Like Estante Virtual

closed 12/27/2017 via BNC Analysis

Livraria Cultura S.A., acquired Estante Virtual

synopsis: Livraria Cultura announced that it has acquired Estante Virtual, which operates an online book marketplace in Latin America. Created in 2005, Estante Virtual is the largest online platform in Brazil in the trade of new and used books.
buyer: Livraria Cultura S.A.
Founded in 1947 as a bookstore, Livraria Cultura is a Brazilian multimedia retailer that sells books, CDs, DVDs, games, ebooks, and audiobooks. Livraria Cultura has 18 stores throughout Brazil, as well as an internet presence for online sales. "
target: Estante Virtual
Estante Virtual is the largest online platform in Brazil in the trade of new and used books. Estante Virtual connects thousands of vendors together to offer the greatest literary diversity, with an average savings of 52% compared to conventional bookstores.
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closed 5/6/2020 via BNC Analysis

Elliott Management Corp., acquired Wordery

synopsis: Elliott Advisors (UK) Limited, an investment management firm, has acquired Wordery, one of the largest online bookshops in the UK, from the Bertram Group. Wordery provides customers an alternative outlet to buy books from at the lowest prices, offering a variety of over 10 million books to over 100 countries.
buyer: Elliott Management Corp.
Elliott Management Corporation manages approximately $40.2 billion of assets. The Elliott funds' investors include pension plans, sovereign wealth funds, endowments, foundations, funds-of-funds, high net worth individuals and families, and employees of the firm. "
target parent: Aurelius AG
target: Wordery
Wordery is one of the largest online bookshops in the UK, providing customers with an alternative haven to buy the books at the lowest prices. The company offers a variety of over 10 million books and provides free delivery to over 100 countries.
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announced 12/20/2018 via BNC Analysis

Legion Holdings, will acquire Abril

synopsis: Legion Holdings, a Brazilian investment firm owned by lawyer Fábio Carvalho, will acquire Abril, a Brazilian media company. Abril publishes 22 magazines in Brazil. Abril also operates GoRead, an online subscription platform for digital magazines, and CASACOR, an exhibition about interior design.
buyer: Legion Holdings
Legion Holdings is a Brazilian investment firm owned by Fábio Carvalho. Fábio Carvalho is a lawyer in Brazil. Fábio Carvalho focuses his business activities in the acquisition of companies in financial crisis, aiming to bring them back to the state of stability and growth. "
target: Abril
Abril is a Brazilian media company. The company publishes 22 magazines in Brazil. Abril sells 164 million publications a year and has a total of 22 million readers. Abril also operates GoRead, an online subscription platform for digital magazines, and CASACOR, an exhibition about interior design.
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announced 8/27/2018 via Company Press Release

Omega-Alpha SA, will acquire BookRix

synopsis: Bastei Lübbe AG signed an agreement to sell its 54 % stake in BookRix GmbH & Co KG, Munich. The purchaser is Omega-Alpha SA, Luxembourg. BookRix is a free self publishing platform that offers ebook distribution services to independent writers.
buyer: Omega-Alpha SA
Omega-Alpha SA is a holding company based in Luxembourg. "
target parent: Bastei Luebbe
target: BookRix
BookRix is a free self publishing platform that offers ebook distribution services to independent writers. Users can share their writing, connect with other readers and discover new stories and authors – all in one place.
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announced 8/3/2018 via BNC Analysis

Merlin Group S.A., will acquire Profit24

synopsis: The Merlin Group company has signed a preliminary purchase agreement of 100%. shares of Profit M, dealing in the sale of books and toys via the Internet. Profit24, part of Profit M, deals in the sale of books and toys via the internet through online stores. Profit M's sites consist of unchecked.pl, profit24.pl, mestro.pl and smarkacz .pl.
buyer: Merlin Group S.A. (WSE:MRG:$11.68)
Merlin Group develops e-commerce projects based on an integrated platform of complementary resources such as storage, IT platform, the competence of commercial marketing, customer service, and finance and accounting The main resources of the Merlin Group SA is an integrated platform of competence fo"
target: Profit24
Profit24, part of Profit M, deals in the sale of books and toys via the internet through online stores. Profit M's sites consist of unchecked.pl, profit24.pl, mestro.pl and smarkacz .pl.
price ($mm)
$4.74
rev ($mm)
$14
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
0.3x
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closed 12/10/2014 via BNC Analysis

AnyCommerce, acquired iLoveRead.in

synopsis: AnyCommerce Chennai Pvt Ltd, the company behind goGrab.in, an online food ordering platform, has acquired iLoveRead.in, a portal that allows users to borrow books online, from Chennai-based M/s Life Online.
buyer: AnyCommerce
Founded in 2012, AnyCommerce is engaged in providing online restaurant search services. It also offers online grocery, ticket booking and home services. "
target: iLoveRead.in
iloveread.in is one of the first online libraries in India, serving customers and clients online and at schools and corporates. They are a portal that allows users to borrow books online, from Chennai-based M/s Life Online.
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closed 5/22/2014 via Company Press Release

Bastei Luebbe, acquired BookRix

synopsis: Bastei Lübbe AG, a publically traded media company, has acquired a majority share of BookRix GmbH & Co. KG, one of the leading self-publishing platforms in Germany. At present roughly 1,000 new eBooks are published each month on the platform. The eBooks distributed by BookRix via its proprietary platform reach its base of some 560,000 users.
buyer: Bastei Luebbe (DB:BST:$77.74)
Bastei Lübbe AG is a publically traded media company organised around its publishing venture. It publishes books, audio books, ebooks and digital products in both the literary and popular science genres, as well as serialised novels and puzzle magazines. "
target: BookRix
BookRix GmbH & Co. KG is one of Germany's largest self-publishing platforms. As a shop-independent provider, BookRix delivers content from its authors to roughly 60 different stores - including market leaders Amazon and iTunes. It is also free.
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closed 12/1/2008 via BusinessWire

Amazon.com, Inc., acquired Abebooks.com

synopsis: Amazon.com, Inc. announced that, subject to closing conditions, it has reached an agreement to acquire AbeBooks. AbeBooks is an online marketplace for books, with over 110 million primarily used, rare and out-of-print books listed for sale by thousands of independent booksellers from around the world.
buyer: Amazon.com, Inc. (AMZN:$419,130.00)
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: Abebooks.com
Abebooks.com is the world's largest online marketplace for books, with over 70 million new, used, rare, and out-of-print titles listed for sale by more than 13,000 independent booksellers from around the world.
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closed 10/18/2017 via BNC Analysis

IGN Entertainment, Inc., acquired Humble Bundle

synopsis: IGN, the leading internet media company focused on the video game and entertainment enthusiast markets, has acquired Humble Bundle, the indie games storefront best known for its pay-what-you-want bundles that raise money for charity.
buyer parent: j2 Global, Inc.
buyer: IGN Entertainment, Inc.
IGN Entertainment is the leading Internet media company focused on the video game and entertainment enthusiast markets. Incorporated in 1999, IGN's first website launched in 1996. "
target: Humble Bundle
Humble Bundle is a digital storefront for video games and ebooks. Customers pay what they want for downloadable content and choose how much of that money goes towards charity.
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closed 10/4/2017 via BNC Analysis

Bookwire GmbH, acquired Distribuidora de Livros Digitais S.A.

synopsis: Establishing itself as what it says is now “by far the leading supplier for ebook distribution in Brazil,” Bookwire has acquired Brazil’s Distribuidora de Livros Digitais (DLD). DLD provides digital book distribution and marketing services to the Brazilian publishing market.
buyer: Bookwire GmbH
Founded in Germany in 2009, Bookwire is an e-book aggregator specializing in the marketing of digital content on all existing and emerging sales channels around the world. "
target: Distribuidora de Livros Digitais S.A.
Brazil’s Distribuidora de Livros Digitais (DLD) was established in 2010 as a consortium of six large Brazilian publishers—L&PM, Objetiva, Planeta, Record, Rocco and Sextante—and most recently organized distribution and marketing of around 10,000 ebooks.
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closed 12/16/2016 via BNC Analysis

Kompas Gramedia Group, acquired Scoop

synopsis: Kompas Gramedia, Indonesia’s largest media group and bookstore chain, announced that it has acquired Scoop, an emerging e-book startup. Scoop’s platform will complement Gramedia.com, the flagship e-commerce platform by Kompas Gramedia that sells stationary, household products and books.
buyer: Kompas Gramedia Group
Kompas Gramedia is Indonesia’s largest media group and bookstore chain. "
target: Scoop
Scoop is an emerging e-book startup. Scoop has been downloaded by six million users, who can browse various publication from Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Japan, India, Brazil and the UK.
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closed 4/19/2017 via BNC Analysis

Rakuten Kobo Inc., acquired Shelfie (Bitlit Media)

synopsis: Kobo Rakuten, the company that produces the Kobo e-reader and is one of the world’s fastest-growing eReading services, offering more than 5 million eBooks, has acquired Shelfie (Bitlit Media), an app that allowed users to catalog their personal libraries, and purchase discounted ebook editions based on the physical copies they already own.
buyer parent: Rakuten Inc.
buyer: Rakuten Kobo Inc.
Founded in December 2009, Toronto-based Rakuten Kobo Inc. is one of the world’s fastest-growing eReading services, offering more than 5 million eBooks and magazines to millions of users across the world. "
target: Shelfie (Bitlit Media)
BitLit Media Inc. provides the Shelfie mobile application that helps users to get a free or discounted eBook of a print book they own. Its application allows users to read eBook on various devices, including Kobo, Nook, and Kindle or iPad. Shelfie works with over 1,200 publishers.
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announced 11/28/2018 via GlobeNewswire

Cinedigm Digital Cinema Corp., will acquire ComicBlitz

synopsis: Cinedigm announced an agreement to acquire ComicBlitz, a subscription based service, that offers users unlimited access to the greatest digital comic book content for one monthly price. Soon to be available on all iOS, Android, and web devices.
buyer: Cinedigm Digital Cinema Corp. (CIDM:$32.45)
Cinedigm is a leading independent content distributor in the United States, with direct relationships with over 60,000 physical retail storefronts and digital platforms, including Wal-Mart, Target, iTunes, Netflix, and Amazon, as well as the national Video on Demand platform on cable television. "
target: ComicBlitz
ComicBlitz is a subscription based service, that offers users unlimited access to the greatest digital comic book content for one monthly price. Soon to be available on all iOS, Android, and web devices.
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closed 8/18/2018 via Company Press Release

Walmart, acquired Flipkart

synopsis: Walmart Inc. and Flipkart Group ("Flipkart") announced the closing of the agreements for Walmart to become the largest shareholder in the Flipkart Group. The Flipkart Group is one of India’s largest e-commerce marketplace and includes group companies Flipkart, Myntra, Jabong, and PhonePe.
buyer: Walmart (WMT:$562,839.00)
Walmart Inc. helps people around the world save money and live better in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices. Each week, nearly 265 million customers and members visit their more than 11,200 stores under 55 banners in 27 countries and eCommerce websites. "
target: Flipkart
The Flipkart Group is one of India’s largest e-commerce marketplace and includes group companies Flipkart, Myntra, Jabong, and PhonePe. Flipkart has enabled millions to be a part of India's e-commerce revolution, offering over 80 million products across 80+ categories.
price ($mm)
$16,000*
rev ($mm)
$4,600
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
4.5x
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announced 6/9/2017 via Company Press Release

Eventbrite, will acquire Ticketfly, Inc.

synopsis: Eventbrite, the world’s leading ticketing and event technology platform, will acquire Ticketfly from Pandora, the world’s most powerful music discovery platform. Ticketfly is a ticketing platform focused on music promoters and venues. Its powerful digital marketing and analytics software helps promoters sell more tickets and streamline operations.
buyer: Eventbrite (EB:$162.01)
Eventbrite is an online service that people everywhere use to create, share, and join any event imaginable. Whether it's a photography class with a local artist, or a sold-out concert in a city stadium, Eventbrite makes it happen. "
target parent: Pandora Media, Inc.
target: Ticketfly, Inc.
Ticketfly, a subsidiary of Pandora, is a technology company reimagining the live event experience for promoters and fans. Its powerful ticketing, digital marketing, and analytics software helps promoters sell more tickets, streamline operations, and increase revenue per attendee.
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$200
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closed 11/2/2015 via BusinessWire

Pandora Media, Inc., acquired Ticketfly, Inc.

synopsis: Pandora, the world's most powerful music discovery platform, announced it has completed its acquisition of Ticketfly, Inc., a leading live events technology company, to create the definitive music platform for connecting fans, artists and event promoters.
buyer: Pandora Media, Inc. (P:$1,478.00)
Pandora is the world’s most powerful music discovery platform. They are driven by a single purpose: unleashing the infinite power of music by connecting artists and fans, whether through earbuds, car speakers, live on stage or anywhere fans want to experience it. "
target: Ticketfly, Inc.
Ticketfly is a technology company reimagining the live event experience for promoters and fans. Its powerful ticketing, digital marketing, and analytics software helps promoters book top talent, sell more tickets, and increase in-venue revenue.
price ($mm)
$450
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$55
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8.2x
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closed 9/23/2013 via Company Press Release

SevenVentures GmbH, acquired Mydays GmbH

synopsis: Seven Ventures, one of the leading media houses of Europe and Germany's largest television network, has acquired the majority of mydays.de, a leading provider of online gifting services in Germany.
buyer parent: ProSiebenSat.1 Media AG
buyer: SevenVentures GmbH
Seven Ventures is the venture arm of the ProSiebenSat.1 Group, one of the leading media houses of Europe and Germany's largest television network. "
target: Mydays GmbH
Mydays GmbH offers online gifting services in Germany. The company was founded in 2003 and is based in Munich, Germany.
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$38
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closed 9/18/2013 via BusinessWire

Groupon, Inc., acquired SideTour

synopsis: Groupon, a global leader in local commerce, announced the acquisition of SideTour, a marketplace that helps people discover, book and host great local activities.
buyer: Groupon, Inc. (GRPN:$2,503.80)
Groupon is a global leader in local commerce, making it easy for people around the world to search and discover great businesses at unbeatable prices. Groupon provides merchants with a suite of products and services, credit card payments processing capabilities and point-of-sale solutions. "
target: SideTour
SideTour provides a community marketplace where people can discover, book, and host amazing experiences and activities. The company was founded in June 2011 and is headquartered in New York City.
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closed 3/8/2013 via BNC Analysis

BookMyShow.com, acquired Ticketgreen.com

synopsis: BookMyShow.com announced the acquisition of Chennai-based Ticketgreen.com entertainment ticketing portal. Ticketgreen.com offers a range of services like providing information and ticket booking facilities on various entertainment options.
buyer: BookMyShow.com
BookMyShow.com offers ticketing for cinemas and plays online. The service is also available across 10 cites in India through a single number 39895050. With a boom in technology, customers can now book tickets through an Automated Speech Recognition system. "
target: Ticketgreen.com
Ticketgreen.com provides comprehensive information about entertainment opportunities in & around India and facilitate booking tickets to let users make full use of that information online.
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closed 2/25/2013 via PE Hub

Festival Transaction Services, acquired KadmusArts Corporation

synopsis: Festival Transaction Services Inc. has acquired Vermont-based KadmusArts Corporation. KadmusArts has developed a digital marketplace for the performing arts community that spans the globe. The KadmusArts event community includes some 8,500 event producers in 155 countries, tens-of-thousands of performers, and hundreds of thousands of festival fans.
buyer: Festival Transaction Services
Festival Transaction Services helps fair and festival producers succeed by providing convenient, secure and cost-effective payment processing and cash management services, tailored exclusively for the community event marketplace. "
target: KadmusArts Corporation
KadmusArts.com is the online connection to every kind of music, dance, and theatre festival in the world. The site hosts content from festival presenters and promoters, artists and bands, audiences and fans in 154 countries.
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closed 12/27/2017 via BNC Analysis

Livraria Cultura S.A., acquired Estante Virtual

synopsis: Livraria Cultura announced that it has acquired Estante Virtual, which operates an online book marketplace in Latin America. Created in 2005, Estante Virtual is the largest online platform in Brazil in the trade of new and used books.
buyer: Livraria Cultura S.A.
Founded in 1947 as a bookstore, Livraria Cultura is a Brazilian multimedia retailer that sells books, CDs, DVDs, games, ebooks, and audiobooks. Livraria Cultura has 18 stores throughout Brazil, as well as an internet presence for online sales. "
target: Estante Virtual
Estante Virtual is the largest online platform in Brazil in the trade of new and used books. Estante Virtual connects thousands of vendors together to offer the greatest literary diversity, with an average savings of 52% compared to conventional bookstores.
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closed 12/27/2017 via BNC Analysis

Livraria Cultura S.A., acquired Estante Virtual

synopsis: Livraria Cultura announced that it has acquired Estante Virtual, which operates an online book marketplace in Latin America. Created in 2005, Estante Virtual is the largest online platform in Brazil in the trade of new and used books.
buyer: Livraria Cultura S.A.
Founded in 1947 as a bookstore, Livraria Cultura is a Brazilian multimedia retailer that sells books, CDs, DVDs, games, ebooks, and audiobooks. Livraria Cultura has 18 stores throughout Brazil, as well as an internet presence for online sales. "
target: Estante Virtual
Estante Virtual is the largest online platform in Brazil in the trade of new and used books. Estante Virtual connects thousands of vendors together to offer the greatest literary diversity, with an average savings of 52% compared to conventional bookstores.
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closed 8/7/2019 via BusinessWire

Elliott Management Corp., acquired Barnes & Noble Inc.

synopsis: Barnes & Noble, Inc., the largest retail bookseller in the United States, has been acquired by Elliott Advisors (UK) Limited. Elliott seeks to build upon Barnes & Noble's strong foundation and address the significant challenges facing the bricks and mortar book retail space in the US, applying a model that successfully turned around Waterstones.
buyer: Elliott Management Corp.
Elliott Management Corporation manages two multi-strategy funds which combined have approximately $34 billion of assets under management. Its flagship fund, Elliott Associates, L.P., was founded in 1977, making it one of the oldest funds of its kind under continuous management. "
target: Barnes & Noble Inc. (BKS:$3,583.39)
Barnes & Noble, Inc. is the nation’s largest retail bookseller, and a leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products. The Company operates 627 Barnes & Noble bookstores in 50 states, and one of the Web’s premier e-commerce sites, BN.com.
price ($mm)
$683
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$3,583
EBITDA ($mm)
$126
EV / rev
0.2x
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5.4x
closed 11/28/2018 via BNC Analysis

JP/Politikens Hus A/S, acquired Saxo.com ApS

synopsis: JP/Politikens Hus, one of Denmark's leading media companies, has acquired Saxo, Denmark's first and largest online bookstore. Saxo offers Danish and English titles in various genres and formats, including printed books, e-books and audiobooks.
buyer: JP/Politikens Hus A/S
JP/Politikens Hus is one of Denmark's leading media companies in printed, digital and mobile publications. JP/Politikens Hus publishes three national newspapers, EKSTRA BLADET, MORGENAVISEN JYLLANDS-POSTEN and POLITIKEN – Denmark's leading daily newspapers. "
target: Saxo.com ApS
Saxo is Denmark's first and largest online bookstore. Saxo offers Danish and English titles in various genres and formats, including printed books, e-books and audiobooks. Their genres include fiction, romance, food, travel, hobby, erotica, art, mysteries and more.
price ($mm)
$29*
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$46
EBITDA ($mm)
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0.9x
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closed 7/1/2018 via BNC Analysis

Buchversand-stein.de, acquired Kohlibri

synopsis: Buchversand-stein.de (A. Stein'sche Buchhandlung Gmbh), a family owned bookstore in Germany, has acquired Kohlibri, an online bookstore in Germany. Kohlibri offers a wide variety of books, including fiction, non-fiction, art books, classic literature, audio books, and children's books.
buyer: Buchversand-stein.de
Buchversand-stein.de (A. Stein'sche Buchhandlung Gmbh) is a family owned bookstore in Germany. The company sells books, newspapers, magazines, audio books, e-books, e-readers, maps, and DVDs. They offer novels, children's books, travel guides, textbooks, school books, and much more. "
target: Kohlibri
Founded in 1998, Kohlibri is an online bookstore in Germany. Kohlibri offers a wide variety of books, including fiction, non-fiction, art books, classic literature, audio books, and children's books. Kohlibri provides descriptions, images, sample pages or audio, and more for each book.
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closed 11/2/2017 via BNC Analysis

UP Invest OÜ, acquired Apollo Kino OU

synopsis: The investment company Up Invest has acquired 55% of Apollo Kino OU, the largest Estonian cinema operator with six cinema centers and 27 halls. Apollo is also the largest chain of books and entertainment stores in Estonia.
buyer: UP Invest OÜ
UP Invest OÜ is an investment company focusing on investments in healthcare, consumer brands, real estate, and cleantech venture capital. UP Invest OÜ was founded in 2012 and is based in Tallinn, Estonia. "
target: Apollo Kino OU
Apollo Kino is the largest Estonian cinema operator with six cinema centers and 27 halls. Apollo has cinemas in the Parnu Keskus mall in Parnu, in the Astri mall in Narva, and in the Solaris and Mustamae malls in Tallinn.
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announced 3/22/2017 via BNC Analysis

Rockaway Capital, will acquire Euromedia Group

synopsis: Rockaway Capital, a global investment firm, is to acquire Euromedia Group (EMG), one of the strongest and largest companies operating on the book market in the Czech Republic. EMG provides book publishing services and operates an internet bookstore and sales of electronic books.
buyer: Rockaway Capital
Rockaway Capital is a global investment firm with offices in San Francisco, Prague and Sao Paolo. The firm invests in high growth, transformational companies across e-commerce, B2B SaaS, fintech, and travel/transportation. "
target: Euromedia Group
Euromedia Group (EMG) is one of the strongest and largest companies operating on the book market in the Czech Republic. EMG provides book publishing services and operates an internet bookstore and sales of electronic books. The company was founded in 1991 and is based in Prague, Czech Republic.
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$52
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closed 11/30/2016 via BNC Analysis

Bridges Ventures, acquired World of Books Ltd

synopsis: Bridges Ventures, a specialist fund manager, has acquired a majority stake in World of Books, a company that sells quality used books online at competitive prices to millions of customers worldwide each year.
buyer: Bridges Ventures
Bridges Ventures is a specialist fund manager, dedicated to using an impact-driven investment approach to create superior returns for both investors and society at-large. Bridges currently manages almost £800m across three fund types: Sustainable Growth Funds, Property Funds and Social Sector Funds."
target: World of Books Ltd
World of Books sells quality used books at competitive prices to millions of customers worldwide each year. Established by a group of dedicated book lovers, over the past 10 years World of Books has seen inventory grow from 1,000 books to over 2 million in stock.
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closed 7/11/2016 via BNC Analysis

Verlag Herder GmbH, acquired Thalia

synopsis: U.S. private equity firm Advent International has sold its majority interest in Thalia, which has more than 280 bookstores in Germany, Austria and Switzerland and is the largest bookstore chain in German-speaking Europe. The buyer is the Herder publishing family, who run a long-standing German publishing house of the same name.
buyer: Verlag Herder GmbH
Verlag Herder is a publishing company started by the Herders, a German family. The company focuses primarily on Catholic topics of ecclesiology, Christian mysticism, women's studies, and the development of younger Catholic theologians. "
target parent: Advent International
target: Thalia
Thalia is the largest bookstore chain German-speaking Europe with 280 bookstores in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Tolino operates as the company's e-book device.
price ($mm)
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$1,070
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closed 3/30/2016 via PR Newswire

Follett Corporation, acquired Wobo, Inc.

synopsis: Follett Corporation announced that the company has acquired Wobo, Inc., a leading service for independent managed campus stores to find and purchase books online in volume. The acquisition includes Wobo, Inc. assets including the BookVolume tool, enabling Follett Wholesale to leverage new technology in transforming the Wholesale business.
buyer: Follett Corporation
Follett has been a trusted partner to pre-K and K-12 schools, districts, and college campuses, taking care of the critical details that make it easier for schools to run. Follett works with 80,000 schools as a leading provider of education technology, services and print and digital content. "
target: Wobo, Inc.
Founded in 2004, Wobo, Inc. (Woody's Books, Inc.) began as an online vendor of books, cds and dvds. Selling through various online marketplaces provided Wobo, Inc. the foundation to expand into offering software solutions in and out of the book industry.
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closed 5/6/2015 via BNC Analysis

Hugendubel, acquired eBook.de NET GmbH

synopsis: Heinrich Hugendubel Gesellschaft mit beschränkter Haftung, the largest owner-operated bookstore in Germany, agreed to acquire eBook.de NET, a company that offers online retail services for books.
buyer: Hugendubel
Heinrich Hugendubel Gesellschaft mit beschränkter Haftung offers retail sale of books and journals. The company was founded in 1893 and is based in Munich, Germany. "
target: eBook.de NET GmbH
eBook.de NET GmbH offers online retail services for books. The company was formerly known as Libri.de Internet GmbH. The company was founded in 1999 and is based in Hamburg, Germany.
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closed 3/12/2014 via Company Press Release

Arnoldo Mondadori Editore S.p.A., acquired Anobii Limited

synopsis: The Mondadori Group, a publisher and printer in Italy, has bought from Anobii Ltd. the brand and assets of Anobii, the global social reading platform that has more than a million users around the world and its strongest base in Italy, with 300,000 users.
buyer parent: FinInvest SpA
buyer: Arnoldo Mondadori Editore S.p.A. (BIT:MN:$927.63)
Arnoldo Mondadori Editore S.p.A. is a publisher and printer in Italy. The Company's publications include books, magazines, newspapers, advertising, business information, graphics, direct marketing and on-line information services. "
target parent: J. Sainsbury plc
target: Anobii Limited
Anobii is a social e-books platform which enables people to discover titles and purchase them to read on mobile and tablet devices. In 2010, Anobii received investment from Penguin, Random House, HarperCollins and HMV to build a social retail site for e-books.
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closed 1/6/2014 via BNC Analysis

Zola Books, acquired Bookish.com

synopsis: The social e-book retailer Zola Books has acquired curated book recommendation site Bookish, a one‐stop, comprehensive online destination designed to connect readers with books and authors.
buyer: Zola Books
Zola Books is an eBooks retailer embedded in a social network that enables customers to discover, purchase and enjoy eBooks in a cross-platform social reader. "
target: Bookish.com
Bookish.com is a content discovery and ecommerce website devoted to books which allows users to browse an extensive database of books and authors, add books to user-created digital "shelves", get custom book recommendations, and more.
price ($mm)
rev ($mm)
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
EV / EBITDA
closed 4/19/2013 via BNC Analysis

Dogan Muzik Kitap Magazacilik Pazarlama A.S., acquired Elektronik Bilgi Iletisim Hizmetleri

synopsis: D&R, active in entertainment retail, has purchased all shares of Elektronik Bilgi İletişim Hizmetleri, which owned Idefix and Prefix online booksellers, to enlarge the D&R online sale store.
buyer parent: Dogan Group
buyer: Dogan Muzik Kitap Magazacilik Pazarlama A.S.
Dogan Muzik Kitap Magazacilik Pazarlama A.S. (D & R) engages in the retail of books and music CD's and other entertainment products. The company in based in Instanbul, Turkey and operates as a subsidiary of Dogan Yayin Holding. "
target: Elektronik Bilgi Iletisim Hizmetleri
Elektronik Bilgi Iletisim Hizmetleri A.S. (EBI) is an innovative internet company operating legacy e-marketing and social networking web sites in Turkey. Among them are www.idefix.com online bookseller, www.siberalem.com e-dating and social networking web site, www.itiraf.com popular confessions.
price ($mm)
$4.66
rev ($mm)
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
EV / EBITDA
closed 2/13/2013 via BNC Analysis

Plympton, acquired DailyLit

synopsis: Plympton announced that it has acquired DailyLit, which breaks classic and contemporary novels down into short chunks and delivers them via email.
buyer: Plympton
Plympton is a new literary studio devoted to reinventing the way people experience literature by combining serialized fiction and digital platforms. Despite the upheaval confronting traditional publishing models, readers are still actively searching for smart new writing. "
target: DailyLit
DailyLit sends books in installments via e-mail or RSS feed. It currently offers over 1000 classic and contemporary books available entirely for free or on a Pay-Per-Read basis (with sample installments available for free).
price ($mm)
rev ($mm)
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
EV / EBITDA
closed 9/4/2012 via BNC Analysis

Tesco Stores Limited, acquired Mobcast Services Ltd

synopsis: Tesco has acquired Mobcast, the digital book platform provider, to offer customers more choices in how they buy books. Mobcast provides a digital book retail platform with a catalogue of UK’s most popular titles which can be bought and read on smartphones, tablets and e-readers.
buyer: Tesco Stores Limited (LSE:TSCO:$76,795.61)
Tesco is a British multinational grocery and general merchandise retailer headquartered in Cheshunt, United Kingdom. It is the third-largest retailer in the world measured by revenues (after Wal-Mart and Carrefour) and the second-largest measured by profits (after Wal-Mart). "
target: Mobcast Services Ltd
Mobcast has established itself as a world leader in eBook delivery. Mobcast provides a digital book retail platform with a catalogue of more than 130,000 of the UK’s most popular titles which can be bought and read on smartphones, tablets and e-readers.
price ($mm)
$7.14
rev ($mm)
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
EV / EBITDA
closed 6/12/2012 via BNC Analysis

J. Sainsbury plc, acquired Anobii Limited

synopsis: Anobii Limited has acquired by J Sainsbury plc. Anobii is a social e-books platform which enables people to discover titles and purchase them to read on mobile and tablet devices. In 2010, Anobii received investment from Penguin, Random House, HarperCollins and HMV to build a social retail site for e-books.
buyer: J. Sainsbury plc
Sainsbury is one of UK's oldest retailers in the food industry. With their products, they help customers eat healthy, help suppliers and farmers reduct the impact on the environment, and play an active role in the communities they serve. "
target parent: HMV Media Group
target: Anobii Limited
Anobii is a social e-books platform which enables people to discover titles and purchase them to read on mobile and tablet devices. In 2010, Anobii received investment from Penguin, Random House, HarperCollins and HMV to build a social retail site for e-books.
price ($mm)
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EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
EV / EBITDA
closed 4/17/2012 via BNC Analysis

Numilog, acquired Numilog

synopsis: Hachette Livre has sold its e-book distribution platform Numilog to its Founder and CEO, Denis Zwirn.
buyer: Numilog
Numilog operates as an ebookstore and aggregator. It offers the conversion of printed books to digital books, as well as an online library. "
target parent: Lagardère SCA
target: Numilog
Numilog operates as an ebookstore and aggregator. It offers the conversion of printed books to digital books, as well as an online library.
price ($mm)
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EBITDA ($mm)
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EV / EBITDA
closed 1/11/2012 via PR Newswire

Rakuten Inc., acquired Kobo Inc.

synopsis: Kobo Inc. announced the successful acquisition of all its outstanding shares by Rakuten, Inc. Kobo Inc. is a global eReading service with more than 2.5 million eBooks, magazines and newspaperss – one of the largest eReading catalogues in the world.
buyer: Rakuten Inc. (TSE:4755:$13,427.32)
Rakuten, Inc., is one of the world’s leading Internet service companies, providing a variety of consumer and business-focused services including e-commerce, travel, banking, securities, credit card, e-money, portal & media, online marketing and professional sports. Rakuten is expanding globally. "
target parent: Indigo Books & Music Inc.
target: Kobo Inc.
Kobo Inc. is a global eReading service with more than 2.5 million eBooks, magazines and newspapers – one of the largest eReading catalogues in the world. Kobo has top ranked eReading applications for iPad, iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, Windows and MacOS.
price ($mm)
$315
rev ($mm)
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
EV / EBITDA
closed 7/11/2011 via BNC Analysis

Amazon.com, Inc., acquired The Book Depository International

synopsis: Online retailer Amazon.com has acquired online book retailer The Book Depository International. With its largest customer base streaming in from Australia, The Book Depository has grown to offer more than six million books to its customers located in more than 100 countries.
buyer: Amazon.com, Inc. (AMZN:$419,130.00)
Amazon.com, Inc., a Fortune 500 company based in Seattle, seeks to be Earth's most customer-centric company, where customers can find and discover anything they might want to buy online, and endeavors to offer its customers the lowest possible prices. "
target: The Book Depository International
The Book Depository International is an online book retailer based in the UK. With its largest customer base streaming in from Australia, the company has grown to offer more than six million books to its customers located in more than 100 countries.
price ($mm)
rev ($mm)
$110
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
0.0x
EV / EBITDA
closed 11/19/2009 via PR Newswire

Smashwords, Inc., acquired BookHabit, Ltd.

synopsis: Silicon Valley based Smashwords, Inc. has acquired Wellington New Zealand company BookHabit Limited, consolidating Smashwords' position as the world's premier ebook publishing and distribution platform for independent authors and publishers.
buyer: Smashwords, Inc.
Launched in 2008, Smashwords is a publisher and distributor of multi-format ebooks. The free Smashwords ebook publishing platform puts authors and publishers in full control over the pricing, sampling and distribution of their works. "
target: BookHabit, Ltd.
BookHabit was founded in 2008 by Clare Tanner, an entrepreneur and avid reader. BookHabit's mission was to give published and unpublished writers a conduit to the reading world, and give readers access to new, undiscovered writers.
price ($mm)
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closed 4/24/2009 via BNC Analysis

Cyrte Investments B.V., acquired bol.com b.v.

synopsis: Cyrte Investments is pleased to announce the acquisition of bol.com, the leading online Dutch retailer, from Germany based Holtzbrinck Networks GmbH and Verlagsgruppe Weltbild GmbH.
buyer: Cyrte Investments B.V.
Cyrte Investments was originally started in 2000 as the family office for the private wealth of media-entrepreneur John de Mol -- the founder of Endemol and creator of Big Brother and Deal or No Deal. Cyrte has subsequently grown to include a number of other investors. "
target: bol.com b.v.
bol.com b.v. is an online retailer for books and entertainment products. It offers Dutch and English books, music CDs, DVDs, games, software, notebooks and computer accessories, and electronic and telecommunication products.
price ($mm)
$266
rev ($mm)
$297
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
0.9x
EV / EBITDA

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