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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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closed 3/20/2019 via Company Press Release

Learnlight, acquired Arenalingua Gmbh

synopsis: Learnlight, the global language, intercultural skills and soft skills training provider, has acquired arenalingua, a leading German language training company, as part of its European expansion strategy. The acquisition, backed by Beech Tree Private Equity and Learnlight’s management team.
buyer parent: Beech Tree Private Equity
buyer: Learnlight
Learnlight provides language and soft skills training to blue chips and international institutions across the world, using a blend of cutting-edge technology and world-class instructor-led training to equip employees with the skills they need to succeed in a complex business environment. "
target: Arenalingua Gmbh
Arenalingua is a leading German language training company. Arenalingua offers Government-sponsored English language courses for employees in a blended learning format, German training for professionals in specialist areas such as medicine, healthcare or engineering.
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closed 1/23/2019 via BNC Analysis

Eric Goebel, acquired Ipsé Formation Linguistique

synopsis: Eric Goebel, a French entrepreneur, has acquired Ipsé Formation, a language learning center in France. Ipsé Formation provides language learning services and supports companies in their international development. They offer courses for learning English, German, Spanish, French, Spanish, Italian, Chinese, and Russian.
buyer: Eric Goebel
Eric Goebel is a French entrepreneur. Eric Goebel is a managing director at Cofigem, a fund management business, and Plein Horizon, a real estate company that specializes in real estate rental. "
target: Ipsé Formation Linguistique
Ipsé Formation is a language learning center in France. Ipsé Formation provides language learning services and supports companies in their international development. They offer courses for learning English, German, Spanish, French, Spanish, Italian, Chinese, and Russian.
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closed 10/24/2018 via Company Press Release

Technicis Translation, acquired AAC Global Oy

synopsis: The Technicis Group, the professional translation specialist, has acquired AAC Global. AAC Global helps businesses succeed by providing translation and localization services for all types of content, tailored face-to-face and digital training solutions for any learning need, and marketing content production for every channel.
buyer parent: Groupe BPCE
buyer: Technicis Translation
Technicis Translation is the leading translation agency in France, and counts among the three main players in Europe. Because of 350 global employees and a network of 7,000 specialized translators, Technicis meets the needs of companies across all industries and in any language combination. "
target parent: Korona Invest
target: AAC Global Oy
AAC Global promotes its clients’ success in international markets by helping them to get their message through to their customers. AAC Global’s services include translation and localization services, content production for all channels, language and communication training, and interpreting services.
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closed 6/28/2018 via Company Press Release

EDUA Group, acquired James Cook Languages

synopsis: EDUA Group, the leading private educational group on the Czech market, is expanding its portfolio of services through the acquisition of James Cook Languages (JCL), the largest Czech language provider of corporate language learning.
buyer: EDUA Group
EDUA Group is the largest private educational group in the Czech Republic. Its brands – Jipka, Tutor, Caledonian School, Top Vision, Digiskills, and BridgeWaterBlu – focus on lifelong learning and the development of innovations in education. "
target: James Cook Languages
James Cook Languages (JCL) is the largest Czech language provider of corporate language learning. They developed processes, a methodology and quality which satisfies even the most demanding customer. They are a strong and stable partner providing comprehensive language services at reasonable prices.
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closed 1/19/2018 via BNC Analysis

THI Investments GmbH, acquired LearnShip Networks GmbH

synopsis: German firm THI Investments has acquired a majority stake in Learnship, a global leader in the field of digital foreign language training for corporations. Learnship provides face-to-face online language training for corporations available in 14 languages, intercultural training, and related training administration services.
buyer: THI Investments GmbH
THI Investments is a single family office founded in January 2016 after divesting an 80 year-old family business. Their goal is to invest in a diversified portfolio of financial and company assets and grow them over the long term. THI Investments are entrepreneurs, industrialists and investors. "
target: LearnShip Networks GmbH
Learnship helps organizations across Europe and the US boost their productivity by unleashing the full potential of their employees. They provide face-to-face online language training for corporations available in 14 languages, intercultural training, and related training administration services.
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$12
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closed 9/7/2016 via Company Press Release

KERN, acquired CEF, International Education Institute, GmbH

synopsis: KERN, a leading language service provider in the field of global language management and international communication, has acquired CEF, Austria's leading provider of language training, translation & interpretation services, specializing in courses in management, marketing and leadership and other courses for companies.
buyer: KERN
The KERN Group is headquartered in Frankfurt and is a leading language service provider in the field of global language management and international communication with over 50 offices around the world. "
target: CEF, International Education Institute, GmbH
CEF, International Education Institute, GmbH is Austria's leading provider of language training, translation & interpretation services, specializing in courses in management, marketing and leadership and other courses for companies.
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closed 1/28/2016 via BNC Analysis

Korona Invest, acquired AAC Global Oy

synopsis: Finland-based AAC Global announced that it was acquired by Finnish private equity firm Korona Invest. AAC Global provides language and communication training, creates content for all channels, translates and localizes, provides terminology services and knowledge-sharing solutions.
buyer: Korona Invest
Korona Invest is a Finnish private equity firm specialized in growth and buyout investments in Finnish small and medium sized enterprises. Since its founding in 2006, Korona has raised two funds, Terveysrahasto Oy and Palvelurahasto I Ky, with a total raised capital of EUR 93 million. "
target parent: Sanoma Oyj
target: AAC Global Oy
AAC Global supports their clients’ success in international markets by helping them get their message through to their customers. They provide language and communication training, create content for all channels, translate and localize, provide terminology services and knowledge-sharing solutions.
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$16
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closed 9/9/2015 via BNC Analysis

MicroConsult, acquired Wefit Solutions

synopsis: MicroConsult has acquired Wefit Solutions, a provider of language training with a proprietary Learning Management System. Wefit offers individual and industry-specific vocational further education in the upper price segment and focuses on teaching of functional language knowledge in combination with intercultural training and soft skills training.
buyer: MicroConsult
MicroConsult offers training for Professional Consulting, Project Support and Training. From microcontrollers to system design – clients will benefit from MicroConsult's decades of experience. Knowhow transfer tailored to meet a clients needs and project objectives. "
target: Wefit Solutions
As one of the leading enterprises for language training, Wefit Solutions develops on-the-job training concepts which are highly individual and sector-specific. They support clients worldwide with flexible and tailored training programs.
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closed 1/14/2015 via BNC Analysis

Groupe Nova Performance, acquired Formalangues

synopsis: Nova Performance, a company that offers translation, interpretation, training and testing services, has acquired EFP Formalangues and Demos Langues from Demos Group. Formalangues is geared towards corporate clients and provides Inter, Intra and intensive courses in every language on the market.
buyer: Groupe Nova Performance
Nova Langues is the Translation and Interpretation Department of NOVA PERFORMANCE group. Since 1997, NOVA LANGUAGES offers translation and interpretation services in a number of language combinations and in various fields. "
target parent: Demos
target: Formalangues
Formalangues is geared towards corporate clients and provides Inter, Intra and intensive courses in every language on the market. It is based in Paris, France.
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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.
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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.
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$35 [$46]*
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$103
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$11
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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.
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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)
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closed 4/17/2019 via PR Newswire

LearnShip Networks GmbH, acquired GlobalEnglish Corporation

synopsis: Learnship, the world's leading provider of online, face-to-face language training has acquired GlobalEnglish, a leading provider of digital language training. GlobalEnglish is a worldwide leader in providing digital business English communication training to corporate learners.
buyer parent: THI Investments GmbH
buyer: LearnShip Networks GmbH
Learnship is based in Cologne, Germany with offices in Berlin, Munich, Stuttgart, Paris (France), Basel (Switzerland) and Chicago (USA). The company provides online, face-to-face training in 14 languages for employees at international organizations in more than 75 countries. "
target: GlobalEnglish Corporation
GlobalEnglish delivers Business English language learning solutions to organizations across the globe. The company’s unique combination of technology, personal coaching, context-driven learning and engaging content uniquely positions GlobalEnglish to help teams co-operate, collaborate and innovate.
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closed 3/27/2019 via PR Web

Alc Press Inc., acquired OKpanda

synopsis: ALC Press, a language-focused educational service provider in Japan, has acquired OKpanda, an English learning platform that includes instant messaging, live voice, and digital curricula. OKpanda connects English learners with amazing, certified ESL teachers who train users through the best of digital self learning content.
buyer parent: Freebit Co. Ltd.
buyer: Alc Press Inc.
ALC Press Inc. is a language-focused educational service provider in Japan. It engages in the planning, production, and sale of materials for distance learning in Japan. ALC Press provides language learning materials as well as learning courses over the internet. "
target: OKpanda
OKpanda is an English learning platform that includes instant messaging, live voice, and digital curricula. OKpanda connects English learners with amazing, certified ESL teachers who train users through the best of digital self learning content.
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closed 11/11/2016 via Company Press Release

GlobalEnglish Corporation, acquired GlobalEnglish Corporation

synopsis: Following the closure of a successful management buyout, GlobalEnglish announced the company as the new, independent leader in the Business English language learning market. The management buyout from Pearson, the world’s leading education company, was led by GlobalEnglish’s Karine Allouche Salanon, along with other organizational leaders.
buyer: GlobalEnglish Corporation
GlobalEnglish delivers Business English language learning solutions to organizations across the globe. The company’s unique combination of technology, personal coaching, context-driven learning and engaging content uniquely positions GlobalEnglish to help teams co-operate, collaborate and innovate. "
target parent: Pearson plc
target: GlobalEnglish Corporation
GlobalEnglish delivers Business English language learning solutions to organizations across the globe. The company’s unique combination of technology, personal coaching, context-driven learning and engaging content uniquely positions GlobalEnglish to help teams co-operate, collaborate and innovate.
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closed 6/15/2015 via BusinessWire

Kuepa, acquired First Class English

synopsis: Kuepa.com has acquired a majority stake in First Class, a leading English language provider in Colombia, which provides educational programs, test preparation, and exams for the corporate market in Colombia. With this acquisition, Kuepa increases its existing presence in the country.
buyer: Kuepa
Kuepa provides workforce development blended and online learning solutions to adults throughout Latin America. Through its proprietary platform and blended learning content, Kuepa has trained over 30,000 students since its founding three years ago. "
target: First Class English
First Class has provided counseling and preparation services for English language learning to corporate and institutional programs for more than 14 years in Colombia.
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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:$47.90)
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.
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$9.01
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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 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 6/20/2012 via BNC Analysis

Mount Knowledge Holdings, Inc., will acquire Global Convergence Solutions

synopsis: Global Convergence Solutions, Inc., a leading pioneer in inter-carrier Operational and Business Support Systems for the worldwide telecommunications marketplace, announced that on June 15, 2012, it executed a Letter of Intent to merge with Mount Knowledge Holdings, Inc.
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: Global Convergence Solutions
Global Convergence Solutions ("GCS") is a solutions provider focusing specifically on the telecommunications industry. GCS builds proprietary solutions that automate and simplify the complexities associated with managing voice calls and applications across Next Generation Networks.
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cancelled 5/27/2012 via Capital IQ

Mount Knowledge Holdings, Inc., cancelled an acquisition of C2 Technologies, Inc.

synopsis: Mount Knowledge Holdings, Inc., an educational software development, sales and training company offering proprietary learning products and training services worldwide, has cancelled its acquisition of C2 Technologies, Inc., a recognized leader in performance improvement to acquire 100% of the company.
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: C2 Technologies, Inc.
C² Technologies, Inc. is a nationally-recognized leader in performance improvement, dedicated to improving the effectiveness of productivity-driven organizations. They provide training, strategic human capital management, mission-critical support services, and information technology solutions.
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closed 1/12/2011 via GlobeNewswire

Mount Knowledge Holdings, Inc., acquired Mount Knowledge USA, Inc.

synopsis: Mount Knowledge Holdings, Inc., an educational software development, sales and training company offering proprietary learning products and training services worldwide, announced it has acquired a majority stake in Mount Knowledge USA, Inc. from Birch First Advisors, LLC, a limited liability company owned by Birch First Trust.
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 parent: Birch First Trust
target: Mount Knowledge USA, Inc.
Mount Knowledge, USA, Inc. is a privately-held Nevada corporation formed in September 2009. The Company was founded as a marketing and sales company by Erwin Sniedzins, the Chairman of the Company's board of directors and the founder and author of the Mount Knowledge™ learning products.
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announced 12/28/2010 via GlobeNewswire

Mount Knowledge Holdings, Inc., will purchase Certain IP Assets from Ucandu Learning Centres Inc.

synopsis: Mount Knowledge Holdings, Inc. has announced that it entered into an agreement to acquire the Real Time Learning and Self Improvement Educational System and Method™ developed and owned by Erwin E. Sniedzins, Mount Knowledge's Chairman and Ucandu Learning Centres Inc.("UCandu"), a private, educational institution controlled by Mr. Sniedzins.
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. "
seller: Ucandu Learning Centres Inc.
Ucandu Learning Centres Inc. is a private, educational institution registered with the Ontario Government Ministry of Education for High School and for Elementary & Preschool programs.
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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 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.
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$11
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closed 7/27/2016 via BNC Analysis

Reverso, acquired Fleex

synopsis: Reverso has finalized its acquistion of Fleex and relaunched Fleex Player. Fleex Player is a free program that allows users to learn English watching the movies and TV shows they love.
buyer: Reverso
Reverso-Softissimo both publishes and integrates linguistic technologies and multilingual solutions for corporations, governments and the consumer market. The company proposes a unique expertise allowing at a time optimization and adaptation of the translation tools to the client’s specific needs. "
target: Fleex
Fleex Player is a free program that allows users to learn English watching the movies and TV shows they love. Fleex Player alternates subtitles based on your level. The easy subtitles are shown in English, while the trickier ones are displayed in a user's native language.
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closed 4/2/2013 via BusinessWire

Rosetta Stone Inc., acquired Livemocha

synopsis: Rosetta Stone announced that it has acquired Seattle-based Livemocha, one of the world’s largest online language-learning communities. The transaction accelerates Rosetta Stone’s transition to cloud-based learning solutions and reinforces its leadership position in the competitive language-learning industry.
buyer: Rosetta Stone Inc. (RST:$194.09)
Rosetta Stone Inc. provides interactive solutions and cutting-edge technology that is changing the way the world learns languages. Rosetta Stone’s proprietary learning techniques are acclaimed for the power to unlock the natural language-learning ability in everyone. "
target: Livemocha
Livemocha is committed to creating a world in which every human being is fluent in multiple languages. As the world’s largest online language learning community, Livemocha fuses traditional learning methods with online practice and interaction with native language speakers from around the world.
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$8.50
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$4
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closed 3/21/2013 via Company Press Release

Babbel, acquired PlaySay, Inc.

synopsis: Babbel.com announced that it will complete the acquisition of PlaySay, a social language learning app for the iPhone that incorporates real conversations and pronunciation feedback with native speakers. PlaySay CEO Ryan Meinzer will join the Babbel Team.
buyer: Babbel
Lesson Nine GmbH operates a language learning Website www.babbel.com. It provides features for social networking and vocabulary building tools in French, English, Spanish, Italian, and German. The company’s tutorials offer learning exercises, including fill-in-the-blanks and multiple choices. "
target: PlaySay, Inc.
PlaySay offers a social way to learn Spanish. It is an iPhone game connecting language learners so they can have real conversations with pronunciation feedback.
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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.
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closed 3/30/2009 via PR Newswire

Educational Options, Inc., acquired Siboney Learning Group, Inc.

synopsis: Siboney Learning Group announced its acquisition under a new company name, Orchard Learning, Inc., by an affiliate of Educational Options Inc. an Arlington, Va. middle and high school online education technology firm. The new partnership will create a comprehensive pre-K - Adult curriculum solution.
buyer: Educational Options, Inc.
EdOptions is an education technology firm located in Arlington, Virginia. Its premier product,Stars Suite, serves more than 260,000 students nationwide and features 42 middle and high school courses as well as Web-based solutions for state test preparation, high school preparation and GED study. "
target parent: Siboney Corporation
target: Siboney Learning Group, Inc.
Siboney Learning Group, Inc., publishes standards-based educational software products for reading, language, mathematics, science, writing and English as a Second Language, primarily for K-12 students and adult learners.
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closed 10/30/2019 via PR Newswire

italki, acquired Lingbe

synopsis: italki, a China-based, global language learning community that connects students and teachers for 1-on-1 online language lessons, acquired Lingbe, Spain's free language practice mobile app that allows users to call native speakers instantly.
buyer: italki
Headquartered in China, italkiis a global language learning community that connects students and teachers for 1-on-1 online language lessons. With over 5 million students and 10,000 high-quality teachers teaching more than 130 languages, italki helps everyone with their personal journey to fluency. "
target: Lingbe
Headquartered in Spain, Lingbe is a free language practice mobile app that allows users to call native speakers instantly. The live chat app helps users practice speaking a foreign language by instantly connecting them to native speakers around the world.
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closed 1/31/2017 via BNC Analysis

Beech Tree Private Equity, acquired Learnlight

synopsis: Beech Tree Private Equity, a new private equity business in the UK, has acquired Learnlight Group SL, an international virtual training business specialising in languages and skills training for employees of large blue-chip multi-national companies.
buyer: Beech Tree Private Equity
Beech Tree Private Equity is a new private equity business in the UK providing transformational capital to growing businesses. Beech Tree Private Equity has an absolute focus on investing in high growth businesses in the UK, valued between £10 million and £75 million. "
target: Learnlight
Learnlight is an EdTech company that’s passionate about putting trainers at the heart of the learning experience. They use technology to blend trainers and up-the-minute content in a cloud-based platform that gives their learners an unparalleled experience.
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closed 6/21/2006 via PR Newswire

Pearson Education, acquired ELLIS, Inc.

synopsis: Pearson Education, world's leading education company, announced the acquisition of ELLIS, provider of English language training software for kindergarten through adult learners. The company plans to integrate ELLIS into its Pearson Digital Learning business unit, a leading provider of proven, research-based technology solutions for preK-12 learners
buyer parent: Pearson plc
buyer: Pearson Education
Educating 100 million people worldwide, Pearson Education is the global leader in integrated education publishing. "
target parent: Camden Partners Holdings, LLC
target: ELLIS, Inc.
English Language Learning and Instruction System, Inc. (ELLIS) is a software development and marketing company based in Salt Lake City, Utah. In 1990, Dr. Frank Otto founded ELLIS, formerly known as CALI, to provide a better way to teach the English language to non-English speakers.
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announced 10/13/2010 via Reuters

Idapted Ltd will be merged with Eleutian Technology LLC,

synopsis: Online education companies Eleutian Technology and Idapted Ltd said that they will merge, bringing together the U.S. and Chinese companies in the fast-growing $100 billion market for online English instruction.
buyer: 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. "
target: Idapted Ltd
Idapted builds the next generation of scalable live language learning technologies and services. Each month, thousands of teachers and students from around the world learn and teach English and Mandarin through Idapted’s global system.
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closed 4/17/2019 via PR Newswire

LearnShip Networks GmbH, acquired GlobalEnglish Corporation

synopsis: Learnship, the world's leading provider of online, face-to-face language training has acquired GlobalEnglish, a leading provider of digital language training. GlobalEnglish is a worldwide leader in providing digital business English communication training to corporate learners.
buyer parent: THI Investments GmbH
buyer: LearnShip Networks GmbH
Learnship is based in Cologne, Germany with offices in Berlin, Munich, Stuttgart, Paris (France), Basel (Switzerland) and Chicago (USA). The company provides online, face-to-face training in 14 languages for employees at international organizations in more than 75 countries. "
target: GlobalEnglish Corporation
GlobalEnglish delivers Business English language learning solutions to organizations across the globe. The company’s unique combination of technology, personal coaching, context-driven learning and engaging content uniquely positions GlobalEnglish to help teams co-operate, collaborate and innovate.
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closed 11/11/2016 via Company Press Release

GlobalEnglish Corporation, acquired GlobalEnglish Corporation

synopsis: Following the closure of a successful management buyout, GlobalEnglish announced the company as the new, independent leader in the Business English language learning market. The management buyout from Pearson, the world’s leading education company, was led by GlobalEnglish’s Karine Allouche Salanon, along with other organizational leaders.
buyer: GlobalEnglish Corporation
GlobalEnglish delivers Business English language learning solutions to organizations across the globe. The company’s unique combination of technology, personal coaching, context-driven learning and engaging content uniquely positions GlobalEnglish to help teams co-operate, collaborate and innovate. "
target parent: Pearson plc
target: GlobalEnglish Corporation
GlobalEnglish delivers Business English language learning solutions to organizations across the globe. The company’s unique combination of technology, personal coaching, context-driven learning and engaging content uniquely positions GlobalEnglish to help teams co-operate, collaborate and innovate.
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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 (LSE:PSON:$5,257.68)
Pearson is an international education and media company with world-leading businesses in education, business information and consumer publishing. "
target: GlobalEnglish Corporation
Founded in 1997 in California, GlobalEnglish is a leading provider of cloud-based, on-demand Business English learning, assessment and performance support software. It serves more than 450 corporate customers, including 20% of the Forbes Global 2000 companies.
price ($mm)
$90
rev ($mm)
$42
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
2.1x
EV / EBITDA
closed 3/5/2007 via BusinessWire

Vemics Inc, acquired e-Learning Desktop Inc

synopsis: Vemics Inc., a leading provider of hosted, real-time collaboration, learning and productivity solutions, acquired it's strategic business partner, e-Learning Desktop Inc. for 1,111,112 shares of Vemics common stock, and up to $250,000 in cash payable over 11 months.
buyer: Vemics Inc (VMCI:$0.44)
Vemics, Inc is a leading provider of hosted, real-time conferencing and collaboration applications. Vemics LiveAccess solutions combine multipoint video/voice and data technologies with industry specific content, consulting expertise and deep customer support. "
target: e-Learning Desktop Inc
e-Learning Desktop Inc, has developed and delivered US and Canadian based Diploma English and other programming to Russia, Sweden and the Baltic States.
price ($mm)
$0.21
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announced 4/26/2017 via PR Newswire

SOURCENEXT, will purchase Japan Operations from Rosetta Stone Inc.

synopsis: SOURCENEXT has entered into an agreement to pursue the acquisition of Rosetta Stone's Japanese entity, in order to accelerate plans to develop innovative applications for the Rosetta Stone brand in Japan. Rosetta Stone is a leader in technology-based learning solutions in the United States, Japan and other countries.
buyer: SOURCENEXT (TSE:4344:$77.09)
SOURCENEXT, Japan's publicly traded, market-leading software publisher and distributor, which not only plans and develops their own products, also specializes in helping software companies launch their desktop and mobile apps in the Japanese market and grow market share for sustained profitability. "
seller: Rosetta Stone Inc. (RST:$194.09)
Rosetta Stone Inc. is dedicated to changing people's lives through the power of language and literacy education. The company's innovative digital solutions drive positive learning outcomes with its entities in the United States, Japan, and other countries.
price ($mm)
$0.51
rev ($mm)
$1
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
0.6x
EV / EBITDA
announced 12/11/2013 via Company Press Release

Rosetta Stone Inc., will acquire Tell Me More

synopsis: Rosetta Stone Inc, a leading provider of education technology and language-learning solutions, announced it has agreed to acquire Tell Me More S.A., a global language-learning software company with significant presence throughout Europe, including France and Spain, as well as in the U.S., Latin America and China.
buyer: Rosetta Stone Inc. (RST:$194.09)
Rosetta Stone Inc. provides cutting-edge interactive technology that is changing the way the world learns languages. The company’s proprietary learning techniques are used by schools, businesses, government organizations and millions of individuals around the world. "
target: Tell Me More
Tell Me More is a global language-learning software company with significant presence throughout Europe. It delivers an engaging learning experience that combines the most innovative content with the latest in learning theory and pedagogy while leveraging state of the art technology.
price ($mm)
$29
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closed 1/6/2006 via Company Press Release

ABS Capital Partners, L.P., Norwest Equity Partners, acquired Fairfield Language Technologies

synopsis: Fairfield Language Technologies, creator of the revolutionary CD-ROM and online immersion-based Rosetta Stone language-learning software, acclaimed for its speed, power and effectiveness, today announced that it has completed a management buyout led by private equity firms ABS Capital Partners (ABS Capital) and Norwest Equity Partners (NEP).
buyer: ABS Capital Partners, L.P.
buyer: Norwest Equity Partners
ABS Capital Partners is a private equity firm founded to invest in mid to later stage growth companies in order to create significant, market-leading companies. The firm's investment strategy focuses on companies in the healthcare, technology, business services, and media and communications sectors."
target: Fairfield Language Technologies (RST:$194.09)
Fairfield Language Technologies publishes Rosetta Stone, the revolutionary CD-ROM and online language-learning software acclaimed for the speed, power and effectiveness of its Dynamic Immersion™ method.
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closed 7/27/2016 via Company Press Release

Unique Heritage Media, acquired Pili Pop Labs

synopsis: Unique Heritage Media announced the acquisition of Pili Pop Labs, a leader in language learning for children on mobile devices. The French start-up Pili Pop Labs has two language learning applications, Pili Pop English and Pili Pop Español, which use a unique voice recognition engine that analyzes the pronunciation of children to help them improve.
buyer: Unique Heritage Media
Unique Heritage Media (UHM) is a media group dedicated to the youth and to their entourage. Its ambition is to enable young people to grow and play while learning and discovering the world. UHM develops fifteen strong brands in the press, book, or digital sector. "
target: Pili Pop Labs
Pili Pop Labs is a Paris-based company specializing in language learning for children. With two apps, Pili Pop English and Pili Pop Español, available on iPhone and iPad, their goal is to help children learn English and Spanish while having fun.
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closed 9/6/2011 via PR Newswire

Educational Testing Service, Inc., acquired Edusoft, Ltd.

synopsis: Educational Testing Service (ETS®), the world's leading educational assessment and research organization, has acquired Edusoft Ltd., a developer of interactive English Language Learning solutions worldwide. Edusoft's solutions have been used since 1990 in classrooms, on computers and online in more than 30 countries.
buyer: Educational Testing Service, Inc.
Educational Testing Service (ETS) is a nonprofit organization that focuses on advancing quality and equity in education for people worldwide by creating assessments based on rigorous research. "
target: Edusoft, Ltd.
Edusoft develops, customizes, and implements comprehensive English language learning solutions for a range of educational, government, and corporate sectors worldwide. Edusoft is a pioneer in delivering turnkey Blended Learning solutions and large-scale Distance Learning packages.
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closed 3/27/2019 via BNC Analysis

Squla, acquired WRTS.nl

synopsis: With the acquisition of WRTS, Squla becomes a player in the market for digital learning materials in secondary education. Squla, designer of educational games for children, takes over fellow industry partner WRTS from Young Capital. WRTS focuses on learning words in language courses in secondary education.
buyer parent: Levine Leichtman Capital Partners Inc.
buyer: Squla
Squla is the leading consumer education brand for parents and their children in the Netherlands. Squla provides interactive educational tools for primary school students. Squla is linked to the Dutch national curriculum and is designed to supplement a student’s education in a fun and adaptive way. "
target parent: YoungCapital
target: WRTS.nl
WRTS focuses on learning words in language courses in secondary education. For more than 10 years, WRTS has ensured that the students in the Netherlands can learn words and rows by heart with an online hearing program.
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