audio books that are voiced by high quality speakers.
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closed 9/26/2017 via PR Newswire

RBmedia, acquired Gildan Media

synopsis: RBmedia, a global leader in spoken audio content and digital media distribution technology, announced that it has acquired Gildan Media, a leading publisher of audiobooks for business, personal development, training, and education. The Gildan titles are released under several imprints such as Gildan Audio, Gildan Seminars and Sandler Training.
buyer parent: Shamrock Capital Advisors, Inc.
buyer: RBmedia
RBmedia is a global leader in spoken audio content and digital media distribution technology that reaches millions of consumers – at home, in the car, and wherever their mobile devices take them. RBmedia produces exclusive titles and offers audiobooks, educational courses and entertainment titles. "
target: Gildan Media
Gildan Media is a spoken audio publishing company. The company specializes in personal development, business, training, and education. The Gildan titles are released under several imprints: Gildan Audio, Gildan Seminars, Gildan Press, Condensed Classics and Sandler Training.
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closed 1/31/2017 via PR Web

Blackstone Audio, Inc., acquired Audio Partners, Inc.

synopsis: Blackstone Audio, an audiobook publisher, has acquired Audio Editions, one of the leading direct-to-consumer audiobook retailer. While Audio Editions will remain fully operational as is in Auburn, CA, retaining its current staff, Blackstone is dedicated to preserving and growing the brand, giving it a boost with the aid of Blackstone’s resources.
buyer: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Blackstone Audio is a privately owned company offering a catalog of over 10,000 audiobook titles with 150+ new titles being added each month. Blackstone prides itself on upholding the highest standards for audiobook production in the industry. "
target: Audio Partners, Inc.
Audio Editions has been the leading direct-to-consumer audiobook retailer, beginning with a full-service mail-order catalog, and continuing with both catalog and website. They offer over 50,000 audiobook titles from all major publishers, in cassette, CD, and MP3-CD.
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closed 12/31/2014 via BusinessWire

Recorded Books Inc., acquired Tantor Media, Inc

synopsis: Recorded Books Inc., a leading provider of unabridged audiobooks and digital content to the library, school, and retail markets, announced that it is has completed its acquisition of audiobook publisher Tantor Media, Inc. Wasserstein & Co., LP acquired Recorded Books in early 2014.
buyer parent: Wasserstein & Co., LP
buyer: Recorded Books Inc.
Recorded Books is the largest independent publisher of unabridged audiobooks and provider of digital content to the library, school, and retail markets. The company owns an exclusive catalog of over 17,000 audiobook titles narrated by professional, award-winning actors. "
target: Tantor Media, Inc
Tantor Media, Inc., is a leading independent publisher of approximately 5,000 unabridged audiobooks, including New York Times bestsellers, Pulizter and Man Booker awards, recorded by critically acclaimed narrators.
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closed 11/25/2013 via BNC Analysis

Amazon.com, Inc., purchased UK Audiobook Catalog from AudioGo Limited

synopsis: Amazon has licensed the back catalog from the bankrupt audiobook publisher AudioGo. AudioGo is the UK’s leading publisher and retailer to a broad, diverse, and inclusive range of spoken word and large print titles. AudioGo sells complete and unabridged audiobooks, large print books, BBC audiobooks, and children’s titles.
buyer: Amazon.com, Inc. (AMZN:$252,063.00)
Amazon.com, Inc. is a Fortune 500 company based in Seattle. Amazon.com, Inc. seeks to be Earth’s most customer-centric company, where customers can find and discover anything they might want to buy online, and endeavors to offer its customers the lowest possible prices. "
seller parent: Alcuin Capital Partners LLP
seller: AudioGo Limited
AudioGo is the UK’s leading publisher and retailer to a broad, diverse, and inclusive range of spoken word and large print titles. AudioGo sells complete and unabridged audiobooks, large print books, BBC audiobooks, and children’s titles.
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closed 11/1/2013 via PR Web

Blackstone Audio, Inc., acquired Blackstone Audio, Inc.

synopsis: Blackstone Audio's founders Craig and Michelle Black have bought back the company from AudioGO. The company is one of the largest audiobook publishers in the world, offering a catalog of over 9,000 audiobook titles and publishing close to 75 new releases a month.
buyer: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Blackstone Audio, Inc., founded by Craig and Michelle Black in 1987, is the largest independent audiobook publishing company in America. Blackstone has five in-house, state-of-the-art recording studios, as well as one in Los Angeles. "
target parent: Alcuin Capital Partners LLP
target: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Blackstone Audio, Inc., founded by Craig and Michelle Black in 1987, is the largest independent audiobook publishing company in America. Blackstone has five in-house, state-of-the-art recording studios, as well as one in Los Angeles.
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closed 1/3/2013 via BNC Analysis

AudioGo Limited, acquired Blackstone Audio, Inc.

synopsis: The AudioGO Group completed its acquisition of Blackstone Audio, an audiobook publisher, from founders Craig and Michelle Black, adding Blackstone’s 5000-title catalog to its existing 10,000 audiobook offerings, some 4000 of which are available to libraries.
buyer parent: Alcuin Capital Partners LLP
buyer: AudioGo Limited
AudioGo Limited publishes and sells audio books in the United Kingdom and internationally. The company offers audio books on CDs and MP3-CDs, as well as in downloadable formats for consumer, retail, library, and online markets. It also publishes printed books for libraries and direct mail businesses"
target: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Blackstone Audio, Inc., founded by Craig and Michelle Black in 1987, is the largest independent audiobook publishing company in America. Blackstone has five in-house, state-of-the-art recording studios, as well as one in Los Angeles.
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closed 10/30/2007 via BusinessWire

Audio Editions, acquired Audio Book Club Inc.

synopsis: Audio Editions today announced that it has acquired the exclusive license for the use of the Audio Book Club company assets, including its brand, website and customer list. The agreement establishes Audio Editions as the world’s largest catalog seller of general interest audiobooks.
buyer: Audio Editions
The Audio Partners, Inc. is primarily involved with mail order sales through its catalog, AUDIO EDITIONS Books-on-Cassette. The Audio Partners Publishing Corporation is the publisher of distinguished spoken audio titles. "
target parent: MediaBay, Inc.
target: Audio Book Club Inc.
Audio Book Club Inc. publishes and markets audiobooks through membership clubs that sell on the Internet at www.audiobooks.com and www.booksaloud.com, as well as by mail order.
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closed 5/23/2007 via BusinessWire

Amazon.com, Inc., acquired Brilliance Audio, Inc.

synopsis: Leading online retailer Amazon.com, Inc. has acquired Brilliance Audio the largest independent publisher of audiobooks in the United States. The acquisition will enable Amazon to work closely with the book publishing community to further expand the number of books produced in audio format and provide customers with an even greater selection.
buyer: Amazon.com, Inc. (AMZN:$252,063.00)
Amazon.com, Inc., a Fortune 500 company based in Seattle, seeks to be Earth's most customer-centric company, where customers can find and discover anything they might want to buy online, and endeavors to offer its customers the lowest possible prices. "
target parent: Stonehenge Partners
target: Brilliance Audio, Inc.
Brilliance Audio is the largest audiobooks-only publisher in the country, offering a wide range of best-selling adult fiction and nonfiction in both unabridged and abridged audio formats, and sells to all classes of trade, as well as to libraries.
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announced 7/16/2018 via BusinessWire

Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., will acquire RBmedia

synopsis: KKR, a leading global investment firm, and RBmedia, a leading digital audiobook and related spoken content producer, announced the signing of a definitive agreement under which KKR will acquire RBmedia from Shamrock Capital.
buyer: Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. (KKR:$5,683.13)
KKR is a leading global investment firm that manages multiple alternative asset classes, including private equity, growth equity, energy, infrastructure, real estate and credit, with strategic manager partnerships that manage hedge funds. "
target parent: Shamrock Capital Advisors, Inc.
target: RBmedia
RBmedia is a global leader in spoken audio content and digital media distribution technology that reaches millions of consumers – at home, in the car, and wherever their mobile devices take them. RBmedia produces exclusive titles and offers audiobooks, educational courses and entertainment titles.
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closed 5/23/2016 via BNC Analysis

Storytel AB, acquired Mofibo Books ApS

synopsis: Mofibo, the online book streaming service, announced that they have been acquired by Storytel. Mofibo is a leading subscription service for ebooks and audio books. For a fixed price per month, readers can enjoy as many ebooks and audio books as they want.
buyer: Storytel AB (NGM:STORY B:$166.85)
Storytel AB is the market leader for streamed audiobooks in Sweden. With Storytel users always have their favorite stories close by, a whole library in their phone or tablet wherever they go. It should be this easy to enjoy great tales! "
target: Mofibo Books ApS
Mofibo is a leading subscription service for ebooks and audio books. For a fixed price per month, readers can enjoy as many ebooks and audio books as they want. From best-sellers and editor’s special picks, to children’s titles, biographies, romantic books, thrillers and much much more.
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closed 7/31/2015 via PE Hub

Shamrock Capital Advisors, Inc., acquired Recorded Books Inc.

synopsis: Shamrock Capital Advisors LLC has acquired Recorded Books, a leading independent publisher of audiobooks in the United States, in partnership with senior management. Recorded Books is the largest independent publisher of audiobooks and provider of digital media to consumer, retail, professional, school, library, and infotainment markets in the USA.
buyer: Shamrock Capital Advisors, Inc.
Shamrock Capital Advisors is a Los Angeles based private equity firm with over $700 million of capital under management. The firm invests exclusively in the media, entertainment, and communications sectors. "
target parent: Wasserstein & Co., LP
target: Recorded Books Inc.
Recorded Books is the largest independent publisher of unabridged audiobooks and provider of digital content to the library, school, and retail markets. The company owns an exclusive catalog of over 23,000 audiobook titles narrated by professional, award-winning actors.
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closed 3/19/2015 via BNC Analysis

Axiell Group AB, acquired Elib AB

synopsis: Axiell Group AB has acquired a 70% stake in Elib AB. Founded in 2000, Elib was established to meet the market's eBook demand, and has come to function as the hub of the Swedish digital book market. Elib sells around 25,000 eBooks per month and lends 130,000 eBooks to libraries.
buyer: Axiell Group AB
Axiell Group AB is an IT company that is specialised in providing services to the culture sector, archives, museums and libraries. The company offers advanced and tailored solutions to customers in many parts of the world. "
target: Elib AB
Elib is Scandinavia’s leading producer and distributor of downloadable and streaming audiobooks and e-books. They supply technical solutions for a secure and reliable distribution. Elib’s customer base covers the whole distribution chain from publishing houses to libraries and retailers.
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closed 1/31/2014 via BusinessWire

Wasserstein & Co., LP, acquired Recorded Books Inc.

synopsis: Wasserstein & Co., LP , on behalf of its private equity fund Wasserstein Partners III, has acquired all of the assets of Recorded Books LLC, one of the leading worldwide providers of unabridged audiobooks, digital content, and services to the library, school, and retail markets, from Haights Cross Communications, Inc.
buyer: Wasserstein & Co., LP
Wasserstein & Co. is an independent private equity and investment firm, with offices in New York and Los Angeles. The Wasserstein & Co. investment team has completed over 50 platform and add-on transactions, representing over $3 billion of enterprise value. "
target parent: Haights Cross Communications, LLC
target: Recorded Books Inc.
Recorded Books is the largest independent publisher of unabridged audiobooks and provider of digital content to the library, school, and retail markets. The Company owns an exclusive catalog of over 13,500 audiobook titles narrated by professional, award-winning actors.
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closed 4/25/2018 via BNC Analysis

Bose, acquired Detour, Inc.

synopsis: Bose, an audio equipment manufacturer, has acquired Detour, a mobile app that allows users to experience location-aware audio tours. Detour's tours guides users to fascinating places they wouldn’t find and are narrated by locals, like journalists and activists, giving users an authentic look at the city they are visiting.
buyer: Bose
Bose is a research company that develops sound solutions for the entertainment, home audio, aviation, and automotive industries. Bose products for the home, in the car, on the go and in public spaces have become iconic, changing the way people listen to music. "
target: Detour, Inc.
Detour is a mobile app that allows users to experience location-aware audio tours. Detour guides users to fascinating places they wouldn’t find, and stories they can't see. The tours are narrated by locals, like journalists and activists, giving users an authentic look at the city they are visiting.
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closed 5/24/2017 via BNC Analysis

TATERU bnb, acquired Wanderpass

synopsis: iVacation Co., Ltd., a company based in Tokyo, Japan that is behind the development of TATERU bnb and TATERU Phone, has acquired Wanderpass, an audio guide which leads travelers through the city as if they were in a museum. The audio guide will provide users with fascinating information about the best areas of Tokyo.
buyer parent: Investors Cloud Co., Ltd.
buyer: TATERU bnb
iVacation Co., Ltd. is a company based in Tokyo, Japan that is behind the development of TATERU bnb and TATERU Phone. TATERU bnb is a vacation rental marketplace. TATERU phone is a mobile concierge service for travelers to Japan. "
target: Wanderpass
Wanderpass provides an audio guide which leads travelers through the city as if they were in a museum. The audio guide will provide users with fascinating information about the best areas of Tokyo such as Asakusa, Ueno, Ginza, Nihonbashi, and Kagurazaka as you walk around the cities.
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closed 5/5/2016 via BNC Analysis

Recorded Books Inc., acquired christianaudio

synopsis: Recorded Books Inc., a leading provider of unabridged audiobooks and digital content to the library, school, and retail markets, announced that it is has acquired Christianaudio.com (eChristian Inc.), a publisher of Christian audiobooks that operates under the christianaudio brand.
buyer parent: Shamrock Capital Advisors, Inc.
buyer: Recorded Books Inc.
Recorded Books is the largest independent publisher of unabridged audiobooks and provider of digital content to the library, school, and retail markets. The company owns an exclusive catalog of over 23,000 audiobook titles narrated by professional, award-winning actors. "
target: christianaudio
Christianaudio.com offers a diverse variety of digital audio products for purchase and immediate download. In addition to the products from other Christian publishers, organizations and ministries, they offer over 750 titles published by christianaudio under four imprints.
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Oakhill Publishing Ltd

Der Audio Verlag GmbH

Gildan Media

Audio Partners, Inc.

Tantor Media, Inc

AudioGo Limited

Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Audio Book Club Inc.

Brilliance Audio, Inc.

RBmedia

Mofibo Books ApS

Recorded Books Inc.

Elib AB

Recorded Books Inc.

Detour, Inc.

Wanderpass

christianaudio

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Storytel AB
Storytel AB is the market leader for streamed audiobooks in Sweden. With Storytel users always have their favorite stories close by, a whole library in their phone or tablet wherever they go. It should be this easy to enjoy great tales!
year
2019
rev ($mm)
$166.85
EBITDA ($mm)
($27.53)
EBIT ($mm)
($33.09)
Net Income ($mm)
Employees
500
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