M&A Deal Summary

Transom Capital Group Acquires Aspen Publishing

On September 27, 2021, private equity firm Transom Capital Group acquired publishing company Aspen Publishing from Wolters Kluwer for 88M USD

Acquisition Highlights
  • This is Transom Capital Group’s 1st transaction in the Publishing sector.
  • This is Transom Capital Group’s largest (disclosed) transaction.
  • This is Transom Capital Group’s 20th transaction in the United States.
  • This is Transom Capital Group’s 1st transaction in Massachusetts.
Investment Fate
  • Aspen Publishing was divested to a consortium of buyers in 2024.

M&A Deal Summary

Date 2021-09-27
Target Aspen Publishing
Sector Publishing
Buyer(s) Transom Capital Group
Sellers(s) Wolters Kluwer
Deal Type Divestiture
Deal Value 88M USD

Target

Aspen Publishing

Boston, Massachusetts, United States
website
Aspen Publishing is a provider of educational content and digital learning solutions to law schools and undergraduate institutions in the U.S. and around the world. Aspen provides premium learning solutions for legal education through its casebooks, study aids, and supplements which are written by leading deans and professors. Aspen Publishing is based in Boston, Massachusetts.

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Buyer(S) 1

Buyer

Transom Capital Group

El Segundo, California, United States

Investor Investor Investor Investor Investor

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Category Private Equity Firm
Founded 2008
PE ASSETS 600M USD
Size Middle-Market
Type Sector Agnostic
DESCRIPTION

Transom Capital Group is an operationally-focused private equity firm that seeks buyouts and control investments in middle-market companies with established revenue streams and business models. Transom is sector agnostic and will consider opportunities throughout North America. Target companies typically have cash-flows up to $100 million. Transom Capital Partners was formed in 2008 and is based in Los Angeles, California.


DEAL STATS #
Overall 20 of 25
Sector (Publishing) 1 of 1
Type (Divestiture) 5 of 7
State (Massachusetts) 1 of 2
Country (United States) 20 of 24
Year (2021) 1 of 1
Size (of disclosed) 1 of 1
PREVIOUS DEAL
DATE TARGET DEAL TYPE VALUE
2020-11-03 BridgeTower Media

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

BridgeTower Media is a provider of business information, events, and marketing services for the legal, financial, construction, and government sectors in more than 20 local and regional markets across the United States. BridgeTower Media was formed in 2016 and is based in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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FOLLOWING DEAL
DATE TARGET DEAL TYPE VALUE
2021-11-10 HeathZenith

Bowling Green, Kentucky, United States

HeathZenith is the manufacturer and marketer of Heath/Zenith branded products. Through innovation, HeathZenith has compiled a large portfolio of patented technologies and products giving us a competitive edge as an industry leader in the intelligent lighting and door chime markets. HeathZenith was founded in 1987 and is based in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

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Seller(S) 1

SELLER

Wolters Kluwer

Alphen aan den Rijn, Netherlands

website


Category Company
Founded 1836
Sector Information Services
Employees19,776
Revenue 4.8B EUR (2021)
DESCRIPTION

Wolters Kluwer is a global information services and publishing company. The company provides products and services globally for professionals in the health, tax, accounting, corporate, financial services, legal, and regulatory sectors. Wolters Kluwer was founded in 1836 and is based in Alphen aan den Rijn, the Netherlands.


DEAL STATS #
Overall 15 of 15
Sector (Publishing) 3 of 3
Type (Divestiture) 14 of 14
State (Massachusetts) 1 of 1
Country (United States) 7 of 7
Year (2021) 1 of 1
Size (of disclosed) 3 of 6
PREVIOUS DEAL
DATE TARGET DEAL TYPE VALUE
2021-05-14 Vanguard Software

Cary, North Carolina, United States

Vanguard Software is a provider of cloud-based integrated business planning (IBP) solutions. Vanguard Software serves companies of all sizes across every major industry in more than 60 countries, helping them to improve forecasting, reduce overstocks, optimize inventory distribution, and reduce supply chain costs. Vanguard Predictive Planning solutions use artificial intelligence, algorithmic modeling, process automation, and a collaboration hub to enable companies to optimize and automate end-to-end supply chain planning. Vanguard Software was founded in 1995 and is based in Cary, North Carolina.

Buy $110M
FOLLOWING DEAL
DATE TARGET DEAL TYPE VALUE
2021-10-29 LicenseLogix

White Plains, New York, United States

LicenseLogix is a premier provider of comprehensive business license services, including research, filing and ongoing compliance management. The company has been a strategic partner of GRC’s CT Corporation for over five years and today serves more than 800 corporate customers of all sizes and across all industries. CT Corporation is a leading U.S. provider of registered agent services, incorporation services, and legal entity compliance. LicenseLogix services are highly complementary to those of CT Corporation and will form an integral component of CT’s end-to-end legal entity compliance and managed services offerings. LicenseLogix was formed in 2011 and is based in White Plains, New York.

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