Like Kreutzfeldt Electronic Publishing GmbH

closed 7/27/2006 via PR Newswire

Franklin Electronic Publishers, Inc., acquired Kreutzfeldt Electronic Publishing GmbH

synopsis: Franklin Electronic Publishers, Inc., announced it has acquired 100% of the stock of Kreutzfeldt Electronic Publishing GmbH, a data conversion company based in Hamburg, Germany.
buyer: Franklin Electronic Publishers, Inc.
Franklin Electronic Publishers, Incorporated is a world leader in electronic handheld information, having sold approximately 41,000,000 electronic books. Current titles available directly or through partners number more than 116,000 in sixteen languages under license from world class publishers. "
target: Kreutzfeldt Electronic Publishing GmbH
Kreutzfeldt Electronic Publishing (KEP) is a multimedia company which focuses on mobile eBooks and eLearning. KEP provides data preparation and conversion to international publishers.
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$0.92
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closed 6/5/2019 via BNC Analysis

Octopus Publishing Group, acquired Short Books Limited

synopsis: Octopus Publishing Group has bought Short Books, the latest in a series of successful indies to be snapped up by Hachette. Founded in 2001 by former journalists Rebecca Nicolson and Aurea Carpenter, Short Books is a publisher of first-class, popular non-fiction.
buyer parent: Lagardère SCA
buyer: Octopus Publishing Group
Octopus is a leading publisher of non-fiction books. Octopus has extensive experience of working with high profile authors, trusted partners and associations to produce exciting, market leading books. "
target: Short Books Limited
Founded in 2001 by former journalists Rebecca Nicolson and Aurea Carpenter, Short Books is a publisher of first-class, popular non-fiction. Short Books focuses predominantly on ‘mind, body, spirit’ books following on from the success of The Fast Diet (2013) by Dr Michael Mosley and Mimi Spencer.
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closed 1/23/2019 via BNC Analysis

John Murray Press, acquired Sheldon Press

synopsis: Hachette UK has acquired the Sheldon Press, a specialist medical, mental health and self-help imprint of the Christian knowledge publisher SPCK. It will become part of John Murray Learning.
buyer parent: Lagardère SCA
buyer: John Murray Press
John Murray is one of Britain’s most distinguished literary publishers. From its foundation in 1768, the firm has published a dazzling roster of authors, including Byron, Darwin and Jane Austen, and now publishes a small and highly focused list specialising in travel, history, biography and memoirs "
target parent: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge
target: Sheldon Press
Sheldon Press is a leading publisher of self-help books designed to inform and empower readers to take control of their physical, mental, and emotional health.
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closed 7/18/2018 via BNC Analysis

Hachette Livre SA, acquired Editions La Plage

synopsis: Hachette Livre, a French publisher that focuses on the consumer and education book markets, has acquired Editions La Plage, a French publishing company. Editions La Plage publishes books that cover the topics of veterinarian and vegan cooking, gluten-free foods, organic cosmetics, health & wellness, parenting, yoga, and more.
buyer parent: Lagardère SCA
buyer: Hachette Livre SA
Hachette Livre, a subsidiary of the French media giant Lagardère, is a repository of part of France’s cultural heritage. The Group brings together a broad spectrum of prestigious publishers covering the entire consumer and education book markets. "
target: Editions La Plage
Editions La Plage is a French publishing company. Editions La Plage publishes books that cover the topics of veterinarian and vegan cooking, gluten-free foods, organic cosmetics, health & wellness, parenting, yoga, and more. The company publishes 40 books a year and has a catalog of over 200 titles.
price ($mm)
rev ($mm)
$3
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0.0x
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closed 1/10/2018 via Company Press Release

Penguin Random House, purchased Trade-Book Publishing Assets from Rodale, Inc.

synopsis: Penguin Random House, the largest publishing group in the world, has purchased the trade-book publishing assets of Rodale Books from Rodale Inc., a global health and wellness content company. The asset includes over 100 frontlist and 2,000 backlist titles. The titles include books in the wellness, lifestyle, fitness, and cookbook categories.
buyer parent: Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA
buyer: Penguin Random House
Penguin Random House, the largest publishing group in the world, is devoted to the goal of nurturing a universal passion for reading, bringing authors and their works in touch with readers across the globe. Penguin Random House is present on 5 continents with about 250 labels and independent brands."
seller parent: The Hearst Corporation
seller: Rodale, Inc.
The trade-book publishing assets of Rodale Books includes over 100 frontlist and 2,000 backlist titles. The titles include books in the wellness, lifestyle, fitness, and cookbook categories. The assets belong to Rodale Inc., a global health and wellness content company.
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closed 12/30/2020 via BNC Analysis

Welbeck Publishing Group, acquired Trigger Publishing

synopsis: Welbeck Publishing Group, a leading British publisher, has become the majority owner of UK-based Trigger Publishing, a publisher of mental health and wellbeing books for adults and children. Mental health books on the list will continue to publish under Trigger, which becomes part of a new wellness imprint called Welbeck Balance.
buyer: Welbeck Publishing Group
Welbeck Publishing Group is a leading UK-based publishing group. Welbeck Publishing Group is focused on illustrated reference, sport, entertainment, and children’s books, publishing under six imprints: Carlton, Goodman, Goodman Fiell, André Deutsch, Prion, and Carlton Kids. "
target: Trigger Publishing
Based in the UK, Trigger is an independent publisher devoted to opening up conversations about mental health and wellbeing. Trigger publishes books on a wide range of topics surrounding mental health and wellness, as well as launching Upside Down Books, its collection aimed at children.
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closed 1/8/2020 via BNC Analysis

The Experiment, LLC, acquired Appletree Press

synopsis: The Experiment, an independent publisher of a wide range of nonfiction, has acquired Appletree Press. Founded in 1989 by Linda Hachfeld, Appletree Press publishes a list of cookbooks, journals, and specialized titles for children that provide authoritative information on heart disease, weight management, diabetes, and other medical conditions.
buyer: The Experiment, LLC
The Experiment was founded in 2009 by Matthew Lore and Peter Burri. The house specializes in nonfiction titles in the health, fitness, home and garden, science, food, and self-help categories, as well as children's books. "
target: Appletree Press
Founded in 1989 by its publisher, Linda Hachfeld, Appletree Press publishes a list of cookbooks, journals, and specialized titles for children that provide authoritative information on heart disease, weight management, diabetes, and other medical conditions.
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closed 12/31/2014 via Company Press Release

Pinter & Martin Ltd., acquired YogaWords

synopsis: Pinter & Martin Ltd. is delighted to announce the acquisition of YogaWords, the renowned specialist yoga book publisher. They have built a reputation as a thriving publisher of expertly edited, beautifully designed yoga titles that accompany practitioners and teachers through a lifelong practice of yoga.
buyer: Pinter & Martin Ltd.
Pinter & Martin Ltd. is an independent publishing company based in London. They specialise in psychology and pregnancy, birth & parenting subjects and publish around 15-20 books a year and distribute most of them worldwide. "
target: YogaWords
YogaWords provides online yoga books. Their books range from practice and teaching manuals to major texts about yoga philosophy. The company was founded in 2008 and is based in London, United Kingdom.
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closed 10/1/2019 via BusinessWire

M Booth, purchased US Division from Health Unlimited

synopsis: Next15 has acquired US division of Health Unlimited, a leading global health consultancy and communications agency advancing landmark developments in some of the most complex and challenging areas in health. Health Unlimited will be rebranded as M Booth Health and operate as a separate agency reporting to M Booth CEO Dale Bornstein.
buyer parent: Next 15
buyer: M Booth
M Booth is an agency that is known for award-winning integrated marketing programs that engage stakeholders through digital, social, earned media, and experiential channels. M Booth is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Next Fifteen Communications Group. "
seller parent: Dbay Advisors
seller: Health Unlimited
Health Unlimited US Division, rebranded M Booth Health, is a 25-year-old NY-based global health consultancy and communications agency built by specialists with a legacy of advancing landmark developments in global health and medicine.
price ($mm)
$28
rev ($mm)
$17
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EV / rev
2.6x
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closed 7/27/2006 via PR Newswire

Franklin Electronic Publishers, Inc., acquired Kreutzfeldt Electronic Publishing GmbH

synopsis: Franklin Electronic Publishers, Inc., announced it has acquired 100% of the stock of Kreutzfeldt Electronic Publishing GmbH, a data conversion company based in Hamburg, Germany.
buyer: Franklin Electronic Publishers, Inc.
Franklin Electronic Publishers, Incorporated is a world leader in electronic handheld information, having sold approximately 41,000,000 electronic books. Current titles available directly or through partners number more than 116,000 in sixteen languages under license from world class publishers. "
target: Kreutzfeldt Electronic Publishing GmbH
Kreutzfeldt Electronic Publishing (KEP) is a multimedia company which focuses on mobile eBooks and eLearning. KEP provides data preparation and conversion to international publishers.
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closed 2/24/2010 via

Saunders Acquisition Corporation, acquired Franklin Electronic Publishers, Inc.

synopsis: Franklin Electronic Publishers, Incorporated, a world leader in electronic handheld information, reported that a Special Committee of its Board of Directors approved an Agreement and Plan of Merger with Saunders Acquisition Corporation. Saunders is owned by current senior management of Franklin.
buyer: Saunders Acquisition Corporation
Saunders Acquisition Corporation is a special purpose acquisition corporation formed by the current senior management of Franklin Electronic Publishers for the purpose of acquiring that company. "
target: Franklin Electronic Publishers, Inc.
Franklin Electronic Publishers, Incorporated is a world leader in electronic handheld information, having sold approximately 41,000,000 electronic books. Current titles available directly or through partners number more than 116,000 in sixteen languages under license from world class publishers.
price ($mm)[EV]
$12 [$4]*
rev ($mm)
$45
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0.3x
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closed 7/27/2006 via PR Newswire

Franklin Electronic Publishers, Inc., acquired Kreutzfeldt Electronic Publishing GmbH

synopsis: Franklin Electronic Publishers, Inc., announced it has acquired 100% of the stock of Kreutzfeldt Electronic Publishing GmbH, a data conversion company based in Hamburg, Germany.
buyer: Franklin Electronic Publishers, Inc.
Franklin Electronic Publishers, Incorporated is a world leader in electronic handheld information, having sold approximately 41,000,000 electronic books. Current titles available directly or through partners number more than 116,000 in sixteen languages under license from world class publishers. "
target: Kreutzfeldt Electronic Publishing GmbH
Kreutzfeldt Electronic Publishing (KEP) is a multimedia company which focuses on mobile eBooks and eLearning. KEP provides data preparation and conversion to international publishers.
price ($mm)
$0.92
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closed 7/27/2006 via PR Newswire

Franklin Electronic Publishers, Inc., acquired Kreutzfeldt Electronic Publishing GmbH

synopsis: Franklin Electronic Publishers, Inc., announced it has acquired 100% of the stock of Kreutzfeldt Electronic Publishing GmbH, a data conversion company based in Hamburg, Germany.
buyer: Franklin Electronic Publishers, Inc.
Franklin Electronic Publishers, Incorporated is a world leader in electronic handheld information, having sold approximately 41,000,000 electronic books. Current titles available directly or through partners number more than 116,000 in sixteen languages under license from world class publishers. "
target: Kreutzfeldt Electronic Publishing GmbH
Kreutzfeldt Electronic Publishing (KEP) is a multimedia company which focuses on mobile eBooks and eLearning. KEP provides data preparation and conversion to international publishers.
price ($mm)
$0.92
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closed 2/24/2010 via

Saunders Acquisition Corporation, acquired Franklin Electronic Publishers, Inc.

synopsis: Franklin Electronic Publishers, Incorporated, a world leader in electronic handheld information, reported that a Special Committee of its Board of Directors approved an Agreement and Plan of Merger with Saunders Acquisition Corporation. Saunders is owned by current senior management of Franklin.
buyer: Saunders Acquisition Corporation
Saunders Acquisition Corporation is a special purpose acquisition corporation formed by the current senior management of Franklin Electronic Publishers for the purpose of acquiring that company. "
target: Franklin Electronic Publishers, Inc.
Franklin Electronic Publishers, Incorporated is a world leader in electronic handheld information, having sold approximately 41,000,000 electronic books. Current titles available directly or through partners number more than 116,000 in sixteen languages under license from world class publishers.
price ($mm)[EV]
$12 [$4]*
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$45
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announced 4/28/2021 via Company Press Release

Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, will acquire Lion Hudson Ltd

synopsis: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge (SPCK), the UK’s leading independent Christian publisher, will acquire Lion Hudson from AFD Software, a provider of address management solutions in the UK. Lion Hudson is a British publishing company that publishes books and other media for children and adults to help them grow in their Christian faith.
buyer: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge
SPCK Publishing is a recognised market-leader in the areas of Theology and Christian Spirituality, publishing authors such as Tom Wright, Rowan Williams and more. "
target parent: AFD Software
target: Lion Hudson Ltd
Lion Hudson is a British publishing company. Lion Hudson publishes books and other media for children and adults to help them grow in their Christian faith. Their offer bible references, prayer books, Christian biographies, history books, biblical fiction, picture books, and more.
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closed 3/4/2021 via BNC Analysis

Play Magnus AS, acquired Everyman Chess

synopsis: Play Magnus Group, a Norwegian chess training platform, has acquired Everyman Chess, the world's leading chess book publisher. Everyman Chess publishes chess books for every level of player. Their catalog of over 400 titles includes books by chess grandmasters all over the world, including Garry Kasparov, Yasser Seirawan, and Alexei Shirov.
buyer: Play Magnus AS (OB:PMG-ME:$2.93)
Headquartered in Norway, Play Magnus is a chess training platform. Magnus Trainer’s effective and engaging lessons are perfect for total beginners to intermediate players, but also includes advanced topics for experienced players and lifelong learners. "
target: Everyman Chess
Everyman Chess is the world's leading chess book publisher. Everyman Chess publishes chess books for every level of player. Their catalog of over 400 titles includes books by chess grandmasters all over the world, including Garry Kasparov, Yasser Seirawan, Vladimir Kramnik, and Alexei Shirov.
price ($mm)
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$1
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closed 2/1/2021 via BNC Analysis

Play Magnus AS, acquired New In Chess

synopsis: Play Magnus Group, a Norwegian chess training platform, has acquired New In Chess, the world's leading chess magazine. New In Chess features interviews, chess training and historical articles, and game comments by the world's leading players. The company also publishes chess books about opening theory, chess history, and more.
buyer: Play Magnus AS (OB:PMG-ME:$2.93)
Headquartered in Norway, Play Magnus is a chess training platform. Magnus Trainer’s effective and engaging lessons are perfect for total beginners to intermediate players, but also includes advanced topics for experienced players and lifelong learners. "
target: New In Chess
New In Chess is the world's leading chess magazine. New In Chess features on-the-spot tournament reports, interviews, chess training and historical articles, and game comments by the world's leading players. The company also publishes chess books about opening theory, chess history, and more.
price ($mm)
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$2
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closed 1/31/2021 via BNC Analysis

Turner Publishing Company, acquired Prospect Park Books LLC

synopsis: Turner Publishing Company announced its acquisition of Prospect Park Books of Altadena, California. Prospect Park Books is a general trade publisher focusing on fiction, mysteries, cooking/food, humor, and regional/gift titles. The acquisition comprises more than 100 existing titles and approximately 11 titles in the process of being published.
buyer: Turner Publishing Company
Founded in 1985, Turner Publishing Company is an award-winning independent publisher based in Nashville, Tennessee, that currently publishes more than 5,000 titles. It has been named five times to Publishers Weekly's Fastest Growing Publishers List. "
target: Prospect Park Books LLC
Prospect Park Books is a California native, publishing beautiful print and digital books with wit, creativity, and intelligence. They're a general trade publisher focusing on fiction, mysteries, cooking/food, humor, and regional/gift titles.
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closed 12/30/2020 via BNC Analysis

Welbeck Publishing Group, acquired Trigger Publishing

synopsis: Welbeck Publishing Group, a leading British publisher, has become the majority owner of UK-based Trigger Publishing, a publisher of mental health and wellbeing books for adults and children. Mental health books on the list will continue to publish under Trigger, which becomes part of a new wellness imprint called Welbeck Balance.
buyer: Welbeck Publishing Group
Welbeck Publishing Group is a leading UK-based publishing group. Welbeck Publishing Group is focused on illustrated reference, sport, entertainment, and children’s books, publishing under six imprints: Carlton, Goodman, Goodman Fiell, André Deutsch, Prion, and Carlton Kids. "
target: Trigger Publishing
Based in the UK, Trigger is an independent publisher devoted to opening up conversations about mental health and wellbeing. Trigger publishes books on a wide range of topics surrounding mental health and wellness, as well as launching Upside Down Books, its collection aimed at children.
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announced 11/25/2020 via BusinessWire

Penguin Random House, will acquire Simon & Schuster, Inc.

synopsis: ViacomCBS Inc. is to sell the publishing business Simon & Schuster to Penguin Random House, a wholly owned subsidiary of Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA. Simon & Schuster is a global leader in general interest publishing, dedicated to providing the best in fiction and nonfiction for readers of all ages, and in all printed, digital and audio formats.
buyer parent: Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA
buyer: Penguin Random House
Penguin Random House is an American multinational conglomerate publishing company formed in 2013 from the merger of Random House and Penguin Group. Penguin Random House is the world's largest English language trade publisher, bringing people the best in fiction, nonfiction, and children's books. "
target parent: ViacomCBS Inc.
target: Simon & Schuster, Inc.
Simon & Schuster is a global leader in general interest publishing, dedicated to providing the best in fiction and nonfiction for readers of all ages, and in all printed, digital and audio formats.
price ($mm)
$2,175
rev ($mm)
$814
EBITDA ($mm)
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2.7x
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closed 10/7/2020 via GlobeNewswire

Agillic, acquired Gyldendal A/S

synopsis: Agillic, a leading Danish omnichannel marketing software company, has acquired Gyldendal A/S, Denmark’s oldest and largest publishing house. With the acquisition, Gyldendal will be executing emails, SMS messages, and activating data through the Agillic platform to reach audiences in the Google, Facebook, and Adform ecosystems.
buyer: Agillic (CPSE:AGILC:$8.39)
Agillic is a Danish software company enabling marketers to maximise the use of data and translate it into relevant and personalised communication establishing strong relations between people and brands. "
target: Gyldendal A/S (:$140.57)
Gyldendal is Denmark's oldest and largest publishing house, consisting of Gyldendal Publishing, Gyldendal Education, and Systime. Founded in 1770, the company has been working to enrich Danish book readers with knowledge, art, culture, and entertaining reading experiences.
price ($mm)
rev ($mm)
$135
EBITDA ($mm)
$13
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0.0x
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0.0x
closed 9/18/2020 via gamesindustry.biz

Bandai Namco Entertainment Inc., acquired Reflector Entertainment

synopsis: Bandai Namco Entertainment, a Japanese multinational video game developer and publisher, has acquired Reflector Entertainment, a transmedia company in Canada. Reflector creates universes that tell stories across multiple platforms. Their first product, Unknown 9, is a paranormal mystery that unfolds across novels, comics, podcasts and video games.
buyer parent: BANDAI NAMCO Holdings, Inc.
buyer: Bandai Namco Entertainment Inc.
Bandai Namco Entertainment is a Japanese multinational video game developer and publisher. Bandai Namco publishes and develops games for all major video game consoles, iOS, Android, and online platforms. Their top video game franchises include PAC-MAN, Tekken, Galaga, Ace Combat, and more. "
target: Reflector Entertainment
Reflector Entertainment is a transmedia company in Canada. Reflector creates expanding universes that tell stories across multiple platforms. Their first product, Unknown 9, is a paranormal mystery that unfolds across a wide variety of platforms, including novels, comics, podcasts and video games.
price ($mm)
$11
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closed 9/9/2020 via Company Press Release

Hachette UK, acquired Laurence King Publishing Ltd.

synopsis: Hachette UK has announced the acquisition of Laurence King Publishing (LKP), the UK’s leading gift publisher and one of the country’s top three art publishers. Established in London in 1991, LKP is recognised as one of the world’s leading publishers of books and gifts on the creative arts.
buyer parent: Lagardère SCA
buyer: Hachette UK
Hachette UK is a leading UK publishing group. The group is made up of ten autonomous publishing divisions and over fifty imprints with a rich and diverse history. Hachette UK is owned by Hachette Livre, the world’s second largest trade and educational publisher. "
target: Laurence King Publishing Ltd.
Established in London in 1991, Laurence King Publishing (LKP) is recognised as one of the world’s leading publishers of books and gifts on the creative arts. These include Johanna Basford’s Secret Garden and Enchanted Forest adult colouring books.
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closed 9/3/2020 via Publishers Weekly

ABRAMS Books, acquired Cameron + Company

synopsis: Illustrated book publisher Abrams has acquired Cameron + Company, a family-owned independent house that specializes in books on photography art, lifestyle, children’s titles, and regional topics. Cameron + Company will operate as a standalone division at Abrams while giving Abrams a new West Coast perspective.
buyer parent: La Martiniere Groupe
buyer: ABRAMS Books
ABRAMS was the first company in the United States to specialize in publishing art and illustrated books. The company publishes works in the areas of art, photography, cooking, craft, comics, interior and garden design, entertainment, fashion, and popular culture, as well as children’s books. "
target: Cameron + Company
Cameron+Company is a boutique publishing house, creating and distributing quality books and calendars with a focus on photography, art, food+wine, children’s literature, and publications of regional interest.
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closed 6/10/2020 via BNC Analysis

Welbeck Publishing Group, acquired Eddison Books Ltd

synopsis: Welbeck Publishing Group has bought the assets of wellness publisher Eddison Books. Eddison Books was launched in 1892 under the name Eddison Saad, and published illustrated mind, body and spirit non-fiction. It was relaunched in 2015 and the company expanded to publish health, diet and fitness-related literature, in addition to self-help books.
buyer: Welbeck Publishing Group
Welbeck Publishing Group is a UK-based publishing group. Welbeck Publishing Group is focused on illustrated non-fiction and children’s books for the co-edition market as well as commercial fiction and non-fiction. "
target: Eddison Books Ltd
Eddison Books was launched in 1892 under the name Eddison Saad, and published illustrated mind, body and spirit non-fiction. It was relaunched in 2015 and the company expanded to publish health, diet and fitness-related literature, in addition to self-help books.
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closed 6/10/2020 via BNC Analysis

Intellect Ltd, acquired HammerOn Press

synopsis: Intellect, a UK-based academic publisher for scholars and practitioners teaching and researching in the arts, media and creative industries, has acquired HammerOn Press, an independent publisher in the UK. HammerOn Press publishes nonfiction focusing on feminist, anti-racist, trans, queer and anti-fascist subjects.
buyer: Intellect Ltd
Intellect is a UK-based academic publisher for scholars and practitioners teaching and researching in the arts, media and creative industries. Intellect publishes over 100 journals and over 50 academic books a year. Intellect seeks to offer an unbiased platform for quality critical debate. "
target: HammerOn Press
HammerOn Press is an independent publisher in the UK. HammerOn Press publishes nonfiction focusing on feminist, anti-racist, trans, queer and anti-fascist subjects. Their titles explore topics such as popular culture, community heritage, youth work, para-academia and the history of social movements.
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closed 5/13/2020 via Company Press Release

Pelican Publishing Co., Inc., acquired River Road Press LLC

synopsis: Arcadia Publishing, the nation’s leading publisher of books of local history and local interest, announced that it has acquired River Road Press, the dynamic publisher of books about New Orleans, Louisiana and the surrounding region. Its catalog includes bestsellers such as The Incomparable Magazine Street, by John Magill.
buyer parent: Lezen Acquisition
buyer: Pelican Publishing Co., Inc.
Pelican Publishing has been committed to publishing books of quality that enrich the lives of those who read them. In the 93 years since publishing William Faulkner and William Spratling’s Sherwood Anderson and Other Creole Characters, Pelican has pushed the perceptions of Southern publishing. "
target: River Road Press LLC
River Road Press, the dynamic publisher of books about New Orleans, Louisiana and the surrounding region. Its catalog includes bestsellers such as The Incomparable Magazine Street, by John Magill and Simon of New Orleans, by Yvonne Spear Perret.
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closed 4/1/2020 via BNC Analysis

Jonathan Ball Publishers (Pty) Ltd., acquired Icon Books

synopsis: Jonathan Ball Publishers, a leading publisher and distributor of English general books in South Africa, has acquired Icon Books, an independent publisher in the UK. Icon Books is a non-fiction publisher is a member of the Independent Alliance, and features titles across popular science, history, psychology, and current affairs.
buyer parent: Naspers Ltd.
buyer: Jonathan Ball Publishers (Pty) Ltd.
Jonathan Ball Publishers is a leading publisher and distributor of English general books in South Africa. The company specializes in South African history, politics, and current affairs and acts as agents for British and American publishers marketing and distributing on their behalf. "
target: Icon Books
Icon Books is an independent publisher in the UK that specialises in intelligent, quality non-fiction for a general audience. Their Introducing Graphic Guide series thrives alongside a list of books in science, history, politics, sport, language, humour, and more.
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closed 3/20/2020 via Company Press Release

Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, acquired Zed Books Limited

synopsis: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, a global independent publisher, has acquired Zed Books Limited, the London-based academic and non-fiction publisher. Zed will operate within Bloomsbury's Academic & Professional division, strengthening its offerings in African Studies and Development Studies.
buyer: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc (LSE:BMY:$182.14)
Bloomsbury Publishing is a global independent publisher across trade, specialist, professional, school, and higher education markets. Its Academic division publishes around 1,800 titles per year, specializing in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. "
target: Zed Books Limited
UK-based Zed is the world's largest publishing collective that operates in two divisions, Zed Books and Zed Scholar. Zed Books publishes socially and politically meaningful books for general readers. Zed Scholar is an award-winning, academic publisher of critical social science research.
price ($mm)
$2.28
rev ($mm)
$1
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
2.2x
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closed 1/2/2020 via Publishers Weekly

Mango Publishing, acquired Yellow Pear Press

synopsis: Mango Publishing, an innovative independent publisher, has acquired Yellow Pear Press, a boutique publisher that specializes in lifestyle and regional titles as well as notecards and journals. Yellow Pear Press publishes beautifully designed books that inspire and delight book lovers who appreciate distinctive, insightful, witty, and playful books.
buyer: Mango Publishing
Mango Publishing is an innovative independent publisher. Mango's goal is to create high-quality books that explore new ideas and start conversations with their readers. Their books covers a broad range of topics, including new science, de-cluttering, creativity, lifestyle, personal growth, and more."
target: Yellow Pear Press
Yellow Pear Press is a boutique publisher that specializes in lifestyle and regional titles as well as notecards and journals. Yellow Pear Press publishes beautifully designed books that inspire and delight book lovers who appreciate distinctive, insightful, witty, and playful books.
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closed 10/9/2019 via BNC Analysis

Vesuvian Media Group, acquired Black Spot Books

synopsis: Vesuvian Media Group, a Los Angeles–based books-to-film multimedia company, has acquired Black Spot Books, a small-press publisher specializing in speculative fiction that has released about 12 titles of speculative fiction with another dozen in the publishing pipeline.
buyer: Vesuvian Media Group
Vesuvian Media Group is a books-to-film multimedia corporation dedicated to creating quality entertainment across literary and visual arts. Through the divisions of Vesuvian Books and Vesuvian Entertainment, VMG provides Hollywood unparalleled access to high quality content and talent. "
target: Black Spot Books
Black Spot Books is a small-press publisher specializing in speculative fiction. They aim to release books monthly and their books include Peril in the Old Country by Sam Hooker and And Then There Were Crows by Alcy Leyva.
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closed 10/9/2019 via Company Press Release

Princeton University Press, acquired Wild Nature Press Ltd

synopsis: Princeton University Press, a nonprofit publisher, has acquired Wild Nature Press, a UK-based natural history publisher. Wild Nature Press specializes in marine-life books. Their books combine eye-opening natural history discovery with the very best in writing, design, illustration and photography.
buyer: Princeton University Press
Princeton University Press is a nonprofit publisher with close connections to Princeton University. Princeton University Press seeks to publish the innovative works of the greatest minds in academia, from the most respected senior scholar to the extraordinarily promising graduate student. "
target: Wild Nature Press Ltd
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Meredith Corporation
Meredith Corporation
Meredith Corporation has been committed to service journalism for 115 years. Meredith uses multiple distribution platforms – including broadcast television, print, digital, mobile and video – to provide consumers with content they desire and to deliver the messages of its advertising partners.
year
2021
rev ($mm)
$2,879.70
EBITDA ($mm)
$644.50
EBIT ($mm)
$460.80
Net Income ($mm)
$276.10
Employees
5330
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Ticker: SALM
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Salem Media Group
Salem Media Group
Salem Media Group is America’s leading radio broadcaster, Internet content provider, and magazine and book publisher targeting audiences interested in Christian and family-themed content and conservative values.
year
2019
rev ($mm)
$257.87
EBITDA ($mm)
$35.51
EBIT ($mm)
$20.88
Net Income ($mm)
Employees
1363
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Ticker: SHSE:601999
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Northern United Publishing & Media (Group) Co., Ltd.
Northern United Publishing & Media (Group) Co., Ltd. publishes books, distributes magazines, and prints commercial receipts. The Company produces kid books such as coloring books and reading books, bibliographic, and teen age books.
year
2016
rev ($mm)
$228.44
EBITDA ($mm)
$4.17
EBIT ($mm)
$1.67
Net Income ($mm)
$15.50
Employees
1447
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Ticker: LSE:QRT
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Quarto Group
Quarto Group
Quarto Group is the leading global illustrated book publisher and distribution group. It operates through four distinct but complementary businesses - Quarto International Co-Editions Group; Quarto Publishing Group USA; Quarto Publishing Group UK and Books & Gifts Direct, Australia & New Zealand.
year
2015
rev ($mm)
$182.17
EBITDA ($mm)
$18.40
EBIT ($mm)
$16.48
Net Income ($mm)
$8.87
Employees
438
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Ticker: DB:BST
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Bastei Luebbe
Bastei Luebbe
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.
year
2018
rev ($mm)
$77.74
EBITDA ($mm)
$17.85
EBIT ($mm)
($2.03)
Net Income ($mm)
Employees
330
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Ticker: ITGR
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Integrity Media, Inc.
Integrity Media, Inc.
Integrity Media, Inc., publishes cassettes, CDs, music videos, and songbooks of a worshipful nature. Integrity's Christian music offerings range from praise and worship music to adult contemporary and children's music. Its song catalog includes ownership of more than 2,400 songs.
year
2002
rev ($mm)
$66.30
EBITDA ($mm)
$9.20
EBIT ($mm)
$4.20
Net Income ($mm)
$2.20
Employees
0
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Ticker: US:BVII
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Broadview Press Inc.
Broadview Press is an independent academic publisher with no affiliation to any larger publishing house or media conglomerate.
year
2011
rev ($mm)
$20.46
EBITDA ($mm)
$0.25
EBIT ($mm)
($0.22)
Net Income ($mm)
Employees
246
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Ticker: OM:MASS B
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Massolit Media
Massolit Media
Massolit Media AB offers publishing services. The company publishes fiction, biographies, non-fiction and children's books. The company is based in Stockholm, Sweden.
year
2014
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EBIT ($mm)
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13
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Ticker: SCHL
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Scholastic Inc.
Scholastic Inc.
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.
year
2019
rev ($mm)
$1,679.40
EBITDA ($mm)
$114.90
EBIT ($mm)
$75.50
Net Income ($mm)
$48.50
Employees
9000
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Ticker: TSX:CJR.B
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Corus Entertainment, Inc.
Corus Entertainment, Inc.
Corus Entertainment Inc. is a Canadian-based integrated media and content company that creates, broadcasts, licenses and delivers content across a variety of platforms for audiences around the world. Their portfolio of multimedia offerings covers specialty television and radio with other assets.
year
2019
rev ($mm)
$1,254.86
EBITDA ($mm)
$442.61
EBIT ($mm)
$382.87
Net Income ($mm)
Employees
3200
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Ticker: EDUC
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Educational Development Corporation
Educational Development Corporation
Educational Development Corporation is the sole U.S. distributor of a line of children's books produced in the United Kingdom by Usborne Publishing Limited.
year
2015
rev ($mm)
$35.01
EBITDA ($mm)
$1.68
EBIT ($mm)
$1.54
Net Income ($mm)
$0.94
Employees
83
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Ticker: JSE:NPN
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Naspers Ltd.
Naspers Ltd.
Founded in 1915, Naspers is a global internet and entertainment group and one of the largest technology investors in the world. Operating in more than 130 countries and markets with long-term growth potential, Naspers builds leading companies that empower people and enrich communities.
year
2020
rev ($mm)
$4,001.00
EBITDA ($mm)
($512.00)
EBIT ($mm)
($642.00)
Net Income ($mm)
$3,137.00
Employees
25527
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Ticker: RCSM.MI
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
RCS MediaGroup
RCS MediaGroup
RCS MediaGroup is a multimedia publishing group that operates in daily newspapers, magazines and books, radio broadcasting, new media and digital TV. It is also one of the leading operators in the advertisement sales & distribution markets.
year
2013
rev ($mm)
$1,988.19
EBITDA ($mm)
$37.78
EBIT ($mm)
($69.92)
Net Income ($mm)
Employees
4134
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Ticker: HLSE:SAA1V
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sanoma Oyj
Sanoma Oyj
Sanoma is an inspiring, relevant and trusted consumer media and learning company. Ever since its formation in 1889, the company has held creativity and independent thinking at its core in order to deliver high-quality content in new and different ways.
year
2019
rev ($mm)
$1,000.33
EBITDA ($mm)
$249.65
EBIT ($mm)
$113.99
Net Income ($mm)
$12.46
Employees
3953
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Ticker: TSE:9470
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Gakken Co. Ltd.
Gakken Co. Ltd.
The Gakken Group is involved in the daily lives of people on many different levels through its broad scope of business activities. Gakken carries out wide-ranging publishing activities, provides various classrooms and preparatory schools, and other preschool- and school-related activities.
year
2015
rev ($mm)
$750.72
EBITDA ($mm)
$20.94
EBIT ($mm)
$8.16
Net Income ($mm)
Employees
3035
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