R.R. Donnelley & Sons - M&A Summary and Business Overview

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R.R. Donnelley & Sons M&A Summary

R.R. Donnelley & Sons has acquired 30 companies, including 1 in the last 5 years. A total of 5 acquisitions came from private equity firms. It has also divested 10 assets.

R.R. Donnelley & Sons’ largest acquisition to date was in 2003, when it acquired Moore Wallace for $2.8B. It’s largest disclosed sale occurred in 2023, when it sold RRD Canada to DATA Communications Management for $93M. R.R. Donnelley & Sons has acquired in 14 different US states, and 4 countries. The Company’s most targeted sectors include business services (44%) and publishing (14%).

R.R. Donnelley & Sons Business Overview

Where is R.R. Donnelley & Sons headquartered?

R.R. Donnelley & Sons is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois.

What is R.R. Donnelley & Sons’ revenue?

R.R. Donnelley & Sons disclosed revenue of 4,766M USD for 2020 and 6,276M USD for 2019.

How many employees does R.R. Donnelley & Sons have?

R.R. Donnelley & Sons has 33,000 employees.

What sector is R.R. Donnelley & Sons in?

R.R. Donnelley & Sons is a business services company.

When was R.R. Donnelley & Sons founded?

R.R. Donnelley & Sons was founded in 1864.

M&A Summary

  • M&A Total Activity39
    • M&A Buy Activity30
    • M&A Sell Activity9
  • Total Sectors Invested 12
  • Total Countries Invested 4
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 19
  • M&A Advisors 6

R.R. Donnelley & Sons

R.R. Donnelley & Sons Co.

35 West Wacker Drive,
Chicago, Illinois 60601
United States,
(312) 326-8000
www.rrd.com

R.R. Donnelley & Sons is a global provider of integrated communications. The Company works with customers worldwide to develop custom communications solutions that reduce costs, enhance return on investment and ensure compliance. Drawing on a range of proprietary and commercially available digital and conventional technologies deployed across four continents, the Company employs a suite of Internet-based capabilities and other resources to provide premedia, printing, logistics and business process outsourcing products and services to leading clients in virtually every private and public sector. R.R. Donnelley was formed in 1864 and is based in Chicago, Illinois.


M&A Summary

Buy vs Sell

Year ≤ '19 '20 '21 '22 '23 '24 T
Buy (0.2/yr) # 29 - - - - 1 30
vol $6.6B $6.6B
Sell (1.0/yr) # 4 1 - 1 3 - 9
vol $93M $93M
  39

Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
Vericast - Digital & Print Marketing Businesses 2024-03-18 - Divestiture
San Antonio, Texas
Mediant Communications LLC 2023-03-01 - Trade Sale
New York, New York · www.mediant.com
RRD Canada 2023-02-22 93M CAD Divestiture
Mississauga, Ontario · www.rrd.com/global/canada
Motif Photos 2023-01-19 - Divestiture
, United States
Edgar Online Inc. 2022-11-10 - Divestiture
Rockville, Maryland · www.edgar-online.com
R.R. Donnelley & Sons Co. - Courier Services Business 2020-03-02 - Divestiture
Chicago, Illinois
R.R. Donnelley & Sons Co. - Global Document Solutions Business 2019-10-25 - Divestiture
Chicago, Illinois
R.R. Donnelley & Sons Co. - Print Logistics Component 2018-05-02 - Divestiture
Chicago, Illinois
LSC Communications LLC 2016-10-03 - Spin Off
Warrenville, Illinois · www.lsccom.com
Precision Dialogue, Inc. 2016-08-21 - Add-on Acquisition
Chicago, Illinois · www.precisiondialogue.com
View All >>

Business Unit M&A

Company Acquired Add-On/Sale Date #
Consolidated Graphics, Inc. 2013-10-24 PBM Graphics, Inc. 2014-01-31 1
Houston, Texas · www.cgx.com Durham, North Carolina · www.pbmgraphics.com

M&A by Sector

Sector Buy # Value Sell # Value
Business Services 13 (43%) 6.1B (92%) 3 (33%) 93M (100%)
Publishing 4 (13%) 261M (4%) 1 (11%) -
Internet Software and Services 2 (7%) - 1 (11%) -
Transportation 1 (3%) - 2 (22%) -
Marketing 2 (7%) - - -
Software 2 (7%) - - -
Financial Services 1 (3%) - 1 (11%) -
Information Services 1 (3%) 71M (1%) 1 (11%) -
Communications 1 (3%) - - -
Distribution 1 (3%) - - -
Manufacturing 1 (3%) 97M (1%) - -
Retail 1 (3%) 122M (2%) - -
Total 30 $6.6B 9 $93M

By Geo

State/Country Buy Value Sell Value
United States 26 2.9B 8 -
  Illinois 2 - 4 -
  New York 4 250M 1 -
  Texas 4 620M - -
  Ohio 3 - - -
  North Carolina 3 122M - -
  Maryland 1 71M 2 -
  Massachusetts 2 261M - -
  Minnesota 1 - - -
  Kansas 1 130M - -
  California 1 - - -
  Wisconsin 1 1.3B - -
  Washington 1 - - -
  Tennessee 1 - - -
Canada 2 2.8B 1 93M
  Ontario 1 2.8B 1 93M
  Quebec 1 - - -
China 1 - - -
United Kingdom 1 990M - -
Domestic 26 (87%) 2.9B (43%) 8 (89%) -
Cross-border 4 (13%) 3.8B (57%) 1 (11%) 93M (100%)
Total 30 $6.6B 9 $93M

Top M&A Advisors

Financial Deals
Goldman Sachs
2
Duff & Phelps Corp.
2
BofA Securities
1
Legal Deals
Latham & Watkins
1
Sullivan & Cromwell
1
Ashurst LLP
1

Deal Values

buy # Total
> $1B 2 $4.1B
$100M to $1B 6 $2.4B
< $100M 2 $167M
TOTAL $6.6B
Largest Moore Wallace Inc.
$2.8B (2003-11-10)
sell # Total
< $100M 1 $93M
TOTAL $93M
Largest RRD Canada
$93M (2023-02-22)

M&A Connections

Deals
Acquired from
Investor(s)
17%
5 (17%)
Strategic(s)
13%
4 (13%)
Divested to
Investor(s)
11%
1 (11%)
Strategic(s)
78%
7 (78%)

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