K-20 print publishing

closed 6/1/2018 via BusinessWire

MPS Limited, acquired Tata Interactive Systems

synopsis: MPS Limited announced that they have completed the acquisition of Tata Interactive Systems India. Tata Interactive Systems has established itself as a pioneer in technology-enabled learning. The company's innovative products and strategic learning advisory services are driven by excellence in learning and development and process efficiency.
buyer parent: ADI Media
buyer: MPS Limited (BSE:532440:$44.34)
MPS is a leading provider of platforms and content solutions for the digital world and was established as an Indian subsidiary of Macmillan (Holdings) Limited in 1970. MPS builds unique capabilities and talents through strategic partner programs. "
target parent: Tata Group
target: Tata Interactive Systems
Tata Interactive Systems (TIS) is a pioneer in technology-enabled learning. The company's innovative products and strategic learning advisory services are driven by excellence in learning and development and process efficiency.
price ($mm)
$12
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$21
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0.6x
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closed 11/22/2017 via Company Press Release

Springer Nature, acquired iversity

synopsis: Springer Nature, a leading global research, educational and professional publisher, has acquired iversity, an online learning platform that provides high-quality academic and professional development courses. iversity offers individuals and corporate clients MOOCs and online professional development courses from a wide range of topics.
buyer parent: Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck GmbH
buyer: Springer Nature
Springer Nature is a leading global research, educational and professional publisher, home to an array of respected and trusted brands providing quality content through a range of innovative products and services. "
target: iversity
iversity partners with academic institutions and knowledge-based companies to offer academic and professional development courses online. Individuals as well as corporate clients and their employees can choose between MOOCs and online professional development courses from a wide range of topics.
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closed 4/1/2017 via PR Newswire

GP Strategies Corporation, acquired Emantras

synopsis: Global performance improvement solutions provider GP Strategies Corporation announced that it has completed the acquisition Emantras, an innovative digital education company that provides engaging learning experiences and effective knowledge delivery through award-winning digital and mobile solutions.
buyer: GP Strategies Corporation (NYSE:GPX:$504.99)
GP Strategies is a global performance improvement solutions provider of training, eLearning solutions, management consulting and engineering services. They improve the effectiveness of organizations by delivering innovative and superior training, consulting and business improvement services. "
target: Emantras
Emantras, is an innovative digital education company that provides engaging learning experiences, through digital and mobile solutions. Emantras serves the learning ecosystem by supporting enterprises, trainers and educational institutions in executing and delivering digital training solutions.
price ($mm)
rev ($mm)
$3
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
0.0x
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closed 9/2/2020 via BNC Analysis

Adonis Group, acquired Editions SED

synopsis: The ADONIS EDUCATION group, which brings together Private Higher Education Establishments, announced the acquisition of Sed editions, specializing in the publication of educational tools for schools nursery and elementary schools and special education.
buyer: Adonis Group
The Adonis Education group is a network of private higher education establishments. Present in 10 cities in France, Adonis Education offers face-to-face and distance education, with a range of training courses divided into 4 brands: Adonis, IESCA, Rose Carmin and AJYLE. "
target: Editions SED
Editions Sed, based in France, specializes in the publication of educational tools for schools nursery, elementary schools and special education networks. Their collaboration with the world of education has enabled them to develop numerous collections recognized for their educational qualities.
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closed 1/25/2012 via Company Press Release

Infinitas Learning Netherlands B.V., acquired LJ Create

synopsis: Infinitas Learning has completed the acquisition of LJ Create Ltd. As a leading digital educational solutions provider in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM), LJ Create serves schools, colleges and industry both nationally and internationally through its long-established US subsidiary and global distributor network.
buyer parent: Bridgepoint Capital Limited
buyer: Infinitas Learning Netherlands B.V.
Infinitas Learning is one of Europe’s leading providers of innovative and engaging teaching and learning resources. Operating in seven countries across Europe with agents across the world, Infinitas Learning employs 1,400 staff in Holland, Sweden, Germany, Belgium, Hungary, Austria and the UK. "
target: LJ Create
LJ Create develops and provides multi-lingual, blended learning teaching resources in the form of fully integrated hardware, software and rich e-learning content ranging from topic and subject-specific learning solutions through to complete classroom management systems.
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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 4/4/2018 via PR Newswire

Future plc, acquired NewBay Media LLC

synopsis: Future plc, the global platform for specialist media, has acquired NewBay Media LLC. NewBay is an information and events business. It has a substantial B2B portfolio operating in verticals including Electronics and Education, and TV and Audio, where it publishes Broadcasting & Cable, the leading voice of authority in the television industry.
buyer: Future plc (LSE:FUTR:$463.90)
Future plc is an international media group and leading digital publisher. The Group operates two separately managed brand-led divisions: Media and Magazine. The Group has a reach of 100m+ globally, including 62m online users and 63m social media reach. "
target: NewBay Media LLC
NewBay is an information and events business. It has a substantial B2B portfolio operating in verticals including Electronics and Education, and TV and Audio, where it publishes Broadcasting & Cable, the leading voice of authority in the television industry.
price ($mm)
$14
rev ($mm)
EBITDA ($mm)
$4
EV / rev
EV / EBITDA
4.6x
closed 3/19/2007 via BNC Analysis

Editis, acquired Group De Boeck

synopsis: Editis expanded its activities in literature and in distribution, Editis is developing its third line of business, education. It has strengthened its presence in Belgium with the acquisition of De Boeck, thereby beefing up its international presence.
buyer parent: Grupo Planeta
buyer: Editis
Editis holds leading positions in three segments of the French publishing business, in particular Literature (trade and mass market formats), Education (scholarly, scholastic aids, middle school, high school, university, legal and medical), and Reference (dictionaries and encyclopedias). "
target: Group De Boeck
The De Boeck group is Belgium’s leading publisher and has roots going back to 1760. It has grown steadily and now specializes in 3 sectors in French and Dutch: academic texts (61% in Dutch), university texts (87% in French) and legal texts (74% in French).
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closed 8/2/2017 via PR Newswire

Elsevier B.V., acquired Bepress

synopsis: Elsevier, the global information analytics business specializing in science and health, acquired Bepress, a Berkeley, California-based business that helps academic libraries showcase and share their institutions' research for maximum impact.
buyer parent: RELX Group plc
buyer: Elsevier B.V.
Elsevier is a global information analytics business that helps institutions and professionals progress science, advance healthcare and improve performance for the benefit of humanity. Elsevier provides digital solutions in the areas of strategic research management, R&D performance, and more. "
target: Bepress
Founded by professors in 1999, Bepress exists to serve academia. Bepress builds hosted solutions that let academic institutions showcase and share their works for maximum impact. The Bepress model is unlimited, cloud-based, and fully hosted, and includes dedicated consulting and support.
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closed 10/4/2016 via BNC Analysis

Taylor & Francis Group, acquired Co-Action Publishing

synopsis: Taylor & Francis Group, one of the world’s leading publishers of scholarly journals, books, eBooks, text books and reference works, has acquired Co-Action Publishing, an international Open Access scholarly publisher based in Scandinavia. Co-Action has a portfolio of peer-reviewed journals and books spanning a range of academic disciplines.
buyer parent: Informa plc
buyer: Taylor & Francis Group
Taylor & Francis Group is one of the world’s leading publishers of scholarly journals, books, eBooks, text books and reference works. Taylor & Francis Group partners with researchers, scholarly societies, universities and libraries worldwide to bring knowledge to life. "
target: Co-Action Publishing
Founded in 2007, Co-Action Publishing is an international Open Access scholarly publisher based in Scandinavia. Co-Action has a portfolio of peer-reviewed journals and books spanning a range of academic disciplines. Co-Action is committed to serving the best interests of the scholarly community.
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closed 1/22/2014 via BusinessWeek

Scor Global Investments, acquired Presses Universitaires de France

synopsis: Scor SE has purshased Presses Universitaires de France. Presses Universitaires de France organizes their publications around the lines of research collections and reference, journals, collections of books, and essay collections.
buyer parent: Scor SE
buyer: Scor Global Investments
SCOR Global Investments is the asset management company of the SCOR Group. They offer Scor Euro High Yield, Scor Euro Loans, and Scor Euro Credit Opportunity. "
target: Presses Universitaires de France
Presses Universitaires de France organizes their publications around the lines of research collections and reference, journals, collections of books, and essay collections.
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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 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 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 8/28/2012 via BNC Analysis

Cherry Lake Publishing, acquired Sleeping Bear Press Incorporated

synopsis: Cherry Lake Publishing, a Mankato, Minn.-based educational publisher, has acquired Sleeping Bear Press, known for its illustrated state alphabet series of 50 books for emerging readers.
buyer: Cherry Lake Publishing
Cherry Lake Publishing was founded in 2008 by Minnesota native Ben Mondloch and has 600 titles in print. The company specializes in nonfiction books for the educational market, with its list aligned around the Common Core State Standards initiative. "
target parent: Apax Partners
target: Sleeping Bear Press Incorporated
Sleeping Bear Press publishes books for children, sports, health, turf, and mapping sectors. Sleeping Bear Press was founded in 1994 and is based in Chelsea, Michigan.
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closed 1/15/2010 via BusinessWire

Courier Corporation, acquired Highcrest Media, LLC

synopsis: Courier Corporation, one of America’s leading book manufacturers and specialty publishers, announced that it has acquired Highcrest Media LLC, a provider of software and solutions that streamline the production of customized textbooks for use in colleges, universities and businesses.
buyer: Courier Corporation (CRRC:$277.53)
Courier Corporation publishes, prints and sells books. Courier has two lines of business: full-service book manufacturing and specialty publishing. The Company is focused on achieving industry-leading financial performance by serving markets with above-average growth rates & strong future prospects."
target: Highcrest Media, LLC
Highcrest Media continually focuses on automating the entire business cycle of on-demand printing to streamline the process, minimize labor costs and provide for unlimited scalability.
price ($mm)
$3.00
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closed 4/12/2011 via Capital IQ

Woongjin Thinkbig Co., Ltd., acquired Eduwang, Inc.

synopsis: Woongjin thinkbig Co., Ltd. announced that it will acquire Eduwang. co,.ltd, which is mainly engaged in education services.
buyer: Woongjin Thinkbig Co., Ltd.
Woongjin thinkbig Co., Ltd is a Korea-based company engaged in the provision of educational services for primary school students. The Company is also engaged in publishing and after school education. "
target: Eduwang, Inc.
Eduwang is a privately owned publisher and education services provider based in Seoul, South Korea.
price ($mm)
$15
rev ($mm)
$21
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
0.7x
EV / EBITDA
closed 11/10/2016 via PE Hub

Authorea, acquired The Winnower

synopsis: Authorea, the online collaborative platform for researchers, announced it has acquired The Winnower, a pioneering research publisher that offers advanced publishing tools to individual authors. With the acquisition, Authorea enhances the foremost online platform for researchers to write, cite, collaborate, host data, and publish all in one place.
buyer: Authorea
Authorea is the place to write scientific, academic, and technical documents in collaboration. Authorea is a digital collaboration platform that encourages more immediate knowledge-sharing in the scientific research community. "
target: The Winnower
The Winnower Inc. operates an open access online scholarly publishing platform that employs open post-publication peer review. Its platform allows users to publish research, essays, peer reviews, and more.
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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 1/14/2021 via BusinessWire

Top Hat, acquired Fountainhead Press

synopsis: Toronto-based Top Hat, the leading active learning platform for higher education, has acquired Fountainhead Press, an independent press with an expansive portfolio of higher education content across multiple disciplines. Fountainhead Press brings 250 authors in disciplines spanning communication, composition, and science to Top Hat’s platform.
buyer: Top Hat
Based in Toronto, Top Hat is the only all-in-one courseware platform that enables active learning—a proven student-centred teaching pedagogy that promotes deep understanding, critical thinking, and subject mastery—with interactive content, tools, and activities. "
target: Fountainhead Press
Fountainhead Press is an independent press with an expansive portfolio of higher education content across multiple disciplines. Fountainhead Press develops high-quality textbooks with authors, producing personalized, content-rich course materials designed with student success in mind.
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K-20 print publishing


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Tata Interactive Systems

iversity

Emantras

Editions SED

LJ Create

Recorded Books Inc.

NewBay Media LLC

Group De Boeck

Bepress

Co-Action Publishing

Presses Universitaires de France

Bearport Publishing

Make Believe Ideas

Rourke Educational Media

Sleeping Bear Press Incorporated

Highcrest Media, LLC

Eduwang, Inc.

The Winnower

Recorded Books Inc.

Fountainhead Press

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