Grupo SM

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Founded 1938
Country of origin Spain
Headquarters location Madrid, Spain
Distribution Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico, Spain
Key people Luis Fernando Crespo, Chairman[1]
Publication types children's literature, educational material, English language teaching material, reference books, religious publications
Imprints Ediciones SM, PPC, University of Dayton Publishing, cruïlla, Ikasmina, Xerme
No. of employees 2000
Official website

Grupo SM is a Spanish publisher[2] with a strong presence in Latin America. It specializes in publishing educational material, fiction for children and teenagers, and religious literature (under the PPC seal). The group has a catalog of more than 9000 titles,[citation needed] including well-known children's literature series such as El Barco de Vapor[3] and Gran Angular. SM operates in nine countries: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and Spain.[4] Its books are sold in nearly 80 countries.[4]

In 1918, The Society of Mary began publishing books, a venture which ultimately led to the creation of Grupo SM.[4][5] In 1938, the Society first registered the name Ediciones SM.[4][5]

In 1977, the publishing house created the Santa Maria Foundation (now the SM Foundation), with the aim of improving the quality of education in countries where SM does business. Since this time, SM has contributed corporate profits to various cultural and educational programs led by the SM Foundation.

In 1984, Grupo SM created the imprint cruïlla, which publishes educational material and literature in Catalan. Cruïlla is based in Barcelona. In 1997, the Group created two new imprints: Ikasmina and Xerme. They publish educational material and children's fiction in Basque and Galician, respectively.

In 2009, jointly with The University of Dayton, Ohio, the Group launched their ELT publishing imprint University of Dayton Publishing.[6][7]

In 2011, Grupo SM recorded revenue of 266 million euros.[8] SM has around 2000 employees.[4] In 2013, Luis Fernando Crespo Navarro was named the organization's president.[9]


  1. ^ "Luis Fernando Crespo, nuevo presidente de SM" (in Spanish). 2013-12-27. Retrieved 2015-07-09.
  2. ^ "Grupo SM - Company Profile and Analysis". G2Mi. Retrieved 2015-07-09.
  3. ^ Sally Taylor (1999-09-13). "BOOKS ACROSS THE BORDER: Publishing in Latin America". Retrieved 2015-07-09.
  4. ^ a b c d e "La editorial española SM se afianza en el mercado educativo de Puerto Rico". 2015-02-17. Retrieved 2015-07-09.
  5. ^ a b "SM-Conoce toda su Historia" (in Spanish). Retrieved 2015-07-09.
  6. ^ "University of Dayton Publishing-Material educativo en inglés" (in Spanish). Retrieved 2015-07-09.
  7. ^ "News : A Marianist Partnership : University of Dayton, Ohio". 2010-04-21. Retrieved 2015-07-09.
  8. ^ "El Grupo SM crece el 18% por Latinoamérica". 2012-02-23. Retrieved 2015-07-09.
  9. ^ "Luis Fernando Crespo Navarro, nuevo presidente de la editorial SM". 2013-12-27. Retrieved 2015-07-09.