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closed 8/1/2011 via PR Newswire

Cengage Learning, acquired National Geographic School Publishing

synopsis: Cengage Learning, a leading global provider of innovative teaching, learning and research solutions, has completed its acquisition of National Geographic Society's digital and print school publishing unit and unveiled the new brand, National Geographic Learning, for its English Language Learning business.
buyer parent: Apax Partners
buyer: Cengage Learning (OTCPK:CNGO:$1,593.70)
Cengage Learning is a provider of innovative teaching, learning and research solutions for the academic, professional and library markets worldwide. Its products and services are designed to foster academic excellence and professional development and increase student engagement. "
target parent: National Geographic Society
target: National Geographic School Publishing
National Geographic School Publishing provides quality PreK-12 instructional materials, including resources for emergent and early literacy, Reading/Language Arts, ESL/ELD, and Content Literacy development.
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closed 9/2/2020 via PR Newswire

Squla, acquired scoyo

synopsis: Squla, a consumer education company in the Netherlands, has acquired Scoyo, an online learning platform for primary and secondary school students in Germany. Scoyo makes learning fun by providing content in a cartoon world. They offer e-learning content for German and English language learning, mathematics, biology, physics, chemistry, and art.
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: scoyo
Scoyo is an online learning platform for primary and secondary school students in Germany. Scoyo makes learning fun by providing content in a playful cartoon world. Their platform offers e-learning content for German and English language learning, mathematics, biology, physics, chemistry, and art.
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announced 1/3/2020 via BNC Analysis

Aakash Educational Services Limited, will acquire Meritnation

synopsis: Aakash Educational Services Ltd, a leading educational institution in India, will acquire a 66% stake in Meritnation from Info Edge, India’s premier online classifieds company. Meritnation is an Indian company that develops study content and assessment modules for students of classes I - XII. Meritnatio offers content for math, science and English.
buyer: Aakash Educational Services Limited
Aakash is a leading educational institution in India. Aakash provides comprehensive test preparatory services to students preparing for medical and engineering entrance exams, school/board exams, KVPY, NTSE, Olympiads and other Foundation level exams. "
target parent: Info Edge
target: Meritnation
Meritnation is an Indian company that develops study content and assessment modules for students of classes I - XII. Meritnatio offers content for mathematics, science and English. They also offer online and offline test preparation modules for various undergraduate entrance examinations.
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closed 4/8/2019 via Company Press Release

Nearpod, acquired Flocabulary

synopsis: Nearpod, an all-in-one solution for the synchronized use of iPads in the classroom, has acquired Flocabulary, a learning program for all grades. Flocabulary uses educational hip-hop music to engage students and increase achievement across the curriculum. Their standards-based videos and instructional activities help develop core literacy skills.
buyer: Nearpod
Nearpod is an all-in-one solution for the synchronized use of iPads in the classroom. Nearpod makes lectures more engaging through interactive multimedia presentations. With Nearpod, teachers can create mobile presentations, engage students in class, and assess them in real time. "
target: Flocabulary
Flocabulary is a learning program for all grades. Flocabulary uses educational hip-hop music to engage students and increase achievement across the curriculum. Teachers use Flocabulary’s standards-based videos and instructional activities to supplement instruction and develop core literacy skills.
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closed 2/11/2013 via PR Newswire

Kosmos, acquired Thames & Kosmos

synopsis: Thames & Kosmos (T&K) announced the completion of a majority investment from its primary partner company, Germany-based Kosmos International GmbH. The deal will boost T&K's marketing, product development, and logistical resources, while the publishing house Kosmos becomes the principal shareholder in T&K, a publisher of educational products.
buyer: Kosmos
Kosmos is a media publishing house based in Stuttgart, Germany. Its current output includes non-fiction, children's books, science kits and German-style board games. "
target: Thames & Kosmos
Thames & Kosmos is a publisher of over 60 science kits for kids of all ages, which cover topics such as biology, physics, astronomy, and alternative energy. It places an emphasis on teaching real-world issues and practical skills through hands-on experimentation and comprehensive reading materials.
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announced 8/11/2016 via BNC Analysis

Avantel Limited, will acquire Wonder Whizkids

synopsis: Avantel, a company that specializes in integrating technologies related to wireless front-end, Satellite Communication, Network management, Software development and more, is acquiring Wonderwhizkids (Wiki Kids Limited), an e-Learning portal for K-8 to K-12 math & science students.
buyer: Avantel Limited (BSE:532406:$3.69)
Avantel specializes in integrating technologies related to wireless front-end, Satellite Communication, Embedded systems, Signal Processing, Network management and Software development. They are based in Hyderabad, India. "
target: Wonder Whizkids
Wonderwhizkids (Wiki Kids Limited) is an e-Learning portal for K-8 to K-12 math & science students in India. The portal features math, biology, physics and chemistry concepts aligned with International Baccalaureate, Advanced Placements and NCERT standards.
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announced 11/8/2010 via BNC Analysis

Perfection Learning Corporation, will acquire Kinetic Books

synopsis: Perfection Learning, one of the leading publishers of language arts materials for grades 6-12, announced the closing of an agreement to acquire Seattle-based Kinetic Books, publisher of next-generation digital math and science textbooks for the secondary and higher education markets.
buyer: Perfection Learning Corporation
Perfection Learning Corporation is a leading publisher of teacher and student curriculum materials for grades Pre K through 12. Their ever-growing product line covers such content areas as reading, test preparation, writing, vocabulary, and more. "
target: Kinetic Books
Kinetic Books creates and publishes Kinetic TextbooksTM, a line of comprehensive textbooks that are built from the ground up to take advantage of computers. Kinetic Books’ programs include comprehensive digital textbooks in physics, algebra, and geometry.
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closed 11/29/2019 via BNC Analysis

Sandbox & Co., acquired Hopster TV

synopsis: Sandbox and Co., UK's millennial learning company with a portfolio of digital products and services which help children learn while they play, has acquired Hopster, a company whose content helps develop kids’ literacy, numeracy and encourage exploring the world around them.
buyer: Sandbox & Co.
Sandbox and Co. is UK's millennial learning company with a portfolio of digital products and services which help children learn while they play. Their brands focus on globally relevant core subjects, encourage children to build on curiosity and help them develop 21st century skills. "
target: Hopster TV
By offering only developmental shows and then using them to power a carefully developed early years curriculum, UK's Hopster delivers a service parents can feel good about giving to their kids. Their content helps develop kids’ literacy, numeracy and encourage exploring the world around them.
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closed 7/30/2018 via PR Newswire

Imagine Learning, Inc., acquired Reasoning Mind

synopsis: Weld North Education (WNE), a leading digital education technology company focused on developing digital curriculum and tools for grades pre-K–12, announced its Imagine Learning business acquired Texas-based Reasoning Mind, a leading innovative math curriculum organization addressing the early learning market.
buyer parent: Silver Lake Partners
buyer: Imagine Learning, Inc.
Imagine Learning delivers language, literacy, and mathematics solutions for pre-K–12 students. Students and teachers love Imagine Language & Literacy, Imagine Math, Imagine Math Facts, and Imagine Español because they are research- and evidence-based, data driven, and incredibly fun to use. "
target: Reasoning Mind
Founded in 2000, Reasoning Mind has established itself as one of the highest-quality blended learning organizations for mathematics in the United States, servicing nearly a million students and teachers over 18 years, across several states.
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closed 7/25/2018 via BNC Analysis

Byju's, acquired Math Adventures

synopsis: Byju's, India's largest Ed-tech company and greater of a k12 learning app that offers highly adaptive, engaging, and effective learning programs for students, has acquired Math Adventures, a venture that offers math content for k-12 students, using short videos and activity-based approaches involving workbooks and tablets.
buyer: Byju's
Based in India, Byju’s is India’s largest Ed-tech company and the creator of India’s largest K12 learning app which offers highly adaptive, engaging and effective learning programs for students in classes 4-12 (K-12) and competitive exams like JEE, NEET, CAT, IAS, GRE and GMAT. "
target: Math Adventures
Math Adventures offers math-content for k-12 students using a combination of short videos and activity-based approach, involving workbooks and tablets. Math adventures can also be partnered with schools to incorporate into teachers' math program lesson plans.
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closed 10/26/2016 via Company Press Release

Imagine Learning, Inc., acquired Think Through Math

synopsis: Imagine Learning, a leader in elementary language and literacy software solutions, announced its acquisition of Pittsburgh-based Think Through Learning Inc., provider of the Think Through Math supplemental online math program.
buyer parent: Weld North LLC
buyer: Imagine Learning, Inc.
Imagine Learning, Inc., a Utah-based company, was founded with one goal in mind: to teach English to the children of the world. Today Imagine Learning English is being used by tens of thousands of students in hundreds of schools across the United States and around the world. "
target: Think Through Math
Think Through Math is a leader in education technology innovation, and is transforming math education in schools with the adaptive learning technology. Think Through Math integrates state-certified teachers who tutor struggling students live to improve math understanding.
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closed 6/10/2015 via Company Press Release

Digischool, acquired L'île des Mathématiques

synopsis: digiSchool, an online education community, acquired L'île des Mathématiques (IleMaths.net), a leading website for online mathematics which brings together more than 1.7 million users a month and has over 500,000 registered members.
buyer: Digischool
Digischool is the leading online community for the 15-25 year old demographic, uniting young people around the access and sharing of knowledge. Digischool was founded by Thierry Debarnot and Anthony Kuntz in 2011 with the belief that education and teaching were undergoing a digital revolution. "
target: L'île des Mathématiques
L'île des Mathématiques (ILEmaths.net) was founded in 1999 by Tom Pascal and his wife, a mathematics teacher. ILEmaths.net offers students online resources that are free and easily searchable.
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closed 10/25/2013 via Market Wire

Amazon.com, Inc., acquired TenMarks Education

synopsis: Catamount Ventures and Birchmere Ventures announced that they have completed the sale of TenMarks, a company that is helping teachers and parents deliver innovative mathematics curriculum to students across the country, to Amazon.com, Inc.
buyer: Amazon.com, Inc. (AMZN:$347,945.00)
Amazon.com, Inc. is a Fortune 500 company based in Seattle. Amazon.com, Inc. seeks to be Earth’s most customer-centric company, where customers can find and discover anything they might want to buy online, and endeavors to offer its customers the lowest possible prices. "
target: TenMarks Education
TenMarks's web-based math programs have been used by students across tens of thousands of schools and thousands of districts. Each day, students across the country use TenMarks to improve their math skills and confidence.
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closed 8/2/2012 via PR Newswire

McGraw-Hill Education, acquired Key Curriculum Press

synopsis: McGraw-Hill Education, a division of The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc., announced the acquisition of Key Curriculum, a privately held developer of mathematics learning technology in the K-12 and higher education markets. Key Curriculum will contribute to the development of McGraw-Hill Education's math technologies.
buyer parent: The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
buyer: McGraw-Hill Education
McGraw-Hill Education is a leading global provider of educational materials, information and solutions for the Pre-K through 12th grade, Assessment, Higher Education and Professional markets. "
target parent: EQT Partners AB
target: Key Curriculum Press
Key Curriculum Press develops effective, high-quality mathematics instructional materials and software.It offers professional development workshops, online courses and webinars to provide educators with the training, experience and support they need to incorporate effective teaching strategies.
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closed 5/19/2011 via PR Newswire

Sophia Learning, LLC, acquired Guaranteach

synopsis: Sophia, a first-of-its-kind online social teaching and learning platform that offers academic content to anyone, anywhere free of charge, announced that it has acquired Guaranteach, a Web-based service that provides tens of thousands of short-form tutorials along with assessment tools to students, teachers, colleges and schools.
buyer: Sophia Learning, LLC
Sophia is a first-of-its-kind social teaching and learning application that makes free, credible academic content available to anyone at anytime by harnessing the power of the Internet to enable everyone to participate in a worldwide learning community. "
target: Guaranteach
Founded in 2008, Guaranteach uses Web-based streaming videos to deliver customized math instruction. The company designs and builds innovative software, to change the way that computers are used in education, combining experience in teaching, parenting, entrepreneurship and technology.
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closed 9/13/2010 via PR Newswire

Scholastic Inc., acquired Math Solutions

synopsis: Scholastic, the global children's publishing, education, and media company, announced that it has acquired Math Solutions, a leading authority on K-12 mathematics instruction, providing teachers with the highest quality professional development services, publications and resources.
buyer: Scholastic Inc. (SCHL:$1,679.40)
Scholastic is a global children’s publishing and media company in both education and entertainment. Scholastic’s 78 year reputation for quality, learning and fun is based on a long-term relationship with teachers, parents and children, and its unique ability to understand what kids want and need. "
target: Math Solutions
Founded in 1984 by renowned educator Marilyn Burns, Math Solutions is dedicated to improving the teaching of mathematics by providing professional development and resources of the highest quality to K–8 teachers and administrators.
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closed 1/28/2010 via PR Newswire

The Gale Group, acquired Questia Media, Inc.

synopsis: Gale, part of Cengage Learning, has acquired the assets of Questia Media, Inc., a leading provider of information and educational resources to students through its questia.com and questiaschool.com products.
buyer parent: Apax Partners
buyer: The Gale Group
Gale® is a world leader in e-research and educational publishing for libraries, schools and businesses. Best known for its accurate and authoritative reference content as well as its intelligent organization of full-text magazine and newspaper articles, the company creates more than 600 databases. "
target: Questia Media, Inc.
Questia is the first online library that provides 24/7 access to the world's largest online collection of books and journal articles in the humanities and social sciences, plus magazine and newspaper articles. Questia offers a range of search, note-taking, and writing tools.
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closed 9/21/2005 via BusinessWire

McDougal, Littell & Co., purchased programs for grades 7-12 from Larson Learning, Inc.

synopsis: McDougal Littell, Houghton Mifflin's secondary educational publishing division, acquired programs for grades 7-12 from Larson Learning.
buyer parent: Houghton Mifflin Riverdeep Group PLC
buyer: McDougal, Littell & Co.
McDougal Littell, a division of Houghton Mifflin Company, is among the fastest growing publishers in the United States, recognized for its innovation, dedication, and responsiveness to the needs of educators. They publish print and technology materials for various subjects for grades 6 through 12. "
seller: Larson Learning, Inc.
Textbooks, learning software, and online interactive multimedia programs for K-12.
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closed 10/23/2020 via BusinessWire

Madison Dearborn Partners, acquired Carnegie Learning, Inc.

synopsis: Madison Dearborn Partners, LLC, a leading private equity firm, has acquired a majority stake in Carnegie Learning from CIP Capital. Carnegie Learning, Inc. is a provider of curricula, textbooks and math learning software for grades 6-12, written and designed to align to a common core or integrated pathway.
buyer: Madison Dearborn Partners
Madison Dearborn Partners, LLC (MDP), based in Chicago, is a leading private equity investment firm in the United States. Since MDP's formation, the firm has raised aggregate capital of over $26 billion and has completed over 140 investments. "
target parent: CIP Capital
target: Carnegie Learning, Inc.
Carnegie Learning, Inc. is a provider of curricula, textbooks and math learning software for grades 6-12, written and designed to align to a common core or integrated pathway.
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closed 9/6/2018 via BusinessWire

Carnegie Learning, Inc. merged with New Mountain Learning,

synopsis: CIP Capital has completed an investment in Carnegie Learning, a leading provider of innovative, research-proven math products and services, and will be merging it with New Mountain Learning (NML), a leading provider of literacy, language and digital competency skills to create a comprehensive, dynamic, and progressive learning technology company.
buyer parent: CIP Capital
buyer: New Mountain Learning
New Mountain Learning is an education company that accelerates student, educator, and institutional success. Their “formula” for effective learning is simple—provide learning solutions that drive student achievement and improve educator effectiveness. "
target: Carnegie Learning, Inc.
Carnegie Learning is a transformational math education company focused on delivering better math learning to all teachers and students.
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closed 8/1/2011 via PR Newswire

Cengage Learning, acquired National Geographic School Publishing

synopsis: Cengage Learning, a leading global provider of innovative teaching, learning and research solutions, has completed its acquisition of National Geographic Society's digital and print school publishing unit and unveiled the new brand, National Geographic Learning, for its English Language Learning business.
buyer parent: Apax Partners
buyer: Cengage Learning (OTCPK:CNGO:$1,593.70)
Cengage Learning is a provider of innovative teaching, learning and research solutions for the academic, professional and library markets worldwide. Its products and services are designed to foster academic excellence and professional development and increase student engagement. "
target parent: National Geographic Society
target: National Geographic School Publishing
National Geographic School Publishing provides quality PreK-12 instructional materials, including resources for emergent and early literacy, Reading/Language Arts, ESL/ELD, and Content Literacy development.
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announced 5/1/2019 via BusinessWire

McGraw-Hill Education will be merged with Cengage Learning,

synopsis: McGraw-Hill and Cengage announced that they will combine in an all-stock merger on equal terms. The company will be led by Michael E. Hansen, currently CEO of Cengage. McGraw-Hill is a learning science company that delivers personalized learning experiences. The combined company will be named McGraw Hill.
buyer parent: Apax Partners
buyer: Cengage Learning (OTCPK:CNGO:$1,593.70)
Cengage is the education and technology company built for learners. The company serves the higher education, K-12, professional, library and workforce training markets worldwide. Cengage creates learning experiences that build confidence and momentum toward the future students want. "
target parent: Apollo Global Management
target: McGraw-Hill Education
McGraw-Hill is a learning science company that delivers personalized learning experiences that help students, parents, educators and professionals drive results. They focus on educational equity, affordability and learning success to help learners build better lives.
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closed 9/27/2016 via PR Newswire

Cengage Learning, acquired WebAssign

synopsis: Cengage, an education and technology company, announced the acquisition of WebAssign, a leading provider of digital learning solutions for higher education. The acquisition strengthens Cengage's position as a market leader in science, technology and math offering three unique platforms for faculty and institutions.
buyer parent: Apax Partners
buyer: Cengage Learning (OTCPK:CNGO:$1,593.70)
Cengage is the education and technology company built for learners. The company serves the higher education, K-12, professional, library and workforce training markets worldwide. Cengage creates learning experiences that build confidence and momentum toward the future students want. "
target: WebAssign
WebAssign is a flexible and fully customizable online instructional system that puts powerful tools in the hands of teachers, enabling them to deploy assignments, instantly assess individual student performance, and realize their teaching goals.
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closed 10/27/2015 via PR Newswire

Cengage Learning, acquired Pathbrite

synopsis: Cengage Learning, a leading educational content, technology and services company for the higher education and K-12, professional and library markets worldwide, announced its acquisition of Pathbrite's best-in-class ePortfolio solution. Pathbrite enables students to collect, track and showcase their work to demonstrate completion of assignments.
buyer parent: Apax Partners
buyer: Cengage Learning (OTCPK:CNGO:$1,593.70)
Cengage Learning is a leading educational content, technology and services company for the higher education and K-12, professional and library markets worldwide. The company provides superior content, personalized services and course-driven digital solutions that accelerate student engagement. "
target: Pathbrite
Pathbrite was a venture-backed ed tech company based in San Francisco. Pathbrite has users at 900 schools, colleges, universities and organizations in the world. Pathbrite's portfolio platform is poised to revolutionize learning, teaching and assessment across the globe.
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closed 8/1/2011 via PR Newswire

Cengage Learning, acquired National Geographic School Publishing

synopsis: Cengage Learning, a leading global provider of innovative teaching, learning and research solutions, has completed its acquisition of National Geographic Society's digital and print school publishing unit and unveiled the new brand, National Geographic Learning, for its English Language Learning business.
buyer parent: Apax Partners
buyer: Cengage Learning (OTCPK:CNGO:$1,593.70)
Cengage Learning is a provider of innovative teaching, learning and research solutions for the academic, professional and library markets worldwide. Its products and services are designed to foster academic excellence and professional development and increase student engagement. "
target parent: National Geographic Society
target: National Geographic School Publishing
National Geographic School Publishing provides quality PreK-12 instructional materials, including resources for emergent and early literacy, Reading/Language Arts, ESL/ELD, and Content Literacy development.
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closed 6/6/2011 via BNC Analysis

Cengage Learning, purchased Nursing & Allied Health list from Nelson Thornes Ltd.

synopsis: Cengage Learning announced that it has completed the acquisition of Nelson Thornes’ Nursing & Allied Health list. Cengage Learning is already known as an innovative force in health care education in the US. The Nursing & Allied Health list acquired from Nelson Thornes strengthens the healthcare portfolio by increasing the range of titles.
buyer parent: Apax Partners
buyer: Cengage Learning (OTCPK:CNGO:$1,593.70)
Cengage Learning is a provider of innovative teaching, learning and research solutions for the academic, professional and library markets worldwide. Its products and services are designed to foster academic excellence and professional development and increase student engagement. "
seller parent: Bridgepoint Capital Limited
seller: Nelson Thornes Ltd.
Flagship titles of Nelson Thornes` Nursing & Allied Health list include Quinn`s Principles and Practice of Nurse Education, Physiotherapy in Respiratory Care and the Foundations in Nursing and Health Care series.
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Cengage Learning, purchased ELT Business from Marshall Cavendish

synopsis: Cengage Learning, one of the world's leading providers of print and digital information services for the educational and library reference markets, announced that it has completed the acquisition of Marshall Cavendish's English Language Teaching business
buyer parent: Apax Partners
buyer: Cengage Learning (OTCPK:CNGO:$1,593.70)
Cengage Learning, formerly Thomson Learning, delivers highly customized learning solutions for colleges, universities, professors, students, reference centers, government agencies, corporations and professionals around the world. "
seller parent: Fraser & Neave Limited
seller: Marshall Cavendish
The Marshall Cavendish ELT business includes its first series title, Just Right, published since 2003, as well as titles under the Summertown imprint.
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Cengage Learning, acquired Concept Media

synopsis: Textbook publisher Cengage Learning, backed by Apax Partners and Omers Capital Partners, has acquired Concept Media, which provides health-care education materials on DVD, CD and VHS formats.
buyer parent: Apax Partners
buyer: Cengage Learning (OTCPK:CNGO:$1,593.70)
Cengage Learning, formerly Thomson Learning, delivers highly customized learning solutions for colleges, universities, professors, students, reference centers, government agencies, corporations and professionals around the world. "
target parent: Wicks Group of Companies
target: Concept Media
Concept Media produces and distributes award winning education media for colleges, healthcare institutions, social service agencies and counseling centers throughout North America, Europe, and the South Pacific.
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closed 12/15/2008 via Company Press Release

The Gale Group, acquired HighBeam Research, Inc.

synopsis: Gale, part of Cengage Learning, has acquired HighBeam Research, Inc., producer of the award-winning HighBeam Research Library and the online reference site Encyclopedia.com. HighBeam's growing base of content includes newspaper archives, journal articles, magazines, reference works and more.
buyer parent: Cengage Learning
buyer: The Gale Group
Gale® is a world leader in e-research and educational publishing for libraries, schools and businesses. Best known for its accurate and authoritative reference content as well as its intelligent organization of full-text magazine and newspaper articles, the company creates more than 600 databases. "
target: HighBeam Research, Inc.
HighBeam is a premiere online library for research, facts, and articles. HighBeam also provides an in-depth online library of reference works. HighBeam’s web sites have attracted millions of unique visitors and thousands of subscribers.
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Cengage Learning, acquired Houghton Mifflin College Division

synopsis: Cengage Learning, one of the leading providers of print and digital instructional and reference materials for the academic, professional and library markets, announced that it has completed the acquisition of the Houghton Mifflin College Division (HM College).
buyer: Cengage Learning (OTCPK:CNGO:$1,593.70)
Cengage Learning, formerly Thomson Learning, delivers highly customized learning solutions for colleges, universities, professors, students, reference centers, government agencies, corporations and professionals around the world. "
target parent: Education Media and Publishing Group Limited
target: Houghton Mifflin College Division
Houghton Mifflin's College Division makes knowledge accessible and meaningful to learners at four-year, community and career colleges. The division also has an inclusive approach to content and pedagogy and also publishes textbooks, study guides, technology tools, and other materials.
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closed 10/15/2007 via BusinessWire

Educational Testing Service, acquired Thomson Prometric

synopsis: Prometric, previously a business of The Thomson Corporation and the global leader in technology-enabled testing and assessment services, today announced that its acquisition by ETS is complete.
buyer: Educational Testing Service
Educational Testing Service is the world's largest private educational testing and measurement organization and a leader in educational research. The company is dedicated to serving the needs of individuals, educational institutions, and government bodies in almost 200 countries. "
target parent: Thomson Reuters
target: Thomson Prometric
Thomson Prometric is the global leader in technology-enabled testing and assessment services for academic, professional, government, corporate and information technology markets. Thomson Prometric delivers standardized tests for 300 clients, in 26 languages.
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closed 7/5/2007 via PR Newswire

Apax Partners, OMERS Capital Partners, acquired Thomson Learning

synopsis: Funds advised by Apax Partners announced that, together with OMERS Capital Partners, they have completed the previously announced acquisition of the higher education, careers and library reference assets of Thomson Learning and Nelson Canada from The Thomson Corporation.
buyer: OMERS Capital Partners
buyer: Apax Partners
Apax is one of the oldest and largest private equity firms in the world with more than $30 billion under global management. OMERS is a multi-employer pension plan established in 1962 and is one of the largest and most sophisticated asset management entities in Canada. "
target parent: The Thomson Corporation
target: Thomson Learning (OTCPK:CNGO:$1,593.70)
Through such brands and businesses as Wadsworth, Delmar Learning, Gale, Heinle, Brooks/Cole and South-Western, Thomson Learning delivers learning solutions for colleges, universities, professors, students, reference centers, government agencies, corporations and professionals around the world.
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announced 2/20/2007 via Company Press Release

Thomson Learning, will acquire Aplia, Inc.

synopsis: Thomson Learning, part of The Thomson Corporation announced its intention to acquire Aplia Inc., an educational company dedicated to improving learning outcomes by increasing student effort and engagement. The move reflects Thomson Learning’s commitment to continue growth in the digital teaching and learning solutions.
buyer parent: The Thomson Corporation
buyer: Thomson Learning (OTCPK:CNGO:$1,593.70)
Cengage Learning, formerly Thomson Learning, delivers highly customized learning solutions for colleges, universities, professors, students, reference centers, government agencies, corporations and professionals around the world. "
target: Aplia, Inc.
Aplia, Inc. is a collection of Web-based tools that enables professors to incorporate two key teaching elements: assigning frequent online homework that is automatically tracked and graded; and easily incorporating active-learning such as experiments and current events into the classroom.
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closed 8/1/2011 via PR Newswire

Cengage Learning, acquired National Geographic School Publishing

synopsis: Cengage Learning, a leading global provider of innovative teaching, learning and research solutions, has completed its acquisition of National Geographic Society's digital and print school publishing unit and unveiled the new brand, National Geographic Learning, for its English Language Learning business.
buyer parent: Apax Partners
buyer: Cengage Learning (OTCPK:CNGO:$1,593.70)
Cengage Learning is a provider of innovative teaching, learning and research solutions for the academic, professional and library markets worldwide. Its products and services are designed to foster academic excellence and professional development and increase student engagement. "
target parent: National Geographic Society
target: National Geographic School Publishing
National Geographic School Publishing provides quality PreK-12 instructional materials, including resources for emergent and early literacy, Reading/Language Arts, ESL/ELD, and Content Literacy development.
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closed 10/27/2020 via Company Press Release

Course Hero, acquired Symbolab

synopsis: Course Hero, an online learning platform for course-specific study resources, acquired Symbolab, a pioneer in the development of artificial intelligence to help students demystify the most vexing math challenges. Symbolab has been used by over 50 million students to work through and understand one billion questions and explanations in 2020 alone.
buyer: Course Hero
Course Hero is an online platform providing educational resources to help students learn more effectively. Whether exploring new subjects or mastering key topics, Course Hero provides interested learners with the tools they need to achieve their goals. "
target: Symbolab
Founded by mathematicians and computer scientists in 2011, Symbolab helps students better understand and practice math problems across a range of educational levels and subjects, such as advanced algebra, trigonometry, calculus, chemistry and physics.
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closed 1/3/2019 via PR Newswire

Centre Lane Partners, LLC, acquired Turning Technologies, LLC

synopsis: Centre Lane Partners, a private equity firm focused on making investments in North American middle market companies, has acquired Turning Technologies, the global leader for learning, engagement and assessment solutions.
buyer: Centre Lane Partners, LLC
Centre Lane Partners is a private equity firm focused on making investments in North American middle market companies. Centre Lane targets companies with revenues between $20 and $500 million that have leading market positions and sustainable competitive advantages in their respective niches. "
target parent: Brockway Moran & Partners Inc.
target: Turning Technologies, LLC
Turning Technologies is the global leader for learning, engagement and assessment solutions. Today, over 20 million response solutions have been delivered to K-12 schools, universities, businesses and government agencies worldwide.
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closed 1/31/2019 via BusinessWire

Vivendi SA, acquired Editis

synopsis: Vivendi, a French integrated content, media and communications group, has completed the acquisition of Editis, a French group of publishing companies, from Grupo Planeta, a Spanish media group based in Madrid.
buyer: Vivendi SA (ENXTPA:VIV:$19,592.85)
Vivendi is an integrated content, media and communications group. The company operates businesses throughout the media value chain, from talent discovery to the creation, production and distribution of content. "
target parent: Grupo Planeta
target: Editis
Editis holds leading positions in three segments of the French publishing business, in particular Literature (trade and mass market formats), Education (scholarly, scholastic aids, middle school, high school, university, legal and medical), and Reference (dictionaries and encyclopedias).
price ($mm)
$1,026
rev ($mm)
$855
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
1.2x
EV / EBITDA
closed 9/6/2018 via BusinessWire

Carnegie Learning, Inc. merged with New Mountain Learning,

synopsis: CIP Capital has completed an investment in Carnegie Learning, a leading provider of innovative, research-proven math products and services, and will be merging it with New Mountain Learning (NML), a leading provider of literacy, language and digital competency skills to create a comprehensive, dynamic, and progressive learning technology company.
buyer parent: CIP Capital
buyer: New Mountain Learning
New Mountain Learning is an education company that accelerates student, educator, and institutional success. Their “formula” for effective learning is simple—provide learning solutions that drive student achievement and improve educator effectiveness. "
target: Carnegie Learning, Inc.
Carnegie Learning is a transformational math education company focused on delivering better math learning to all teachers and students.
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closed 2/21/2018 via BNC Analysis

Zungu Investments Company (Pty) Ltd, acquired Shuter & Shooter Publishers (Pty) Ltd.

synopsis: Shuter and Shooter Publishers (Pty) Ltd, a proudly South African company has been acquired by Zungu Investments Company. Shuters publishes both educational and general books. Shuter & Shooter Publishers (Pty) Ltd. is based in Shuters House Pietermaritzburg, the capital of KwaZulu-Natal - one of nine provinces in the Republic of South Africa.
buyer: Zungu Investments Company (Pty) Ltd
Zungu Investments Co. is a deep-rooted, performance-driven investment holding company. Based in South Africa, they are a young, dynamic team of entrepreneurial professionals whose investment philosophy is guided by long-term partnerships. "
target parent: Craib Family
target: Shuter & Shooter Publishers (Pty) Ltd.
Shuters publishes both educational and general books. Shuter & Shooter Publishers (Pty) Ltd. is based in Shuters House Pietermaritzburg, the capital of KwaZulu-Natal - one of nine provinces in the Republic of South Africa.
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closed 11/9/2011 via Company Press Release

Blackboard Inc., acquired CerBibo Corporation

synopsis: Blackboard has made a major investment to support online learning in China, by acquiring full ownership of CerBibo, a company that has brought its online learning solution to hundreds of institutions in China. The move enhances the company’s ability to make deeper investments to support greater use of online learning.
buyer parent: Providence Equity Partners Inc.
buyer: Blackboard Inc. (BBBB:$447.32)
Blackboard's solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities. "
target: CerBibo Corporation
CerBibo dedicates itself to provide leading E-learning service to educational market in China. CerBibo provides E-learning software series and a full-fledged set of highly scalable solutions to various kinds of schools and educational training institutions.
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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 9/12/2011 via BNC Analysis

Apollo Group, Inc., acquired Carnegie Learning, Inc.

synopsis: Apollo Group, Inc. has acquired 100% of the stock of Carnegie Learning, Inc., a publisher of research-based math curricula including the adaptive Cognitive Tutor® math software. Carnegie Learning provides math instruction to more than 600,000 students in 3,000 schools nationwide.
buyer: Apollo Group, Inc. (APOL:$2,000.33)
Apollo Group, Inc. is one of the world's largest private education providers. The Company offers innovative and distinctive educational programs and services both online and on-campus at the undergraduate, master’s and doctoral levels through its subsidiaries. "
target: Carnegie Learning, Inc.
Carnegie Learning, Inc. is a leading publisher of innovative, research-based math curricula for middle school, high school, and post-secondary students. The company provides differentiated instruction in schools across the United States.
price ($mm)
$74
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closed 7/27/2011 via Company Press Release

VIP Tone, acquired Global Grid for Learning Limited

synopsis: VIP Tone's subsidiary, EduTone has acquired all of the shares of Global Grid for Learning Limited from Cambridge University Press. Global Grid for Learning acts as a trusted broker for digital content, connecting teachers and students at all stages in education to a single source for high quality and educationally relevant learning resources.
buyer: VIP Tone
VIP Tone, Inc. provides a unique data integration and knowledge management platform for the global education market that is a key enabler in addressing the market's two highest priorities: measuring and benchmarking of student achievement and improving school accountability. "
target parent: Cambridge University Press
target: Global Grid for Learning Limited
Global Grid for Learning (GGfL) acts as a trusted broker for digital content, connecting teachers and students at all stages in education to a single source for high quality and educationally relevant learning resources.
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closed 10/4/2011 via PR Newswire

Providence Equity Partners, acquired Blackboard Inc.

synopsis: Blackboard Inc. announced the completion of its acquisition by an investor group led by affiliates of Providence Equity Partners. Blackboard is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day.
buyer: Providence Equity Partners
Providence Equity Partners is the leading global private equity firm specializing in equity investments in media, communications, information services and education companies around the world. "
target: Blackboard Inc. (BBBB:$447.32)
Blackboard's solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities.
price ($mm)[EV]
$1,585 [$1,712]
rev ($mm)
$481
EBITDA ($mm)
$79
EV / rev
3.7x
EV / EBITDA
22.3x
announced 5/3/2011 via PR Newswire

itslearning, will acquire Dactique

synopsis: itslearning has announced that it will acquire a 51% stake in educational technology provider Dactique. Both companies provide learning platforms and related products to customers in primary, secondary, vocational and higher education. This cooperation will make itslearning the largest learning platform provider in the Netherlands.
buyer: itslearning
Headquartered in Bergen, Norway, itslearning offers professional development services in individualized instruction and the itslearning platform to help educators improve retention and graduation rates, and reduce the cost of instruction. "
target: Dactique
Dactique is an educational technology provider that provides learning platforms and related products to customers in primary, secondary, vocational and higher education. Its two products include: Dapter, a learning and ePortfolio system, and Teletop, an advanced learning platform.
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closed 8/5/2010 via PR Newswire

Blackboard Inc., acquired Wimba, Inc.

synopsis: Blackboard Inc. announced that it has acquired Wimba, Inc., a leading provider of synchronous learning and collaboration technology to the education markets. Wimba is a leading provider of collaborative learning solutions and services to the Further/Higher Education and K-12 markets.
buyer: Blackboard Inc. (BBBB:$447.32)
Blackboard is a leading provider of enterprise software and services to the education industry. The Company's product line consists of five software applications bundled in two suites, the Blackboard Academic Suite(TM) and the Blackboard Commerce Suite. "
target: Wimba, Inc.
Wimba is a leading provider of collaborative solutions that engage students, support business needs, and save time and money. The Wimba Collaboration Suite offers students, teachers and administrators an engaging and comprehensive collaboration environment for instruction, meetings and help.
price ($mm)[EV]
$47 [$45]
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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
closed 2/12/2008 via BusinessWire

Journey Education, acquired CCV Software

synopsis: Online education reseller Journey Education Marketing, Inc. acquired CCV Software, headquartered in Vero Beach, FL. With the addition of the popular education reseller CCV Software to its business, JourneyEd will expand from serving higher education into the K-12 market.
buyer: Journey Education
Journey Education Marketing, Inc. is the leading multi-channel software marketer to the K-12 and post-secondary academic markets. It sells to students, faculty, staff, educational institutions and public school districts. "
target: CCV Software
CCV Software's history of integrity and personal customer service and knowledge of products and licensing has made us a premier partner for the major software publishers. We provide many services to make acquiring product knowledge and information easier for our educational customers.
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closed 10/25/2007 via PR Newswire

EMC/Paradigm Publishing, acquired Lawrenceville Press Inc.

synopsis: EMC Publishing, LLC, an independent educational publisher, today announced it had acquired Lawrenceville Press, Inc., a Pennington, NJ-based developer and publisher of computer applications and programming textbooks for the U.S. and Canadian school market. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
buyer parent: The Wicks Group of Companies, L.L.C.
buyer: EMC/Paradigm Publishing (:$0.00)
EMC/Paradigm publishes textbook programs for accounting/math, allied health, computer applications, developmental skills, English/communications, keyboarding, machine transcription/shorthand, office systems, psychology/human relations/careers, staff development, and world languages. "
target: Lawrenceville Press Inc.
Lawrenceville Press Inc. publishes educational and teacher-resource materials covering computer applications and programming.
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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 10/16/2006 via BusinessWire

Freehand Systems, Inc., acquired Electronic Courseware Systems, Inc.

synopsis: FreeHand Systems, Inc., subsidiary of FreeHand Systems International, Inc. has completed the previously announced acquisition of Illinois-based Electronic Courseware Systems, Inc., a privately held computer software developer and publisher of music and music education products.
buyer parent: KAL Equity Capital Fund I, LLC
buyer: Freehand Systems, Inc.
FreeHand Systems, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of FreeHand Systems International, Inc. (FSYI), is the global leader in digital sheet music publishing and is the manufacturer of the first digital music tablet, the MusicPad Pro(R) Plus. "
target: Electronic Courseware Systems, Inc.
Electronic Courseware Systems, Inc. is a privately held computer software developer and publisher focusing on products related to music and music education.
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closed 6/23/2006 via BusinessWire

Talisman Capital, acquired Turning Technologies, LLC

synopsis: Turning Technologies, LLC, a leader in the audience response industry, and Responsive Innovations, LLC, a leader in the manufacture of wireless response devices, today announced their partnership with Talisman Capital Partners ("Talisman").
buyer: Talisman Capital
Talisman Capital Management, Inc., and Talisman Capital Fund I, LLC, invest with management teams in acquisitions, recapitalizations, and industry consolidations of middle-market companies. "
target: Turning Technologies, LLC
Turning Technologies, LLC develops interactive response systems utilizing the latest software and hardware tools available and transforms them into state of the art applications for audience response.
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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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