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Nolan & Associates is pleased to announce that it exclusively advised Matthews Book Company in its acquisition of International Wholesale Supply

“Nolan did a tremendous job in pinpointing our acquisition target and handling this transaction. We look forward to working with Nolan & Associates again. ” 

–  Linda Nash, CEO of Matthews Book Company

St. Louis, MO (Dec. 31, 2011) – Nolan & Associates is pleased to announce that it exclusively advised Matthews Book Company (MBC) on its acquisition of International Wholesale Supply (IWS).

Our Client: Matthews Book Company

  • Matthews Book Company, based in Maryland Heights, MO, specializes in the distribution of medical education supplies.
  • Established in 1889, MBC has survived depressions and recessions as a result of good decision-making and executing the correct strategic initiatives.

Objectives of Matthews Book Company

  • MBC Management was referred to Nolan to assist with an acquisition search for a business that diversified its product offering and enhanced its growth profile.
  • Nolan executed a targeted search to identify an acquisition candidate outside of its traditional end markets that leveraged its existing core distribution expertise.

Solution: Acquisition of International Wholesale Supply

  • After contacting several hundred business owners and analyzing dozens of acquisition opportunities with MBC management, International Wholesale Supply (IWS) was the favorite on the target list.
  • IWS creates marketing programs and distributes products to the growing travel center market.
  • Nolan communicated MBC’s long-standing history and investment objectives to the IWS owner, who was attracted to a business combination with a larger entity that would take IWS to the next level.

Buy Side Process Results

  • The IWS acquisition provided a growth vehicle that enabled MBC to reach approximately $100MM in combined sales.

About Nolan & Associates

Nolan & Associates is a boutique investment banking firm providing Mergers & Acquisitions and Capital Raise advisory services to middle market business owners and buyers.  Founded in 1976, Nolan is broadly recognized as a leading investment banking firm with Midwestern roots and global reach.  The Nolan team has completed hundreds of transactions in the middle market while working collaboratively from its offices in St. Louis, MO and Decatur, IL.

Securities offered through Middle Market Transactions, Inc.  Member: FINRA/SIPC.

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