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announced 7/28/2017 via Company Press Release

China First Capital Group Limited, will acquire SJW International Co., Limited

synopsis: China First Capital Group Limited (“CFCG”) announced that it plans to acquire 54% of the total issued shares of SJW International Co., Limited (“SJW International”). SJW International primarily provides online English courses for adults and children, as well as online language training courses for Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, etc.
buyer: China First Capital Group Limited (SEHK:1269:$219.43)
China First Capital Group (CFCG) focuses on investment across the education industry with licenses in financial services. CFCG is actively exploring education projects and making direct investments. They also have subsidiaries which deal in securities, asset management, & corporate finance advising."
target: SJW International Co., Limited
SJW International Co., Limited was incorporated in Korea and was the first company to offer online video English training for adults in Korea. It primarily provides online English courses for adults and children, as well as online language training courses for Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, etc.
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closed 7/22/2020 via BNC Analysis

Myanmar Strategic Holdings, purchased WSE Vietnam from Wall Street English

synopsis: London-listed Myanmar Strategic Holdings (MSH) has completed the acquisition of Wall Street English (WSE) Vietnam, an English language training (ELT) in Vietnam. Wall Street English (WSE) Vietnam serves more than 6,000 students in seven centres in Ho Chi Minh City and Binh Dhuong.
buyer: Myanmar Strategic Holdings (LSE:SHWE:$5.35)
With headquarters in both Singapore and Yangon, Myanmar Strategic Holdings (“MSH”) is an operator and developer of a fast-growing portfolio of businesses aimed at creating opportunities for investors to gain exposure to one of the world’s final frontier markets: Myanmar. "
seller parent: Baring Private Equity Asia
seller: Wall Street English
Wall Street English (WSE) Vietnam serves more than 6,000 students in seven centres in Ho Chi Minh City and Binh Dhuong. Wall Street English is the premier provider of English language instruction for individuals and corporate clients.
price ($mm)
rev ($mm)
$14
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closed 3/15/2018 via PE Hub

Baring Private Equity Asia, CITIC Capital, acquired Wall Street English

synopsis: Baring Private Equity Asia (“BPEA”) and CITIC Capital Holdings Limited announced their affiliated private equity funds have acquired Wall Street English (“WSE”), the world’s leading provider of English language training to adults, from Pearson Plc.
buyer: CITIC Capital
buyer: Baring Private Equity Asia
Baring Private Equity Asia (BPEA) is one of the largest and most established private alternative investment firms in Asia, with total committed capital of over USD11 billion. Founded in 2002, CITIC Capital Holdings Limited is an alternative investment management and advisory company. "
target parent: Pearson plc
target: Wall Street English
Wall Street English is the premier provider of English language instruction for individuals and corporate clients around the world. Wall Street English has over 40 years of experience of teaching English and has touched the lives of over 2 million students in 450 centers in 28 countries worldwide.
price ($mm)
$300
rev ($mm)
$216
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1.4x
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closed 1/26/2017 via BNC Analysis

Yes 'N' You, acquired Speaken S.A.S.

synopsis: YES 'N' YOU, a pioneer in technology solutions for online education and training for english language learning, announces the acquisition of Speaken. Speaken allows users to practice English by connecting with English native tutors through live video chat with its app.
buyer: Yes 'N' You
YES 'N' YOU is a pioneer in technology solutions for online education and training, and is a leading player in Digital Learning. Ed'Tech innovative, YES 'N' YOU develops original blended courses for companies and individuals. "
target: Speaken S.A.S.
Speaken is the best way to practice English. Users can immediately connect with English native Tutors available on-demand through live video chat on their smartphones. Speaken is a new French start up, all passionate by the idea of changing the way in which the world learns languages.
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announced 1/9/2013 via BusinessWire

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

synopsis: CIBT Education Group Inc. has agreed to buy Linkman International Language Institute. Linkman is a language training institution in China that specializes in English language training for students in elementary and middle school, but also train students in high school as well as adults.
buyer: CIBT Education Group Inc. (MBA:$57.97)
CIBT Education Group Inc. is an education management company focused on the global education market. CIBT Group owns and operates a network of business, technical and language colleges and offers cooperative joint programmes in 18 countries. "
target: Linkman International Language Institute
Linkman International Language Institute is a language training institution. Linkman provides high quality English training programs to over 200 students in a wide range of age groups, but specializes in Children’s English programs.
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closed 9/17/2012 via BusinessWire

H.I.G. Capital, acquired Cel Lep Idiomas

synopsis: H.I.G. Capital, LLC, a leading global private investment firm, announced that its Brazilian affiliate has completed the acquisition of Cel Lep Idiomas, a leading premium English Language Teaching network in Brazil. With its focus on high quality education, Cel Lep has taught English to more than 420,000 students.
buyer: H.I.G. Capital
H.I.G. Capital is a leading global private equity investment firm with more than $8.5 billion of equity capital under management. H.I.G. specializes in providing capital to small and medium-sized companies with attractive growth potential. "
target: Cel Lep Idiomas
Cel Lep is a premium ELT network founded in São Paulo, Brazil in 1967. The company has always focused on innovation such as its famous language labs and its proprietary methodology. With its focus on high quality education, Cel Lep has taught English to more than 420,000 students.
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closed 4/15/2009 via Company Press Release

Pearson plc, acquired Wall Street English

synopsis: Wall Street Institute, the world’s premier provider of English language instruction, announced that it has sold its Chinese subsidiary, Wall Street English, to Pearson plc, the international education and information company, for $145 million in cash. Wall Street Institute (WSI) is majority-owned by global private equity firm The Carlyle Group.
buyer: Pearson plc (LSE:PSON:$5,359.58)
Pearson plc is an international media company with world-leading businesses in education, business information and consumer publishing. Pearson Education, the world's leading education company, provides print and digital learning materials and services to more than 100 million students every year. "
target parent: The Carlyle Group
target: Wall Street English
Wall Street English is China’s leading provider of premium English language training to adults. Launched in 2000, it teaches approximately 35,000 students at 39 company-owned training centers in seven cities including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen.
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$145
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closed 2/20/2019 via Company Press Release

Akademie Zeitgeist, acquired International House Freiburg

synopsis: Sprachschule zum Ehrstein(International House Freiburg) has been acquired by Akademie Zeitgeist, a newly established German language course provider. International House Freiburg is a school that offers German language lessons to students and young professionals.
buyer: Akademie Zeitgeist
Zeitgeist is a program based out of Germany that offers German courses in Freiburg with accommodations. They offer authentic opportunities to live in either student residences or in homestays, in the best neighborhoods of Freiburg. "
target parent: International House World Organisation
target: International House Freiburg
International House Freiburg is a school that offers German language lessons to students and young professionals. Located in Freiburg, Germany, the company organizes events and creates accommodations for students wishing to progress their German language education.
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closed 8/17/2016 via Company Press Release

AAC Global Oy, acquired TekMil Oy

synopsis: AAC Holding, which is owned by Korona Invest’s Palvelurahasto (Service Fund) and key personnel from AAC Global, has purchased the language, communication, and training service provider TekMiL. The AAC Holding group will now include AAC Global Oy, TekMiL Oy, and AAC Global AB in Sweden.
buyer parent: Korona Invest
buyer: AAC Global Oy
AAC Global promotes its clients’ success in international markets by helping them to get their message through to their customers. AAC Global’s services include translation and localization services, content production for all channels, language and communication training, and interpreting services."
target: TekMil Oy
TekMiL is a language based business & culture training company founded in 2005 by Sari and Zoran Kanti-Paul in the Pirkanmaa region of Finland. They see themelves as a growth company with a solid foundation, an ideal partner for the future.
price ($mm)
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$2
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0.0x
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closed 2/18/2011 via BNC Analysis

Berlitz Languages, Inc., acquired Second Language Testing Inc.

synopsis: Berlitz International, Inc.,the world's premier language services firm, providing quality language instruction, translation, and publishing services throughout the world, has purchased Second Language Testing Inc., a premier company solely focused on language test development and test translation.
buyer parent: Benesse Corporation
buyer: Berlitz Languages, Inc. (:$0.00)
Berlitz International, Inc. is the world's premier language services firm, providing quality language instruction, translation, and publishing services throughout the world. Berlitz has been providing language services for more than 120 years, with millions of alumni . "
target: Second Language Testing Inc.
Second Language Testing Inc. ("SLTI") has filled a void in language test development for the federal government and state government agencies, for use in security, intelligence and defense work, and in the educational sector. SLTI develops language tests and language proficiency assessments.
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closed 4/30/2008 via PR Newswire

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

synopsis: China Education Alliance, Inc., a leading distributor of educational resources, offering high-quality programs and training both through online networks and an on-site training center in the People's Republic China, announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire and has, on the same day, closed on the acquisition of World Exchanges Inc.
buyer: China Education Alliance, Inc. (CEU:$46.27)
China Education Alliance, Inc.'s strategy is to provide high-quality online educational services including: exam preparation outside the centralized Key High Schools, vocational training for graduates and continued professional development training. "
target: World Exchanges Inc.
World Exchanges Inc. provides English training programs in China as well as English test preparation courses and overseas study and consulting services through its five existing ''Group Entities''.
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$0.93*
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announced 1/15/2008 via BusinessWire

Kaplan, Inc., will acquire Pacific Language Institute

synopsis: Kaplan, Inc. announced today it had agreed to acquire Pacific Language Institute (PLI), a major provider of English language instruction in Canada with schools located in Vancouver and Toronto.
buyer parent: The Washington Post Company
buyer: Kaplan, Inc.
Kaplan, Inc., is a leading international provider of educational and career services for individuals, schools and businesses. Kaplan serves students of all ages through a wide array of offerings including higher education, test preparation, professional training and programs for kids and schools. "
target: Pacific Language Institute
Pacific Language Institute offers general English language programs, as well as classes and diploma programs focused on specific English language needs, such as business or intensive learning. Additionally, PLI offers courses designed to prepare students for tests in English proficiency.
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closed 12/14/2016 via Company Press Release

RareJob Inc., acquired Ripple Kids Park Co., Ltd.

synopsis: RareJob, a Japanese company that provides online English lessons, has acquired Ripple Kids Park, a company that specializes in providing online English lessons through Skype exclusively for kids. Ripple Kids Park offers one-on-one online English lessons to Japanese children, provided by teachers located in the Phillippines.
buyer: RareJob Inc. (TSE:6096:$30.81)
With the largest number of students, RareJob is the top online English school in Japan. They have provided over 10,000,000 lessons and have helped more than 10,000 Filipino tutors. They aim to provide the best learning experience to students and the most ideal working environment for their tutors. "
target: Ripple Kids Park Co., Ltd.
Ripple Kids Park is the first Japanese company to provide online English lessons exclusively for kids. They offer one-on-one online lessons tailored to each child. Students are able to easily learn at home and communicate with teachers in the Phillippines through Skype.
price ($mm)
$1.15
rev ($mm)
$1
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
0.9x
EV / EBITDA
closed 12/23/2016 via BusinessWire

Wicks Group of Companies, acquired Invo HealthCare Associates

synopsis: Post Capital Partners announced the recapitalization of Invo HealthCare Associates by the Wicks Group of Companies, a New York-based private investment firm. Based in Jamison, PA, Invo HealthCare is the leading national provider of school and community therapeutic services for individuals and families with autism and special needs.
buyer: Wicks Group of Companies
The Wicks Group of Companies is a private equity firm that invests in lower-middle-market companies operating in the information, education and media industries. The firm uses a consistent investment strategy, partnering with experienced management teams to build businesses through acquisitions. "
target parent: Post Capital Partners, LLC
target: Invo HealthCare Associates
Since 1993, Invo HealthCare Associates (INVO) has responded to the growing need for qualified therapists and service providers to work in various educational settings throughout the nation. INVO provides specialized education solutions through its team of focused and engaging service providers.
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closed 3/20/2019 via Company Press Release

RareJob Inc., acquired Geos Language Centre Singapore

synopsis: RareJob, the top online English school in Japan, acquired all shares of Geos Language Center. GEOS Language Centre, located in Singapore, is a school that provides English language classes to the public. Their classes are designed to cater to all kinds of students, including tourists, kids and businessmen.
buyer: RareJob Inc. (TSE:6096:$30.81)
RareJob is the top online English school in Japan. In almost a decade, they have provided over 10,000,000 lessons and have helped over 10,000 Filipino tutors. They aim to provide the best learning experience to students and the most ideal working environment for tutors. "
target parent: GEOS
target: Geos Language Centre Singapore
GEOS Language Centre, located in Singapore, is a school that provides English language classes to the public. Their classes are designed to cater to all kinds of students, including tourists, kids and businessmen.
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announced 2/21/2019 via Company Press Release

Ardian, will acquire Study Group International Ltd.

synopsis: Ardian, France's world-leading private investment house, announced it has reached an agreement to acquire a majority stake in Study Group, the leading provider of international education based in the UK, from Providence Equity Partners, a premier global asset management firm.
buyer: Ardian
Headquartered in France, Ardian is a world-leading private investment house with assets of $90bn managed or advised in Europe, the Americas and Asia. Ardian focuses on delivering excellent investment performance to its global investor base. "
target parent: Providence Equity Partners Inc.
target: Study Group International Ltd.
Study Group is a leading provider of international education. With 48 university partners around the world, it enables students to succeed at any degree level, by helping them develop the necessary study and language skills to which they may not have had access in their local education systems.
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closed 1/14/2015 via BNC Analysis

51Talk, acquired 91WaiJiao.com

synopsis: Beijing-based online English language education platform 51Talk has acquired rival 91Waijiao, according to 51Talk's CEO Huang Jiajia. After the completion of the deal, 91Waijiao's platforms, users and staff will be absorbed into 51Talk.
buyer: 51Talk
51Talk is an online english school providing one-to-one foreign language teaching services at a cost of 15 yuan per class. It has established inexpensive English learning based on the Internet. "
target: 91WaiJiao.com
91WaiJiao.com is an oral English tutoring services website started by Jiayuan.com founder Rose Gong. Through real time audio and video interaction conducted via streaming classroom software, they help Chinese students overcome their spoken English challenges and frustrations.
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closed 7/1/2010 via Reuters

Providence Equity Partners Inc., acquired Study Group International Ltd.

synopsis: U.S. private equity firm Providence Equity Partners has acquired university programme provider Study Group from Australia's CHAMP Private Equity.
buyer: Providence Equity Partners Inc.
Providence Equity Partners is the leading global private equity firm specializing in equity investments in media, entertainment, communications and information companies around the world. The principals of Providence manage funds with over $22 billion in equity commitments. "
target parent: Champ Private Equity
target: Study Group International Ltd.
Study Group helps over 35,000 international students fulfil their ambitions every year. We are global leaders in international education and training, providing a complete range of educational opportunities for students from over 120 countries.
price ($mm)
$553
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closed 9/11/2006 via

Champs Private Equity, acquired Study Group International Ltd.

synopsis: Newspaper publisher Daily Mail & General Trust has agreed to sell its English language and academic courses business, Study Group International, for about 72 million pounds. The firm is selling the unit to funds advised by Australia's Champ Private Equity and Petersen Investments.
buyer parent: Castle Harlan Inc.
buyer: Champs Private Equity
Champ Private Equity is a joint venture between Castle Harlan Inc. and Australian Mezzanine Investments Pty Ltd. "
target parent: Daily Mail and General Trust plc
target: Study Group International Ltd.
Study Group helps over 35,000 international students fulfil their ambitions every year. We are global leaders in international education and training, providing a complete range of educational opportunities for students from over 120 countries.
price ($mm)
$141
rev ($mm)
$179
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
0.8x
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announced 1/20/2016 via Company Press Release

Wydawnictwa Szkolne i Pedagogiczne SA, will acquire Profi-Lingua

synopsis: Wydawnictwa Szkolne i Pedagogiczne SA (WSiP) signed a preliminary agreement for the purchase of one of the largest networks of language schools in Poland - Profi-Lingua. Profi-Lingua runs courses in English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Czech, Swedish, Portuguese, Chinese, Norwegian and Polish for foreigners at all levels.
buyer parent: Advent International
buyer: Wydawnictwa Szkolne i Pedagogiczne SA
Wydawnictwa Szkolne i Pedagogiczne is the largest educational publisher in Poland. They offer textbooks, workbooks, and methodological guides for all classes of primary schools, junior high schools and high schools, as well as preschool education. "
target: Profi-Lingua
Profi-Lingua is one of the largest centers of foreign language teaching in Poland. They run classes in branches located in 16 major cities in Poland. They teach English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Czech, Swedish, Portuguese, Chinese, Norwegian and Polish for foreigners at all levels.
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announced 7/28/2017 via Company Press Release

China First Capital Group Limited, will acquire SJW International Co., Limited

synopsis: China First Capital Group Limited (“CFCG”) announced that it plans to acquire 54% of the total issued shares of SJW International Co., Limited (“SJW International”). SJW International primarily provides online English courses for adults and children, as well as online language training courses for Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, etc.
buyer: China First Capital Group Limited (SEHK:1269:$219.43)
China First Capital Group (CFCG) focuses on investment across the education industry with licenses in financial services. CFCG is actively exploring education projects and making direct investments. They also have subsidiaries which deal in securities, asset management, & corporate finance advising."
target: SJW International Co., Limited
SJW International Co., Limited was incorporated in Korea and was the first company to offer online video English training for adults in Korea. It primarily provides online English courses for adults and children, as well as online language training courses for Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, etc.
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announced 7/28/2017 via Company Press Release

China First Capital Group Limited, will acquire SJW International Co., Limited

synopsis: China First Capital Group Limited (“CFCG”) announced that it plans to acquire 54% of the total issued shares of SJW International Co., Limited (“SJW International”). SJW International primarily provides online English courses for adults and children, as well as online language training courses for Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, etc.
buyer: China First Capital Group Limited (SEHK:1269:$219.43)
China First Capital Group (CFCG) focuses on investment across the education industry with licenses in financial services. CFCG is actively exploring education projects and making direct investments. They also have subsidiaries which deal in securities, asset management, & corporate finance advising."
target: SJW International Co., Limited
SJW International Co., Limited was incorporated in Korea and was the first company to offer online video English training for adults in Korea. It primarily provides online English courses for adults and children, as well as online language training courses for Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, etc.
price ($mm)
$135*
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announced 3/14/2017 via BNC Analysis

Boubyan Petrochemical Company, will acquire Educational Holding Group

synopsis: Boubyan Petrochemicals, the first private-sector company in Kuwait that invested in the government-controlled petrochemical sector, is to acquire majority stake in Educational Holding Group, the first private educational investments organization in Kuwait. Boubyan Petrochemicals is looking to buy 32.8% stake and currently hold 21.12% stake.
buyer: Boubyan Petrochemical Company (KWSE:BPCC:$93.42)
Boubyan Petrochemical Company K.S.C., a Kuwaiti shareholding company listed on the Kuwait Stock Exchange, is the first private-sector company in Kuwait that invested in the government-controlled petrochemical sector. The company was established on February 12, 1995 "
target: Educational Holding Group (KWSE:EDU:$38.04)
Founded in 1982, Educational Holding Group was the first private educational investments organization in Kuwait. The group has grown manifold with a portfolio that covers the entire educational life-cycle, ranging from K-12, tertiary education and vocational training and development.
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announced 1/4/2018 via PR Newswire

SilverLake, will acquire Weld North Education

synopsis: Silver Lake, the global leader in technology investing, announced that it will acquire a majority stake in Weld North Education (WNE), a leading digital education technology company focused on developing digital curriculum and tools for preK-12th grade, from KKR.
buyer: SilverLake
Silver Lake is the global leader in technology investing, with about $39 billion in combined assets under management and committed capital and a team of approximately 100 investment and value creation professionals located in Silicon Valley, New York, London, Hong Kong and Tokyo. "
target parent: Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.
target: Weld North Education
Weld North Education operates a platform of digital and SaaS educational solution businesses and makes control investments in high potential businesses in the education industry.
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