Varsity Brands sells Herff Jones Graduation business to Atlas Holdings

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Varsity Brands and Atlas Holdings jointly announced the signing of a definitive purchase agreement for the sale of the Varsity Brands’ Herff Jones Graduation Business, including the Scholastic and Collegiate brand portfolio and manufacturing facilities, to Atlas. Terms weren’t disclosed. The Graduation Business offers a range of caps and gowns, fine paper, jewelry, and frames. Varsity Brands, the market leader in sport, spirit, and achievement, will retain and align the Yearbook business with its Varsity Spirit business segment. The transaction is expected to close within 30 days, subject to customary closing conditions.

“Through this transaction, we see immense potential for the future of Varsity Brands,” said Adam Blumenfeld, CEO of Varsity Brands. “The sale of the graduation business simplifies our infrastructure while unlocking meaningful capabilities and synergies between our Yearbook and Varsity Spirit entities. Varsity Spirit drives passion, enthusiasm, and engagement through cheer, dance, and band. Yearbook has the honor and distinction of memorializing and commemorating student experiences for years to come. We look forward to providing an even broader array of products and services to our shared Yearbook and Varsity Spirit customers in the future.”

“We are thrilled to have found the right partner for Herff Jones’ Graduation Business in Atlas, and we know this decision will pave the way for long-term growth,” said Ron Stoupa, President of Herff Jones. “Atlas has a track record of delivering exceptional human capital and financial resources to their companies, and we look forward to partnering with them in the months and years ahead.”

Customers should not experience any disruption in service during the transition. Both companies will continue to provide the same high-quality products and services that customers have come to expect. As part of the transaction, Varsity Brands and Atlas Holdings have established a transition services agreement to help ensure a smooth and effective transition.