art and image industry

announced 7/9/2012 via PR Newswire

The Occasions Group, Inc., will acquire CardsDirect

synopsis: Taylor Corporation and its affiliate The Occasions Group announced it has reached an agreement to acquire CardsDirect of Dallas, TX, becoming part of The Occasions Group business unit. CardsDirect is a catalog and internet-based company that offers thousands of unique designs across dozens of categories.
buyer parent: Taylor Corporation
buyer: The Occasions Group, Inc.
The Occasions Group is a leading provider of personalized business greetings and stationery. The company creates, designs, manufactures, personalizes, fulfills, markets and outsources a wide variety of products, including invitations, accessories, napkins, and more. "
target: CardsDirect
Founded in 1998, CardsDirect is a catalog and internet-based company that offers thousands of unique designs across dozens of categories including business holiday cards, corporate birthday cards, thank you cards, Christmas cards, photo holiday cards, assorted boxed cards, and more.
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closed 11/6/2017 via Company Press Release

MairDumont, acquired Kunth Verlag GmbH & Co. KG

synopsis: Mairdumont GmbH & Co KG, the leading tourism information company in Germany and Europe, has acquired Kunth Verlag GmbH & Co. KG, a company that publishes travel literature, illustrated books, maps, and calendars. Both companies are based in Germany.
buyer: MairDumont
Mairdumont operates as market leader for tourist information. The Company offers product range for printed and electronic media. Mairdumont provides printed publications including travel guides, city plans, city atlases, and cartography. "
target: Kunth Verlag GmbH & Co. KG
Kunth Verlag GmbH & Co. KG publishes travel literature, illustrated books, maps, and calendars. The company was founded in 1997 and is based in Munich, Germany.
price ($mm)
rev ($mm)
$7
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
0.0x
EV / EBITDA
closed 8/9/2013 via PR Newswire

American Greetings Corporation, acquired American Greetings Corporation

synopsis: American Greetings Corporation announced the completion of its acquisition by the Weiss Family, including the Company's Chairman, Morry Weiss. American Greetings Corporation is a creator and manufacturer of innovative social expression products that assist consumers in enhancing their relationships to create happiness, laughter and love.
buyer: American Greetings Corporation (AM:$1,975.95)
American Greetings Corporation is a leading manufacturer of innovative social expression products that assist consumers in enhancing their relationships. The Company's major greeting card lines are American Greetings, Carlton Cards, Gibson, Recycled Paper Greetings and Papyrus. "
target: American Greetings Corporation (AM:$1,975.95)
American Greetings Corporation is a leading manufacturer of innovative social expression products that assist consumers in enhancing their relationships. The company's major greeting card lines are American Greetings, Carlton Cards, Gibson, Recycled Paper Greetings and Papyrus.
price ($mm)
$878
rev ($mm)
$1,695
EBITDA ($mm)
$217
EV / rev
0.5x
EV / EBITDA
4.1x
announced 11/5/2012 via PR Newswire

Crane & Co., will acquire William Arthur

synopsis: Crane & Co., the iconic American brand known for its premier quality stationery, announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire William Arthur, a subsidiary of Hallmark Cards, Inc, known for quality and innovative stationery.
buyer: Crane & Co.
Crane & Co. produces the paper for United States currency and manufactures products used in banknote security and industrial applications. It is also a leader in the social networking business, producing quality paper for personalized notes, business stationery, announcements and more. "
target parent: Hallmark Cards, Inc.
target: William Arthur
William Arthur stationery, invitations, announcements and holiday cards are renowned for beautiful designs, substantial paper stock, rich embellishments and exceptional printing. Headquartered in Maine, they combine time-honored print methods with state-of-the-art design and technology.
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cancelled 9/26/2012 via Reuters

American Greetings Corporation, cancelled an acquisition of American Greetings Corporation

synopsis: American Greetings Corp received a go-private offer from a group led by its CEO, valuing the company at about $580 million. American Greetings Corporation has been a creator and manufacturer of innovative social expression products that assist consumers in enhancing their relationships to create happiness, laughter and love.
buyer: American Greetings Corporation (AM:$1,975.95)
American Greetings Corporation is a leading manufacturer of innovative social expression products that assist consumers in enhancing their relationships. The Company's major greeting card lines are American Greetings, Carlton Cards, Gibson, Recycled Paper Greetings and Papyrus. "
target: American Greetings Corporation (AM:$1,975.95)
American Greetings Corporation is a leading manufacturer of innovative social expression products that assist consumers in enhancing their relationships. The Company's major greeting card lines are American Greetings, Carlton Cards, Gibson, Recycled Paper Greetings and Papyrus.
price ($mm)[EV]
$592 [$885]
rev ($mm)
$1,750
EBITDA ($mm)
$151
EV / rev
0.5x
EV / EBITDA
5.9x
closed 3/4/2011 via PR Newswire

UK Greetings Ltd., acquired Watermark Publishing Limited

synopsis: American Greetings Corporation has announced that its European subsidiary, UK Greetings Ltd., has acquired Watermark Publishing Limited, a leader in the United Kingdom in the innovation and design of greeting cards.
buyer parent: American Greetings Corporation
buyer: UK Greetings Ltd.
UK Greetings Ltd. is the UK’s market leading direct-to-retail publisher and manufacturer of greetings cards and associated social expression products. The company is a supplier to all key distribution channels including major supermarkets, high street specialists, and retailers. "
target: Watermark Publishing Limited
Watermark Publishing is a leader in the United Kingdom in the innovation and design of greeting cards. The company has a current portfolio of over three thousand designs. In addition to greeting cards, Watermark's product range includes rollwrap, gift bags, gift boxes and stationary.
price ($mm)[EV]
$17 [$6]
rev ($mm)
$40
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
0.1x
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closed 2/25/2009 via PR Newswire

American Greetings Corporation, acquired Recycled Paper Greetings, Inc.

synopsis: American Greetings Corporation announced it has completed its acquisition of Recycled Paper Greetings, Inc. Chicago-based Recycled Paper Greetings (RPG) is a preeminent creator and designer of humorous and alternative greeting cards with annual net sales of approximately $75 million.
buyer: American Greetings Corporation (AM:$1,975.95)
Founded in 1906, American Greetings is the world's largest publicly owned creator, manufacturer and distributor of social expression products. Our major domestic greeting card brands are Carlton Cards, American Greetings and Gibson. "
target: Recycled Paper Greetings, Inc.
Recycled Paper Greetings (RPG), makes humorous greeting cards using recycled paper and is the third largest greeting card company is the US. RPG provides both humorous and affectionate designs with presentation options suited for any retailer.
price ($mm)[EV]
$67 [$267]
rev ($mm)
$82
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
3.3x
EV / EBITDA
closed 12/3/2007 via BusinessWire

CSS Industries, Inc., acquired CR Gibson Co., The

synopsis: CSS Industries, Inc. announced that it has completed the previously reported acquisition of substantially all of the business and assets of C.R. Gibson, Inc., a leading designer, marketer and distributor of memory books, stationery, journals and notecards, paper tableware, infant and wedding photo albums and scrapbooks and other gift items.
buyer: CSS Industries, Inc. (CSS:$0.00)
CSS is a consumer products company primarily engaged in the design, manufacture, procurement, distribution and sale of seasonal and all occasion products, principally to mass market retailers. These products include gift wrap, gift bags, boxed greeting cards, gift tags and decorative tissue paper. "
target parent: InterMedia Partners
target: CR Gibson Co., The
C.R. Gibson, Inc. is a leading designer, marketer and distributor of memory books, stationery, journals and notecards, paper tableware, infant and wedding photo albums and scrapbooks and other gift items that commemorate life’s celebrations.
price ($mm)[EV]
$62 [$67]
rev ($mm)
$50
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
1.5x
EV / EBITDA
closed 11/10/2005 via BusinessWire

JupiterImages Corporation, acquired PR Direct SAS

synopsis: Jupitermedia Corporation today announced that its JupiterImages division has acquired all of the shares of PR Direct SAS. PR Direct SAS, with offices in Paris and Menthon-St. Bernard, France, is a leading distributor of royalty-free digital images for business users and creative professionals.
buyer parent: Jupitermedia Corporation
buyer: JupiterImages Corporation
JupiterImages offers a powerful collection of premium digital image brands, giving you one-stop access for all your stock photography needs. "
target: PR Direct SAS
PR Direct SAS, with offices in Paris and Menthon-St. Bernard, France, is a leading distributor of royalty-free digital images for business users and creative professionals
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closed 11/7/2013 via BusinessWire

Provide Commerce Inc., acquired Sincerely, Inc.

synopsis: Provide Commerce, Inc., the parent company of leading e-commerce gifting brands ProFlowers, RedEnvelope, Personal Creations, Gifts.com and others, has purchased mobile gifting startup Sincerely, Inc. This strategic acquisition accelerates Provide Commerce’s ability to leverage the rapid growth in mobile commerce for its e-commerce brands.
buyer parent: Liberty Interactive Corporation
buyer: Provide Commerce Inc.
Provide Commerce, one of the nation’s leading e-commerce companies. They operate an e-commerce marketplace of websites for perishable goods that consistently delivers fresh, high-quality products direct from the supplier to the customer at competitive prices. "
target: Sincerely, Inc.
Sincerely, Inc is a mobile gifting startup. They also offer mobile and social network applications to create birthday invitations, photo prints, postcards, and greeting cards from iPhone, iPad, and Android.
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closed 8/14/2013 via

The Occasions Group, Inc., acquired Red Stamp

synopsis: Taylor Corporation and its affiliate The Occasions Group, a company providing personalized correspondence, has reached an agreement to acquire Red Stamp. Red Stamp is best known for its Apple's App Store, with over 1,000 designs that can be personalized with photos + text and then shared from a mobile device and/or desktop computer.
buyer parent: Taylor Corporation
buyer: The Occasions Group, Inc.
The Occasions Group is a leading provider of personalized business greetings and stationery. The company creates, designs, manufactures, personalizes, fulfills, markets and outsources a wide variety of products, including invitations, accessories, napkins, and more. "
target: Red Stamp
Red Stamp's lifestyle app in Apple's App Store, with over 1,000 designs can be personalized with photos, text and then shared from your mobile device and/or desktop computer in a multitude of ways: texts, tweets, emails, Instagram, Facebook, paper postcards and soon to be printed cards in envelopes.
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closed 10/24/2012 via BNC Analysis

CafePress, acquired InvitationBox.com

synopsis: CafePress Inc ., the custom-goods producer, has acquired the company behind customized-stationery website InvitationBox.com, according to a new version of its prospectus filed with regulators.
buyer: CafePress (PRSS:$78.48)
CafePress is the world's biggest destination for self-expression through merchandise. Each month over 11 million shoppers visit CafePress to buy or create custom T-shirts, mugs, posters and other unique gifts that reflect their interests, passions, beliefs and affiliations. "
target: InvitationBox.com
InvitationBox.com is one of the internet’s largest stationery retailers. InvitationBox.com take great pride in offering a high quality and diverse range of products to customers from birth announcements and wedding invitations to party invitations, stationery, gift items and more.
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$4.00
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closed 4/25/2011 via BusinessWire

Shutterfly, Inc., acquired Tiny Prints, Inc.

synopsis: Shutterfly, Inc., a leading Internet-based social expression and personal publishing service, announced that it has completed the acquisition of Tiny Prints, Inc., a privately-held ecommerce company offering stylish cards, invitations, personalized stationery and photo books.
buyer: Shutterfly, Inc. (SFLY:$2,086.78)
Founded in 1999, Shutterfly, Inc. is an Internet-based social expression and personal publishing service. Shutterfly provides high quality products and world class services that make it easy, convenient and fun for consumers to preserve their digital photos in a creative and thoughtful manner. "
target: Tiny Prints, Inc.
Tiny Prints, Inc. is comprised of www.tinyprints.com and www.weddingpaperdivas.com, two thriving ecommerce brands offering stylish cards, invitations, personalized stationery and photo books to customers from around the world.
price ($mm)[EV]
$357 [$328]
rev ($mm)
$87
EBITDA ($mm)
$1
EV / rev
4.4x
EV / EBITDA
594.5x
announced 12/2/2016 via BusinessWire

SilverHub Media UK Ltd, will acquire Splash News

synopsis: The Branded Entertainment Network, which connects global brands to consumers through the power of popular entertainment, announced the sale of its Splash News business to SilverHub Media UK Ltd. Splash News is the world's leading celebrity and breaking news agency, providing images, video and stories to top publishers across the globe.
buyer: SilverHub Media UK Ltd
SilverHub is a new agency that is serving the need for content across the celebrity, sports and entertainment landscape. SilverHub was founded in 2016 by an extremely strong and experienced team who bring huge passion and expertise to all areas of the content business. "
target parent: Branded Entertainment Network
target: Splash News
Splash News is the world's leading celebrity and breaking news agency, providing images, video and stories to top publishers across the globe. Splash News and Picture Agency is a part of Branded Entertainment Network.
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closed 7/20/2011 via PR Newswire

Corbis Images, acquired Splash News

synopsis: Corbis Images, a leading visual media provider for the creative community, announced its acquisition of Splash News for an undisclosed amount. The Los Angeles-based company provides candid celebrity photography and video content to the world's premiere entertainment print, online and broadcast media outlets.
buyer parent: Corbis Corporation
buyer: Corbis Images
Corbis Images is a leading visual media provider for advertising, marketing and media professionals, providing a comprehensive selection of stock photography and illustrations. Corbis Images has exceptional creative, documentary, archival, fine art, current events, and entertainment images. "
target: Splash News
Founded in 1990, Splash News is a leading independent entertainment news and photography agency. Splash provides breaking entertainment news and celebrity candid photography and video content to consumers around the world through their favorite media outlets.
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announced 7/26/2019 via BusinessWire

HGGC, LLC, will acquire Monotype Imaging

synopsis: Monotype Imaging Holdings Inc. has entered into a definitive agreement under which it will be acquired by HGGC, a leading middle-market private equity firm. Monotype empowers creative minds to build and express authentic brands through design, technology, and expertise.
buyer: HGGC, LLC
HGGC is a leading middle-market private equity firm with $4.3 billion in cumulative capital commitments. HGGC is distinguished by its Advantaged Investing approach that enables firms to source and acquire scalable businesses through partnerships with management teams, founders, and sponsors. "
target: Monotype Imaging (TYPE:$243.96)
Monotype empowers creative minds to build and express authentic brands through design, technology and expertise. Monotype's libraries feature iconic typefaces including the Helvetica, Frutiger, and Univers families as well as contemporary releases from the Monotype Studio.
price ($mm)[EV]
$824 [$857]
rev ($mm)
$244
EBITDA ($mm)
$55
EV / rev
3.5x
EV / EBITDA
15.7x
closed 10/13/2009 via

Sun Capital Partners, acquired Lang Holdings, Inc.

synopsis: Sun Capital Partners, Inc., a leading private investment firm, announced that one of its affiliates has acquired a controlling interest in Lang Holdings, Inc., a leading supplier of art, design and sports driven calendars, back-to-school products, greeting cards and stationary.
buyer: Sun Capital Partners
Sun Capital Partners, Inc. is a leading private investment firm focused on leveraged buyouts, equity, debt, and other investments in market-leading companies that can benefit from its in-house operating professionals and experience. "
target parent: Catterton Partners
target: Lang Holdings, Inc.
Lang Holdings is a leading supplier of art, design and sports driven calendars (second largest participant in the U.S. calendar industry), back-to-school products, greeting cards and stationary.
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closed 5/17/2019 via BNC Analysis

Canva, acquired Pexels GmbH

synopsis: Aussie billion-dollar startup Canva has continued to grow by snapping up free stock photography website Pexels. Pexels provides high quality and completely free stock photos licensed under the Pexels license. All photos are nicely tagged, searchable and also easy to discover through our discover pages.
buyer: Canva
Canva is an online design and publishing startup. Millions of presentations have been designed on Canva, with a range of templates tailored for a variety of industries, professions, and needs, such as marketing, business updates, social media graphics, pitch decks and training material. "
target: Pexels GmbH
Pexels provides high quality and completely free stock photos licensed under the Pexels license. All photos are nicely tagged, searchable and also easy to discover through our discover pages.
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closed 5/17/2019 via BNC Analysis

Canva, acquired Pixabay GmbH

synopsis: Aussie billion-dollar startup Canva has continued to grow by snapping up free stock photography website Pixabay. Pixabay is a vibrant community of creatives, sharing copyright free images and videos. All contents are released under the Pixabay License, which makes them safe to use without asking for permission or giving credit to the artist.
buyer: Canva
Canva is an online design and publishing startup. Millions of presentations have been designed on Canva, with a range of templates tailored for a variety of industries, professions, and needs, such as marketing, business updates, social media graphics, pitch decks and training material. "
target: Pixabay GmbH
Pixabay is a vibrant community of creatives, sharing copyright free images and videos. All contents are released under the Pixabay License, which makes them safe to use without asking for permission or giving credit to the artist - even for commercial purposes.
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closed 4/25/2018 via BNC Analysis

Neumann & Wolff Werbekalender GmbH & Co. KG, acquired arti promotion GmbH

synopsis: Neumann & Wolff Werbekalender, a calendar publishing house specializing in the production of high-quality advertising calendars, has acquired arti promotion GmbH, a company that publishes calendars for advertising industry. Both companies are based in Germany.
buyer: Neumann & Wolff Werbekalender GmbH & Co. KG
Neumann & Wolff Werbekalender is a calendar publishing house specializing in the production of high-quality advertising calendars and headquarters in Kiel. "
target: arti promotion GmbH
arti promotion GmbH publishes calendars for advertising industry. The company was founded in 1971 and is headquartered in Kiel, Germany.
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CardsDirect

Kunth Verlag GmbH & Co. KG

American Greetings Corporation

William Arthur

American Greetings Corporation

Watermark Publishing Limited

Recycled Paper Greetings, Inc.

CR Gibson Co., The

PR Direct SAS

Sincerely, Inc.

Red Stamp

InvitationBox.com

Tiny Prints, Inc.

Splash News

Splash News

Monotype Imaging

Lang Holdings, Inc.

Pexels GmbH

Pixabay GmbH

arti promotion GmbH

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American Greetings Corporation is a leading manufacturer of innovative social expression products that assist consumers in enhancing their relationships. The Company's major greeting card lines are American Greetings, Carlton Cards, Gibson, Recycled Paper Greetings and Papyrus.
year
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EBITDA ($mm)
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EBIT ($mm)
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EBITDA ($mm)
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EBIT ($mm)
$34.81
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EBITDA ($mm)
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EBITDA ($mm)
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