Like Smarty Ants Inc.

closed 8/10/2015 via PR Web

Achieve3000, acquired Smarty Ants Inc.

synopsis: Achieve3000, a company that delivers differentiated literacy solutions proven to increase reading comprehension, vocabulary and writing proficiency for students in grades 2-12, announced a new addition with the acquisition of the business of Smarty Ants, Inc., an educational technology company based in San Rafael, California.
buyer parent: Insight Venture Partners
buyer: Achieve3000
Achieve3000 delivers differentiated literacy solutions proven to increase reading comprehension, vocabulary and writing proficiency for students in grades 2-12. "
target: Smarty Ants Inc.
Smarty Ants, an educational technology company based in San Rafael, Calif., is the developer of the Smarty Ants Reading Word Program, a next-generation educational tool that delivers customized, phonics-based reading instruction via an engaging, interactive gaming world.
price ($mm)
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closed 5/15/2019 via BNC Analysis

Kahoot!, acquired Poio AS

synopsis: Kahoot!, a game-based learning platform in Norway, has acquired Poio, the #1 learn-to-read app in Scandinavia. Poio provides an interactive tool and gaming platform designed to give children the best possible start to their reading journey. Poio has helped more than 100,000 children aged 3-8 years learn how to read.
buyer: Kahoot! (OTCNO:KAHOOT:$0.00)
Kahoot! is a game-based learning platform in Norway. Kahoot! makes it easy to create, share and play fun learning games for any subject, in any language, on any device, for all ages. Kahoot! is used in a multitude of settings, including K-12 and university classrooms, corporate offices, and more. "
target: Poio AS
Poio is the #1 learn-to-read app in Scandinavia. Poio provides an interactive tool and gaming platform designed to give children the best possible start to their reading journey. Poio has helped more than 100,000 children aged 3-8 years learn how to read.
price ($mm)
$6.50
rev ($mm)
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
EV / EBITDA
closed 12/23/2013 via PR Newswire

Learning A-Z, acquired Headsprout

synopsis: Skyview Capital announced that it has completed the sale of Headsprout to Learning A-Z. Mimio acquired Headsprout in 2011, which has patented and award-winning adaptive software. Headsprout is a leader in the development and implementation of online instruction that adjusts automatically to each student's needs.
buyer parent: Cambium Learning Group, Inc.
buyer: Learning A-Z
Learning A-Z is a preK-6 educational resource company specializing in online delivery of leveled readers and supplementary curriculum. Serving a wide range of student needs, including ELL/ESL, intervention, special education, and daily instruction. "
target parent: Skyview Capital LLC
target: Headsprout
Headsprout is a leader in the development and implementation of online instruction that adjusts automatically to each student's needs. Its scientific, research-based, adaptive software is used in thousands of classrooms, learning labs and homes in the U.S. and all over the world.
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closed 3/9/2011 via PR Newswire

DYMO Mimio, acquired Headsprout

synopsis: DYMO™/Mimio® ITT, a leading provider of interactive teaching technologies for educators, has announced the acquisition of Headsprout®, an innovative provider of adaptive instructional content that adjusts automatically to each student's pace for learning.
buyer parent: Newell Rubbermaid Inc.
buyer: DYMO Mimio
DYMO / Mimio Interactive Teaching Technologies is a leading provider of interactive teaching technologies for educators. The company's products include Mimio interactive whiteboard technology, digital ink recorders, document cameras, student response systems and engaging lesson plan content. "
target: Headsprout
Headsprout is a leader in the development and implementation of online instruction that adjusts automatically to each student's needs. Its scientific, research-based, adaptive software is used in thousands of classrooms, learning labs and homes in the U.S. and all over the world.
price ($mm)
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closed 4/7/2014 via BusinessWire

Weld North LLC, acquired Imagine Learning, Inc.

synopsis: Weld North announced that it has acquired Imagine Learning. Imagine Learning designs and develops language and literacy software for struggling readers, early childhood students, and the rapidly growing English language learner (ELL) student population. Imagine joins Edgenuity and Generation Ready on the Weld North education platform.
buyer: Weld North LLC
Weld North is an investment company concentrating on education, health and wellness, consumer services and marketing businesses. In partnership with KKR, a leading global investment firm, it seeks to make control investments in businesses with high potential for long-term growth in cash flow. "
target parent: Sorenson Capital
target: Imagine Learning, Inc.
Imagine Learning delivers award-winning language and literacy solutions to elementary students throughout the U.S. and around the world. Imagine Learning creates educational software that uses engaging, one-on-one instruction to meet students’ individual learning needs.
price ($mm)
rev ($mm)
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
EV / EBITDA
closed 9/19/2018 via BNC Analysis

Higher Ground Education, acquired Montessorium

synopsis: Higher Ground Education, an international company focused on modernizing the Montessori education method, has acquired Montessorium, a developer of educational applications for iPhone, iPad, and other mobile devices. Montessorium's apps utilizes the Montessori method to teach skills related to reading, writing, arithmetic, and geography.
buyer: Higher Ground Education
Higher Ground Education is an international company focused on modernizing the Montessori education method. Higher Ground owns and operates schools around the world and seeks to develop a platform that sources, secures, and develops back-end support to all Montessori-inspired schools and educators. "
target: Montessorium
Montessorium develops educational applications for iPhone, iPad, and other mobile devices. Their apps employ educational principals developed by the Italian educator Maria Montessori to teach skills related to reading, writing, arithmetic, and geography, among others.
price ($mm)
rev ($mm)
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
EV / EBITDA
closed 2/26/2018 via PR Newswire

Agile Group, acquired LightSail Education

synopsis: LightSail Education announced that it has been acquired by Agile Group, a technology firm focused on education platforms. LightSail's adaptive platform provides each student with a customized and dynamic library tailored to their individual reading level while providing educators with insightful data to guide their students to success.
buyer: Agile Group
Agile Group is a technology firm focused on education platforms. Agile Group invests in high quality Antares content for students and schools. "
target: LightSail Education
LightSail is the adaptive reading platform that helps students and school districts exceed their literacy goals. LightSail students get access to personalized libraries filled with thousands of engaging, just-right texts to choose from. LightSail teachers get data about student reading behavior.
price ($mm)
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closed 10/18/2017 via Company Press Release

Fuel Education, acquired Big Universe

synopsis: Fuel Education® (FuelEd®) announced that it has expanded its suite of digital learning solutions for schools and districts with the addition of Big Universe®, a literacy solutions provider of more than 11,000 leveled eBooks for students in grades K–12.
buyer parent: K12, Inc.
buyer: Fuel Education
Fuel Education partners with school districts to fuel personalized learning and transform the education experience inside and outside the classroom. The company provides innovative solutions for pre-K-12 that empower districts to implement successful online and blended learning programs. "
target: Big Universe
Founded in 2007, Big Universe offers a library of 11,000 digital books from 40 publishers that can be read at different levels, along with related assessment and reporting features. It claims to be used by more than 700,000 students across over 900 schools.
price ($mm)
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closed 8/1/2013 via Capital IQ

Rosetta Stone Inc., acquired Lexia Learning Systems, Inc.

synopsis: Rosetta Stone Inc. has acquired leading education-technology company Lexia Learning Systems, Inc., whose innovative English reading products are used in over 14,000 schools and by more than one million students online.
buyer: Rosetta Stone Inc. (RST:$194.09)
Rosetta Stone Inc. provides cutting-edge interactive technology that is changing the way the world learns languages. The company’s proprietary learning techniques are used by schools, businesses, government organizations and millions of individuals around the world. "
target: Lexia Learning Systems, Inc.
Lexia Learn Systems provides explicit, systematic, personalized learning on foundational reading skills, and delivers norm-referenced performance data without interrupting the flow of instruction to administer a test.
price ($mm)
$19
rev ($mm)
$15
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
1.5x
EV / EBITDA
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.
price ($mm)
rev ($mm)
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
EV / EBITDA
closed 10/3/2018 via BNC Analysis

Achieve3000, acquired ActivelyLearn

synopsis: Achieve3000, a provider of online reading and literacy tools, announced it has acquired Seattle-based Actively Learn, which also provides a suite of online reading materials and instructional supports aimed at helping students build literacy and critical-thinking skills.
buyer: Achieve3000
Achieve3000 offers online literacy tools for a range of students, from English language learners in schools to working adults. The company offers reading materials that are rewritten at 12 different levels in English, so that students can engage in the same content regardless of their reading skill."
target: ActivelyLearn
Seattle-based Actively Learn provides online reading materials and instructional supports aimed at helping students build literacy and critical-thinking skills. Actively Learn’s library includes 30,000 digital texts on subjects covering topics across English language arts, science and more.
price ($mm)
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closed 5/20/2020 via Company Press Release

ACT, Inc., acquired ScootPad Corporation

synopsis: ACT, the nonprofit learning, measurement and navigation organization, announced it has acquired ScootPad™, a proven and highly-regarded personalized adaptive learning platform serving thousands of teachers, students and families, especially during the COVID-19 crisis.
buyer: ACT, Inc.
ACT is a mission-driven, non-profit organization dedicated to helping people achieve education and workplace success. They are trusted as a national leader in college and career readiness, providing high-quality assessments grounded in nearly 60 years of research. "
target: ScootPad Corporation
ScootPad is the world's most powerful personalized mastery platform built on proven learning science research and data-driven intelligence to deliver continuously adaptive enrichment, automatic remediation and personalized mastery for every student.
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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 8/10/2015 via PR Web

Achieve3000, acquired Smarty Ants Inc.

synopsis: Achieve3000, a company that delivers differentiated literacy solutions proven to increase reading comprehension, vocabulary and writing proficiency for students in grades 2-12, announced a new addition with the acquisition of the business of Smarty Ants, Inc., an educational technology company based in San Rafael, California.
buyer parent: Insight Venture Partners
buyer: Achieve3000
Achieve3000 delivers differentiated literacy solutions proven to increase reading comprehension, vocabulary and writing proficiency for students in grades 2-12. "
target: Smarty Ants Inc.
Smarty Ants, an educational technology company based in San Rafael, Calif., is the developer of the Smarty Ants Reading Word Program, a next-generation educational tool that delivers customized, phonics-based reading instruction via an engaging, interactive gaming world.
price ($mm)
rev ($mm)
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
EV / EBITDA
closed 10/3/2018 via BNC Analysis

Achieve3000, acquired ActivelyLearn

synopsis: Achieve3000, a provider of online reading and literacy tools, announced it has acquired Seattle-based Actively Learn, which also provides a suite of online reading materials and instructional supports aimed at helping students build literacy and critical-thinking skills.
buyer: Achieve3000
Achieve3000 offers online literacy tools for a range of students, from English language learners in schools to working adults. The company offers reading materials that are rewritten at 12 different levels in English, so that students can engage in the same content regardless of their reading skill."
target: ActivelyLearn
Seattle-based Actively Learn provides online reading materials and instructional supports aimed at helping students build literacy and critical-thinking skills. Actively Learn’s library includes 30,000 digital texts on subjects covering topics across English language arts, science and more.
price ($mm)
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EBITDA ($mm)
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closed 8/10/2015 via PR Web

Achieve3000, acquired Smarty Ants Inc.

synopsis: Achieve3000, a company that delivers differentiated literacy solutions proven to increase reading comprehension, vocabulary and writing proficiency for students in grades 2-12, announced a new addition with the acquisition of the business of Smarty Ants, Inc., an educational technology company based in San Rafael, California.
buyer parent: Insight Venture Partners
buyer: Achieve3000
Achieve3000 delivers differentiated literacy solutions proven to increase reading comprehension, vocabulary and writing proficiency for students in grades 2-12. "
target: Smarty Ants Inc.
Smarty Ants, an educational technology company based in San Rafael, Calif., is the developer of the Smarty Ants Reading Word Program, a next-generation educational tool that delivers customized, phonics-based reading instruction via an engaging, interactive gaming world.
price ($mm)
rev ($mm)
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
EV / EBITDA
closed 7/25/2007 via Company Press Release

Insight Venture Partners, purchased a minority stake in Achieve3000

synopsis: Achieve3000, the leader in Internet-based, differentiated instruction, with solutions for reading comprehension, vocabulary and writing proficiency, today announced the company has secured a $9 million investment from New York-based Insight Venture Partners.
buyer: Insight Venture Partners
Insight Venture Partners is the fastest-growing venture capital firm specializing in software and the Internet. The team is composed of experienced investors and operating executives, and a capital base of $3 billion to support the companies in which they invest. "
target: Achieve3000
Achieve3000 delivers differentiated literacy solutions proven to increase reading comprehension and fluency, vocabulary and writing proficiency for students in grades 2 through 12. Its proprietary software engine, provides each student with an appropriate version of the same content.
price ($mm)
$9.00
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EV / EBITDA
closed 8/10/2015 via PR Web

Achieve3000, acquired Smarty Ants Inc.

synopsis: Achieve3000, a company that delivers differentiated literacy solutions proven to increase reading comprehension, vocabulary and writing proficiency for students in grades 2-12, announced a new addition with the acquisition of the business of Smarty Ants, Inc., an educational technology company based in San Rafael, California.
buyer parent: Insight Venture Partners
buyer: Achieve3000
Achieve3000 delivers differentiated literacy solutions proven to increase reading comprehension, vocabulary and writing proficiency for students in grades 2-12. "
target: Smarty Ants Inc.
Smarty Ants, an educational technology company based in San Rafael, Calif., is the developer of the Smarty Ants Reading Word Program, a next-generation educational tool that delivers customized, phonics-based reading instruction via an engaging, interactive gaming world.
price ($mm)
rev ($mm)
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
EV / EBITDA
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.
price ($mm)
rev ($mm)
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
EV / EBITDA
closed 10/3/2018 via BNC Analysis

Achieve3000, acquired ActivelyLearn

synopsis: Achieve3000, a provider of online reading and literacy tools, announced it has acquired Seattle-based Actively Learn, which also provides a suite of online reading materials and instructional supports aimed at helping students build literacy and critical-thinking skills.
buyer: Achieve3000
Achieve3000 offers online literacy tools for a range of students, from English language learners in schools to working adults. The company offers reading materials that are rewritten at 12 different levels in English, so that students can engage in the same content regardless of their reading skill."
target: ActivelyLearn
Seattle-based Actively Learn provides online reading materials and instructional supports aimed at helping students build literacy and critical-thinking skills. Actively Learn’s library includes 30,000 digital texts on subjects covering topics across English language arts, science and more.
price ($mm)
rev ($mm)
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
EV / EBITDA
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.
price ($mm)
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EV / EBITDA
closed 5/14/2018 via BusinessWire

Cambium Learning Group, Inc., acquired VKidz Inc

synopsis: Cambium Learning Group, Inc., a leading educational technology solutions company committed to helping all students reach their full potential, has acquired Vkidz, an edtech company dedicated to helping deliver the best education to students using technology.
buyer parent: Veronis Suhler Stevenson
buyer: Cambium Learning Group, Inc. (ABCD:$159.46)
Cambium Learning Group, Inc. is an award-winning educational technology solutions leader dedicated to helping all students reach their potential through individualized and differentiated instruction. "
target parent: Veronis Suhler Stevenson
target: VKidz Inc
Vkidz is an edtech company dedicated to helping deliver the best education to students using technology. Organized in two business units, Vkidz serves both school systems and homeschooling families with innovative, research-based educational products.
price ($mm)[EV]
$69 [$88]
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closed 9/30/2016 via PR Newswire

McGraw-Hill Education, acquired Redbird Advanced Learning

synopsis: McGraw-Hill Education announced the acquisition of Redbird Advanced Learning, LLC, a leading digital personalized learning company that offers courses in K-12 math, language arts and writing and virtual professional development programs for educators. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
buyer parent: Apollo Global Management
buyer: McGraw-Hill Education
McGraw-Hill Education is a digital learning company that draws on its more than 100 years of educational expertise to offer solutions that improve learning outcomes around the world. "
target: Redbird Advanced Learning
Founded in 2013 and headquartered in Oakland, CA, Redbird Advanced Learning is a digital personalized learning company that offers courses in K-12 math, language arts and writing and virtual professional development programs for educators.
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closed 5/29/2015 via BusinessWire

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, acquired Scholastic Educational Technology and Services

synopsis: Global learning company Houghton Mifflin Harcourt announced that it has completed its previously-announced acquisition of the Educational Technology and Services business of Scholastic Corporation. The EdTech segment of Scholastic provides digital intervention curriculum, products and services to schools and districts throughout the United States.
buyer: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMHC:$1,387.60)
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) is a leading provider of pre-K–12 education content, services, and cutting-edge technology solutions across a variety of media, HMH enables learning in a changing landscape. "
target parent: Scholastic Inc.
target: Scholastic Educational Technology and Services
The EdTech segment of Scholastic provides digital intervention curriculum, products and services to schools and districts throughout the United States as well as related implementation and assessment services and school consulting services.
price ($mm)
$575
rev ($mm)
$249
EBITDA ($mm)
$68
EV / rev
2.3x
EV / EBITDA
8.5x
closed 3/19/2018 via PR Newswire

Renaissance Learning, Inc., acquired myON

synopsis: Renaissance®, a leader in pre-K–12 learning analytics, announced the acquisition of myON®, a leading provider of digital literacy solutions, from Francisco Partners. myON has created a personalized digital literacy environment that transforms learning.
buyer parent: Hellman & Friedman LLC
buyer: Renaissance Learning, Inc.
Renaissance® is a leader in pre-K-12 learning analytics, enabling educators to drive phenomenal student growth. Renaissance's solutions facilitate the ability to analyze, customize, and plan personalized learning paths for students. "
target parent: Francisco Partners Management LLC
target: myON
myON has created a personalized digital literacy environment that transforms learning. myON expands the classroom by providing unlimited access to the largest collection of more than 13,000 enhanced digital books with multimedia supports, real-time assessments, and a growing Literacy Toolkit.
price ($mm)
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closed 10/18/2017 via Company Press Release

Fuel Education, acquired Big Universe

synopsis: Fuel Education® (FuelEd®) announced that it has expanded its suite of digital learning solutions for schools and districts with the addition of Big Universe®, a literacy solutions provider of more than 11,000 leveled eBooks for students in grades K–12.
buyer parent: K12, Inc.
buyer: Fuel Education
Fuel Education partners with school districts to fuel personalized learning and transform the education experience inside and outside the classroom. The company provides innovative solutions for pre-K-12 that empower districts to implement successful online and blended learning programs. "
target: Big Universe
Founded in 2007, Big Universe offers a library of 11,000 digital books from 40 publishers that can be read at different levels, along with related assessment and reporting features. It claims to be used by more than 700,000 students across over 900 schools.
price ($mm)
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EBITDA ($mm)
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closed 2/22/2017 via PE Hub

Francisco Partners Management LLC, acquired myON

synopsis: Capstone, a leading publisher of children’s books and digital reading products and services, announced that Francisco Partners, a leading technology investment firm, has acquired myON. Since launching in 2011, myON has established itself as the fastest growing digital literacy company for the K-12 education market.
buyer: Francisco Partners Management LLC
Francisco Partners is a leading global private equity firm, which specializes in investments in technology and technology-enabled services businesses. Francisco Partners has raised approximately $10 billion in capital and invested in more than 150 technology companies. "
target parent: Coughlan Companies
target: myON
myON has created a personalized digital literacy environment that transforms learning. myON expands the classroom by providing unlimited access to the largest collection of more than 13,000 enhanced digital books with multimedia supports, real-time assessments, and a growing Literacy Toolkit.
price ($mm)
rev ($mm)
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
EV / EBITDA
closed 8/1/2013 via Capital IQ

Rosetta Stone Inc., acquired Lexia Learning Systems, Inc.

synopsis: Rosetta Stone Inc. has acquired leading education-technology company Lexia Learning Systems, Inc., whose innovative English reading products are used in over 14,000 schools and by more than one million students online.
buyer: Rosetta Stone Inc. (RST:$194.09)
Rosetta Stone Inc. provides cutting-edge interactive technology that is changing the way the world learns languages. The company’s proprietary learning techniques are used by schools, businesses, government organizations and millions of individuals around the world. "
target: Lexia Learning Systems, Inc.
Lexia Learn Systems provides explicit, systematic, personalized learning on foundational reading skills, and delivers norm-referenced performance data without interrupting the flow of instruction to administer a test.
price ($mm)
$19
rev ($mm)
$15
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
1.5x
EV / EBITDA
closed 2/26/2018 via PR Newswire

Agile Group, acquired LightSail Education

synopsis: LightSail Education announced that it has been acquired by Agile Group, a technology firm focused on education platforms. LightSail's adaptive platform provides each student with a customized and dynamic library tailored to their individual reading level while providing educators with insightful data to guide their students to success.
buyer: Agile Group
Agile Group is a technology firm focused on education platforms. Agile Group invests in high quality Antares content for students and schools. "
target: LightSail Education
LightSail is the adaptive reading platform that helps students and school districts exceed their literacy goals. LightSail students get access to personalized libraries filled with thousands of engaging, just-right texts to choose from. LightSail teachers get data about student reading behavior.
price ($mm)
rev ($mm)
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
EV / EBITDA
closed 1/12/2016 via PR Newswire

Isabella Products, Inc., acquired StarWalk Kids Media LLC

synopsis: Isabella Products, Inc., the developer of the Fable tablet with insights from children, parents and teachers, announced that it has acquired StarWalk Kids Media LLC, a leading publisher and distributor of exclusive, high-quality eBooks delivered through its content platform and award-winning StarWalk Reader™.
buyer: Isabella Products, Inc.
Isabella developed the Fable tablet with insights from children, parents, and teachers in conjunction with its school and non-profit pilot programs. Fable's interface gives a child the freedom to explore, learn, play, create, and safely share within their own private network, managed by an adult. "
target parent: Seymour Science, LLC
target: StarWalk Kids Media LLC
StarWalk Kids Media is a leading digital learning company, setting new standards in EdTech software and the creation and delivery of narrated children's eBooks in the U.S. and abroad. The cloud-based StarWalk Reader™ and content delivery platform offer schools and libraries access to preK-8 eBooks.
price ($mm)
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EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
EV / EBITDA
closed 9/19/2018 via BNC Analysis

Higher Ground Education, acquired Montessorium

synopsis: Higher Ground Education, an international company focused on modernizing the Montessori education method, has acquired Montessorium, a developer of educational applications for iPhone, iPad, and other mobile devices. Montessorium's apps utilizes the Montessori method to teach skills related to reading, writing, arithmetic, and geography.
buyer: Higher Ground Education
Higher Ground Education is an international company focused on modernizing the Montessori education method. Higher Ground owns and operates schools around the world and seeks to develop a platform that sources, secures, and develops back-end support to all Montessori-inspired schools and educators. "
target: Montessorium
Montessorium develops educational applications for iPhone, iPad, and other mobile devices. Their apps employ educational principals developed by the Italian educator Maria Montessori to teach skills related to reading, writing, arithmetic, and geography, among others.
price ($mm)
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EBITDA ($mm)
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EV / EBITDA
closed 4/7/2014 via BusinessWire

Weld North LLC, acquired Imagine Learning, Inc.

synopsis: Weld North announced that it has acquired Imagine Learning. Imagine Learning designs and develops language and literacy software for struggling readers, early childhood students, and the rapidly growing English language learner (ELL) student population. Imagine joins Edgenuity and Generation Ready on the Weld North education platform.
buyer: Weld North LLC
Weld North is an investment company concentrating on education, health and wellness, consumer services and marketing businesses. In partnership with KKR, a leading global investment firm, it seeks to make control investments in businesses with high potential for long-term growth in cash flow. "
target parent: Sorenson Capital
target: Imagine Learning, Inc.
Imagine Learning delivers award-winning language and literacy solutions to elementary students throughout the U.S. and around the world. Imagine Learning creates educational software that uses engaging, one-on-one instruction to meet students’ individual learning needs.
price ($mm)
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EBITDA ($mm)
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EV / EBITDA
closed 7/25/2007 via Company Press Release

Insight Venture Partners, purchased a minority stake in Achieve3000

synopsis: Achieve3000, the leader in Internet-based, differentiated instruction, with solutions for reading comprehension, vocabulary and writing proficiency, today announced the company has secured a $9 million investment from New York-based Insight Venture Partners.
buyer: Insight Venture Partners
Insight Venture Partners is the fastest-growing venture capital firm specializing in software and the Internet. The team is composed of experienced investors and operating executives, and a capital base of $3 billion to support the companies in which they invest. "
target: Achieve3000
Achieve3000 delivers differentiated literacy solutions proven to increase reading comprehension and fluency, vocabulary and writing proficiency for students in grades 2 through 12. Its proprietary software engine, provides each student with an appropriate version of the same content.
price ($mm)
$9.00
rev ($mm)
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
EV / EBITDA
closed 6/26/2017 via PR Web

Certica Solutions, acquired Unbound Concepts

synopsis: Certica Solutions, provider of the Certica Connect™ edtech platform-as-a-service (PaaS), announced the acquisition of Baltimore-based Unbound Concepts, innovator of the Artifact™ application which provides educators, librarians, readers and curriculum buyers with a better way to search, browse and discover books.
buyer parent: New Harbor Capital
buyer: Certica Solutions
Certica is the innovator of the Certica Connect™ platform-as-a-service which provides application interoperability and centralized integration, access and enrichment of education data, metadata and content. "
target: Unbound Concepts
Baltimore-based Unbound Concepts is the innovator of the Artifact™ application which provides educators, librarians, readers and curriculum buyers with a better way to search, browse and discover books. Artifact embodies a unique taxonomy of over 700 terms.
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closed 12/23/2013 via PR Newswire

Learning A-Z, acquired Headsprout

synopsis: Skyview Capital announced that it has completed the sale of Headsprout to Learning A-Z. Mimio acquired Headsprout in 2011, which has patented and award-winning adaptive software. Headsprout is a leader in the development and implementation of online instruction that adjusts automatically to each student's needs.
buyer parent: Cambium Learning Group, Inc.
buyer: Learning A-Z
Learning A-Z is a preK-6 educational resource company specializing in online delivery of leveled readers and supplementary curriculum. Serving a wide range of student needs, including ELL/ESL, intervention, special education, and daily instruction. "
target parent: Skyview Capital LLC
target: Headsprout
Headsprout is a leader in the development and implementation of online instruction that adjusts automatically to each student's needs. Its scientific, research-based, adaptive software is used in thousands of classrooms, learning labs and homes in the U.S. and all over the world.
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closed 3/9/2011 via PR Newswire

DYMO Mimio, acquired Headsprout

synopsis: DYMO™/Mimio® ITT, a leading provider of interactive teaching technologies for educators, has announced the acquisition of Headsprout®, an innovative provider of adaptive instructional content that adjusts automatically to each student's pace for learning.
buyer parent: Newell Rubbermaid Inc.
buyer: DYMO Mimio
DYMO / Mimio Interactive Teaching Technologies is a leading provider of interactive teaching technologies for educators. The company's products include Mimio interactive whiteboard technology, digital ink recorders, document cameras, student response systems and engaging lesson plan content. "
target: Headsprout
Headsprout is a leader in the development and implementation of online instruction that adjusts automatically to each student's needs. Its scientific, research-based, adaptive software is used in thousands of classrooms, learning labs and homes in the U.S. and all over the world.
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closed 2/28/2018 via BusinessWire

Asteria Education, Inc., acquired ECS Learning Systems, Inc.

synopsis: ECS Learning Systems, a leading integrated test prep company in Texas, announced Asteria Education, Inc. has acquired substantially all of the assets of ECS Learning Systems, Inc. ECS Learning Systems is the Integrated Standards Prep™ company publishing STAAR MASTER®, TestSMART® and Novel Units®.
buyer: Asteria Education, Inc.
The mission of Asteria Education, Inc. is to provide affordable high quality learning solutions to help all students achieve academic success. Asteria was created in 2017 and is actively pursuing acquisition opportunities in the education space. "
target: ECS Learning Systems, Inc.
Founded in 1982 in San Antonio, Texas, ECS Learning Systems is the Integrated Standards Prep™ company publishing STAAR MASTER®, TestSMART® and Novel Units®. From the beginning, their company mission has been to create quality, innovative K-12 resources that make teaching easier.
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