Barnes & Noble - M&A Summary, Ownership, and Business Overview

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Barnes & Noble M&A Summary

Barnes & Noble has acquired 8 companies of its own, including 1 in the last 5 years. It has also divested 1 asset.

Barnes & Noble’s largest acquisition to date was in 2009, when it acquired Fictionwise for $16M. Barnes & Noble has acquired in 7 different US states. The Company’s most targeted sectors include retail (63%) and internet software and services (25%).

Barnes & Noble Ownership

Who owns Barnes & Noble?

Barnes & Noble is owned by Elliott. It was acquired on June 7, 2019.

Is Barnes & Noble PE-backed?

Yes. Barnes & Noble is owned by private equity investor Elliott.

Barnes & Noble Business Overview

Where is Barnes & Noble headquartered?

Barnes & Noble is headquartered in New York, New York.

What is Barnes & Noble’s revenue?

Barnes & Noble disclosed revenue of 3,553M USD for 2019 and 3,662M USD for 2018.

How many employees does Barnes & Noble have?

Barnes & Noble has 7,038 employees.

What sector is Barnes & Noble in?

Barnes & Noble is a retail company.

When was Barnes & Noble founded?

Barnes & Noble was founded in 1986.

M&A Summary

  • M&A Total Activity9
    • M&A Buy Activity8
    • M&A Sell Activity1
  • Total Sectors Invested 3
  • Total Countries Invested 1
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 1

Barnes & Noble

Barnes & Noble, Inc.

33 East 17th Street,
New York, New York 10003
United States,
(866) 238-7323
www.barnesandnobleinc.com

Barnes & Noble is a bookseller and operates through retail stores and online. The Company’s principal business is the sale of trade books (generally hardcover and paperback titles), mass market paperbacks (such as mystery, romance, science fiction and other popular fiction), children’s books, eBooks and other digital content, NOOK and related accessories, bargain books, magazines, gifts, café products and services, educational toys & games, music and movies direct to customers through its bookstores or on www.barnesandnoble.com. Barnes & Noble was formed in 1986 and is based in New York City.


M&A Summary

Buy vs Sell

Year ≤ '19 '20 '21 '22 '23 '24 T
Buy (0.2/yr) # 7 - 1 - - - 8
vol $19M $19M
Sell (0.0/yr) # 1 - - - - - 1
  9

Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
Paper Source, Inc. 2021-05-11 - Special Situations/Distressed
Chicago, Illinois · www.paper-source.com
Barnes & Noble Education, Inc. 2015-08-03 - Spin Off
Basking Ridge, New Jersey · www.bned.com
Borders Group, Inc. 2011-10-14 - Special Situations/Distressed
Ann Arbor, Michigan · www.borders.com
Fictionwise LLC 2009-03-05 16M USD Add-on Acquisition
Chatham, New Jersey · www.fictionwise.com
Sterling Publishing Co., Inc. 2002-12-13 - Add-on Acquisition
New York, New York · www.sterlingpub.com
SparkNotes LLC 2001-03-19 4M USD Add-on Acquisition
New York, New York · www.sparknotes.com
Fatbrain.com, Inc. 2000-03-27 - Add-on Acquisition
Santa Clara, California
Bookstop 1989-01-01 - Add-on Acquisition
Austin, Texas
B. Dalton Bookseller, Inc. 1986-12-01 - Divestiture
Minneapolis, Minnesota
View All >>

M&A by Sector

Sector Buy # Value Sell # Value
Retail 5 (63%) - 1 (100%) -
Internet Software and Services 2 (25%) 19M (100%) - -
Publishing 1 (13%) - - -
Total 8 $19M 1 -

By Geo

State/Country Buy Value Sell Value
United States 8 19M 1 -
  New York 2 4M - -
  New Jersey 1 16M 1 -
  Texas 1 - - -
  Minnesota 1 - - -
  Michigan 1 - - -
  Illinois 1 - - -
  California 1 - - -
Total 8 $19M 1 -

Deal Values

buy # Total
< $100M 2 $19M
TOTAL $19M
Largest Fictionwise LLC
$16M (2009-03-05)

M&A Connections

Deals
Acquired from
Strategic(s)
13%
1 (13%)

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