Dresner Partners Advises Learning Resources in Acquisition of Educational Insights
|Wednesday, October 18, 2006|
CHICAGO – October 18, 2006 – Dresner Partners, a leading middle-market investment bank, announced today that it acted as the financial advisor to Learning Resources, Inc. in the acquisition of Educational Insights, Inc. (OTC: EDIN.PK), a leading California-based designer, developer and marketer of innovative learning products. The $24.2 million transaction, which was structured as a merger, closed on October 16, 2006. Dresner Partners also assisted Learning Resources in procuring a new senior debt facility to fund the transaction and refinance existing senior debt.
Headquartered in Vernon Hills, Illinois, Learning Resources markets and distributes its products to over 80 countries around the globe. For more than 20 years, educators and parents have trusted Learning Resources as a source for quality, award-winning educational products in language, math, science and early childhood.
Educational Insights is well known for its educational products with a "hands-on" approach. The Company is also a highly successful developer and marketer of popular electronic learning aids including GeoSafariÒ Talking Globe and Classroom Jeopardy!Ò, as well as best sellers like the popular BlokusÒstrategy games, CoinStructionÒ building sets and The Amazing Live Sea-MonkeysÒActivity Sets. Its products are highly regarded in both the educational (school) market and the specialty toy sector.
“The acquisition of Educational Insights strengthens the solid foundation that Learning Resources has built in the educational products industry,” said Steven M. Dresner, president of Dresner Partners. “We are pleased that we were able to facilitate the company’s efforts to complete this highly synergistic transaction, and we look forward to assisting the company as it continues to pursue attractive growth opportunities in its core markets.”
“With its track record of successful and award-winning products, Educational Insights is a natural fit for Learning Resources. Both companies are committed to developing innovative hands-on products that make learning faster, easier and more fun,” said Richard Woldenberg, Chief Executive Officer of Learning Resources. “We believe that the addition of Educational Insights to our corporate family, following our recent acquisition of the Safe-T Products and Extra Measures companies, offers our dealers and consumers access to the most extensive hands-on learning product line in the world.”
About Dresner Partners
Dresner Partners is a NASD-registered, middle-market investment bank based in Chicago, Illinois. Founded in 1991, Dresner Partners provides financial advisory services to business owners and managers throughout the United States, including institutional private placements of debt and equity, merger & acquisition advisory, and valuation and strategic consulting. Its affiliate company, Dresner Corporate Services, is a strategic communications firm specializing in investor and public relations. More information is available via the Internet at http://www.dresnerpartners.com/.
About Learning Resources
Learning Resources, Inc. is a leading manufacturer of innovative, hands-on educational materials for classrooms and learning toys for the home. For more than 20 years, educators and parents have trusted the company as a source for quality, award-winning educational products teaching language and reading, math, science and early childhood. Headquartered in Vernon Hills, Illinois, Learning Resources markets and distributes its products to over 80 countries around the globe.For more information about Learning Resources, visit http://www.learningresources.com/.
About Educational Insights
Educational Insights, Inc. is a leading designer, developer, and marketer of innovative learning products dedicated to teaching children the fundamentals of geography, math, reading, science, and other subjects. Educational Insights’ award winning product line comprises more than 750 educational products and includes electronic learning aids, strategy games, activity books, science kits, manipulatives and learning toys for use in both schools and homes. Educational Insights, Inc. was founded by Burt Cutler in 1962 and is based in Rancho Dominguez, California. More information on Educational Insights can be found at http://www.educationalinsights.com/.
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David Gutierrez, Dresner Corporate Services, 312.780.7204, firstname.lastname@example.org