School Specialty - M&A Summary, Ownership, and Business Overview

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School Specialty M&A Summary

School Specialty has acquired 6 companies of its own, including 2 in the last 5 years. A total of 2 acquisitions came from private equity firms. It has also divested 1 asset.

School Specialty’s largest acquisition to date was in 2009, when it acquired AutoSkill International for $12M. School Specialty has acquired in 5 different US states, and 2 countries. The Company’s most targeted sectors include consumer products (17%) and e-commerce (17%).

School Specialty Ownership

Who owns School Specialty?

School Specialty is owned by Cerberus Capital Management and Lantern Capital Partners. It was acquired on September 15, 2020.

Is School Specialty PE-backed?

Yes. School Specialty is owned by private equity investors Cerberus Capital Management and Lantern Capital Partners.

Was School Specialty formerly PE-backed?

Yes. School Specialty was formerly owned by 2 private investors.

School Specialty Business Overview

Where is School Specialty headquartered?

School Specialty is headquartered in Greenville, Wisconsin.

What is School Specialty’s revenue?

School Specialty disclosed revenue of 626M USD for 2019 and 673M USD for 2018.

How many employees does School Specialty have?

School Specialty has 1,136 employees.

What sector is School Specialty in?

School Specialty is an e-commerce company.

When was School Specialty founded?

School Specialty was founded in 1959.

M&A Summary

  • M&A Total Activity7
    • M&A Buy Activity6
    • M&A Sell Activity1
  • Total Sectors Invested 6
  • Total Countries Invested 2
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 4
  • M&A Advisors 1

School Specialty

School Specialty LLC

W6316 Design Drive,
Greenville, Wisconsin 54942
United States,
(888) 388-3224
www.schoolspecialty.com

School Specialty is a provider of online educational products and services to the Pre-K- 12th grade market in the U.S. and Canada. The company designs, manufactures and distributes a broad assortment of furniture & equipment, educational technology, general and specialty classroom supplies, facility supplies, safety and security products, and core and supplemental curriculum for science, math and English language arts. School Specialty was founded in 1959 and is based in Greenville, Wisconsin.


M&A Summary

Buy vs Sell

Year ≤ '19 '20 '21 '22 '23 '24 T
Buy (0.4/yr) # 4 - - 1 1 - 6
vol $12M $12M
Sell (0.2/yr) # - - - - 1 - 1
  7

Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
FlagHouse, Inc. 2023-03-03 - Add-on Acquisition
Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey · www.flaghouse.com
EPS School Specialty 2023-03-02 - Divestiture
Nashua, New Hampshire · eps.schoolspecialty.com
SchoolKidz, Inc. 2022-11-02 - Add-on Acquisition
Woodridge, Illinois · www.schoolkidz.com
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Co. - Think Math 2010-03-23 - Divestiture
, Massachusetts
AutoSkill International, Inc. 2009-08-20 12M USD Add-on Acquisition
Ottawa, Ontario · www.autoskill.com
Delta Education LLC 2005-08-22 - Add-on Acquisition
Nashua, New Hampshire · www.delta-education.com
Califone International LLC 2004-01-16 - Add-on Acquisition
Greenville, Wisconsin · www.califone.com
View All >>

M&A by Sector

Sector Buy # Value Sell # Value
Education 1 (17%) - 1 (100%) -
Consumer Products 1 (17%) - - -
E-Commerce 1 (17%) - - -
Electronics 1 (17%) - - -
Publishing 1 (17%) - - -
Software 1 (17%) 12M (100%) - -
Total 6 $12M 1 -

By Geo

State/Country Buy Value Sell Value
United States 5 - 1 -
  New Hampshire 1 - 1 -
  Massachusetts 1 - - -
  Illinois 1 - - -
  Wisconsin 1 - - -
  New Jersey 1 - - -
Canada 1 12M - -
  Ontario 1 12M - -
Domestic 5 (83%) - 1 (100%) -
Cross-border 1 (17%) 12M (100%) - -
Total 6 $12M 1 -

Top M&A Advisors

Financial Deals
Tyton Partners
1

Deal Values

buy # Total
< $100M 1 $12M
TOTAL $12M
Largest AutoSkill International, Inc.
$12M (2009-08-20)

M&A Connections

Deals
Acquired from
Investor(s)
33%
2 (33%)
Strategic(s)
17%
1 (17%)
Divested to
Investor(s)
100%
1 (100%)

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