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CoBe Capital acquires Bourrelier Éducation from Lagardère Group's (Euronext: MMB) Hachette Livre

December 1st, 2011
A market leader with over 50 years of history, Bourrelier Éducation designs and distributes proprietary pedagogical materials for primary schools.
A market leader with over 50 years of history, Bourrelier Éducation designs and distributes proprietary pedagogical materials for primary schools.
Bourrelier Éducation is headquartered in Amiens, France and has a satellite design office in Paris, France.
Bourrelier Éducation is headquartered in Amiens, France and has a satellite design office in Paris, France.

Amiens, France – CoBe Capital is pleased to announce the acquisition of Bourrelier Éducation, formerly a subsidiary of Lagardère Group's (Euronext: MMB) Hachette Livre. The financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

With headquarters in Amiens, France, Bourrelier Éducation conceives and creates pedagogical materials designed for children in kindergartens and elementary schools. It offers over 10,000 products, including books, games, and other learning tools, which are distributed nationally through a direct sales network and via mail-order and e-commerce. The original company was founded in 1964 and is one of the few French firms with a long-established system of direct sales and relationships across the full territory.

"The acquisition of Bourrelier Éducation is the result of months of hard work among the teams at CoBe, Hachette, and Bourrelier," said Neal Cohen, Founder and Managing Director of CoBe Capital. "Together we have brought this transaction to a successful close, and I am thrilled to welcome a company with such a long history of innovation and experience into our portfolio."

Thomas Kermorgant and Darren Chaffee led the transaction on behalf of CoBe Capital, and Mr. Kermorgant has been named President following the close.

"I look forward to continuing my work with Bourrelier and am excited to be a part of such a dynamic team," said  Mr. Kermorgant. "Bourrelier Éducation represents both CoBe's belief in this business as well as our dedication to expanding our presence in Europe. We are very happy to be a part of Bourrelier's history as they start a new chapter of further growth and development."

About Bourrelier Éducation

A market leader with over 50 years of history, Bourrelier Éducation designs and distributes proprietary pedagogical materials for primary schools.  With headquarters in Amiens, France, Bourrelier offers over 10,000 products, including instructional materials, books, games, and other learning tools, which are sold nationally through a direct sales force, mail-order catalogue and its website (bourrelier-education.fr).

About CoBe Capital

CoBe Capital, a global private investment firm with a permanent capital base and operations in North America and Europe, delivers M&A solutions to meet the specific needs of corporate sellers looking to divest non-core operations. CoBe Capital owns and operates a diversified portfolio of companies that design, manufacture and market innovative products and services. Each of its portfolio companies strives to achieve long-term growth based on lean and continuous improvement business philosophies. CoBe Capital was founded by Neal Cohen in 1994. For more information on CoBe Capital, please visit cobecapital.com.

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