Thursday, April 19, 2007

Thomson Learning Sale Update

The Financial Times updates the status of the Thomson Learning sale suggesting that first round bids will be submitted at the end of April. As things go this is slightly later than originally planned but they also confirm that the purchase price is expected to exceed $5.5billion which is approximately 10x EBITDA. From the article:
The bidders include a consortium made up of Bain Capital Management, Thomas H. Lee Partners, the Blackstone Group along with Bertelsmann, the privately-owned German media company; a second bidding group is made up of Providence Equity Partners, which is possibly teaming with one other investor, and has the learning division’s management’s on its side, according to the sources. The Carlyle Group and Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. are bidding alone, the sources said. Providence’s partners in the bid could not be confirmed, but one of the sources said it is teaming up with Ontario Teachers Pension Plan, while another source said it is teaming up with Pearson

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