Educational Development Corporation Expands Product Offering with Acquisition of SmartLab Toys
Tulsa, Oklahoma--(Newsfile Corp. - October 26, 2022) - Educational Development Corporation (NASDAQ: EDUC) ("EDC", or the "Company"), a publishing company specializing in books for children, today reports acquisition of SmartLab Toys, a creator of S.T.E.A.M. toys and games that focus on hands-on, educational experiences to encourage kids to develop skills in the core disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math.
SmartLab Toys sells their products in the US and internationally through established local retailers and national distributors. SmartLab Toys net sales averaged approximately $6.5 million for the past two years. The acquisition of SmartLab Toys is expected to be completed during the Company's fiscal third quarter and the Company expects to begin selling SmartLab Toys products through the Company's UBAM and Publishing sales channels in January 2023.
"We are pleased to announce that we have purchased SmartLab Toys from Quarto Publishing Group and retained key members of their production and development team," stated Craig White, President and Chief Executive Officer. "SmartLab Toys has five primary product lines and is known for creating top quality S.T.E.A.M. and S.T.E.M. products for the past 18 years. SmartLab Toys is well aligned with our mission of expanding children's literacy and offering educational products that inspire young minds. We expect to introduce a select group of SmartLab Toys' products in January and will expand on this initial release with additional products throughout next year."
Alison Goff, Executive Director and Group CEO of Quarto Group commented, "Quarto purchased SmartLab Toys as part of the becker&mayer! publisher acquisition in 2016. We are pleased that the SmartLab Toys business, which falls outside of our core book publishing focus, has found a new home with Educational Development Corporation. We look forward to the continued success of SmartLab Toys under its new ownership with expanded sales distribution."
About Educational Development Corporation (EDC)
EDC is a publishing company specializing in books for children. EDC is the exclusive United States Multi-Level Marketing distributor of Usborne Publishing Limited ("Usborne") children's books and the owner and exclusive publisher of Kane Miller Books ("Kane Miller"); both international award-winning publishers of children's books. EDC's current catalog contains almost 2,000 titles, with new additions semi-annually. Products are sold via 4,000 retail outlets and by independent consultants, who hold book showings in individual homes, through social media, book fairs with school and public libraries, direct and internet sales.
About SmartLab Toys
SmartLab Toys, Inc., formerly an imprint of Quarto Publishing Group USA, Inc. ("Quarto"). SmartLab Toys' products include "Squishy Human Body" and other "Squishy" products, "Tiny Baking" and other products in their "Tiny" series, "Organic Science Lab" and other "Lab" products, "Smart Circuits: Electronic Lab" and related electronic "circuit" products, along with several other toys and products aimed at "making science fun!". Since 2004, SmartLab Toys' S.T.E.A.M. products have earned more than 50 of the toy industry's most prestigious awards including multiple Oppenheim Platinum awards and Good Housekeeping Best Toy awards. For more information on the company, please visit www.smartlabtoys.com.
Educational Development Corporation
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About Quarto Publishing Group, USA, Inc. (Quarto)
The Quarto Group creates a wide variety of books and intellectual property products, with a mission to inspire life's experiences. Produced in many formats for adults, children and the whole family, our products are visually appealing, information rich and stimulating. The Group encompasses a diverse portfolio of imprints and businesses that are creatively independent and expert in developing long-lasting content across specific niches of interest. Quarto sells and distributes its products globally in over 50 countries and 40 languages, through a variety of sales channels, partnerships and routes to market. Quarto employs c.300 talented people in the US and the UK. The group was founded in London in 1976. It is domiciled in the US and listed on the London Stock Exchange. For more information, visit www.quarto.com or follow us on Twitter at @TheQuartoGroup.
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