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closed 5/25/2018 via PR Newswire

University Games, acquired The Haywire Group

synopsis: University Games, a San Francisco-based game and puzzle company, announced the acquisition of The Haywire Group, the award-winning manufacturer of dozens of games including Flickin' Chicken and Pizza Party dice game.
buyer: University Games
University Games was founded by Cris Lehman and Bob Moog on April 1, 1985. The company is active in more than 60 countries developing, marketing and distributing board games, puzzles, STEAM products and pre-school activities. "
target: The Haywire Group
Haywire was founded in 2005 by Barbara and Michael Fisher. The Company specializes in learning games starting with the award winning Dicecapades. Currently the company markets games to children and families. Top sellers include Flickin' Chicken®, Pizza Party®, Kerfuffle® and Shaboom®.
price ($mm)
rev ($mm)
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
EV / EBITDA
closed 11/21/2018 via GlobeNewswire

Audax Group, acquired PlayMonster

synopsis: Audax Group has acquired PlayMonster, a leading manufacturer and distributor of family toys, games, preschool toys, creative activities and teaching tools, from Topspin Partners, a suburban NY-based private equity fund focused on the lower middle-market.
buyer: Audax Group
Audax Group was founded in 1999 by Geoff Rehnert and Marc Wolpow with the vision of building an investment platform to provide capital for middle market companies. Audax Group manages approximately $13 billion of assets across its private equity, mezzanine debt, and private senior debt businesses. "
target parent: Topspin Partners
target: PlayMonster
PlayMonster, headquartered in Beloit, WI, is a leading manufacturer and distributor of family toys, games, preschool toys, creative activities and teaching tools. Top-selling brands include 5 Second Rule®, Perplexus™ Don’t Rock the Boat™, Farkle, The Game of THINGS…®, Mirari®, Buzzword® and more.
price ($mm)
rev ($mm)
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
EV / EBITDA
announced 9/13/2016 via PR Newswire

Ultra PRO International LLC, will acquire Playroom Entertainment

synopsis: Ultra PRO International LLC, a leading manufacturer of tabletop games and accessories, has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase Playroom Entertainment, a publisher of board and card games of strategy, party and early learning genres.
buyer: Ultra PRO International LLC
Ultra PRO International LLC is the leading manufacturer and supplier of memorabilia, collectibles and tabletop gaming accessories, photo and scrapbooking albums and pages, Ultra Sleeves disposable, protective sleeves for computer tablets and school and office folders. "
target: Playroom Entertainment
Playroom Entertainment is a publisher of a broad range of tabletop games. Its Bright Idea Games portfolio presents specialty and mass market retailers with a full array of educational games that introduces and reinforces math, deduction and pattern recognition skills in children ages five and up.
price ($mm)
rev ($mm)
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
EV / EBITDA
closed 8/28/2007 via BusinessWire

Mattel, Inc., purchased Apples to Apples®, Snorta® and Blink®. from Out of the Box Publishing, Inc.

synopsis: Mattel, Inc. announced it has acquired the rights from Out of the Box Publishing, Inc., to manufacture, distribute and market several games properties, including the award-winning Apples to Apples®, Snorta® and Blink®.
buyer: Mattel, Inc. (MAT:$5,702.60)
Mattel, Inc., is the worldwide leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of toys and family products. The Mattel family is comprised of such best-selling brands as Barbie®, Hot Wheels®, Matchbox®, Tyco® R/C, as well as Fisher-Price® brands and a wide array of entertainment-inspired toy lines. "
seller: Out of the Box Publishing, Inc.
Out of the Box Publishing, Inc. has developed a strong array of family-friendly games, most notably Apples to Apples®. Apples to Apples, having sold more than 3 million units since its launch in 1998, recently earned the 2006 Toy of the Year (“TOTY”) award for “Game of the Year.”
price ($mm)
rev ($mm)
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
EV / EBITDA
closed 1/22/2007 via BNC Analysis

Entertainment Rights plc, acquired Where's Wally

synopsis: Entertainment Rights Plc ("ER") the UK's leading global media group specialising in the ownership of children's and family programming, characters and brands announces today the acquisition of worldwide publishing phenomenon, Where's Wally?
buyer: Entertainment Rights plc
Entertainment Rights Plc is one of the UK's leading specialist media companies. Together with its US-based wholly owned subsidiary Classic Media Holdings, Inc., the Group is a leading global force in children's and family content. "
target: Where's Wally
First published in 1987, Where's Wally? is one of the most recognisable children's characters in the world. Where's Wally? has strong heritage around the world and is most popular in key territories including Europe, Japan and the US where he is known as Where's Waldo?
price ($mm)
$4.94
rev ($mm)
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
EV / EBITDA
closed 5/1/2017 via PR Newswire

Spin Master Corp, acquired Marbles

synopsis: Spin Master Corp., a leading global children's entertainment company, announced the acquisition of Marbles, a leader in brain-building and high-quality games, gifts and gadgets for all ages.
buyer: Spin Master Corp (TSX:TOY:$2,042.40)
Spin Master is a Canadian global toy and entertainment company that has been designing, developing, manufacturing, and marketing consumer products for children around the world since 1994. "
target: Marbles
Marbles is a leader in brain-building and high-quality games, gifts and gadgets for all ages. Marbles has grown into a 40-store retailer, e-commerce, catalog and product business known for its specialized portfolio of games with brain benefits, including the best-selling game Otrio.
price ($mm)
$2.50
rev ($mm)
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
EV / EBITDA
closed 4/1/2019 via BNC Analysis

Rowman & Littlefield, purchased Publishing Imprints from Finney Company

synopsis: Rowman & Littlefield, an Independent book publisher, has acquired the publishing imprints of Finney Company, a publisher, distributor, and manufacturer of educational materials. The publishing imprints includes nearly 400 nonfiction titles produced by 12 Finney Company imprints, including Astragal Press, Finney Career, Anacus Press, and more.
buyer: Rowman & Littlefield
Rowman & Littlefield is a leading independent publisher. They focus on academic publishing in the humanities and social sciences, government and official data, and educational publishing. In addition to print publishing they also specialize in creating e-book editions. "
seller: Finney Company
The publishing imprints of Finney Company includes nearly 400 nonfiction titles produced by 12 Finney Company imprints, including Astragal Press, Finney Career, Anacus Press, and Windward Publishing. Finney Company is a publisher, distributor, and manufacturer of educational materials.
price ($mm)
rev ($mm)
EBITDA ($mm)
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EV / EBITDA
closed 2/15/2012 via Publishers Weekly

Wicks Group of Companies, acquired Bendon Publishing

synopsis: New York private equity firm The Wicks Group has purchased a majority share in Bendon Publishing, a leading purveyor of coloring, activity, and other mass market book formats. The deal marks the end of Kappa Investment Group’s 40% position in Bendon, held since 2007.
buyer: Wicks Group of Companies
The Wicks Group of Companies, L.L.C. is a New York-based private equity firm that invests in middle-market companies operating in selected segments of the information, education, and media industries. "
target: Bendon Publishing
Bendon Publishing International Inc. was founded in 2001. Since its inception, Bendon has become one of the fastest growing children’s book publishers in the nation. Bendon has maintained early success in part to our simple philosophy of listening to the customer and providing them what they want.
price ($mm)
rev ($mm)
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
EV / EBITDA
closed 3/31/2015 via BusinessWire

Irving Place Capital, acquired Bendon

synopsis: Irving Place Capital has completed its acquisition of Bendon, a leading provider of non-licensed and licensed children’s coloring and activity products, from Wicks Group of Companies. Bendon’s product portfolio includes coloring and activity books, kits, sets and play packs, puzzle books, box puzzles, and other early childhood development games.
buyer: Irving Place Capital
Based in New York City, Irving Place Capital is a middle-market private equity firm that invests in buyouts, recapitalizations, and growth capital opportunities. The firm focuses on making control or entrepreneur-driven investments in retail and consumer, industrial and packaging companies. "
target parent: Wicks Group of Companies
target: Bendon
Based in Ashland, Ohio, Bendon is a leading designer and producer of children's coloring and activity products in the United States. The company has a broad non-licensed and licensed product portfolio which is distributed into a variety of different retailing partners.
price ($mm)
rev ($mm)
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
EV / EBITDA
closed 5/25/2018 via PR Newswire

University Games, acquired The Haywire Group

synopsis: University Games, a San Francisco-based game and puzzle company, announced the acquisition of The Haywire Group, the award-winning manufacturer of dozens of games including Flickin' Chicken and Pizza Party dice game.
buyer: University Games
University Games was founded by Cris Lehman and Bob Moog on April 1, 1985. The company is active in more than 60 countries developing, marketing and distributing board games, puzzles, STEAM products and pre-school activities. "
target: The Haywire Group
Haywire was founded in 2005 by Barbara and Michael Fisher. The Company specializes in learning games starting with the award winning Dicecapades. Currently the company markets games to children and families. Top sellers include Flickin' Chicken®, Pizza Party®, Kerfuffle® and Shaboom®.
price ($mm)
rev ($mm)
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
EV / EBITDA
closed 5/25/2018 via PR Newswire

University Games, acquired The Haywire Group

synopsis: University Games, a San Francisco-based game and puzzle company, announced the acquisition of The Haywire Group, the award-winning manufacturer of dozens of games including Flickin' Chicken and Pizza Party dice game.
buyer: University Games
University Games was founded by Cris Lehman and Bob Moog on April 1, 1985. The company is active in more than 60 countries developing, marketing and distributing board games, puzzles, STEAM products and pre-school activities. "
target: The Haywire Group
Haywire was founded in 2005 by Barbara and Michael Fisher. The Company specializes in learning games starting with the award winning Dicecapades. Currently the company markets games to children and families. Top sellers include Flickin' Chicken®, Pizza Party®, Kerfuffle® and Shaboom®.
price ($mm)
rev ($mm)
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
EV / EBITDA
closed 5/25/2018 via PR Newswire

University Games, acquired The Haywire Group

synopsis: University Games, a San Francisco-based game and puzzle company, announced the acquisition of The Haywire Group, the award-winning manufacturer of dozens of games including Flickin' Chicken and Pizza Party dice game.
buyer: University Games
University Games was founded by Cris Lehman and Bob Moog on April 1, 1985. The company is active in more than 60 countries developing, marketing and distributing board games, puzzles, STEAM products and pre-school activities. "
target: The Haywire Group
Haywire was founded in 2005 by Barbara and Michael Fisher. The Company specializes in learning games starting with the award winning Dicecapades. Currently the company markets games to children and families. Top sellers include Flickin' Chicken®, Pizza Party®, Kerfuffle® and Shaboom®.
price ($mm)
rev ($mm)
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
EV / EBITDA
closed 8/28/2007 via BusinessWire

Mattel, Inc., purchased Apples to Apples®, Snorta® and Blink®. from Out of the Box Publishing, Inc.

synopsis: Mattel, Inc. announced it has acquired the rights from Out of the Box Publishing, Inc., to manufacture, distribute and market several games properties, including the award-winning Apples to Apples®, Snorta® and Blink®.
buyer: Mattel, Inc. (MAT:$5,702.60)
Mattel, Inc., is the worldwide leader in the design, manufacture and marketing of toys and family products. The Mattel family is comprised of such best-selling brands as Barbie®, Hot Wheels®, Matchbox®, Tyco® R/C, as well as Fisher-Price® brands and a wide array of entertainment-inspired toy lines. "
seller: Out of the Box Publishing, Inc.
Out of the Box Publishing, Inc. has developed a strong array of family-friendly games, most notably Apples to Apples®. Apples to Apples, having sold more than 3 million units since its launch in 1998, recently earned the 2006 Toy of the Year (“TOTY”) award for “Game of the Year.”
price ($mm)
rev ($mm)
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
EV / EBITDA
closed 1/22/2007 via BNC Analysis

Entertainment Rights plc, acquired Where's Wally

synopsis: Entertainment Rights Plc ("ER") the UK's leading global media group specialising in the ownership of children's and family programming, characters and brands announces today the acquisition of worldwide publishing phenomenon, Where's Wally?
buyer: Entertainment Rights plc
Entertainment Rights Plc is one of the UK's leading specialist media companies. Together with its US-based wholly owned subsidiary Classic Media Holdings, Inc., the Group is a leading global force in children's and family content. "
target: Where's Wally
First published in 1987, Where's Wally? is one of the most recognisable children's characters in the world. Where's Wally? has strong heritage around the world and is most popular in key territories including Europe, Japan and the US where he is known as Where's Waldo?
price ($mm)
$4.94
rev ($mm)
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
EV / EBITDA
closed 11/21/2018 via GlobeNewswire

Audax Group, acquired PlayMonster

synopsis: Audax Group has acquired PlayMonster, a leading manufacturer and distributor of family toys, games, preschool toys, creative activities and teaching tools, from Topspin Partners, a suburban NY-based private equity fund focused on the lower middle-market.
buyer: Audax Group
Audax Group was founded in 1999 by Geoff Rehnert and Marc Wolpow with the vision of building an investment platform to provide capital for middle market companies. Audax Group manages approximately $13 billion of assets across its private equity, mezzanine debt, and private senior debt businesses. "
target parent: Topspin Partners
target: PlayMonster
PlayMonster, headquartered in Beloit, WI, is a leading manufacturer and distributor of family toys, games, preschool toys, creative activities and teaching tools. Top-selling brands include 5 Second Rule®, Perplexus™ Don’t Rock the Boat™, Farkle, The Game of THINGS…®, Mirari®, Buzzword® and more.
price ($mm)
rev ($mm)
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
EV / EBITDA
announced 9/13/2016 via PR Newswire

Ultra PRO International LLC, will acquire Playroom Entertainment

synopsis: Ultra PRO International LLC, a leading manufacturer of tabletop games and accessories, has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase Playroom Entertainment, a publisher of board and card games of strategy, party and early learning genres.
buyer: Ultra PRO International LLC
Ultra PRO International LLC is the leading manufacturer and supplier of memorabilia, collectibles and tabletop gaming accessories, photo and scrapbooking albums and pages, Ultra Sleeves disposable, protective sleeves for computer tablets and school and office folders. "
target: Playroom Entertainment
Playroom Entertainment is a publisher of a broad range of tabletop games. Its Bright Idea Games portfolio presents specialty and mass market retailers with a full array of educational games that introduces and reinforces math, deduction and pattern recognition skills in children ages five and up.
price ($mm)
rev ($mm)
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
EV / EBITDA
closed 5/1/2017 via PR Newswire

Spin Master Corp, acquired Marbles

synopsis: Spin Master Corp., a leading global children's entertainment company, announced the acquisition of Marbles, a leader in brain-building and high-quality games, gifts and gadgets for all ages.
buyer: Spin Master Corp (TSX:TOY:$2,042.40)
Spin Master is a Canadian global toy and entertainment company that has been designing, developing, manufacturing, and marketing consumer products for children around the world since 1994. "
target: Marbles
Marbles is a leader in brain-building and high-quality games, gifts and gadgets for all ages. Marbles has grown into a 40-store retailer, e-commerce, catalog and product business known for its specialized portfolio of games with brain benefits, including the best-selling game Otrio.
price ($mm)
$2.50
rev ($mm)
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
EV / EBITDA
closed 4/1/2019 via BNC Analysis

Rowman & Littlefield, purchased Publishing Imprints from Finney Company

synopsis: Rowman & Littlefield, an Independent book publisher, has acquired the publishing imprints of Finney Company, a publisher, distributor, and manufacturer of educational materials. The publishing imprints includes nearly 400 nonfiction titles produced by 12 Finney Company imprints, including Astragal Press, Finney Career, Anacus Press, and more.
buyer: Rowman & Littlefield
Rowman & Littlefield is a leading independent publisher. They focus on academic publishing in the humanities and social sciences, government and official data, and educational publishing. In addition to print publishing they also specialize in creating e-book editions. "
seller: Finney Company
The publishing imprints of Finney Company includes nearly 400 nonfiction titles produced by 12 Finney Company imprints, including Astragal Press, Finney Career, Anacus Press, and Windward Publishing. Finney Company is a publisher, distributor, and manufacturer of educational materials.
price ($mm)
rev ($mm)
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
EV / EBITDA
closed 2/15/2012 via Publishers Weekly

Wicks Group of Companies, acquired Bendon Publishing

synopsis: New York private equity firm The Wicks Group has purchased a majority share in Bendon Publishing, a leading purveyor of coloring, activity, and other mass market book formats. The deal marks the end of Kappa Investment Group’s 40% position in Bendon, held since 2007.
buyer: Wicks Group of Companies
The Wicks Group of Companies, L.L.C. is a New York-based private equity firm that invests in middle-market companies operating in selected segments of the information, education, and media industries. "
target: Bendon Publishing
Bendon Publishing International Inc. was founded in 2001. Since its inception, Bendon has become one of the fastest growing children’s book publishers in the nation. Bendon has maintained early success in part to our simple philosophy of listening to the customer and providing them what they want.
price ($mm)
rev ($mm)
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
EV / EBITDA
closed 3/31/2015 via BusinessWire

Irving Place Capital, acquired Bendon

synopsis: Irving Place Capital has completed its acquisition of Bendon, a leading provider of non-licensed and licensed children’s coloring and activity products, from Wicks Group of Companies. Bendon’s product portfolio includes coloring and activity books, kits, sets and play packs, puzzle books, box puzzles, and other early childhood development games.
buyer: Irving Place Capital
Based in New York City, Irving Place Capital is a middle-market private equity firm that invests in buyouts, recapitalizations, and growth capital opportunities. The firm focuses on making control or entrepreneur-driven investments in retail and consumer, industrial and packaging companies. "
target parent: Wicks Group of Companies
target: Bendon
Based in Ashland, Ohio, Bendon is a leading designer and producer of children's coloring and activity products in the United States. The company has a broad non-licensed and licensed product portfolio which is distributed into a variety of different retailing partners.
price ($mm)
rev ($mm)
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
EV / EBITDA

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