New York, October 3, 2006 — Berkery, Noyes & Co., LLC announced today that it represented The Teaching Company (“TTC”) in its sale to Brentwood Associates. The Teaching Company is the nation’s leading publisher and direct marketer of university-level courses on DVD, audio CD and other formats. TTC’s current management team will continue to operate the Company and will maintain a significant minority stake in it. Brentwood Associates is a private equity investment firm with more than $750 million of capital under management.
The Teaching Company is best known for its market-leading product line known as “The Great Course”—college-level courses taught by premier professors from leading universities and targeted to lifelong learners. Founded in 1990, TTC offers more than 220 courses in eight subject categories, comprising more than 3,000 hours of content. The Company enjoys strong brand loyalty driven by uncompromising product quality and a commitment to complete customer satisfaction.
“This transaction is an example of the strong demand that exists in the current market for high quality information content companies,” said Joseph Berkery, president of Berkery, Noyes & Co., LLC, the leading independent investment bank serving middle-market information content and technology companies. “The climate for mergers and acquisitions in these markets has never been stronger.”
Tom O’Connor, Managing Director, represented Berkery, Noyes in this transaction, the terms of which were not disclosed.
Information about The Teaching Company is available at www.teach12.com.
About Brentwood Associates
Brentwood Associates is a private equity investment firm with over $750 million of capital under management and a 30-year history of investing in leading middle-market growth companies. Brentwood focuses primarily on consumer-related investments. More information is available at www.brentwood.com.
About Berkery, Noyes & Co., LLC
Berkery, Noyes is an investment bank specializing in mergers and acquisitions in the information, technology, content and communications industries. Among the 27 transactions completed by Berkery, Noyes during the last 18 months are the divesture by The Thomson Corporation of American Health Consultants to Thompson Publishing Group; acquisition by Springer Science + Business Media of Current Medicine Group; acquisition by WebMd Corporation of Conceptis; investment by Forstmann Little & Co. in ENK trade shows; acquisition by The Wicks Group of DesignWrite, Inc.; the acquisition by Veronis Suhler Stevenson of Facts On File; the acquisition by Wolters Kluwer Health of Boucher Communications, Inc.; and the sale of the assets of Medquest Communications to VendomeGroup LLC.
Berkery, Noyes’ clients include private companies seeking a buyer as well as companies and private equity firms who use BNC’s expertise in identifying, analyzing and negotiating with acquisition candidates and in managing divestitures. The firm operates with a staff of thirty-two professionals from offices in New York.