yearbook industry

closed 12/26/2018 via BNC Analysis

Platinum Equity, LLC, acquired Jostens, Inc.

synopsis: Beverly Hills private equity firm Platinum Equity has completed the acquisition of Jostens Inc. from Newell Brands Inc. Established in 1897, Jostens was originally founded to repair customers’ keepsake jewelry. The company and the Jostens brand has grown to include products such as yearbooks, publications, class rings and consumer goods.
buyer: Platinum Equity, LLC
Platinum Equity is a global M&A&O® firm specialized in mergers, acquisitions, and operations of companies that provide mission-critical products, services, and solutions in diverse industries. They offer deep in-house resources and flexible acquisition solutions to sellers worldwide. "
target parent: Newell Brands Inc
target: Jostens, Inc.
Established in 1897, Jostens was originally founded to repair customers’ keepsake jewelry. The company and the Jostens brand has grown to include products such as yearbooks, publications, class rings and consumer goods.
price ($mm)
$1,300
rev ($mm)
$768
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
1.7x
EV / EBITDA
closed 11/2/2015 via PR Newswire

Jarden Corporation, acquired Jostens, Inc.

synopsis: Jarden Corp, a leading global consumer products company, announced it has completed its acquisition of Jostens, Inc., a maker of class rings and yearbooks, and their parent company, Visant. Jarden's founder has built the company through acquisitions, making it one of the largest diversified consumer products makers in the United States.
buyer: Jarden Corporation (JAH:$13,969.70)
Jarden Corporation is a world-class consumer products company with a diverse portfolio of innovative products. The Company’s growth strategy is fueled by a passion for developing new products, as well as a focus on expansion through existing channels of distribution by leveraging our global network."
target parent: Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.
target: Jostens, Inc.
Jostens continue to innovate to provide unique, lasting experiences for everyone that comes to Jostens to share stories and celebrate achievements. Visant Holding Corp. provides marketing and publishing services in the United States.
price ($mm)
$1,500
rev ($mm)
$740
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
2.0x
EV / EBITDA
cancelled 4/17/2014 via BusinessWire

Jostens, Inc., cancelled an acquisition of American Achievement Corporation, Inc.

synopsis: American Achievement Group Holding Corp., the parent company of American Achievement Corporation, announced that its agreement to be acquired by Jostens, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Visant Corporation, has been mutually terminated. This termination follows a vote by the Federal Trade Commission to block the transaction.
buyer parent: Visant Corporation
buyer: Jostens, Inc.
Jostens is a leading provider of products, programs and services that help people celebrate important moments, recognize achievements and build affiliations. The company's products include yearbooks, class rings, graduation products and products for athletic champions and their fans. "
target parent: Fenway Partners
target: American Achievement Corporation, Inc.
American Achievement Corporation (AAC) is a provider of products that forever mark the special moments of people’s lives. AAC’s legacy is based upon the delivery of exceptional, innovative products, including class rings, yearbooks and graduation products through in-school and retail distribution.
price ($mm)
$486
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cancelled 12/5/2008 via BNC Analysis

Herff Jones, Inc., cancelled an acquisition of American Achievement Corporation, Inc.

synopsis: American Achievement Corp. said a deal to buy the company has been called off. Herff Jones Co., an Indianapolis-based firm, said in May it planned to buy the Austin-based company, a leading maker of class rings, World Series and Super Bowl rings and other commemorative items.
buyer: Herff Jones, Inc.
The Herff Jones tradition is about rewarding academic and athletic excellence with world class symbols of achievements. Since 1920, Herff Jones has been providing commencement regalia, announcements, rings, frames and other recognition products honoring the milestones and memorable moments in life. "
target parent: Fenway Partners
target: American Achievement Corporation, Inc.
American Achievement Corporation (AAC) is a provider of products that forever mark the special moments of people’s lives. AAC’s legacy is based upon the delivery of exceptional, innovative products, including class rings, yearbooks and graduation products through in-school and retail distribution.
price ($mm)
rev ($mm)
$319
EBITDA ($mm)
$59
EV / rev
0.0x
EV / EBITDA
0.0x
closed 7/19/2017 via Company Press Release

Picaboo Yearbooks merged with Vidigami Media,

synopsis: Picaboo Yearbooks, a leading provider of publishing software for yearbooks, has merged with Vidigami Media Inc., a SaaS-based, photo management platform designed exclusively for schools. The combined entity will operate as Vidigami Inc., headquartered in New Hampshire with offices based in Vancouver, Canada.
buyer: Vidigami Media
Vidigami provides an advanced photo management platform designed for schools. It allows members to centralize, intelligently organize, and securely share photos. Through a cloud-based, members-only platform, the school can manage who has access to Vidigami and what content members have access to. "
target parent: picaboo
target: Picaboo Yearbooks
Picaboo Yearbooks was founded to revolutionize the modern day yearbook through innovative technology and a groundbreaking business model. It distinguishes itself from industry competitors by providing schools with easy-to-use cloud-based design tools, innovative mobile apps, and no minimum orders.
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closed 8/12/2015 via BusinessWire

Intelius, Inc., acquired Classmates, Inc.

synopsis: Intelius Holdings, Inc., a portfolio company of H.I.G. Capital, announced that it has completed a strategic investment in Classmates, Inc. Classmates operates the leading online high school reconnection social network in the United States.
buyer parent: H.I.G. Capital
buyer: Intelius, Inc.
Intelius is an information commerce company founded in 2003 that has become a leader in online people data, delivering comprehensive information about individuals, their histories and their connections to others. "
target parent: United Online, Inc.
target: Classmates, Inc.
Founded in 1995 and headquartered in Seattle, Washington, Classmates operates the leading online social network service in the United States for bringing high school alumni together. Classmates serves over 70 million members and enables its users to find and reconnect with high school friends.
price ($mm)
$30
rev ($mm)
$52
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
0.6x
EV / EBITDA
closed 6/11/2012 via BusinessWire

Memory Lane, Inc., acquired schoolFeed, Inc.

synopsis: United Online, Inc. announced that it has acquired schoolFeed, Inc., owner of a Top 25 Facebook app and a leading online high school network, to enrich its Classmates business domestically and its StayFriends brand internationally. schoolFeed will now be owned by Memory Lane, Inc., a subsidiary of United Online.
buyer parent: United Online, Inc.
buyer: Memory Lane, Inc.
Memory Lane, headquartered in Seattle, Washington, is a premier provider of online nostalgia products and services. Memory Lane owns and operates Classmates.com, a premier destination for reconnecting with the people, places, and events from high school years. "
target: schoolFeed, Inc.
schoolFeed is a fast growing high school network that makes it easy to find and keep in touch with friends and acquaintances from high school. It combines an online yearbook and class directory with news feeds, interest groups, online games and virtual currency.
price ($mm)
$7.50
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closed 10/1/2007 via

Visant Corporation, acquired Publishing Enterprises, Inc.

synopsis: Jostens, Inc. has agreed to acquire the assets of Publishing Enterprises, Incorporated, the producer of Memory Book Company school yearbooks and Meridian student planners, headquartered in Sedalia, Missouri. Publishing Enterprises also produces a variety of other printed products under the PrintLynx name.
buyer: Visant Corporation
Visant Corporation is a leading marketing and publishing services enterprise servicing the school affinity, direct marketing, fragrance and cosmetics sampling, and educational publishing markets. "
target: Publishing Enterprises, Inc.
Publishing Enterprises, Incorporated is headquartered in Sedalia, Missouri and produces Memory Book Company(R) school yearbooks, Meridian student planners and a variety of other printed products under the PrintLynx name.
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