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United States PreK-12 Instructional Materials Industry Competitive Analysis, 2021

  • ID: 5406471
  • Report
  • August 2021
  • Region: United States
  • 48 Pages
  • SIMBA Information
From Textbooks to Virtual School: How the K-12 Instructional Materials Industry Coped with COVID-19

FEATURED COMPANIES

  • Cambium Learning
  • Discovery Education
  • Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • McGraw Hill
  • Pearson
  • Savvas Learning Company

United States PreK-12 Instructional Materials Industry Competitive Analysis, 2021 focuses on measurable ways of understanding how providers of instructional materials, tools and services fared in the tumultuous year from spring 2020 into spring 2021.

The primary determinant of the school environment that providers had to address was the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic also impacted how the companies needed to function for their individual business health.

This report examines how providers responded to the pandemic’s impact on schools. And, this report looks at measures companies took to adapt their business operations to the new conditions imposed by the pandemic.

This competitive analysis examines the overall PreK-12 publisher/provider industry in terms of:

  • How mergers and acquisitions are reshaping the competitive landscape.
  • What operating performance of public providers of PreK-12 instructional materials, tools and services reveals about the health of the industry.
  • Individual strategic profiles of 12 leading providers of PreK-12 instructional materials, tools and services. 

Brief strategic profiles are provided of leading providers of instructional materials and services aimed at underscoring steps taken in individual companies in the school market and in the companies themselves.

The 12 featured company profiles are: Cambium Learning, Cengage (National Geographic Learning), Discovery Education, Goodheart-Willcox, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Kahoot!, McGraw Hill, Pearson, Renaissance, Savvas Learning, Scholastic, and Stride.

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FEATURED COMPANIES

  • Cambium Learning
  • Discovery Education
  • Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • McGraw Hill
  • Pearson
  • Savvas Learning Company

Methodology
Introduction
Operating Performance in the Year of COVID- 19

  • What Companies Did
  • Summer Slide
  • Thinking about Fall 2020
  • Goodheart-Willcox
  • Stride
    • Table PreK-12 Performance Index, 2020 vs. 2019 ($ in 000; ranked by 2020 Operating Margin
  • Scholastic
  • Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Discovery Education
  • McGraw Hill
  • Cengage

AAP: Education Net Sales Down 12% in 2020

    • Table U.S. PreK-12 and Higher Education Instructional Materials Net Sales December and Year-End, 2020 vs. 2019 ($ in 000,000)

Stockwatch Reflects Difficult Year in 2020

    • Table EER Stockwatch: Company Price per Share 2020

Digital Expansion Drives 2020 M&A Activity

    • Table PreK-12 Merger & Acquisition Index, 2020
  • Literacy
  • Traditional Leaders Reshape Their Businesses
  • Technology as Acquisition Driver

M&A Pace Accelerates in H1 2021

    • Table PreK-12 Merger & Acquisition Index, H1 2021

Company Profiles

  • Cambium Learning
    • Pandemic Response
  • Cengage
  • Discovery Education
    • Building Partner Relationships
  • Goodheart-Willcox Company
  • Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Kahoot!
    • Pandemic Impact
  • McGraw Hill
  • Pearson
  • Renaissance
  • Pandemic Impact
  • Savvas Learning Company
  • Scholastic Corporation
  • Stride
    • Pandemic Impact
Note: Product cover images may vary from those shown

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FEATURED COMPANIES

  • Cambium Learning
  • Discovery Education
  • Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • McGraw Hill
  • Pearson
  • Savvas Learning Company

The COVID-19 pandemic impacted almost every aspect of the delivery of education in the U.S. How companies that provide instructional resources are responding to the changing needs of K-12 schools is defining how those businesses are progressing into a new more digital future.

The industry response to that changing need is the focus of the report PreK-12 Instructional Materials Industry Competitive Analysis, 2021.

The report examines how providers of instructional materials for schools are faring in light of the impacts of the pandemic.

Initially in spring 2020, when schools closed, business communication between companies and schools shut down as well. Both the schools and the providers of instructional materials, tools and other resources pivoted.

Initially, demand for online products and services increased sharply. Ed tech companies had an edge in seizing the opportunity, but even traditional publishers were able to capitalize and expand their digital products and services.

As the industry moved back to offering paid resources and services from the initial offering of free resources for schools and parents, school demand did not slack.

“Throughout 2020 and well into 2021 companies were seeing demand for online products and services increase sharply,” said Kathy Mickey, managing editor of the Education Group.

Yes, revenue was down in 2020, but operating costs were, too. Collectively, the 10 representative companies highlighted in the report had a 4.9% decline in revenue in 2020 but a 4% increase in operating income.

PreK-12 Instructional Materials Industry Competitive Analysis, 2021 highlights initiatives taken by the industry in response to the pandemic’s effects on schools, the impact on public company stocks and on mergers and acquisition activity in the industry. The report includes brief strategic profiles of 12 leading providers of K-12 instructional resources.

Note: Product cover images may vary from those shown
  • Cambium Learning
  • Cengage
  • Discovery Education
  • Goodheart-Willcox Company
  • Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Kahoot!
  • McGraw Hill
  • Pandemic Response
  • Pearson
  • Renaissance
  • Savvas Learning Company
  • Scholastic Corporation
  • Stride
Note: Product cover images may vary from those shown

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