Reed Elsevier plc

1-3 Strand,
London, WC2N 5JR
United Kingdom,
+44 20 7166 5500

Reed Elsevier is a publisher and information provider. The Company produces journals and other data products and operates in the science, medical, legal, risk and business industries.

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Year ≤ '12 '13 '14 '15 '16 '17 T
Buy (0.6/yr) # 9 1 2 - - - 12
vol $12.8B $100M $12.9B
Sell (0.4/yr) # 7 - 2 - - - 9
vol $2.4B $2.4B

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Largest Harcourt General, Inc.
$5.7B (2000-10-27)
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Largest IPC Ltd.
$1.3B (1998-01-06)

According to our data here at Mergr, Reed Elsevier has acquired 12 companies, including 3 in the last 5 years. A total of 2 acquisitions came from private equity firms. It has also divested 9 assets.

Reed Elsevier’s largest acquisition to date was in 2000, when it acquired Harcourt General for $5.7B. It’s largest disclosed sale occurred in 1998, when it sold IPC to Cinven Partners for $1.3B. Reed Elsevier has acquired in 5 different US states, and 4 countries. The Company’s most targeted sectors include publishing (25%) and business services (17%).

When analyzing the information services sector as a whole, according to Mergr, in the last 3 years, there are 85 information services companies that have made at least 1 acquisition, 12 have acquired at least 5 companies, and 1 has acquired more than 10 companies. The most prolific strategic information services acquirer over the past 3 years is Verisk Analytics, with 3 acquisitions. The most prolific private equity acquirer in the information services sector over the past 3 years is GIC Private Ltd. with 2 platform acquisitions.

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