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closed 1/12/2016 via Market Wire

Hobsons Inc., acquired PAR Framework, Inc.

synopsis: Hobsons, the leading provider of college and career readiness, enrollment management, and student success solutions, announced the acquisition of the PAR Framework, Inc. PAR, a national membership collaborative, helps colleges, universities, and higher education systems use data to improve retention and postsecondary success.
buyer parent: Daily Mail and General Trust plc
buyer: Hobsons Inc.
Hobsons helps students identify their strengths, explore careers, create academic plans, match to educational opportunities, and reach their education and life goals. They enable educational institutions to improve college and career planning, admissions and enrollment management, and advising. "
target: PAR Framework, Inc.
PAR is a national membership collaborative offering higher education stakeholders a unique multi-institutional perspective on using big data to help at-risk students stay in school and reach their educational goals. PAR is known for its published data definitions and student success frameworks.
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closed 2/23/2015 via BusinessWire

Certica Solutions, purchased Formative Assessment Item Bank from Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA)

synopsis: Certica Solutions announced that the company has acquired the Formative Assessment Item Bank line of business from Northwest Evaluation Association. The Item Bank contains over 82,500 standards-based items that have been written or aligned to the Common Core State Standards, state learning standards and the Next Generation Science Standards.
buyer: Certica Solutions
Certica Solutions provides data management and assessment solutions to K-12 schools, districts and educational service agencies, giving administrators and educators the ability to easily analyze, track and improve performance through better use of student, school and teacher data. "
seller: Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA)
Formative Assessment Item Bank of Northwest Evaluation Association contains over 82,500 standards-based items that have been written or aligned to the Common Core State, state learning and the Next Generation Science Standards. It also includes the Item Bank content management application.
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closed 11/6/2019 via Company Press Release

Campus Labs, acquired IDEA Education

synopsis: Campus Labs has acquired IDEA Education, a nonprofit research organization dedicated to improving student learning in higher education. This transaction will allow IDEA to continue providing the student ratings of instruction (SRI) instrument, an educational standard built on more than 45 years of research.
buyer parent: Leeds Equity Partners
buyer: Campus Labs
Campus Labs was founded to empower educational institutions to evolve in a data-centric world. Uncover a platform of integrated tools that drive an institutional mindset for insightful data connections. The holistic framework includes solutions for assessment, retention, teaching and more. "
target: IDEA Education
IDEA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving student learning in higher education through analytics, resources, and advice. Since 1975, they have been leading the way in making a positive, sustainable impact on teaching and learning in higher education.
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announced 4/5/2018 via Company Press Release

Campus Labs, will acquire Chalk & Wire

synopsis: Campus Labs, a provider of solutions for areas such as assessment, retention and teaching, will acquire Chalk & Wire. Based in Canada, Chalk & Wire is a leading provider of learning assessment tools and credentialing solutions. Chalk & Wire helps institutions demonstrate student competency and improve the evaluation of learning outcomes.
buyer parent: Leeds Equity Partners
buyer: Campus Labs
Campus Labs empowers institutions to make valuable connections with their data. Campus Labs provides a complete set of integrated solutions for areas such as assessment, retention, teaching and learning, student engagement, and institutional effectiveness. "
target: Chalk & Wire
Canada-based Chalk & Wire helps institutions demonstrate student competency and improve the evaluation of learning outcomes. They take a consultative approach to helping institutions prove their value and efficacy as well as their ability to prepare students for their post-graduate pursuits.
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closed 12/31/2017 via BNC Analysis

Triangle Digital Ventures, acquired Peterson's

synopsis: Triangle Digital Ventures has acquired the Peterson’s business from Nelnet Inc. Peterson’s is a diversified data, learning, and publishing company focused on post-secondary education. The company provides a suite of online test preparation services, higher education research and books to consumers, enterprise, government and libraries.
buyer: Triangle Digital Ventures
Triangle Digital Ventures (TDV) is an entrepreneurial growth firm that acquires — and grows — technology businesses. TDV targets opportunities that are otherwise too small or too complex for conventional acquirers. TDV invests operational expertise and capital to deliver outsized returns. "
target parent: Nelnet, Inc.
target: Peterson's
Peterson’s is the world’s leading educational services company dedicated to furthering education after high school and beyond. From high school placement tests to college admissions tests to career certification exams, Peterson's is your one-stop-shop for test information, strategy, and practice.
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closed 7/27/2006 via PR Newswire

Nelnet, Inc., acquired Peterson's

synopsis: Nelnet announced it has acquired Peterson's, a leading provider of education and career guidance, from The Thomson Corporation. Peterson's provides a comprehensive suite of education and career-related solutions in the areas of education search, test preparation, admissions, financial aid information, and career assistance.
buyer: Nelnet, Inc. (NNI:$824.49)
Nelnet is one of the leading educational finance companies in the U.S. and is focused on providing quality student loan products and services to students and schools nationwide. "
target parent: Thomson Reuters
target: Peterson's
Peterson's has helped to connect individuals, educational institutions, and corporations through its critically acclaimed books, Web sites, online products, and admissions services.
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$40
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closed 4/15/2004 via BusinessWire

Triumph Learning, acquired Buckle Down Publishing Company

synopsis: Haights Cross Communications, Inc. announced that it completed the acquisition of Buckle Down Publishing Company on April 15, 2004. Based in Iowa City, Iowa, Buckle Down was founded in 1982 and is one of the nation's leading publishers of test preparation materials for high-stakes state tests.
buyer parent: Great Hill Partners LLC
buyer: Triumph Learning
A comprehensive provider of print and software preparation materials for state and national tests, Triumph Learning has a highly successful 19-year track record of publishing high-quality materials proven to help students master the standards assessed on high stakes state tests. Triumph Learning cr "
target: Buckle Down Publishing Company
Based in Iowa City, Iowa, Buckle Down was founded in 1982 and is one of the nation's leading publishers of test preparation materials for high-stakes state tests.
price ($mm)
$27
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$11
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$3
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9.8x
closed 6/28/2012 via Reuters

Malmberg, acquired Bureau ICE

synopsis: Educational publisher Malmberg, part of Sanoma Learning has acquired and closed the acquisition of the testing and examination company Bureau ICE. Bureau ICE produces tests and exams for secondary and vocational education in the Netherlands. The acquisition is in line with Sanoma's strategy to focus on learning.
buyer parent: Sanoma Oyj
buyer: Malmberg
Malmberg is a leading educational publisher in the Netherlands and was founded in 1885. Malmberg publishes mixed media learning systems and educational tools for primary, secondary and vocational schools in the Dutch market. "
target: Bureau ICE
Bureau ICE is a testing and examination company. Bureau ICE produces tests and exams for secondary and vocational education in the Netherlands.
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closed 7/29/2020 via BNC Analysis

Docsity, acquired Estudar Com Voce Ltda

synopsis: Estudar com Você, a Brazilian distance education startup focused on higher education, was bought by the Italian Docsity. Estudar com Você creates an awesome studying experience for college students to prepare for their exams and classes.
buyer: Docsity
Docsity is the website where Students find the contents and the study support they need in order to successfully pass their exams. Docsity's community of 1,300,000 registered students worldwide has shared more than 600,000 study documents and millions of questions and answers. "
target: Estudar Com Voce Ltda
Estudar com Você creates an awesome studying experience for college students to prepare for their exams and classes. Estudar provides quality content, such as video lessons and step-by-step solutions to exercises, through a user-friendly website.
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closed 4/15/2016 via Company Press Release

Wolters Kluwer Health, acquired PrepU

synopsis: Wolters Kluwer Health, a provider of information and point of care solutions for the healthcare industry, announced that it has acquired the adaptive learning technology that powers the PrepU quizzing tool for nursing and medical education. PrepU streamlines the study and learning process through customized adaptive learning experiences.
buyer parent: Wolters Kluwer NV
buyer: Wolters Kluwer Health
Wolters Kluwer Health is a leading provider of information for professionals and students in medicine, nursing, allied health and pharmacy. "
target parent: Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck GmbH
target: PrepU
PrepU streamlines the study and learning process through customized adaptive learning experiences. The company offers test prep for college biology, nursing, and medical concentrations.
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closed 12/23/2015 via BNC Analysis

Careers360, acquired EntranceCorner.com

synopsis: Delhi-based Pathfinder Publishing Pvt Ltd, the company behind Careers360, a career information portal for students, has acquired Delhi-based EntranceCorner.com. EntranceCorner, owned by Edukriti Learning Solutions Pvt Ltd, offers counselling, collaboration, resources and information on career options to students.
buyer: Careers360
Careers360 is a data-enabled and technology-driven Educational Products and Services Company. Careers360 seamlessly integrates millions of student and institutional data points to build sophisticated Prediction and Recommendation products for students to explore and achieve career plans. "
target: EntranceCorner.com
EntranceCorner.com started in April 2009, enables students to build an informed career through an integrated and seamless platform that offers Counselling, Collaboration, Resources and Information at different phases of student lifecycle.
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$1.00
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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 3/22/2013 via PR Newswire

Apollo Global Management, acquired McGraw-Hill Education

synopsis: The McGraw-Hill Companies completed the sale of its McGraw-Hill Education business to investment funds affiliated with Apollo Global Management, LLC. 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.
buyer: Apollo Global Management (NYSE:APO:$1,537.25)
Apollo Global Management, LLC is a leading global alternative investment manager. They are contrarian, value-oriented investors in private equity, credit-oriented capital markets and real estate. They focus their investments in areas where they can capitalize upon their integrated platform. "
target parent: The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
target: McGraw-Hill Education
McGraw-Hill Education is a leading global provider of educational materials, information and solutions for the Pre-K through 12th grade, Assessment, Higher Education and Professional markets.
price ($mm)[EV]
$2,400 [$2,521]
rev ($mm)
$2,223
EBITDA ($mm)
$371
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closed 3/20/2007 via Company Press Release

John Wiley & Sons, Inc., acquired Anker Publishing Co. Inc.

synopsis: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., announced today that it has acquired the publishing assets of Anker Publishing Company, Inc., an independent publisher of books and periodicals for professionals in higher education, located in Bolton, Massachusetts. Anker Publishing's annual revenue is approximately $ 1 million.
buyer: John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (NYSE:JW.A:$1,848.05)
John Wiley & Sons is a global publisher of print and electronic products, specializing in scientific, technical, and medical books and journals; professional and consumer books and subscription services; and textbooks and other educational materials for students as well as lifelong learners. "
target: Anker Publishing Co. Inc.
Anker Publishing Company, Inc. is an independent publisher of professional books, periodicals, and other information media.
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closed 7/8/2020 via BNC Analysis

Unacademy, acquired PrepLadder

synopsis: Unacademy, India's largest education platform, has acquired PrepLadder, a postgraduate medical entrance exam preparation platform in India. PrepLadder offers high quality content and courses to help medical students pass their medical exams. The platform provides preparation material for exams such as NEET PG, AIIMS PG, NEET SS, and FMGE.
buyer: Unacademy
Unacademy is India's largest education platform, offering over 2,400 online lessons and specialised courses to prepare for various competitive exams. Through Unacademy's mobile app, users can attend live classes by top educators and prepare via Live Test Series, Quizzes, Practice Section, and more. "
target: PrepLadder
PrepLadder is a postgraduate medical entrance exam preparation platform in India. PrepLadder offers high quality content and courses to help medical students pass their medical exams. The platform provides preparation material for exams such as NEET PG, AIIMS PG, NEET SS, and FMGE.
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$50
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closed 4/24/2019 via BNC Analysis

M3.com, acquired Dailyrounds Inc.

synopsis: M3.com, Japan's largest portal site dedicated to healthcare professionals, has acquired a majority stake in DailyRounds, an Indian provider of mobile and web-based applications for doctors and medical students. DailyRounds offers a mobile app that allows users to share and learn clinical cases that will help them prepare for various examinations.
buyer: M3.com (TSE:2413:$1,015.17)
M3.com is Japan's largest portal site dedicated to healthcare professionals. M3.com provides the latest medical news, overseas journal article summaries, and medical resources. The portal offers information on clinical trials and other services in the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries. "
target: Dailyrounds Inc.
DailyRounds is an Indian provider of mobile and web-based applications for doctors and medical students. DailyRounds offers a mobile app that allows users to share and learn clinical cases. The cases presented will help users prepare for various examinations like USMLE, AIPGMEE, NEETPG, and more.
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announced 7/11/2018 via PR Newswire

China Distance Education Holdings Limited, will acquire Ruida Education

synopsis: China Distance Education Holdings Limited (CDEL), a leading provider of online education in China focusing on professional education, will increase its stake in Ruida Education from 40% to 51%. Ruida Education is a Chinese company that provides exam preparation services and products for participants in China's national judicial examination.
buyer: China Distance Education Holdings Limited (DL:$223.74)
China Distance Education Holdings Limited (CDEL) is a leading provider of online education in China focusing on professional education. Their courses are designed to help professionals seeking to obtain and maintain professional licenses and to enhance their job skills. "
target: Ruida Education
Ruida Education is a Chinese company that provides exam preparation services and products, including proprietary books and reference materials, for participants in China's national judicial examination. Ruida delivers services and products at six campuses in China and through its online platform.
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closed 7/6/2011 via BNC Analysis

Leeds Equity Partners, acquired Barbri

synopsis: Leeds Equity Partners, LLC, the New York-based private equity fund focused exclusively on investing in the Knowledge Industries announced that it has completed its acquisition of Barbri from Thomson Reuters Corporation. Barbri is the largest provider of bar exam test preparation services in the world.
buyer: Leeds Equity Partners
Leeds Equity Partners is a private equity firm focused on investments in the education, training and information and business services industries (the "Knowledge Industries"). The Firm was founded in 1993 by Jeffrey T. Leeds and Robert A. Bernstein and is based in New York. "
target parent: Thomson Reuters
target: Barbri
Barbri is the largest provider of bar exam test preparation services in the world. The Company offers the premier bar exam preparation course to law students delivered by industry-leading professors with a focus on a proven, results-oriented teaching pedagogy.
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closed 1/23/2019 via BNC Analysis

Varsity Tutors, acquired Veritas Prep

synopsis: Varsity Tutors, the online learning platform that launched in 2007, has announced the acquisition of Veritas Prep. Veritas Prep launched in 2002 with a suite of test prep courses. Over the years, Veritas built out its online live classes as well as a business around admissions consulting.
buyer: Varsity Tutors
Varsity Tutors is a live learning platform that connects students and professionals with personalized instruction to achieve any goal. To date, students have accessed more than two million hours of live instruction on the platform. "
target: Veritas Prep
Veritas Prep launched in 2002 with a suite of test prep courses. Over the years, Veritas built out its online live classes as well as a business around admissions consulting. Veritas Prep is a GMAT preparation center for students.
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closed 10/17/2012 via BNC Analysis

Hobsons Inc., acquired Beat The GMAT

synopsis: Hobsons, the leader in recruitment, communication, and student success solutions, announced the acquisition of Beat The GMAT, the world's largest social network for MBA applicants, serving over 2 million business school aspirants each year.
buyer parent: Daily Mail and General Trust plc
buyer: Hobsons Inc.
Hobsons is a premier provider of innovative technology and integrated marketing solutions that empower education professionals to manage the entire student lifecycle, including recruitment, enrollment, and retention. "
target: Beat The GMAT
BTG Test Prep, LLC, doing business as Beat The GMAT, operates a social network for MBA applicants that provides access to GMAT prep and MBA admissions advice/resources.
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closed 1/12/2016 via Market Wire

Hobsons Inc., acquired PAR Framework, Inc.

synopsis: Hobsons, the leading provider of college and career readiness, enrollment management, and student success solutions, announced the acquisition of the PAR Framework, Inc. PAR, a national membership collaborative, helps colleges, universities, and higher education systems use data to improve retention and postsecondary success.
buyer parent: Daily Mail and General Trust plc
buyer: Hobsons Inc.
Hobsons helps students identify their strengths, explore careers, create academic plans, match to educational opportunities, and reach their education and life goals. They enable educational institutions to improve college and career planning, admissions and enrollment management, and advising. "
target: PAR Framework, Inc.
PAR is a national membership collaborative offering higher education stakeholders a unique multi-institutional perspective on using big data to help at-risk students stay in school and reach their educational goals. PAR is known for its published data definitions and student success frameworks.
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closed 10/6/2017 via Company Press Release

QS Quacquarelli Symonds Limited, acquired Hobsons Solutions

synopsis: QS Quacquarelli Symonds has acquired Hobsons Solutions, the international division of Hobsons, Inc. Hobsons Solutions is the leading provider of international enrolment management solutions to universities worldwide. Hobson Solutions helps clients mitigate risk and build sustainable recruitment strategies in an increasingly complex marketplace.
buyer: QS Quacquarelli Symonds Limited
QS Quacquarelli Symonds helps prospective students and working professionals make the right educational choices. This is achieved by hosting 350+ global events, as well as offering various products, services and online platforms linking students with the educational institution best suited to them. "
target parent: Daily Mail and General Trust plc
target: Hobsons Solutions
Hobsons Solutions is the global market leader in international student enrolment services and insight. Hobsons Solutions manages one of the world’s largest international student research initiatives, enabling clients to better compete globally and maximise student recruitment and enrolment.
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closed 9/28/2017 via PR Newswire

Campus Management Corp., purchased CRM and Application Management Products from Hobsons Inc.

synopsis: Campus Management Corp. acquired the Radius, AppReview, ApplyYourself, Connect, and Retain CRM and application management product lines from Hobsons, Inc. These solutions are used by more than 700 colleges and universities in the United States and around the globe.
buyer parent: Leeds Equity Partners
buyer: Campus Management Corp.
Campus Management is a leading provider of cloud solutions and services that transform higher education institutions. Its next-generation suite, CampusNexus, includes enterprise-wide Student, CRM, and Finance, HR & Payroll solutions. "
seller parent: Daily Mail and General Trust plc
seller: Hobsons Inc.
Hobsons' CRM and application management products include Radius, AppReview, ApplyYourself, Connect, and Retain CRM. These solutions are used by more than 700 colleges and universities in the United States and around the globe.
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closed 1/31/2017 via Company Press Release

Hobsons Inc., acquired RepVisits

synopsis: Hobsons, the leading provider of college and career readiness, enrollment management, and student success solutions, announced the acquisition of RepVisits, a service that connects high school counselors with college admissions representatives, making it easier for high schools of all sizes to attract on-site visits from colleges and universities.
buyer parent: Daily Mail and General Trust plc
buyer: Hobsons Inc.
Hobsons helps students identify their strengths, explore careers, create academic plans, match to educational opportunities, and reach their education and life goals. They enable educational institutions to improve college and career planning, admissions and enrollment management, and advising. "
target: RepVisits
RepVisits brings high schools and college admission reps together on one website to schedule appointments and organize college fairs. It caters to the unique scheduling needs of high schools and college admission representatives, eliminating back and forth emails and phone calls.
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closed 1/12/2016 via Market Wire

Hobsons Inc., acquired PAR Framework, Inc.

synopsis: Hobsons, the leading provider of college and career readiness, enrollment management, and student success solutions, announced the acquisition of the PAR Framework, Inc. PAR, a national membership collaborative, helps colleges, universities, and higher education systems use data to improve retention and postsecondary success.
buyer parent: Daily Mail and General Trust plc
buyer: Hobsons Inc.
Hobsons helps students identify their strengths, explore careers, create academic plans, match to educational opportunities, and reach their education and life goals. They enable educational institutions to improve college and career planning, admissions and enrollment management, and advising. "
target: PAR Framework, Inc.
PAR is a national membership collaborative offering higher education stakeholders a unique multi-institutional perspective on using big data to help at-risk students stay in school and reach their educational goals. PAR is known for its published data definitions and student success frameworks.
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closed 2/23/2015 via Company Press Release

Hobsons Inc., acquired Starfish Retention Solutions, Inc.

synopsis: Hobsons, the world’s leader in connecting learning to life, announced the acquisition of Starfish Retention Solutions, the leading provider of student success and advising systems for higher education institutions. The Starfish® Enterprise Success Platform™ will augment Hobsons’ existing advising and admissions tools.
buyer parent: Daily Mail and General Trust plc
buyer: Hobsons Inc.
Hobsons is the world’s leader in connecting learning to life. Through Hobsons’ unique advising and admissions products, they help more than 12 million students around the globe identify strengths, explore careers, create academic plans, and find the right college match. "
target: Starfish Retention Solutions, Inc.
Starfish Retention Solutions is a leading provider of student success systems. The Starfish® Enterprise Success Platform™ builds on the company’s mission to help students finish what they start.
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announced 7/11/2013 via PR Newswire

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

synopsis: Hobsons announced the acquisition from Pearson of National Transcript Center (NTC), the world's largest e-transcript exchange provider, serving more than 137,000 institutions that represent more than 14 million students. Pearson's NTC is a secure, browser-based application that instantly transfers electronic student records and transcripts.
buyer parent: Daily Mail and General Trust plc
buyer: Hobsons Inc.
Hobsons is a premier provider of innovative technology and integrated marketing solutions that empower education professionals to manage the entire student lifecycle, including recruitment, enrollment, and retention. "
seller parent: Pearson plc
seller: Pearson Data Solutions
Pearson's National Transcript Center (NTC) is the world's largest e-transcript exchange provider, serving more than 137,000 institutions that represent more than 14 million students. NTC is a secure, browser-based application that instantly transfers electronic student records and transcripts.
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closed 10/17/2012 via BNC Analysis

Hobsons Inc., acquired Beat The GMAT

synopsis: Hobsons, the leader in recruitment, communication, and student success solutions, announced the acquisition of Beat The GMAT, the world's largest social network for MBA applicants, serving over 2 million business school aspirants each year.
buyer parent: Daily Mail and General Trust plc
buyer: Hobsons Inc.
Hobsons is a premier provider of innovative technology and integrated marketing solutions that empower education professionals to manage the entire student lifecycle, including recruitment, enrollment, and retention. "
target: Beat The GMAT
BTG Test Prep, LLC, doing business as Beat The GMAT, operates a social network for MBA applicants that provides access to GMAT prep and MBA admissions advice/resources.
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closed 12/13/2011 via PR Newswire

Hobsons Inc., acquired Intelliworks, Inc.

synopsis: Hobsons, the leader in recruitment, communication, and student success solutions for colleges and universities, announced its acquisition of Intelliworks, a leading provider of relationship management solutions for higher education.
buyer parent: Daily Mail and General Trust plc
buyer: Hobsons Inc.
Hobsons is a premier provider of innovative technology and integrated marketing solutions that empower education professionals to manage the entire student lifecycle, including recruitment, enrollment, and retention. "
target: Intelliworks, Inc.
Intelliworks enables enrollment and admissions professionals to make purposeful connections with students through its Web-based relationship management, marketing and recruitment software and services.
price ($mm)
$13
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$5
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closed 6/4/2008 via BusinessWire

Hobsons, acquired College Confidential

synopsis: Hobsons, a company that aids colleges and universities in elevating their recruitment, enrollment, and retention strategies; has acquired College Confidential, the leading Web community for college-bound students and their parents. Hobsons and College Confidential will bring together an unrivaled set of resources for students and parents.
buyer parent: Daily Mail and General Trust plc
buyer: Hobsons
Hobsons U.S. partners with colleges and universities to enhance and empower institutions’ enrollment and admissions efforts. Hobsons U.S. helps colleges and universities to elevate their enrollment strategies efficiently, effectively, and easily. "
target: College Confidential
College Confidential was established to meet the need for free, accessible college search and admissions information on the Web. From information on Ivy League admissions and college rankings to tips on obtaining financial aid, College Confidential is the best Web resource on college-related topics.
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closed 9/27/2007 via BusinessWire

Hobsons, acquired AY Recruiting Solutions

synopsis: Hobsons, a company that aids colleges and universities in elevating their enrollment strategies, has acquired AY Recruiting Solutions, a company that assists institutions in recruiting students with powerful application technology. Hobsons and AY will deliver an unmatched line of recruitment, admissions, and enrollment management products.
buyer parent: Daily Mail and General Trust plc
buyer: Hobsons
Hobsons U.S. partners with colleges and universities to enhance and empower institutions’ enrollment and admissions efforts. Hobsons U.S. helps colleges and universities to elevate their enrollment strategies efficiently, effectively, and easily. "
target: AY Recruiting Solutions
AY Recruiting Solutions provides universities, corporations, non-profit organizations, and government agencies a complete suite of services to meet the needs of recruitment professionals.
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closed 6/25/2007 via BusinessWire

Hobsons, acquired Naviance

synopsis: Hobsons U.S., the leader in elevating colleges’ and universities’ enrollment strategies, has acquired Naviance, the leading provider of planning and advising systems for secondary schools. With innovative educational products and services, Hobsons U.S. will now reach the education community from K-12 to higher education and beyond.
buyer parent: Daily Mail and General Trust plc
buyer: Hobsons
Hobsons U.S. partners with colleges and universities to enhance and empower institutions’ enrollment and admissions efforts. Hobsons U.S. helps colleges and universities to elevate their enrollment strategies efficiently, effectively, and easily. "
target: Naviance
Naviance is the leading provider of Web-based academic planning and advising systems for schools. The Naviance Network includes more than 25,000 educators and counselors serving nearly 2.4 million students in 42 countries who use WorkspaceK12 to support their comprehensive counseling programs.
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closed 4/4/2006 via BusinessWire

Hobsons, acquired Chat University

synopsis: Hobsons EMT division, which helps colleges and universities improve recruitment and enrollment through technology, has acquired Chat University, a technology company that provides college and university admissions offices with Web-based chat and other services.
buyer parent: Daily Mail and General Trust plc
buyer: Hobsons
Hobsons U.S. partners with colleges and universities to enhance and empower institutions’ enrollment and admissions efforts. Hobsons U.S. helps colleges and universities to elevate their enrollment strategies efficiently, effectively, and easily. "
target: Chat University
Boston-based Chat University began with a single product, Online Chat, and has since developed a full range of products designed exclusively for college and university admissions offices.
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closed 11/28/2018 via BNC Analysis

Wellspring International Education, acquired Quad Learning

synopsis: D.C.–based Quad Learning was acquired by Illinois-based foreign student recruitment firm Wellspring International Education. Quad Learning is an edtech startup that created American Honors, a program that helps community college students transfer into four-year institutions.
buyer: Wellspring International Education
Wellspring recruits students from 35 countries globally to over 200 colleges, universities, high schools and language schools in the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia and New Zealand. "
target: Quad Learning
Quad Learning is an edtech startup that created American Honors, a program that helps community college students transfer into four-year institutions. Quad Learning drives institutional growth through international recruiting and expands student opportunities at leading universities.
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closed 10/6/2017 via Company Press Release

QS Quacquarelli Symonds Limited, acquired Hobsons Solutions

synopsis: QS Quacquarelli Symonds has acquired Hobsons Solutions, the international division of Hobsons, Inc. Hobsons Solutions is the leading provider of international enrolment management solutions to universities worldwide. Hobson Solutions helps clients mitigate risk and build sustainable recruitment strategies in an increasingly complex marketplace.
buyer: QS Quacquarelli Symonds Limited
QS Quacquarelli Symonds helps prospective students and working professionals make the right educational choices. This is achieved by hosting 350+ global events, as well as offering various products, services and online platforms linking students with the educational institution best suited to them. "
target parent: Daily Mail and General Trust plc
target: Hobsons Solutions
Hobsons Solutions is the global market leader in international student enrolment services and insight. Hobsons Solutions manages one of the world’s largest international student research initiatives, enabling clients to better compete globally and maximise student recruitment and enrolment.
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closed 12/8/2015 via PR Newswire

KnowledgeShares.Org, Muirlands Capital LLC, Prudential Capital Group, acquired EducationDynamics, LLC

synopsis: Halyard Capital, a NY based private equity firm, announced that its portfolio company, EducationDynamics (EDDY), was sold to an investor group led by Muirlands Capital, KnowledgeShares and Prudential Capital Group. EDDY is one of the market leaders in helping higher education institutions find and enroll the highest quality student prospects.
buyer: Muirlands Capital LLC
buyer: KnowledgeShares.Org
buyer: Prudential Capital Group
Muirlands Capital is a lower middle market private equity firm. KnowledgeShares partners with leading organizations in higher education to invest financial and human capital. Prudential Capital Group is a leading provider of private debt, mezzanine and equity securities to companies worldwide. "
target parent: Halyard Capital
target: EducationDynamics, LLC
EducationDynamics is higher education’s leading marketing information and technology services company, helping institutions find, enroll and retain students. Its content-rich and highly visible education websites make them the premier provider of prospective students for colleges and universities.
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closed 10/21/2020 via BusinessWire

Heritage Capital, LLC, acquired Carnegie Dartlet LLC

synopsis: New Heritage Capital has acquired Carnegie Dartlet, a leading provider of strategic marketing solutions specializing in the higher education market. Heritage’s investment leaves operating control in the hands of the reinvesting founders while providing them with the desired liquidity and financial flexibility to accelerate future growth.
buyer: Heritage Capital, LLC
New Heritage Capital is a private equity firm that partners with growing, middle market, founder-owned businesses. With its investment structures like the Private IPO, Heritage provides founders with liquidity and growth capital while allowing founders to maintain control of their business. "
target: Carnegie Dartlet LLC
Carnegie Dartlet is a leader in integrated digital marketing and lead generation solutions for higher education institutions. Through its highly customized offering and high-touch approach, Carnegie has earned a reputation for delivering innovative digital marketing solutions to its customers.
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closed 12/2/2019 via Yahoo, Inc.

EducationDynamics, LLC, purchased Agency-of-record business from Thruline Marketing, Inc.

synopsis: EducationDynamics, a leader in higher education marketing, announces the acquisition of key assets of Thruline Marketing. EducationDynamics has acquired Thruline Marketing's agency-of-record business, which provides paid digital marketing, traditional marketing, and SEO management services for more than 20 higher education institutions.
buyer: EducationDynamics, LLC
EducationDynamics is the industry leader in helping colleges and universities find the highest quality student prospects to achieve their enrollments goals. EducationDynamics has earned a reputation for providing the resources and expertise required to meet today’s recruitment challenges. "
seller: Thruline Marketing, Inc.
Thruline Marketing's agency-of-record business provides paid digital marketing, traditional marketing, and SEO management services for more than 20 higher education institutions.
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closed 1/9/2015 via PR Newswire

The Advisory Board Company, acquired Royall & Company

synopsis: The Advisory Board Company, a global insight-driven technology, research, and services provider, announced the completion of its acquisition of Royall & Company. Royall & Company is the higher education industry leader in strategic, data-driven student engagement and enrollment management solutions.
buyer: The Advisory Board Company (ABCO:$799.15)
The Advisory Board Company is the leading provider of insight-driven technology, research, and services for organizations in transforming industries. The company collaborates with more than 200,000 leaders at 4,500 member organizations to elevate performance and solve their most pressing problems. "
target parent: CHS Capital
target: Royall & Company
Royall & Company is the industry leader in strategic student engagement and enrollment management, financial aid optimization, and alumni fundraising. Royall utilizes a data-driven, analytically-based approach to provide high return-on-investment outcomes for its clients.
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announced 9/3/2014 via PR Newswire

Unigo, LLC, will acquire Cinergy Education

synopsis: Unigo Group, a company that improves students' decision-making and outcomes by providing one of the most personalized and accurate platforms for matching students with schools, financing, rewards and jobs, announced an agreement to acquire the business assets of Cinergy Education, a premier provider of higher-education marketing services.
buyer parent: Aequitas Capital Management, Inc
buyer: Unigo, LLC
Unigo is an online business matching students with colleges, scholarships, internships, student loans, majors and careers. Unigo’s consumer site provides personalized matches with 6,500 colleges, 700,000 college reviews, 3.6 million scholarships, 90,000 internships and 3.3 million study materials. "
target: Cinergy Education
A premier provider of higher-education marketing services, Cinergy Education helps colleges, universities and career schools find and enroll qualified students with its rich network of web properties, advisory services, and education-marketing expertise.
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closed 5/8/2013 via PR Web

PlattForm Holdings, Inc., acquired MJD Consultancy Ltd

synopsis: PlattForm has acquired MJD, a United Kingdom-based education marketing company. The purchase allows PlattForm to offer services to MJD’s existing clients and extend its operations to include new institutions of higher education in the UK, as well as Australia, Canada, China, Denmark, France, and many other countries.
buyer parent: Sterling Partners
buyer: PlattForm Holdings, Inc.
PlattForm Advertising has set the standard of excellence in providing marketing services and enrollment solutions for colleges and universities, worldwide. Specialties include search engine marketing; interactive lead generation; online marketing; traditional media placement and creative services. "
target: MJD Consultancy Ltd
MJD Consultancy Ltd provides education marketing expertise and advertising services for international and domestic student recruitment to institutions around the world.
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closed 1/9/2013 via BusinessWire

Sterling Partners, acquired PlattForm Holdings, Inc.

synopsis: Sterling Partners, a growth-oriented private equity firm with a long history of successful investing in the education sector, has acquired PlattForm Advertising, a leading provider of comprehensive marketing and enrollment-management services to colleges and universities.
buyer: Sterling Partners
Sterling Partners is a private equity firm with a distinct point of view on how to build great companies. Sterling focuses on investing growth capital in small and mid-market companies in industries with positive, long-term trends – education, healthcare, and business services. "
target parent: Arlington Capital Partners
target: PlattForm Holdings, Inc.
PlattForm Advertising has set the standard of excellence in providing marketing services and enrollment solutions for colleges and universities, worldwide. Specialties include search engine marketing; interactive lead generation; online marketing; traditional media placement and creative services.
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closed 1/6/2012 via BNC Analysis

CHS Capital, acquired Royall & Company

synopsis: CHS Capital acquired Royall & Co., a provider of recruitment services for colleges and universities. Royall handles marketing for colleges and universities, helping them to enroll students at undergraduate and graduate levels and reach out to alumni for purposes like fundraising.
buyer: CHS Capital
CHS Capital is a Chicago-based private equity firm investing in the middle market. Targeting well-managed companies with enterprise values between $75-$500 million, CHS Capital partners with management teams to focus on accelerating growth and positioning companies for attractive exits. "
target parent: Chicago Growth Partners
target: Royall & Company
Royall & Co. is a provider of recruitment services for colleges and universities. The company handles marketing for colleges and universities, helping them to enroll students at undergraduate and graduate levels and reach out to alumni for purposes like fundraising.
price ($mm)
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$100
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closed 9/7/2011 via PR Newswire

ConnectEDU, Inc., purchased Enrollment and Retention Services Division from EducationDynamics, LLC

synopsis: ConnectEDU®, the leader in web-based college and career access solutions, announced that it acquired the Enrollment and Retention division of EducationDynamics, higher education's leading technology and services company dedicated to helping colleges and universities find, enroll, and retain students.
buyer: ConnectEDU, Inc.
ConnectEDU, Inc. is the web-based leader in empowering learners to manage their education, launch their careers, and secure a more stable financial future. ConnectEDU uses information technology to connect real learners and real data with real colleges, and real career opportunities. "
seller parent: Halyard Capital
seller: EducationDynamics, LLC
EducationDynamics is higher education's leading marketing information and technology services company dedicated to helping institutions find, enroll and retain students. It has six content-rich and highly visible education websites, as well as several special interest microsites.
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announced 6/17/2008 via Company Press Release

Chicago Growth Partners, will acquire Royall & Company

synopsis: Royall is the nation’s leading provider of recruitment services to traditional colleges and universities. CGP led the recapitalization of Royall, partnering with the Company’s management team.
buyer: Chicago Growth Partners
Chicago Growth Partners focuses on lower middle market growth companies in Business and Consumer Services, Healthcare, Industrial Growth and Information Technology. We’ve focused on these industries for over 21 years, with a combined 100+ years of experience in these four areas. "
target: Royall & Company
Royall & Company is made up of some 200 professionals who are exclusively focused on full-time, first-time, traditional-age undergraduate student recruitment. Royall's talented staff includes professionals in all the disciplines required in designing, developing, deploying, and analyzing direct resp
price ($mm)
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$52
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$14
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0.0x

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