Penguin Random House (PRH) has announced on Thursday (April 6) that it has signed an agreement in Barcelona with Grupo Zeta to acquire the publishing group Ediciones B. When the deal closes, “B” will become part of Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial (PRHGE) in Spain and Latin America. In a prepared statement, PRH stipulates that “Ediciones B’s imprints—which include B, Bruguera, Vergara, Nova, B de Blook, B de Books, B de Bolsillo, and B.cat—will retain their respective identities and independence within Grupo’s portfolio, and their addition will reinforce PRHGE’s cultural preeminence and market share in Spain, Latin America, and across the entire Spanish-speaking world.” The imprint Nova was named Best 2016 European Science Fiction Publisher by the European Science Fiction Society last year. click Read More below for additional detail
Shutterfly, Inc. (Nasdaq: SFLY) (“Shutterfly” or the “Company”), a leading retailer and manufacturing platform dedicated to helping capture, preserve, and share life’s important moments, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement with affiliates of certain funds (the “Apollo Funds”) managed by affiliates of Apollo Global Management, LLC (together with its consolidated subsidiaries, “Apollo”) (NYSE: APO), a leading global alternative investment manager, pursuant to which the Apollo Funds will acquire all the outstanding shares of Shutterfly for $51.00 per share in cash, or enterprise value of approximately $2.7 billion.
The $51.00 per share cash consideration represents a premium of 31% when compared to Shutterfly’s unaffected closing stock price of $38.91 on April 23, 2019, the last trading day before a media report was published speculating that Apollo Funds were considering a bid for the Company. The Shutterfly Board of Directors unanimously approved the agreement with the Apollo Funds and recommends that Shutterfly stockholders vote in favor of the transaction.
“Earlier this year, Shutterfly announced the formation of a Strategic Review Committee to continue the Board of Directors’ ongoing review of strategic alternatives for the Company,” said William Lansing, Shutterfly’s Chairman of the Board. “We ran a broad and comprehensive process, engaging with a significant number of potential buyers, and are pleased that the process culminated in a transaction that maximizes value for Shutterfly stockholders. We look forward to working closely with Apollo as we continue to build a compelling service that enables deeper, more personal relationships for our customers, and to advance our digital and manufacturing capabilities to support sustainable growth.”
“Shutterfly has cultivated a deep connection with customers through its three divisions, Shutterfly Consumer, Shutterfly Business Solutions and Lifetouch, each of which we view as exceptional platforms with leading positions in their respective segments,” said David Sambur, Senior Partner at Apollo. “At a time when billions of photos are taken every day, Shutterfly has led the charge as a pioneer of personalized photo products and school photography, helping consumers capture, preserve and share life’s most important moments. We are excited to work with Shutterfly’s leadership and talented team of dedicated employees to grow each of the businesses and further enhance customer relationships across both Shutterfly and Lifetouch.”
Lansing continued, “This transaction is a testament to our outstanding team of talented employees and the company they have built. What began as a digital photo printing company is now a large and diversified business that has successfully evolved with our customers. As we enter this exciting new chapter for Shutterfly, Apollo is an ideal strategic partner, as they will provide additional resources and industry knowledge while we continue to work on our important business initiatives.”
more detail at: http://ir.shutterfly.com/news-releases/news-release-details/shutterfly-inc-agrees-be-acquired-certain-funds-managed