The Reader s Digest Association Mergers and Acquisitions Summary

Publishing Company

The Reader s Digest Association has acquired 5 companies. A total of 3 acquisitions came from private equity firms. It has also divested 7 assets.

The Reader s Digest Association’s largest acquisition to date was in 2002, when it acquired Reiman Holding Company for $760M. It’s largest disclosed sale occurred in 2012, when it sold Allrecipes to Meredith for $175M. The Reader s Digest Association has acquired in 4 different US states. The Company’s most targeted sectors include publishing (75%) and internet software and services (25%).

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M&A Summary

  • M&A Total Activity11
    • M&A Buy Activity4
    • M&A Sell Activity7
  • Total Sectors Invested 2
  • Total Countries Invested 1
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 9
  • M&A Advisors 1

The Reader's Digest Association, Inc.

44 South Broadway,
White Plains, New York 10601
United States,
(914)244-5620
www.rda.com

Reader's Digest creates and delivers products and content for books, magazines, recorded music collections, DVD and video, and websites. The company sells its products in more than 70 countries and its magazines reach well over 100 million readers globally.


M&A Summary

Buy vs Sell

Year ≤ '15 '16 '17 '18 '19 '20 T
Buy (0.0/yr) # 4 - - - - - 4
vol $1.6B $1.6B
Sell (0.0/yr) # 7 - - - - - 7
vol $213M $213M
  11

Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
Allrecipes, Inc. 2012-03-01 175M USD Divestiture
Seattle, Washington · www.allrecipes.com
Weekly Reader Publishing 2012-02-06 - Divestiture
, United States
Every Day with Rachael Ray Magazine and Digital Media Assets 2011-10-31 - Add-on Acquisition
Red Oak, Iowa · www.rachaelraymag.com
Reader's Digest UK 2010-04-09 20M GBP Secondary Buyout
London, United Kingdom · www.readersdigest.co.uk
CompassLearning, Inc. 2010-02-01 - Divestiture
Austin, Texas · www.compasslearning.com
World Almanac 2009-09-01 - Divestiture
, New York
Books are Fun Ltd. 2008-11-14 18M USD Divestiture
Louisville, Colorado
Allrecipes, Inc. 2006-03-31 66M USD Add-on Acquisition
Seattle, Washington · www.allrecipes.com
Reiman Holding Company LLC 2002-05-22 760M USD Add-on Acquisition
Greendale, Wisconsin · www.reimanpub.com
Reiman Publications 2002-03-21 760M USD Add-on Acquisition
, United States
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M&A by Sector

Sector Buy # Value Sell # Value
Publishing 3 (75%) 1.5B (96%) 4 (57%) 38M (18%)
Internet Software and Services 1 (25%) 66M (4%) 1 (14%) 175M (82%)
Media - - 1 (14%) -
Software - - 1 (14%) -
Total 4 $1.6B 7 $213M

By Geo

State/Country Buy Value Sell Value
United States 4 1.6B 6 193M
  Washington 1 66M 1 175M
  Wisconsin 1 760M - -
  Connecticut 1 - - -
  Texas - - 1 -
  New York - - 1 -
  Iowa - - 1 -
  Colorado - - 1 18M
United Kingdom - - 1 20M
Domestic 4 (100%) 1.6B (100%) 6 (86%) 193M (91%)
Cross-border - - 1 (14%) 20M (9%)
Total 4 $1.6B 7 $213M

Top M&A Advisors

Financial Deals
Morgan Stanley
1

Deal Values

buy # Total
$100M to $1B 2 $1.5B
< $100M 1 $66M
TOTAL $1.6B
Largest Reiman Holding Company LLC
$760M (2002-05-22)
sell # Total
$100M to $1B 1 $175M
< $100M 2 $38M
TOTAL $213M
Largest Allrecipes, Inc.
$175M (2012-03-01)

M&A Connections

Deals %
Acquired from
PE Firm(s)
100%
3 100%
Divested to
PE Firm(s)
29%
2 29%
Strategic(s)
71%
5 71%

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