Valassis Bought by Harland Clarke for $1.8 Billion

Harland Clarke Holdings, the company that probably provided you with your checkbook and various business forms, announced on Wednesday that it would buy Valassis Communications, a publicly traded integrated marketing company, for $1.84 billion in cash. Valassis, based in Livonia, Mich., provides direct marketing products, including coupon dispensers in grocery aisles, newspaper inserts, social media promotions and online display advertising. Among its brands is RedPlum coupons. Valassis also partners with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to distribute pictures as part of the “Have You Seen Me?” campaign.

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