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closed 7/30/2010 via Wall Street Journal

Pearson plc, acquired Wall Street Institute, Inc.

synopsis: The Carlyle Group said that it has sold English training business, the Wall Street Institute, to U.K.-based publisher Pearson PLC for $92 million. The Wall Street Institute's 340 franchised centers, together with its online tools, provide spoken English training in 25 regions across Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Latin America.
buyer: Pearson plc(PSO:$8,466.65)
Pearson is an international education and media company with world-leading businesses in education, business information and consumer publishing.
target parent: The Carlyle Group
target: Wall Street Institute, Inc.
Wall Street Institute is the premier source for English instruction for individuals and corporate clients around the world. Utilizing both company–owned and franchised centers, Wall Street Institute has provided instruction to over 2 million students with a current enrollment of 160,000 people.
price ($mm)
$101
rev ($mm)
$60
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
1.7x
EV / EBITDA
announced 5/21/2012 via BNC Analysis

Nippon Mirai Capital Co., Ltd., will acquire Alc Press Inc.

synopsis: ALC Press, a listed language-focused educational service provider, has approved a tender offer from Nippon Mirai Capital and plans to go private. ALC Press provides language learning materials as well as learning courses over the internet.
buyer: Nippon Mirai Capital Co., Ltd.
Nippon Mirai Capital Co., Ltd. is an independent investment fund. They focus on growing the enterprise value of their investments and sharing the value with stakeholders.
target: Alc Press Inc.
ALC Press Inc. is a language-focused educational service provider. It engages in the planning, production, and sale of materials for distance learning in Japan.
price($mm)[EV]
$35 [$46]*
rev ($mm)
$103
EBITDA ($mm)
$11
EV / rev
0.5x
EV / EBITDA
4.7x
closed 9/18/2013 via Market Wire

Loyalist Group Limited, acquired KGIC Education Group

synopsis: Loyalist Group Limited is pleased to announce that, on September 17, 2013, it has completed the acquisition of KGIC Language College Corp. ("KGIC"), an accredited and licensed English-as-a-second-language school, and KGIC Business College Corp.
buyer: Loyalist Group Limited(TSX-V:LOY:$21.00)
Loyalist Group is an educational organization that is in the business of providing in-class private education services, with an emphasis on teaching the following: (i) ESL; (ii) professional development courses; and (iii) college transfer preparation programs.
target parent: CIBT Education Group Inc.
target: KGIC Education Group
KGIC Education Group, Inc., a language school, provides English language learning programs in Canada. The company offers language enhancement programs, summer programs, and workshops.
price ($mm)
$9.01
rev ($mm)
$24
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
0.5x
EV / EBITDA
announced 1/9/2013 via BusinessWire

CIBT Education Group Inc., will acquire Linkman International Language Institute

synopsis: CIBT Education Group Inc. has agreed to buy Linkman International Language Institute. Linkman is a language training institution in China that specializes in English language training for students in elementary and middle school, but also train students in high school as well as adults.
buyer: CIBT Education Group Inc.(MBA:$57.97)
CIBT Education Group Inc. is an education management company focused on the global education market. CIBT Group owns and operates a network of business, technical and language colleges and offers cooperative joint programmes in 18 countries.
target: Linkman International Language Institute
Linkman International Language Institute is a language training institution. Linkman provides high quality English training programs to over 200 students in a wide range of age groups, but specializes in Children’s English programs.
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closed 7/30/2012 via BNC Analysis

Pearson plc, acquired PT Efficient English Services

synopsis: Pearson plc, the London-based publisher of Penguin Books Ltd., spent $16.3 million for PT Efficient English Services, which operates Wall Street Institute in Indonesia, from Navis Capital Partners. PT Efficient English currently provides English-language training to more than 8,000 students in Indonesia.
buyer: Pearson plc(PSO:$8,466.65)
Pearson is an international education and media company with world-leading businesses in education, business information and consumer publishing.
target parent: Navis Capital Partners
target: PT Efficient English Services
PT Efficient English Services, which operates Wall Street Institute in Indonesia, provides English-language training to more than 8,000 students.
price ($mm)
$16
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closed 7/15/2010 via PR Newswire

Grupo Ahorro Corporación, acquired Vaughan Systems

synopsis: Vaughan Systems, Spain's leading on-site and multimedia English language training company, announced that Ahorro Corporacion has acquired a 55% stake through its private equity fund, AC Capital Premier II, managed by AC Desarrollo.
buyer: Grupo Ahorro Corporación
Ahorro Corporación is the Spanish savings banks' financial services group. It has been providing advisory and investment services to institutional customers and professional investors for over 30 years.
target: Vaughan Systems
Vaughan Systems is a English language training company based in Spain. Vaughan Systems has three principal lines of business: on-site training, media and publishing, which cater traditionally to corporate and individual clients.
price ($mm)
rev ($mm)
$25
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
0.0x
EV / EBITDA
closed 1/5/2011 via GlobeNewswire

Mount Knowledge Holdings, Inc., acquired Language Key

synopsis: Mount Knowledge Holdings, Inc. has announced that it has completed the acquisition of Language Key Asia Ltd, a well-established business English and communication skills training holding company in Hong Kong, including its operational subsidiaries in Hong Kong and mainland China (collectively referred to as "Language Key").
buyer: Mount Knowledge Holdings, Inc.(MKHD:$0.00)
Mount Knowledge Holdings, Inc. is an educational software development, sales and training company offering innovative and proprietary "real-time self learning" software products and teaching services for both corporate and direct consumer markets worldwide.
target: Language Key
The Language Key is an established business English and communication skills training consultancy. The Language Key provides generic and tailored business English and communication skills courses and workshops to local and international companies.
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announced 12/18/2009 via PR Newswire

CIBT Education Group Inc., will acquire KGIC Education Group

synopsis: CIBT Education Group Inc. is pleased to announce that it has entered into a Letter of Intent with KGIC Education Group of Vancouver, British Columbia to acquire all of the assets of KGIC. KGIC Education Group is one of the largest private English language training schools and business colleges in Canada with 7 campuses.
buyer parent:Capital Alliance Group Inc.
buyer: CIBT Education Group Inc.(MBA:$57.97)
CIBT Education Group Inc. is an education management and investment company with a special focus on the global education market. Its subsidiaries include CIBT School of Business, Tourism Training Institute (Beijing), and Sprott-Shaw Degree College Corp.
target: KGIC Education Group
With five campuses and 1500 full-time students, KGIC is one of the largest ESL & Business institutions in Canada. KGIC offers outstanding courses in English, Career development and Business; Teacher training diplomas; and Youth summer Programs.
price ($mm)
$4.68
rev ($mm)
$14
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
0.6x
EV / EBITDA
closed 4/15/2009 via Company Press Release

Pearson plc, acquired Wall Street English

synopsis: Wall Street Institute, the world’s premier provider of English language instruction, announced that it has sold its Chinese subsidiary, Wall Street English, to Pearson plc, the international education and information company, for $145 million in cash. Wall Street Institute (WSI) is majority-owned by global private equity firm The Carlyle Group.
buyer: Pearson plc(PSO:$8,466.65)
Pearson plc is an international media company with world-leading businesses in education, business information and consumer publishing. Pearson Education, the world's leading education company, provides print and digital learning materials and services to more than 100 million students every year.
target parent: The Carlyle Group
target: Wall Street English
Wall Street English is China’s leading provider of premium English language training to adults. Launched in 2000, it teaches approximately 35,000 students at 39 company-owned training centers in seven cities including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen.
price ($mm)
$145
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closed 1/6/2009 via BusinessWire

Kaplan, Inc., acquired West of England Language Services

synopsis: Kaplan, Inc. announced that it has acquired West of England Language Services Limited, an international group of English language schools located in the U.S., Australia, and the U.K.
buyer parent:The Washington Post Company
buyer: Kaplan, Inc.
Kaplan, Inc., is a leading international provider of educational and career services for individuals, schools and businesses. Kaplan serves students of all ages through a wide array of offerings including higher education, test preparation, professional training and programs for kids and schools.
target: West of England Language Services
West of England Language Services offers general English language training for adults, as well as courses focused on specific language needs, such as business English, academic English and preparation for the International English Language Testing System and University of Cambridge exams.
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announced 7/24/2007 via PR Newswire

Morgan Equities Group, Inc., will acquire Shenzhen Interactive Learning Center

synopsis: Morgan Equities Group, Inc. announced that it has entered an agreement to purchase 100% of Shenzhen Interactive Learning Center, a Wholly Owned Foreign Enterprise in China.
buyer: Morgan Equities Group, Inc.
Morgan Equities Group, Inc. is a public company based in Fayetteville, TN. The company's mission is to maximize the company's value for its investors. The Company's common stock is currently traded over-the-counter on the NASD, symbol MRGG.
target: Shenzhen Interactive Learning Center
The Shenzhen Interactive Language Center is an English and Mandarin training center devoted to true interactive teaching methods in the classroom. Their classes attach special importance to the use of Mandarin/ Chinese Language in everyday, real-life situations.
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closed 2/4/2013 via GlobeNewswire

Global LT, acquired Global LT

synopsis: Lisette Poletes, CEO of Global LT, has taken over full ownership of the company. Since 2009, Hortensia Albertini, the originating owner, held 51% investment while Lisette Poletes held 49%. Global LT is a worldwide leader in Language & Cultural Training, Translation, Expatriate Destination Services and Workforce Talent Development.
buyer: Global LT
Global LT is a world renowned provider Language & Cultural Training, Translation, Expatriate Destination Services and Workforce Talent Development with representatives in Boston, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Raleigh, Hong Kong, Frankfurt, Paris, London, and Shanghai.
target: Global LT
Global LT is a world renowned provider Language & Cultural Training, Translation, Expatriate Destination Services and Workforce Talent Development with representatives in Boston, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Raleigh, Hong Kong, Frankfurt, Paris, London, and Shanghai.
price ($mm)
rev ($mm)
$20
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
0.0x
EV / EBITDA
closed 5/9/2012 via BNC Analysis

Argos Soditic S.A., acquired ASC International House SA

synopsis: Argos Soditic has completed the MBO of Swiss language education provider ASC International House. The investment will underpin the company's growth in Swiss Romande, where there is high demand for private education particularly among the expat community.
buyer: Argos Soditic S.A.
Argos Soditic is a private equity firm specializing in investments in management buyouts, management buyins, development capital situations, and spin-offs by large corporations and provides mezzanine financing. The firm prefers to invest in small to medium sized privately or publicly held companies.
target: ASC International House SA
Founded in 1974 and based in Geneva, ASC International House provides language training to the general public and businesses. The firm also provides private schooling in English.
price ($mm)
rev ($mm)
$16
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
0.0x
EV / EBITDA
closed 8/15/2011 via PR Newswire

Berlitz Languages, Inc., acquired Telelangue SA

synopsis: Berlitz Corporation announced its acquisition of Telelangue SA, a global provider of language services based in Paris, France. Telelangue specializes in distance blended-learning and offers their clients custom-made phone classes and an award-winning e-learning program, supported by an advanced learning management system.
buyer parent:Benesse Corporation
buyer: Berlitz Languages, Inc.(:$0.00)
Berlitz is a global leadership training and education company with a comprehensive portfolio which adds communications skills development, global leadership training and customized dynamic solutions for cultural competency, available via multiple delivery platforms.
target: Telelangue SA
Telelangue is a European leader in corporate language training and a pioneer in innovative learning technologies. It has engineered a proprietary online platform technology to provide clients with language learning services that seamlessly blend phone lessons, e-learning and classroom-based courses.
price ($mm)
rev ($mm)
$35
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
0.0x
EV / EBITDA
closed 4/30/2008 via PR Newswire

China Education Alliance, Inc., acquired World Exchanges Inc.

synopsis: China Education Alliance, Inc., a leading distributor of educational resources, offering high-quality programs and training both through online networks and an on-site training center in the People's Republic China, announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire and has, on the same day, closed on the acquisition of World Exchanges Inc.
buyer: China Education Alliance, Inc.(CEU:$46.27)
China Education Alliance, Inc.'s strategy is to provide high-quality online educational services including: exam preparation outside the centralized Key High Schools, vocational training for graduates and continued professional development training.
target: World Exchanges Inc.
World Exchanges Inc. provides English training programs in China as well as English test preparation courses and overseas study and consulting services through its five existing ''Group Entities''.
price ($mm)
$0.93*
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announced 2/14/2007 via BusinessWire

Market Scan Information Systems Inc., will acquire Paul D. Cummings World Wide Enterprises

synopsis: Market Scan Information Systems Inc. has entered into an agreement to acquire all of the outstanding stock of Paul D. Cummings World Wide Enterprises Corporation, a leading provider of online training and dealer management controls.
buyer: Market Scan Information Systems Inc.
Market Scan Information Systems Inc. a leader in financing software solutions for automotive dealers. The flagship line, Modular Dealership Suite, delivers a wide range of integrated solutions and services designed to speed transaction time and to increase profits and customer satisfaction.
target: Paul D. Cummings World Wide Enterprises
Paul D. Cummings World Wide is recognized as the industry leader in providing sales and leadership strategies, technologies and solutions that work. PDCWWE recently launched PaulTvLive, a web-based virtual training system that has forever changed the way companies educate their team members.
price ($mm)
$36
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closed 4/2/2013 via PR Newswire

Corporate Visions, Inc., acquired BayGroup International

synopsis: Corporate Visions, Inc. announced that it has acquired BayGroup International, a recognized sales negotiation and sales execution skills training company. This move expands Corporate Visions' business and strengthens its reputation as the leader in helping companies differentiate their customer selling conversations.
buyer parent:Hammond Kennedy Whitney
buyer: Corporate Visions, Inc.
Corporate Visions, Inc. helps global business-to-business companies create more sales opportunities, win more deals and increase sales profitability by improving the conversations salespeople have with customers.
target: BayGroup International
BayGroup International is a global performance improvement firm that helps corporate leaders achieve critical profit improvement, cost containment, and team effectiveness goals quickly, and with high impact.
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closed 10/10/2012 via BNC Analysis

Renovus Capital, acquired The Ariel Group

synopsis: Renovus Capital Partners announced the acquisition of The Ariel Group, LLC. Renovus is an education-focused private equity firm based outside of Philadelphia, PA. The Ariel Group is a provider of training programs that teach leadership and communications skills to mid- and senior-level executives.
buyer: Renovus Capital
Renovus Capital Partners is an education-focused private equity fund. Renovus invests in small and mid-sized businesses within the education sector, including both educational institutions and companies that provide these institutions with technology, content and services.
target: The Ariel Group
Using a unique experiential approach, based in the performing arts, The Ariel Group helps individuals discover their authentic leadership talents and make enduring improvements in their ability to inspire, engage, and connect with clients and employees.
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closed 10/2/2012 via PR Newswire

GP Strategies Corporation, acquired BlessingWhite Inc.

synopsis: Global performance improvement solutions provider GP Strategies Corporation completed its acquisition of BlessingWhite, a provider of leadership development and employee engagement solutions that translate business strategies into results for its customers by developing more effective leaders and more engaged workforces.
buyer: GP Strategies Corporation(GPX:$425.45)
GP Strategies Corporation is a global performance improvement solutions provider of sales and technical training, eLearning solutions, management consulting and engineering services.
target: BlessingWhite Inc.
BlessingWhite is a provider of leadership development and employee engagement solutions that translate business strategies into results for its customers by developing more effective leaders and more engaged workforces.
price ($mm)
$10
rev ($mm)
$13
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
0.8x
EV / EBITDA
closed 2/15/2011 via BusinessWire

GP Strategies Corporation, acquired Communication Consulting Ltd.

synopsis: GP Strategies Corporation has announced that its principal operating subsidiary, General Physics Corporation, has acquired Communication Consulting, a China-based training and consulting company with offices in Shanghai and Beijing, China, and Haryana (New Delhi) in India.
buyer: GP Strategies Corporation(GPX:$425.45)
GP is the principal operating subsidiary of GP Strategies Corporation. GP is a global performance improvement solutions provider of sales and technical training, e-Learning solutions, management consulting and engineering services.
target: Communication Consulting Ltd.
Communication Consulting is a China-based training and consulting company. Communication Consulting designs and delivers customized training solutions and specializes in the areas of leadership, communication skills, sales and customer service training.
price ($mm)
$1.38
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*Price paid does not equal Enterprise Value as the buyer aqcuired less than 100% of target
closed 7/30/2010 via Wall Street Journal

Pearson plc, acquired Wall Street Institute, Inc.

synopsis: The Carlyle Group said that it has sold English training business, the Wall Street Institute, to U.K.-based publisher Pearson PLC for $92 million. The Wall Street Institute's 340 franchised centers, together with its online tools, provide spoken English training in 25 regions across Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Latin America.
buyer: Pearson plc(PSO:$8,466.65)
Pearson is an international education and media company with world-leading businesses in education, business information and consumer publishing.
target parent: The Carlyle Group
target: Wall Street Institute, Inc.
Wall Street Institute is the premier source for English instruction for individuals and corporate clients around the world. Utilizing both company–owned and franchised centers, Wall Street Institute has provided instruction to over 2 million students with a current enrollment of 160,000 people.
price ($mm)
$101
rev ($mm)
$60
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
1.7x
EV / EBITDA
closed 4/15/2009 via Company Press Release

Pearson plc, acquired Wall Street English

synopsis: Wall Street Institute, the world’s premier provider of English language instruction, announced that it has sold its Chinese subsidiary, Wall Street English, to Pearson plc, the international education and information company, for $145 million in cash. Wall Street Institute (WSI) is majority-owned by global private equity firm The Carlyle Group.
buyer: Pearson plc(PSO:$8,466.65)
Pearson plc is an international media company with world-leading businesses in education, business information and consumer publishing. Pearson Education, the world's leading education company, provides print and digital learning materials and services to more than 100 million students every year.
target parent: The Carlyle Group
target: Wall Street English
Wall Street English is China’s leading provider of premium English language training to adults. Launched in 2000, it teaches approximately 35,000 students at 39 company-owned training centers in seven cities including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen.
price ($mm)
$145
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announced 1/3/2014 via PR Web

Connections Education LLC, will acquire Advanced Academics

synopsis: Connections Education, a leading K-12 virtual education provider, has acquired the education products and service assets of Advanced Academics (AAI), an e-learning provider serving grades 6-12 and part of DeVry Education Group Inc.
buyer parent:Pearson plc
buyer: Connections Education LLC
Connections Education is an accredited provider of high-quality, highly accountable virtual education for students in grades K-12, and online learning solutions to educational institutions globally.
target parent: DeVry Inc.
target: Advanced Academics
Advanced Academics, Inc., specializes in partnering with schools throughout the nation to deliver web-based course instruction with highly qualified teachers through a proprietary technology platform specifically designed for secondary education.
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announced 12/3/2013 via Bloomberg

Pearson plc, will acquire Grupo Multi Holding

synopsis: Pearson Plc agreed to acquire Grupo Multi, an English-language training company in Brazil, as the London-based company accelerates growth in its education business. Group Multi Holding is a leader in the market of language teaching, information technology and vocational education.
buyer: Pearson plc(PSO:$8,466.65)
Pearson is the world’s leading learning company. Through its books, newspapers and online products and services, Pearson helps people of all ages to live and learn.
target: Grupo Multi Holding
Group Multi Holding is a Brazilian multinational and world leader in the market of language teaching, information technology and vocational education.
price($mm)[EV]
$722 [$829]
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announced 11/29/2013 via Bloomberg

BC Partners, will acquire MergerMarket Group

synopsis: BC Partners, a London-based private-equity firm, agreed to buy financial-data provider Mergermarket Group from Pearson Plc. Mergermarket Group controls brands such as Mergermarket, Debtwire, DealReporter, Infinata, Wealthmonitor, and Xtract Research.
buyer: BC Partners
BC Partners is a leading private equity firm that has played an active role in the development of the European buy-out market for over 25 years. BC Partners principally invests in Europe, acquiring and developing European and multinational businesses to create value in partnership with management.
target parent: Pearson plc
target: MergerMarket Group
The Mergermarket Group is a media company which provides the advisory, corporate and financial communities with forward-looking intelligence, analysis and data. They control brands such as Mergermarket, Debtwire, DealReporter, Infinata, Wealthmonitor, and Xtract Research.
price ($mm)
$626
rev ($mm)
$163
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
3.8x
EV / EBITDA
announced 7/11/2013 via PR Newswire

Hobsons Inc., will purchase National Transcript Center from Pearson Data Solutions

synopsis: Hobsons announced the acquisition from Pearson of National Transcript Center (NTC), the world's largest e-transcript exchange provider, serving more than 137,000 institutions that represent more than 14 million students. Pearson's NTC is a secure, browser-based application that instantly transfers electronic student records and transcripts.
buyer parent:Daily Mail and General Trust plc
buyer: Hobsons Inc.
Hobsons is a premier provider of innovative technology and integrated marketing solutions that empower education professionals to manage the entire student lifecycle, including recruitment, enrollment, and retention.
seller parent: Pearson plc
seller: Pearson Data Solutions
Pearson's National Transcript Center (NTC) is the world's largest e-transcript exchange provider, serving more than 137,000 institutions that represent more than 14 million students. NTC is a secure, browser-based application that instantly transfers electronic student records and transcripts.
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closed 7/1/2013 via Market Wire

Pearson plc, acquired Virtual Nerd, LLC

synopsis: Pearson, the world's leading learning company, providing educational materials and services and business information through the Financial Times Group, acquired Virtual Nerd. The Virtual Nerd collection of free, online, video tutorials supports 21st Century learning by delivering personalized content to students.
buyer: Pearson plc(PSO:$8,466.65)
Pearson is the world’s leading learning company. Through its books, newspapers and online products and services, Pearson helps people of all ages to live and learn.
target: Virtual Nerd, LLC
Virtual Nerd is a unique, online resource offering students real help in math and science. Students get the essential benefits of private tutoring and access to over a thousand interactive step-by-step video tutorials presented in their patent-pending Dynamic Whiteboard™.
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closed 4/22/2013 via PR Web

Pearson Education, acquired Learning Catalytics LLC

synopsis: Pearson, the world’s leading learning company, announced that it has acquired Learning Catalytics™, an advanced, cloud-based learning analytics and assessment system developed by Eric Mazur, Brian Lukoff, and Gary King of Harvard University.
buyer parent:Pearson plc
buyer: Pearson Education
Pearson, the global leader in education services, education technology and school solutions, provides innovative print and digital education materials for preK through college, student information systems and learning management systems and teacher professional development.
target: Learning Catalytics LLC
Learning Catalytics is a cloud-based learning analytics and assessment system. It allows faculty to obtain real-time responses to open-ended or critical thinking questions, determine which areas need more explanation, and then automatically group students for further discussion and problem solving.
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announced 4/15/2013 via Bloomberg

Times Media Group Limited, will acquire BDFM Publishers Ltd

synopsis: Pearson Plc (PSON), which owns the Financial Times newspaper, has agreed to sell its 50 percent stake in publisher BDFM Publishers Ltd. to South Africa’s Times Media Group Ltd. (TMG), the Johannesburg-based company. BDFM Publishers (Pty) Ltd publishes and distributes newspaper and business magazines in South Africa.
buyer: Times Media Group Limited(TMG:SJ:$375.42)
Times Media Group Limited (TMG) is the holding company that owns leading South Africa media and entertainment assets, boasting prominent brands, innovative content, delivered across a variety of channels. These assets are housed in the operating company Times Media (Pty) Ltd.
target parent: Pearson plc
target: BDFM Publishers Ltd
BDFM Publishers (Pty) Ltd publishes and distributes newspaper and business magazines. The company offers its publications under Business Day, The Weekender, and Financial Mail brand names. Additionally, it prints management books.
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closed 4/9/2013 via Company Press Release

Pearson plc, acquired IndiaCan Education Pvt Ltd

synopsis: Pearson announced the buyout of Educomp’s shares in IndiaCan. The buyout of Educomp’s 50% shareholding in IndiaCan gives Pearson 100 % stake in IndiaCan. IndiaCan Education Pvt Ltd. provides vocational education and training for educating and employing the youth in India.
buyer: Pearson plc(PSO:$8,466.65)
Pearson is the world’s leading learning company. Through its books, newspapers and online products and services, Pearson helps people of all ages to live and learn.
target parent: Educomp Solutions Limited
target: IndiaCan Education Pvt Ltd
IndiaCan Education Pvt Ltd. provides vocational education and training for educating and employing the youth in India. It focuses on bridging the gap between employment opportunities, skills, and the knowledge base of the unemployed youth in the country and helps them to get placements.
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$22*
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closed 4/4/2013 via PR Newswire

Intralinks Holdings, Inc., acquired MergerID

synopsis: Intralinks® Holdings, Inc., a leading, global SaaS provider of inter-enterprise content management and collaboration solutions, announced the acquisition of London-based MergerID, leading online deal sourcing platforms for the mergers and acquisitions industry.
buyer parent:TA Associates
buyer: Intralinks Holdings, Inc.(IL:$234.50)
Intralinks Holdings, Inc. is a global technology provider of inter-enterprise content management and collaboration solutions. Intralinks' solutions are designed to enable the secure and compliant exchange, control, & management of information between organizations when working through the firewall.
target parent: Pearson plc
target: MergerID
Based in London, MergerID is a powerful and innovative deal sourcing tool that was designed to fulfill the middle market’s need for an online M&A platform that brings together qualified M&A professionals from around the world with matching deal criteria.
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closed 3/6/2013 via PR Newswire

Pearson (VUE), acquired Exam Design, Inc.

synopsis: Pearson VUE acquired Exam Design Inc, a leading provider of examination development software used in high-stakes testing. Exam Design's flagship product, ExamDeveloper, is a web-based suite of tools that helps users develop rigorous and defensible assessments for credentialing purposes while reducing the reliance on in-person meetings.
buyer parent:Pearson plc
buyer: Pearson (VUE)
Pearson VUE is the global leader in computer-based testing for information technology, academic, government and professional testing programs around the world. Pearson VUE provides a full suite of services from test development to data management.
target: Exam Design, Inc.
Exam Design creates software that organizations can use to develop, maintain, and analyze high-stakes examinations. Exam Design software is built by testing experts with years of experience designing hundreds of examinations for associations, corporations and government entities across the US.
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closed 12/17/2012 via BNC Analysis

Pearson plc, acquired iOKI Sp. k

synopsis: Pearson plc, one of the world's premier media and education companies, acquired of all the rights and obligations of limited partners in iOKI Sp. k., a Poland-based supplier of e-learning solutions.
buyer: Pearson plc(PSO:$8,466.65)
Pearson is the world’s leading learning company. Through its books, newspapers and online products and services, Pearson helps people of all ages to live and learn.
target: iOKI Sp. k
IOKI's portfolio encompasses a broad range of services; which include: designing and preparation of e-learning platforms, creation of e-learning courses, delivery of educational materials, such as e-workbooks, for different education sectors and subjects.
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announced 10/29/2012 via Reuters

Penguin Group will be merged with Random House, Inc.,

synopsis: Britain's Pearson and Germany's Bertelsmann are to merge their publishers Penguin and Random House. Under the plans, Bertelsmann will own 53 percent of the venture and nominate five directors to the board, while Pearson would own the rest and nominate four.
buyer parent:Bertelsmann AG
buyer: Random House, Inc.
Random House, Inc., the world's largest English language trade publisher, provides the best in fiction, nonfiction, and children's books. Random House is a division of Bertelsmann AG, one of the foremost media companies in the world.
target parent: Pearson plc
target: Penguin Group
The Penguin Group is a trade book publisher, the second largest in the world, after Random House. It is owned by Pearson PLC, the global media company who also own Pearson, the world's largest education publishing and technology group and the Financial Times, the business information group.
price ($mm)
rev ($mm)
$1,557
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
0.0x
EV / EBITDA
closed 10/16/2012 via Company Press Release

Pearson plc, acquired EmbanetCompass, LLC.

synopsis: Pearson announced the acquisition of EmbanetCompass from an investor group led by Technology Crossover Ventures and Knowledge Universe, for $650m in cash. EmbanetCompass partners with leading non-profit colleges and universities in North America to provide fully online learning solutions for more than 100 university programmes.
buyer: Pearson plc(PSO:$8,466.65)
Pearson is the world’s leading learning company. Through its books, newspapers and online products and services, Pearson helps people of all ages to live and learn.
target parent: Technology Crossover Ventures
target: EmbanetCompass, LLC.
EmbanetCompass partners with traditional not-for-profit academic institutions to help them launch and manage successful online academic programs that ensure quality outcomes for students and expand their institutional reach.
price ($mm)
$650
rev ($mm)
$130
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
5.0x
EV / EBITDA
announced 10/4/2012 via BNC Analysis

Pearson Longman, will acquire Educational Resources Pte Ltd

synopsis: AEC Education PLC, which offers a number of diploma and degree programs up to the post-graduate level to students in the Asian region, said it has agreed to sell its non-core examinations subsidiary, Educational Resources Pte Ltd, or ER, to Pearson Education South Asia Pte. Ltd.
buyer parent:Pearson plc
buyer: Pearson Longman
In Singapore since 1965, Pearson Longman draws on experiences, heritage and networks to bring numerous quality instructional programmes and resources that are tailor-made to the latest syllabuses from the Singapore Ministry of Education.
target parent: AEC Education Plc
target: Educational Resources Pte Ltd
AEC Education Plc offers a number of diploma and degree programs up to the post-graduate level to students in the Asian region. They have both class-based instruction and distance learning to post-graduate degree level.
price ($mm)
$4.03
rev ($mm)
$3
EBITDA ($mm)
$0
EV / rev
1.3x
EV / EBITDA
25.0x
closed 9/14/2012 via BNC Analysis

MergerMarket, acquired Inframation Group

synopsis: Investor intelligence publisher Mergermarket has acquired Inframation Group, which provides information to the global infrastructure finance community, through a combination of news, market intelligence, research, and industry data.
buyer parent:Pearson plc
buyer: MergerMarket
MergerMarket is an unparalleled, independent M&A intelligence tool used by the world's foremost financial institutions to originate deals. It provides proprietary intelligence on potential deal flow, potential mandates and valuations via the world's largest group of M&A journalists and analysts.
target: Inframation Group
Established in 2002, The Inframation Group provides real-time news, market intelligence, research and data that enables individuals and companies working in infrastructure finance to gain a competitive business advantage.
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closed 7/30/2012 via BNC Analysis

Pearson plc, acquired PT Efficient English Services

synopsis: Pearson plc, the London-based publisher of Penguin Books Ltd., spent $16.3 million for PT Efficient English Services, which operates Wall Street Institute in Indonesia, from Navis Capital Partners. PT Efficient English currently provides English-language training to more than 8,000 students in Indonesia.
buyer: Pearson plc(PSO:$8,466.65)
Pearson is an international education and media company with world-leading businesses in education, business information and consumer publishing.
target parent: Navis Capital Partners
target: PT Efficient English Services
PT Efficient English Services, which operates Wall Street Institute in Indonesia, provides English-language training to more than 8,000 students.
price ($mm)
$16
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closed 7/19/2012 via Reuters

Penguin Group, acquired Author Solutions, Inc.

synopsis: Penguin books owner Pearson has bought Author Solutions Inc (ASI) from Bertram Capital. Formed in 2007, ASI has enabled 150,000 authors to publish, market and distribute more than 190,000 books in print and electronic formats.
buyer parent:Pearson plc
buyer: Penguin Group
The Penguin Group is a trade book publisher, the second largest in the world, after Random House. It is owned by Pearson PLC, the global media company who also own Pearson, the world's largest education publishing and technology group and the Financial Times, the business information group.
target parent: Bertram Capital Management LLC.
target: Author Solutions, Inc.
Author Solutions, Inc. (ASI), is the world leader in the fastest-growing segment of publishing. Through its self-publishing brands, AuthorHouse, iUniverse, Xlibris, Inkubook, and Wordclay, ASI enables more authors to self publish, promote, and sell their books than any other company in the world.
price ($mm)
$116
rev ($mm)
$100
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
1.2x
EV / EBITDA
closed 7/2/2012 via BNC Analysis

Pearson plc, acquired Psychological Software Solutions, Inc.

synopsis: Pearson announce that it has acquired Psychological Software Solutions, Inc., provider of advanced, research-based solutions that help improve student behavior and student academic achievement while meeting local, state and federal mandates.
buyer: Pearson plc(PSO:$8,466.65)
Pearson is an international education and media company with world-leading businesses in education, business information and consumer publishing.
target: Psychological Software Solutions, Inc.
Psychological Software Solutions, Inc. (PSS) is the industry leader in behavioral improvement solutions for schools. PSS’s Review360™ solution is the only web-based, positive behavior management software system proven across multiple tiers of intervention.
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announced 5/25/2012 via Wall Street Journal

Pearson plc, will acquire GlobalEnglish Corporation

synopsis: Pearson, the world's leading learning company, is announcing the acquisition of GlobalEnglish from its current ownership group for $90 million in cash. GlobalEnglish is a leading provider of cloud-based, on-demand Business English learning, assessment and performance support software.
buyer: Pearson plc(PSO:$8,466.65)
Pearson is an international education and media company with world-leading businesses in education, business information and consumer publishing.
target: GlobalEnglish Corporation
Founded in 1997 in California, GlobalEnglish is a leading provider of cloud-based, on-demand Business English learning, assessment and performance support software. It serves more than 450 corporate customers, including 20% of the Forbes Global 2000 companies.
price ($mm)
$90
rev ($mm)
$42
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
2.1x
EV / EBITDA
closed 5/16/2012 via PR Newswire

Pearson (VUE), acquired Certiport, Inc.

synopsis: Pearson VUE announced the acquisition of Certiport, a leading provider of performance-based certification exams and practice test solutions for academic institutions, workforce and corporate technology markets. Pearson VUE is furthering its commitment to offering the most robust, end-to-end professional learning and assessment solutions.
buyer parent:Pearson plc
buyer: Pearson (VUE)
Pearson VUE is the global leader in computer-based testing for information technology, academic, government and professional testing programs around the world. Pearson VUE provides a full suite of services from test development to data management, and delivers exams.
target parent: Spire Capital Partners, L.P.
target: Certiport, Inc.
Certiport is the leading provider of certification exam development, delivery and program management services delivered through an expansive network of over 12,000 Certiport Authorized Testing Centers worldwide. Certiport manages a sophisticated portfolio of leading certification programs.
price ($mm)
$140
rev ($mm)
$48
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
2.9x
EV / EBITDA
*Price paid does not equal Enterprise Value as the buyer aqcuired less than 100% of target
closed 12/13/2007 via BusinessWire

Houghton Mifflin Company, acquired Harcourt, Inc.

synopsis: Houghton Mifflin Company and its parent, Education Media and Publishing Group Limited, announced that Houghton Mifflin has completed the acquisition of the Harcourt Education, Harcourt Trade and Greenwood-Heinemann divisions from Reed Elsevier.
buyer parent:Houghton Mifflin Riverdeep Group PLC
buyer: Houghton Mifflin Company
Houghton Mifflin is one of the leading educational publishers in the United States, publishing textbooks, instructional technology, assessments, and other educational materials for teachers and students of every age.
target parent: Reed Elsevier
target: Harcourt, Inc.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt publishes a comprehensive set of best-in-class pre-K–12 educational solutions, ranging from research-based textbook programs to instructional technology to standards-based assessments for students and educators
price ($mm)
$4,000
rev ($mm)
$1,637
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
2.4x
EV / EBITDA
closed 10/6/2008 via Company Press Release

Jones & Bartlett Publishers, Inc., acquired Infinity Science Press

synopsis: Jones and Bartlett Publishers announces the acquisition of Infinity Science Press, a privately held publisher specializing in the areas of computer science, engineering, mathematics, business and physics designed primarily for the educational and professional/reference markets. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
buyer parent:Providence Equity Partners Inc.
buyer: Jones & Bartlett Publishers, Inc.
Educating tens of millions of people worldwide, Jones and Bartlett Publishers is a global leader in educational publishing, providing unique textbooks, reference products, testing and assessment services, and training materials in both print and digital formats.
target: Infinity Science Press
Infinity Science Press is a privately held book publisher, specializing in the areas of engineering, mathematics, physics, and business. Our titles are designed primarily for the educational and professional/reference markets.
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closed 3/9/2007 via BNC Analysis

Boundary Capital Ltd., acquired CJ Fallon Ltd.

synopsis: Boundary Capital announced the acquisition of CJ Fallon a leading Publisher of Educational Materials in Ireland. Kealan Lennon, a principal of Boundary Capital, who led the buyout will join the board as chairman.
buyer: Boundary Capital Ltd.
Boundary Capital is an asset and project management company established in 2002. Boundary's focus is on property and corporate transactions operating primarily as a principal. In certain circumstances Boundary will undertake advisory projects.
target: CJ Fallon Ltd.
CJ Fallon is a leading Publisher of Educational Materials in Ireland.
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closed 12/22/2006 via BusinessWire

HM Rivergroup PLC, acquired Houghton Mifflin Company

synopsis: HM Rivergroup PLC, a newly-formed Irish public limited company, has completed the acquisitions of Houghton Mifflin Holding Company, Inc. With the transaction now completed, HM Rivergroup PLC will change its name to Houghton Mifflin Riverdeep Group PLC.
buyer: HM Rivergroup PLC
Education Media and Publishing Group Limited publishes textbooks, instructional technology, assessments, and educational materials for elementary and secondary schools, and colleges. It also publishes reference works, and fiction and nonfiction works for adults and young readers.
target parent: Bain Capital
target: Houghton Mifflin Company
Houghton Mifflin is one of the leading educational publishers in the United States, publishing textbooks, instructional technology, assessments, and other educational materials for teachers and students of every age.
price ($mm)
$3,360
rev ($mm)
$1,209
EBITDA ($mm)
$350
EV / rev
2.8x
EV / EBITDA
9.6x
closed 5/25/2006 via BNC Analysis

A&C Black, acquired Methuen Publishing Ltd

synopsis: An era of publishing history has come to an end with the sale by Methuen of its drama list to Bloomsbury's A&C Black division for pounds 2.35m.
buyer parent:Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
buyer: A&C Black
A&C Black Publishers Limited operates as a publishing company.
target: Methuen Publishing Ltd
Methuen Publishing is an independent publisher of drama books, play and screenplay scripts and other theatre-related titles.
price ($mm)
$4.40
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closed 4/6/2006 via BNC Analysis

Veronis Suhler Stevenson, acquired Granada Learning Ltd.

synopsis: US-based private equity firm Veronis Suhler Stevenson is expected to appoint David Smith, the former chief executive of Taylor and Francis, as the new head of Granada Learning, after acquiring the company from broadcaster ITV for £35m.
buyer: Veronis Suhler Stevenson
Veronis Suhler Stevenson is a private equity and mezzanine capital fund management company dedicated to investing in the media, communications, information and education industries in North America and Europe.
target parent: itv plc
target: Granada Learning Ltd.
Granada Learning is the UK's leading educational multimedia company, publishing innovative, curriculum-based resources for the UK and abroad. It currently supplies more than ninety-five per cent of schools in the UK and exports to more than thirty countries internationally.
price ($mm)
$123
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closed 8/7/2008 via Company Press Release

Pearson Education, acquired Longman Nigeria Plc

synopsis: Pearson, the international education and information company, announces the acquisition of an additional 22% stake in Longman Nigeria, taking its ownership to a controlling 51% stake, subject to regulatory approval. Longman Nigeria is a leading educational publisher in Nigeria, the largest country in Africa.
buyer parent:Pearson plc
buyer: Pearson Education
Educating 100 million people worldwide, Pearson Education is the global leader in integrated education publishing.
target: Longman Nigeria Plc
Longman Nigeria main business is the publication of books (book publisher), especially textbooks for the entire gamut of the educational system in Nigeria, as well as general reference and leisure reading materials.
price ($mm)
$17*
rev ($mm)
$22
EBITDA ($mm)
$4
EV / rev
3.5x
EV / EBITDA
17.9x
announced 5/3/2007 via Company Press Release

Macmillan Publishers Ltd., will acquire Editorial Estrada, S.A

synopsis: Educational publisher Ángel Estrada y Compañía S.A., Argentina, has announced a non-binding acquisition agreement with publisher Macmillan Publishers Ltd. Under the deal, Macmillan will acquire Ángel Estrada’s publishing business by buying out Editorial Estrada, S.A, a company controlled by Ángel Estrada.
buyer parent:Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck GmbH
buyer: Macmillan Publishers Ltd.
Macmillan Publishers Limited was founded in 1843 and is part of the German media group Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck GmbH. The Macmillan group has been established in Argentina since 1998 and is a market leader in textbooks for teaching the English language.
target parent: Ángel Estrada & Cía S.A.
target: Editorial Estrada, S.A
Editorial Estrada, S.A, the publishing division of Ángel Estrada y Compañía S.A., provides high quality, creative educational texts and complementary teaching materials.
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closed 10/1/2005 via Company Description

Sverica International, acquired Creative Catalog Concepts

synopsis: Sverica acquired Creative Catalog Concepts, the leading publisher of product catalogs, other print and electronic marketing collateral in the school supplies industry.
buyer: Sverica International
Sverica International is a leading private equity firm with over $425 million of assets under management across three funds. The firm acquires, invests in and actively builds companies that are or could become leaders in their industries.
target: Creative Catalog Concepts
Creative Catalog Concepts is the leading publisher of product catalogs and other print and electronic marketing collateral in the school supplies industry.
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announced 6/20/2012 via BNC Analysis

News Limited, will acquire Consolidated Media Holdings

synopsis: Consolidated Media Holdings Ltd will acquire News Limited, a company that operates as an online newspaper publishing company. It operates NEWS.com.au, a news network, which offers entertainment, business, sports, and travel news, as well as delivers media coverage reports with blogs and user generated forums.
buyer parent:News Corporation
buyer: News Limited
News Limited operates as an online newspaper publishing company. It operates NEWS.com.au, a news network, which offers entertainment, business, sports, and travel news, as well as delivers media coverage reports with blogs and user generated forums.
target: Consolidated Media Holdings(CMJFF:$11.64)
Consolidated Media Holdings Limited (CMH) is a media investment company, investing in key new media. CMH has a 25 per cent investment in Australia's leading subscription television business FOXTEL and a 50 per cent investment in subscription television content provider FOX SPORTS Australia.
price($mm)[EV]
$1,976 [$2,114]
rev ($mm)
EBITDA ($mm)
$86
EV / rev
EV / EBITDA
24.7x
closed 12/2/2010 via PR Newswire

Brown Publishing Network merged with Six Red Marbles,

synopsis: Six Red Marbles, an educational technology pioneer and Brown Publishing Network, a nationally recognized leader in full-service development of educational materials for pre-K through post-secondary, announced their merger.
buyer: Six Red Marbles
Six Red Marbles is an award-winning provider of educational solutions for the pre-K through higher-ed market. Founded in 1996, the company has developed hundreds of multi-media educational materials for leading publishers including McGraw-Hill, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and Pearson.
target: Brown Publishing Network
Brown Publishing Network is a premier full-service developer to the educational publishing industry, specializing in all disciplines, pre-K through post-secondary, for the past twenty-seven years.
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closed 12/7/2009 via PR Newswire

Baker & Taylor Books, purchased North American and Australian Businesses from Blackwell UK Limited

synopsis: Baker & Taylor announced it has acquired Blackwell Book Services North America and Blackwell's James Bennett bookseller. The combination of Baker & Taylor's YBP Library Services and Blackwell's North American and Australian businesses brings together the world's most respected and trusted academic and research library service providers.
buyer parent:Castle Harlan Inc.
buyer: Baker & Taylor Books
Baker & Taylor is the world's leading distributor of books, video and music products to public and academic libraries. It is also a global leader in the distribution of books and entertainment products to many of the country's leading brick and mortar retailers and Internet retailers.
seller: Blackwell UK Limited
Blackwell U.K. Limited is a leading supplier of academic books and bibliographic support to academic and research libraries in the U.K., Europe and Africa. It is also the leading academic bookseller in the U.K. with 44 shops in retail centers and on university campuses and an online bookshop.
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closed 12/7/2009 via PR Newswire

Blackwell UK Limited, acquired Lindsay and Croft Booksellers

synopsis: Baker & Taylor Inc. announced that it has sold UK-based Lindsay and Croft Booksellers to Blackwell UK, Ltd. Lindsay and Croft provides books and collection management services to academic and research libraries in North America and worldwide.
buyer: Blackwell UK Limited
Blackwell U.K. Limited is a leading supplier of academic books and bibliographic support to academic and research libraries in the U.K., Europe and Africa. It is also the leading academic bookseller in the U.K. with 44 shops in retail centers and on university campuses and an online bookshop.
target parent: Castle Harlan Inc.
target: Lindsay and Croft Booksellers
Lindsay & Croft, formerly part of YBP Library Services, provides books and supporting collection management and technical services to academic, research and specialist libraries in North America and worldwide.
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closed 9/9/2009 via PE Hub

Superior Capital Partners, purchased XanEdu & NA Publishing from National Archive Publishing Company

synopsis: Superior Capital Partners has acquired certain assets of National Archive Publishing Co. The assets are: XanEdu Publishing, a publisher of customized educational coursepacks for the higher education market; and NA Publishing, a provider of microform archiving of periodicals and journals for the library, higher education and healthcare markets.
buyer: Superior Capital Partners
The cornerstone strategy of Superior Capital Partners is to combine our capital, transaction experience and turnaround expertise with proven management teams who have the vision, capability and commitment to successfully improve and grow businesses.
seller: National Archive Publishing Company
National Archive Publishing Company specializes in preservation, custom publishing, and other services that enhance and ensure access to scholarly information. Their main customers are libraries, universities, students, professors, and others who need access to quality information.
price ($mm)
rev ($mm)
$30
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
0.0x
EV / EBITDA
closed 6/26/2009 via Company Press Release

ProQuest LLC, purchased Microfilming Assets from National Archive Publishing Company

synopsis: ProQuest, who recently released the innovative web-based microfilm viewing service, Digital Microfilm™, has acquired assets related to the microfilming of newspapers, collections, and dissertations from National Archive Publishing Company, formerly a key supplier of microfilm services to ProQuest.
buyer parent:ABRY Partners
buyer: ProQuest LLC
ProQuest creates specialized information resources and technologies that propel successful research and lifelong learning. A global leader in serving libraries of all types, ProQuest offers the culmination of experience from many respected brands, including CSA, UMI, Chadwyck-Healey, and eLibrary.
seller: National Archive Publishing Company
National Archive Publishing Company specializes in preservation, custom publishing, and other services that enhance and ensure access to scholarly information. Their main customers are libraries, universities, students, professors, and others who need access to quality information.
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announced 1/30/2008 via Company Press Release

Pearson plc, will purchase Harcourt Assessment and Harcourt Education International from Harcourt, Inc.

synopsis: Pearson, the international education and information company, announces that it has agreed to acquire Harcourt Assessment and Harcourt Education International from Reed Elsevier for $950m. The acquisition extends Pearson's position as the world's leading education company by adding international reach, complementary products and new capabilities.
buyer parent:Pearson plc
buyer: Pearson plc
Educating 100 million people worldwide, Pearson Education is the global leader in integrated education publishing.
seller parent: Reed Elsevier
seller: Harcourt, Inc.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt publishes a comprehensive set of best-in-class pre-K–12 educational solutions, ranging from research-based textbook programs to instructional technology to standards-based assessments for students and educators
price ($mm)
$663
rev ($mm)
$524
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
1.3x
EV / EBITDA
announced 7/22/2010 via Company Press Release

Pearson plc, will purchase Learning Systems Business from Sistema Educacional Brasileiro

synopsis: Pearson PLC, an education company, and Sistema Educacional Brasileiro, a Brazilian education company, announced a strategic partnership to develop educational products and services for the fast-growing Brazilian education market. Under the terms of the agreement, Pearson will acquire SEB's school learning systems business.
buyer: Pearson plc(PSO:$8,466.65)
Pearson is an international education and media company with world-leading businesses in education, business information and consumer publishing.
seller: Sistema Educacional Brasileiro
Sistema Educacional Brasileiro's learnings systems include curriculum design, teacher support and training, print and digital materials, technology and assessment services.
price ($mm)
$286
rev ($mm)
$246
EBITDA ($mm)
$31
EV / rev
1.2x
EV / EBITDA
9.1x
closed 3/19/2010 via BNC Analysis

Harper Collins Publishers Limited, acquired Letts and Londsdale

synopsis: Huveaux Plc. confirmed that it has completed the sale to Harper Collins Publishers Limited of the entire share capital of Letts Educational Limited and Leckie & Leckie Limited and of the business and assets of Lonsdale or together the "Education Division" for a cash consideration of £10.0 million.
buyer parent:News Corporation
buyer: Harper Collins Publishers Limited
HarperCollins Publishers is one of the world’s leading English-language publishers. HarperCollins is a broad-based publisher with strengths in literary and commercial fiction, business books, children’s books, cookbooks, and mystery, romance, reference, religious, and spiritual books.
target parent: Huveaux plc
target: Letts and Londsdale
Letts and Lonsdale publish accessible and manageable revision guides and other revision resources for pupils preparing for tests and exams.
price ($mm)
$15
rev ($mm)
$24
EBITDA ($mm)
$5
EV / rev
0.6x
EV / EBITDA
2.9x
closed 1/21/2013 via Company Press Release

Oxford University Press, acquired Nelson Thornes Ltd.

synopsis: Oxford University Press (OUP) announced it has acquired Nelson Thornes, extending OUP’s range of educational publishing. OUP acquired the publisher from Infinitas Learning. Nelson Thornes covers a broad range of subject areas with its primary, secondary, and vocational teaching resources.
buyer parent:University of Oxford
buyer: Oxford University Press
Oxford University Press (OUP) is a department of the University of Oxford. It furthers the University's objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide. OUP is the world's largest university press with the widest global presence.
target parent: Bridgepoint Capital Limited
target: Nelson Thornes Ltd.
Nelson Thornes is one of the UK’s leading educational publishers providing engaging and creative blended learning resources of the highest quality that support teachers and motivate students of all abilities from Primary through to Higher Education.
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closed 3/6/2012 via Company Description

Utah State University Press merged with University Press of Colorado,

synopsis: A merger between USU Press at Utah State University and the University Press of Colorado has been finalized and approved. As proposed, the agreement allows USU Press to remain in Merrill-Cazier Library at Utah State, continuing the tradition of academic publishing and retaining the USU Press imprint.
buyer: University Press of Colorado
University Press of Colorado is a nonprofit publishing enterprise supported by Adams State College, Colorado State University, Fort Lewis College, Metropolitan State College of Denver, Regis University, University of Colorado, University of Northern Colorado, and Western State College of Colorado.
target parent: Utah State University
target: Utah State University Press
Utah State University Press is a refereed scholarly publisher and division of Utah State University Libraries.
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*Price paid does not equal Enterprise Value as the buyer aqcuired less than 100% of target

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Eleutian Technology LLC
Eleutian Technology LLC
Eleutian Technology is the industry leader of online language instruction for global business and education entities. Founded in 2006, Eleutian’s effective teaching methods have already earned endorsements from many world-class organizations.
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Linkman International Language Institute
Linkman International Language Institute is a language training institution. Linkman provides high quality English training programs to over 200 students in a wide range of age groups, but specializes in Children’s English programs.
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Global LT
Global LT
Global LT is a world renowned provider Language & Cultural Training, Translation, Expatriate Destination Services and Workforce Talent Development with representatives in Boston, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Raleigh, Hong Kong, Frankfurt, Paris, London, and Shanghai.
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BrightStar
BrightStar is recognized as the leading international education and training company for the Mekong Delta. The company focuses on English language training, corporate and IT office skills training and the preparation and placement of local students with leading overseas education institutions.
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Franklin Covey Co.
Franklin Covey Co.
Franklin Covey Co. is a global company specializing in performance improvement. They help organizations achieve results that require a change in human behavior. Their expertise is in seven areas: leadership, execution, productivity, trust, sales performance, customer loyalty and education.
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Pearson plc
Pearson plc
Pearson is the world’s leading learning company. Through its books, newspapers and online products and services, Pearson helps people of all ages to live and learn.
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2013
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$1,443.92
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Staging Connections Group Limited
Staging Connections Group Limited
Staging Connections is a worldwide integrated event services group. They deliver events ranging in scale and dimension from small boardroom presentations to gala dinners and conferences; international entertainment and sporting events through to consumer exhibitions and trade shows.
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Electric Word Plc
Electric Word Plc
Electric Word is a specialist information business that serves the sport, education and healthcare sectors. Electric Word products and services include newsletters, magazines, websites, events, books, special reports and bespoke research.
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Kalmbach Publishing Co.
Kalmbach Publishing Co.
Kalmbach Publishing Co. is a publisher and distributor of high-quality consumer and trade magazines and books covering hobby, special interest, and leisure-time subjects.
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Metropolis International, Ltd.
Metropolis International, Ltd.
Metropolis International Group Limited is a fast growing media group, established in 1994, that specialises in consumer, business and travel publishing alongside websites, awards, events, public sector contracts and reward & benefit programmes for consumers and corporate partners.
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New York Media Holdings, LLC
New York Media Holdings, LLC publishes New York Magazine. It covers, analyzes, comments on, and defines the news, culture, entertainment, lifestyle, fashion, and personalities that drive New York City. New York Media Holdings also operates NYmag.com, an official Website for New York Magazine.
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Sijthoff Media Groep BV
Sijthoff Media Groep BV is a media and communication group which publishes and prints marketing and trade based magazines, journels, and newsletter. The company is based in the Netherlands.
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Kroton Educacional S.A.
Kroton Educacional S.A.
Kroton Educacional S.A. engages in the management of preschool, elementary, high school, adult high school, college preparatory school, free courses, and other related educational activities, as well as higher, professional, and post-graduation education.
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$623.33
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$101.15
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Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
Bloomsbury Publishing is a leading independent publishing house with companies in London, New York, Berlin and Sydney. Its four divisions include: Bloomsbury Academic and Professional Publishing, Bloomsbury Information, Bloomsbury Adult Publishing and Bloomsbury Children's Publishing.
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$97.40
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$12.66
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$10.65
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$3.37
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401
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CJ Fallon Ltd.
CJ Fallon Ltd.
CJ Fallon has been one of Ireland’s leading educational publishers and continues to set the standards for Primary and Post-Primary textbooks. Outstanding programmes for the Primary School curriculum, in English and Maths in particular, ensure that CJ Fallon is Ireland’s most respected publishers.
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Eniro AB
Eniro AB
Eniro is a leading search company in the media industry, with operations in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland and Poland. The company specializes in local search and Eniro’s well-known brands, products and services create user value for a vast number of users each day.
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$562.96
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A B Academic
A B Academic is a small independent publisher that has, over the last thirty years, published a diverse range of academic journals.
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Arthouse Entertainment
Arthouse Entertainment
Arthouse Entertainment is a boutique music publisher with over 12 years of sustained success. Arthouse actively signs and develops hit songwriters, producers, and artists.
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Canada Wide Media
Canada Wide Media
Canada Wide Media Limited provides a diverse range of media services and products, ranging from high-end printed publications to the latest in digital media.
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CardsDirect
CardsDirect
Founded in 1998, CardsDirect is a catalog and internet-based company that offers thousands of unique designs across dozens of categories including business holiday cards, corporate birthday cards, thank you cards, Christmas cards, photo holiday cards, assorted boxed cards, and more.
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