Standard Publishing has sold certain assets to David C Cook

by / Thursday, 10 December 2015 / Published in Press Release

Lincoln International represents Standard Publishing Group in its sale of certain assets to David C Cook

Lincoln International LLC ("Lincoln"), a leading global mid-market investment bank, is pleased to announce that Standard Publishing Group (“Standard” or the “Company”), an indirect subsidiary of CFM Religion Publishing Group Holdings (“CFM”), a portfolio company of The Wicks Group has sold certain assets to David C Cook (“DCC”), a leading nonprofit Christian church resource provider. The transaction included Standard’s Bible lesson commentary series, Sunday school curriculum and other church resources. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Standard has a legacy of producing “true-to-the-bible” educational materials for the Christian community. The Company also publishes books for adults in the areas of devotionals, family, leadership and personal growth.

“Lincoln executed a well-structured and professional sale process involving a compressed timeline,” said Peter Esposito, CEO of CFM Publishing. “Lincoln’s deep experience and thoughtful advice were invaluable in securing and executing a successful transaction.”

“Lincoln has been a valuable partner as both our firms have continued to grow”, said Kevin Brady, a vice president at The Wicks Group. “Their steady guidance during all stages of the transaction was vital to driving the process forward and achieving the objectives of both parties”

Lincoln acted as the exclusive financial advisor to Standard Publishing Group in this transaction, working closely with Standard’s senior management team and shareholders throughout the sale process. This included providing advisory expertise and managing the preparatory, marketing, negotiation and due diligence phases of the transaction.

About The Wicks Group of Companies
The Wicks Group of Companies is a private equity firm based in New York City that invests in lower-middle-market companies operating in selected segments of the information, education and media industries principally in the U.S. and Canada. For more information, please visit

About Lincoln International

Lincoln International specializes in merger and acquisition advisory services, debt advisory services, private capital raising and restructuring advice on mid-market transactions. Lincoln International also provides fairness opinions, valuations and pension advisory services on a wide range of transaction sizes. With sixteen offices in the Americas, Asia and Europe, Lincoln International has strong local knowledge and contacts in key global economies. The firm provides clients with senior-level attention, in-depth industry expertise and integrated resources. By being focused and independent, Lincoln International serves its clients without conflicts of interest.

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