“OverDrive is very excited to work with the world-class KKR team due to their track record of accelerating digital media and technology businesses in global markets,” said Steve Potash, founder and CEO of OverDrive. “This provides access to an extraordinary network of capabilities to empower our institutional partners for the benefit of the communities and readers they serve.”
KKR is making the investment in OverDrive from its KKR Americas XII Fund.
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Worth Noting 2: KKR is one of four majority shareholders of Cengage Learning. KKR’s Richard Sarnoff (Chairman of Media, Entertainment and Education, Americas) and Kermit Cook, Co-Head of KKR Capstone in the Americas, are members of the Cengage Board of Directors.
The two sides did not provide a price tag for the Ohio-based property, which Rakuten purchased for $410 million in 2015, but Rakuten said it would recognize about $365.6 million in profit from the sale in the first quarter of 2020. KKR said that Overdrive serves 43,000 libraries and schools in 75 countries, and that it will use money from the KKR Americas XII Fund for the investment.
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