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closed 3/27/2019 via PR Web

Alc Press Inc., acquired OKpanda

synopsis: ALC Press, a language-focused educational service provider in Japan, has acquired OKpanda, an English learning platform that includes instant messaging, live voice, and digital curricula. OKpanda connects English learners with amazing, certified ESL teachers who train users through the best of digital self learning content.
buyer parent: Freebit Co. Ltd.
buyer: Alc Press Inc.
ALC Press Inc. is a language-focused educational service provider in Japan. It engages in the planning, production, and sale of materials for distance learning in Japan. ALC Press provides language learning materials as well as learning courses over the internet. "
target: OKpanda
OKpanda is an English learning platform that includes instant messaging, live voice, and digital curricula. OKpanda connects English learners with amazing, certified ESL teachers who train users through the best of digital self learning content.
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closed 7/30/2010 via Wall Street Journal

Pearson plc, acquired Wall Street Institute, Inc.

synopsis: The Carlyle Group said that it has sold English training business, the Wall Street Institute, to U.K.-based publisher Pearson PLC for $92 million. The Wall Street Institute's 340 franchised centers, together with its online tools, provide spoken English training in 25 regions across Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Latin America.
buyer: Pearson plc (LSE:PSON:$5,359.58)
Pearson is an international education and media company with world-leading businesses in education, business information and consumer publishing. "
target parent: The Carlyle Group
target: Wall Street Institute, Inc.
Wall Street Institute is the premier source for English instruction for individuals and corporate clients around the world. Utilizing both company–owned and franchised centers, Wall Street Institute has provided instruction to over 2 million students with a current enrollment of 160,000 people.
price ($mm)
$101
rev ($mm)
$60
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
1.7x
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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
announced 9/10/2015 via Market Wire

EnglishCentral, Inc., will acquire Langrich

synopsis: EnglishCentral, the leading provider ofonline English conversation solutions, announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Langrich, a leading online English tutoring company in Japan.
buyer: EnglishCentral, Inc.
EnglishCentral is the “Youtube of English Language Learning.” Using authentic video content, they create a fun and effective way to learn to speak English using proprietary vocabulary and speech assessment technology. They are backed by Google Ventures, NTT DoCoMo Ventures, and SK Telecom. "
target: Langrich
Langrich is a leading online English tutoring company in Japan.
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closed 1/19/2018 via BNC Analysis

THI Investments GmbH, acquired LearnShip Networks GmbH

synopsis: German firm THI Investments has acquired a majority stake in Learnship, a global leader in the field of digital foreign language training for corporations. Learnship provides face-to-face online language training for corporations available in 14 languages, intercultural training, and related training administration services.
buyer: THI Investments GmbH
THI Investments is a single family office founded in January 2016 after divesting an 80 year-old family business. Their goal is to invest in a diversified portfolio of financial and company assets and grow them over the long term. THI Investments are entrepreneurs, industrialists and investors. "
target: LearnShip Networks GmbH
Learnship helps organizations across Europe and the US boost their productivity by unleashing the full potential of their employees. They provide face-to-face online language training for corporations available in 14 languages, intercultural training, and related training administration services.
price ($mm)
$12
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announced 5/21/2012 via BNC Analysis

Nippon Mirai Capital Co., Ltd., will acquire Alc Press Inc.

synopsis: ALC Press, a listed language-focused educational service provider, has approved a tender offer from Nippon Mirai Capital and plans to go private. ALC Press provides language learning materials as well as learning courses over the internet.
buyer: Nippon Mirai Capital Co., Ltd.
Nippon Mirai Capital Co., Ltd. is an independent investment fund. They focus on growing the enterprise value of their investments and sharing the value with stakeholders. "
target: Alc Press Inc.
ALC Press Inc. is a language-focused educational service provider. It engages in the planning, production, and sale of materials for distance learning in Japan.
price ($mm)[EV]
$35 [$46]*
rev ($mm)
$103
EBITDA ($mm)
$11
EV / rev
0.5x
EV / EBITDA
4.7x
announced 1/14/2020 via GlobeNewswire

UMeWorld Limited, will acquire Proud Kids

synopsis: Hong Kong education technology company UMeWorld Limited will acquire Proud Kids in an all-stock transaction. Based in Beijing, Proud Kids is a 1-on-4 online English language training startup catering to children aged 4-12 years old. Launched in March 2018, Proud Kids has delivered over 150,000 paid lessons using its 1-on-4 teaching model.
buyer: UMeWorld Limited (OTCPK:UMEW:$0.01)
UMeWorld is an educational technology company and a visionary player in the online educational landscape in China. UMFun, its K-12 flagship product, is a cloud-based assessment and learning analytics platform that can intelligently analyze and adapt to a student's performance and needs. "
target: Proud Kids
Proud Kids is a leading online English education platform in China. The company connects native English-speaking tutors from the UK, North America, and South Africa and young learners between 4-12 years old, as well as partnering local English teachers with native English-speaking tutors.
price ($mm)
rev ($mm)
$1
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
0.0x
EV / EBITDA
closed 10/23/2012 via BusinessWire

Pivotal Group, Inc., acquired Pan Am Education

synopsis: A Pivotal Group affiliate has acquired the assets of Pan Am Education, expediting the international expansion of the company. Pan Am founding management will maintain a stake in the company and continue day-to-day operations. Pan Am Education provides online blended learning solutions for students and education companies around the globe.
buyer: Pivotal Group, Inc.
Pivotal Group is a diversified investment company focused on private equity and real estate, particularly drawn by the unrealized potential of well-managed, middle-market companies with unique assets. "
target: Pan Am Education
Pan Am Education provides online blended learning solutions for students and education companies around the globe. Pan Am distributes its education services in 10 countries, including China, Korea, Brazil, Mexico, Turkey and the U.S. Its distribution network reaches over 5 million students.
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announced 12/12/2019 via GlobeNewswire

Meten International Education Group will be merged with EdtechX Holdings Acquisition Corp.,

synopsis: UK-based EdtechX Holdings has entered into a merger agreement with Meten Education, a market leader in English Learning Training in China. The combined entity will operate as Meten EdtechX and focus on providing English and future skills training for a growing market of Chinese students and young professionals.
buyer: EdtechX Holdings Acquisition Corp. (EDTX:$0.00)
UK-based EdtechX Holdings is a public acquisition company sponsored by affiliates of a specialist edtech investment bank. EdtechX has built an industry-leading platform of education and training businesses through the targeted acquisition, consolidation, and development of companies. "
target: Meten International Education Group
Meten is a market leader in English Learning Training (ELT) in China, with a leading position in the adult ELT segment. Meten operates an omnichannel business comprising a nationwide network of learning centers under the brands Meten, ABC, and Likeshuo, the popular English digital tutoring platform.
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closed 4/17/2019 via PR Newswire

LearnShip Networks GmbH, acquired GlobalEnglish Corporation

synopsis: Learnship, the world's leading provider of online, face-to-face language training has acquired GlobalEnglish, a leading provider of digital language training. GlobalEnglish is a worldwide leader in providing digital business English communication training to corporate learners.
buyer parent: THI Investments GmbH
buyer: LearnShip Networks GmbH
Learnship is based in Cologne, Germany with offices in Berlin, Munich, Stuttgart, Paris (France), Basel (Switzerland) and Chicago (USA). The company provides online, face-to-face training in 14 languages for employees at international organizations in more than 75 countries. "
target: GlobalEnglish Corporation
GlobalEnglish delivers Business English language learning solutions to organizations across the globe. The company’s unique combination of technology, personal coaching, context-driven learning and engaging content uniquely positions GlobalEnglish to help teams co-operate, collaborate and innovate.
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closed 1/16/2019 via BNC Analysis

Active Learning Group, acquired Ardmore Language Schools Limited

synopsis: Major schools business Cognita, via its Active Learning Group division, has acquired Ardmore Language Schools, a veteran junior summer program business which has operations in both the UK and US. For over 30 years Ardmore has been helping students from all over the world live and learn the English language.
buyer parent: Cognita Schools, Ltd.
buyer: Active Learning Group
Active Learning Group is a portfolio of exciting brands, each of which specialise in experiential learning for children, spanning outdoor education for schools, and summer camps and daycare for children during the school holidays. "
target: Ardmore Language Schools Limited
For over 30 years Ardmore has been helping students from all over the world live and learn the English language. They pride themselves on delivering summer school programmes to the highest standards with a constant focus on student experience, safety and fun.​
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announced 8/20/2018 via BNC Analysis

Kyoshin Co., Ltd., will acquire English Language Company Australia Pty Ltd

synopsis: Kyoshin Co., Ltd., a Japanese company that operates cram schools in Japan, Germany, China, and the USA, will acquire English Language Company (ELC), an English language school in Sydney Australia. ELC's students learn English quickly and effectively following the most innovative and highest quality English language programs available.
buyer: Kyoshin Co., Ltd. (TSE:4735:$162.12)
Kyoshin Co., Ltd. is a Japanese company that operates cram schools in Japan, Germany, China, and the USA. Their schools are aimed at primary to high school students. Kyoshin provides services for exam preparation, English language learning for young children, and Japanese language learning. "
target: English Language Company Australia Pty Ltd
Founded in 2003, English Language Company (ELC) is a multi-award winning English language school in Sydney Australia. Students who study English at ELC learn English quickly and effectively following the most innovative and highest quality English language programs available.
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closed 11/11/2016 via Company Press Release

GlobalEnglish Corporation, acquired GlobalEnglish Corporation

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

Kuepa, acquired First Class English

synopsis: Kuepa.com has acquired a majority stake in First Class, a leading English language provider in Colombia, which provides educational programs, test preparation, and exams for the corporate market in Colombia. With this acquisition, Kuepa increases its existing presence in the country.
buyer: Kuepa
Kuepa provides workforce development blended and online learning solutions to adults throughout Latin America. Through its proprietary platform and blended learning content, Kuepa has trained over 30,000 students since its founding three years ago. "
target: First Class English
First Class has provided counseling and preparation services for English language learning to corporate and institutional programs for more than 14 years in Colombia.
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closed 9/18/2013 via Market Wire

Loyalist Group Limited, acquired KGIC Education Group

synopsis: Loyalist Group Limited is pleased to announce that, on September 17, 2013, it has completed the acquisition of KGIC Language College Corp. ("KGIC"), an accredited and licensed English-as-a-second-language school, and KGIC Business College Corp.
buyer: Loyalist Group Limited (TSX-V:LOY:$47.90)
Loyalist Group is an educational organization that is in the business of providing in-class private education services, with an emphasis on teaching the following: (i) ESL; (ii) professional development courses; and (iii) college transfer preparation programs. "
target parent: CIBT Education Group Inc.
target: KGIC Education Group
KGIC Education Group, Inc., a language school, provides English language learning programs in Canada. The company offers language enhancement programs, summer programs, and workshops.
price ($mm)
$9.01
rev ($mm)
$24
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
0.5x
EV / EBITDA
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 7/30/2012 via BNC Analysis

Pearson plc, acquired PT Efficient English Services

synopsis: Pearson plc, the London-based publisher of Penguin Books Ltd., spent $16.3 million for PT Efficient English Services, which operates Wall Street Institute in Indonesia, from Navis Capital Partners. PT Efficient English currently provides English-language training to more than 8,000 students in Indonesia.
buyer: Pearson plc (LSE:PSON:$5,359.58)
Pearson is an international education and media company with world-leading businesses in education, business information and consumer publishing. "
target parent: Navis Capital Partners
target: PT Efficient English Services
PT Efficient English Services, which operates Wall Street Institute in Indonesia, provides English-language training to more than 8,000 students.
price ($mm)
$16
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announced 5/25/2012 via Wall Street Journal

Pearson plc, will acquire GlobalEnglish Corporation

synopsis: Pearson, the world's leading learning company, is announcing the acquisition of GlobalEnglish from its current ownership group for $90 million in cash. GlobalEnglish is a leading provider of cloud-based, on-demand Business English learning, assessment and performance support software.
buyer: Pearson plc (LSE:PSON:$5,359.58)
Pearson is an international education and media company with world-leading businesses in education, business information and consumer publishing. "
target: GlobalEnglish Corporation
Founded in 1997 in California, GlobalEnglish is a leading provider of cloud-based, on-demand Business English learning, assessment and performance support software. It serves more than 450 corporate customers, including 20% of the Forbes Global 2000 companies.
price ($mm)
$90
rev ($mm)
$42
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
2.1x
EV / EBITDA
closed 7/15/2010 via PR Newswire

Grupo Ahorro Corporación, acquired Vaughan Systems

synopsis: Vaughan Systems, Spain's leading on-site and multimedia English language training company, announced that Ahorro Corporacion has acquired a 55% stake through its private equity fund, AC Capital Premier II, managed by AC Desarrollo.
buyer: Grupo Ahorro Corporación
Ahorro Corporación is the Spanish savings banks' financial services group. It has been providing advisory and investment services to institutional customers and professional investors for over 30 years. "
target: Vaughan Systems
Vaughan Systems is a English language training company based in Spain. Vaughan Systems has three principal lines of business: on-site training, media and publishing, which cater traditionally to corporate and individual clients.
price ($mm)
rev ($mm)
$25
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
0.0x
EV / EBITDA
closed 1/5/2011 via GlobeNewswire

Mount Knowledge Holdings, Inc., acquired Language Key

synopsis: Mount Knowledge Holdings, Inc. has announced that it has completed the acquisition of Language Key Asia Ltd, a well-established business English and communication skills training holding company in Hong Kong, including its operational subsidiaries in Hong Kong and mainland China (collectively referred to as "Language Key").
buyer: Mount Knowledge Holdings, Inc. (MKHD:$0.00)
Mount Knowledge Holdings, Inc. is an educational software development, sales and training company offering innovative and proprietary "real-time self learning" software products and teaching services for both corporate and direct consumer markets worldwide. "
target: Language Key
The Language Key is an established business English and communication skills training consultancy. The Language Key provides generic and tailored business English and communication skills courses and workshops to local and international companies.
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closed 3/27/2019 via PR Web

Alc Press Inc., acquired OKpanda

synopsis: ALC Press, a language-focused educational service provider in Japan, has acquired OKpanda, an English learning platform that includes instant messaging, live voice, and digital curricula. OKpanda connects English learners with amazing, certified ESL teachers who train users through the best of digital self learning content.
buyer parent: Freebit Co. Ltd.
buyer: Alc Press Inc.
ALC Press Inc. is a language-focused educational service provider in Japan. It engages in the planning, production, and sale of materials for distance learning in Japan. ALC Press provides language learning materials as well as learning courses over the internet. "
target: OKpanda
OKpanda is an English learning platform that includes instant messaging, live voice, and digital curricula. OKpanda connects English learners with amazing, certified ESL teachers who train users through the best of digital self learning content.
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closed 3/27/2019 via PR Web

Alc Press Inc., acquired OKpanda

synopsis: ALC Press, a language-focused educational service provider in Japan, has acquired OKpanda, an English learning platform that includes instant messaging, live voice, and digital curricula. OKpanda connects English learners with amazing, certified ESL teachers who train users through the best of digital self learning content.
buyer parent: Freebit Co. Ltd.
buyer: Alc Press Inc.
ALC Press Inc. is a language-focused educational service provider in Japan. It engages in the planning, production, and sale of materials for distance learning in Japan. ALC Press provides language learning materials as well as learning courses over the internet. "
target: OKpanda
OKpanda is an English learning platform that includes instant messaging, live voice, and digital curricula. OKpanda connects English learners with amazing, certified ESL teachers who train users through the best of digital self learning content.
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announced 5/21/2012 via BNC Analysis

Nippon Mirai Capital Co., Ltd., will acquire Alc Press Inc.

synopsis: ALC Press, a listed language-focused educational service provider, has approved a tender offer from Nippon Mirai Capital and plans to go private. ALC Press provides language learning materials as well as learning courses over the internet.
buyer: Nippon Mirai Capital Co., Ltd.
Nippon Mirai Capital Co., Ltd. is an independent investment fund. They focus on growing the enterprise value of their investments and sharing the value with stakeholders. "
target: Alc Press Inc.
ALC Press Inc. is a language-focused educational service provider. It engages in the planning, production, and sale of materials for distance learning in Japan.
price ($mm)[EV]
$35 [$46]*
rev ($mm)
$103
EBITDA ($mm)
$11
EV / rev
0.5x
EV / EBITDA
4.7x
closed 3/27/2019 via PR Web

Alc Press Inc., acquired OKpanda

synopsis: ALC Press, a language-focused educational service provider in Japan, has acquired OKpanda, an English learning platform that includes instant messaging, live voice, and digital curricula. OKpanda connects English learners with amazing, certified ESL teachers who train users through the best of digital self learning content.
buyer parent: Freebit Co. Ltd.
buyer: Alc Press Inc.
ALC Press Inc. is a language-focused educational service provider in Japan. It engages in the planning, production, and sale of materials for distance learning in Japan. ALC Press provides language learning materials as well as learning courses over the internet. "
target: OKpanda
OKpanda is an English learning platform that includes instant messaging, live voice, and digital curricula. OKpanda connects English learners with amazing, certified ESL teachers who train users through the best of digital self learning content.
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closed 1/19/2018 via BNC Analysis

THI Investments GmbH, acquired LearnShip Networks GmbH

synopsis: German firm THI Investments has acquired a majority stake in Learnship, a global leader in the field of digital foreign language training for corporations. Learnship provides face-to-face online language training for corporations available in 14 languages, intercultural training, and related training administration services.
buyer: THI Investments GmbH
THI Investments is a single family office founded in January 2016 after divesting an 80 year-old family business. Their goal is to invest in a diversified portfolio of financial and company assets and grow them over the long term. THI Investments are entrepreneurs, industrialists and investors. "
target: LearnShip Networks GmbH
Learnship helps organizations across Europe and the US boost their productivity by unleashing the full potential of their employees. They provide face-to-face online language training for corporations available in 14 languages, intercultural training, and related training administration services.
price ($mm)
$12
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announced 5/21/2012 via BNC Analysis

Nippon Mirai Capital Co., Ltd., will acquire Alc Press Inc.

synopsis: ALC Press, a listed language-focused educational service provider, has approved a tender offer from Nippon Mirai Capital and plans to go private. ALC Press provides language learning materials as well as learning courses over the internet.
buyer: Nippon Mirai Capital Co., Ltd.
Nippon Mirai Capital Co., Ltd. is an independent investment fund. They focus on growing the enterprise value of their investments and sharing the value with stakeholders. "
target: Alc Press Inc.
ALC Press Inc. is a language-focused educational service provider. It engages in the planning, production, and sale of materials for distance learning in Japan.
price ($mm)[EV]
$35 [$46]*
rev ($mm)
$103
EBITDA ($mm)
$11
EV / rev
0.5x
EV / EBITDA
4.7x
closed 7/30/2010 via Wall Street Journal

Pearson plc, acquired Wall Street Institute, Inc.

synopsis: The Carlyle Group said that it has sold English training business, the Wall Street Institute, to U.K.-based publisher Pearson PLC for $92 million. The Wall Street Institute's 340 franchised centers, together with its online tools, provide spoken English training in 25 regions across Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Latin America.
buyer: Pearson plc (LSE:PSON:$5,359.58)
Pearson is an international education and media company with world-leading businesses in education, business information and consumer publishing. "
target parent: The Carlyle Group
target: Wall Street Institute, Inc.
Wall Street Institute is the premier source for English instruction for individuals and corporate clients around the world. Utilizing both company–owned and franchised centers, Wall Street Institute has provided instruction to over 2 million students with a current enrollment of 160,000 people.
price ($mm)
$101
rev ($mm)
$60
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
1.7x
EV / EBITDA
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
announced 9/10/2015 via Market Wire

EnglishCentral, Inc., will acquire Langrich

synopsis: EnglishCentral, the leading provider ofonline English conversation solutions, announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Langrich, a leading online English tutoring company in Japan.
buyer: EnglishCentral, Inc.
EnglishCentral is the “Youtube of English Language Learning.” Using authentic video content, they create a fun and effective way to learn to speak English using proprietary vocabulary and speech assessment technology. They are backed by Google Ventures, NTT DoCoMo Ventures, and SK Telecom. "
target: Langrich
Langrich is a leading online English tutoring company in Japan.
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closed 10/23/2012 via BusinessWire

Pivotal Group, Inc., acquired Pan Am Education

synopsis: A Pivotal Group affiliate has acquired the assets of Pan Am Education, expediting the international expansion of the company. Pan Am founding management will maintain a stake in the company and continue day-to-day operations. Pan Am Education provides online blended learning solutions for students and education companies around the globe.
buyer: Pivotal Group, Inc.
Pivotal Group is a diversified investment company focused on private equity and real estate, particularly drawn by the unrealized potential of well-managed, middle-market companies with unique assets. "
target: Pan Am Education
Pan Am Education provides online blended learning solutions for students and education companies around the globe. Pan Am distributes its education services in 10 countries, including China, Korea, Brazil, Mexico, Turkey and the U.S. Its distribution network reaches over 5 million students.
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announced 1/14/2020 via GlobeNewswire

UMeWorld Limited, will acquire Proud Kids

synopsis: Hong Kong education technology company UMeWorld Limited will acquire Proud Kids in an all-stock transaction. Based in Beijing, Proud Kids is a 1-on-4 online English language training startup catering to children aged 4-12 years old. Launched in March 2018, Proud Kids has delivered over 150,000 paid lessons using its 1-on-4 teaching model.
buyer: UMeWorld Limited (OTCPK:UMEW:$0.01)
UMeWorld is an educational technology company and a visionary player in the online educational landscape in China. UMFun, its K-12 flagship product, is a cloud-based assessment and learning analytics platform that can intelligently analyze and adapt to a student's performance and needs. "
target: Proud Kids
Proud Kids is a leading online English education platform in China. The company connects native English-speaking tutors from the UK, North America, and South Africa and young learners between 4-12 years old, as well as partnering local English teachers with native English-speaking tutors.
price ($mm)
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$1
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EV / rev
0.0x
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closed 4/2/2013 via BusinessWire

Rosetta Stone Inc., acquired Livemocha

synopsis: Rosetta Stone announced that it has acquired Seattle-based Livemocha, one of the world’s largest online language-learning communities. The transaction accelerates Rosetta Stone’s transition to cloud-based learning solutions and reinforces its leadership position in the competitive language-learning industry.
buyer: Rosetta Stone Inc. (RST:$194.09)
Rosetta Stone Inc. provides interactive solutions and cutting-edge technology that is changing the way the world learns languages. Rosetta Stone’s proprietary learning techniques are acclaimed for the power to unlock the natural language-learning ability in everyone. "
target: Livemocha
Livemocha is committed to creating a world in which every human being is fluent in multiple languages. As the world’s largest online language learning community, Livemocha fuses traditional learning methods with online practice and interaction with native language speakers from around the world.
price ($mm)
$8.50
rev ($mm)
$4
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
2.2x
EV / EBITDA
closed 3/21/2013 via Company Press Release

Babbel, acquired PlaySay, Inc.

synopsis: Babbel.com announced that it will complete the acquisition of PlaySay, a social language learning app for the iPhone that incorporates real conversations and pronunciation feedback with native speakers. PlaySay CEO Ryan Meinzer will join the Babbel Team.
buyer: Babbel
Lesson Nine GmbH operates a language learning Website www.babbel.com. It provides features for social networking and vocabulary building tools in French, English, Spanish, Italian, and German. The company’s tutorials offer learning exercises, including fill-in-the-blanks and multiple choices. "
target: PlaySay, Inc.
PlaySay offers a social way to learn Spanish. It is an iPhone game connecting language learners so they can have real conversations with pronunciation feedback.
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closed 1/30/2015 via Market Wire

Sibling Group Holdings, Inc., acquired Urban Planet Mobile

synopsis: Sibling Group Holdings, Inc., an educational technology holding company, announced that it has acquired Urban Planet Media & Entertainment Corp., the operator of the Urban Planet Mobile education software platform, a mobile media company focused on creating high-value content and solutions in education, healthcare and literacy.
buyer: Sibling Group Holdings, Inc. (SIBE:$0.30)
Sibling Group Holdings, Inc. is a developer of 21st century teaching and learning solutions for the K-12 education market. Sibling Group Holdings, Inc. utilizes advanced technology and education management to enhance and accelerate the delivery of 21st century learning. "
target: Urban Planet Mobile
Urban Planet Media & Entertainment Corp., a mobile education company, provides education and information products for delivery via mobile phones. The company specializes in literacy lessons for delivery to mobile phones.
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announced 1/3/2020 via BNC Analysis

Aakash Educational Services Limited, will acquire Meritnation

synopsis: Aakash Educational Services Ltd, a leading educational institution in India, will acquire a 66% stake in Meritnation from Info Edge, India’s premier online classifieds company. Meritnation is an Indian company that develops study content and assessment modules for students of classes I - XII. Meritnatio offers content for math, science and English.
buyer: Aakash Educational Services Limited
Aakash is a leading educational institution in India. Aakash provides comprehensive test preparatory services to students preparing for medical and engineering entrance exams, school/board exams, KVPY, NTSE, Olympiads and other Foundation level exams. "
target parent: Info Edge
target: Meritnation
Meritnation is an Indian company that develops study content and assessment modules for students of classes I - XII. Meritnatio offers content for mathematics, science and English. They also offer online and offline test preparation modules for various undergraduate entrance examinations.
price ($mm)
$7.00*
rev ($mm)
$5
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
2.2x
EV / EBITDA
closed 1/6/2016 via Company Press Release

Frontline Technologies Group LLC, acquired EDTRAININGCENTER

synopsis: Frontline Technologies has acquired EDTRAININGCENTER. The company is an online training provider for the K-12 education community. EDTRAININGCENTER is a cloud-based professional development resource.
buyer parent: Insight Venture Partners
buyer: Frontline Technologies Group LLC
Frontline Technologies provides web-based solutions for the K-12 education industry, primarily focusing on human capital management. Frontline first entered the K-12 market in 1998 with Aesop, the first automated substitute placement and absence management system to offer both the phone and web. "
target: EDTRAININGCENTER
EDTRAININGCENTER is the nation’s leading provider of online training and professional development to the K12 industry. Their trainings and educational resources provide educators and other school based employees the skills they need to help students and schools succeed.
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closed 4/25/2012 via PR Newswire

CareerBuilder, Inc., acquired Top Language Jobs

synopsis: CareerBuilder, the leader in human capital solutions, continues to grow its European business with the acquisition of Top Language Jobs (TLJ), the leading global online jobsite for multi-language jobs and candidates. TLJ operates more than 40 sites in 25 countries across Europe and in the U.S.
buyer parent: Gannett Co., Inc.
buyer: CareerBuilder, Inc.
CareerBuilder is the global leader in human capital solutions, helping companies target and attract their most important asset - their people. Its online career site, CareerBuilder.com®, is the largest in the United States, with more than 24 million visitors, 1 million jobs and 45 million resumes. "
target: Top Language Jobs
Top Language Jobs is Europe's No. 1 specialist language recruitment job portal. They operate the largest global network of Job Boards dedicated to multilingual job seekers looking for work internationally.
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closed 3/20/2019 via Company Press Release

Learnlight, acquired Arenalingua Gmbh

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

Eric Goebel, acquired Ipsé Formation Linguistique

synopsis: Eric Goebel, a French entrepreneur, has acquired Ipsé Formation, a language learning center in France. Ipsé Formation provides language learning services and supports companies in their international development. They offer courses for learning English, German, Spanish, French, Spanish, Italian, Chinese, and Russian.
buyer: Eric Goebel
Eric Goebel is a French entrepreneur. Eric Goebel is a managing director at Cofigem, a fund management business, and Plein Horizon, a real estate company that specializes in real estate rental. "
target: Ipsé Formation Linguistique
Ipsé Formation is a language learning center in France. Ipsé Formation provides language learning services and supports companies in their international development. They offer courses for learning English, German, Spanish, French, Spanish, Italian, Chinese, and Russian.
price ($mm)
rev ($mm)
$0
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
0.0x
EV / EBITDA
closed 10/24/2018 via Company Press Release

Technicis Translation, acquired AAC Global Oy

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

EDUA Group, acquired James Cook Languages

synopsis: EDUA Group, the leading private educational group on the Czech market, is expanding its portfolio of services through the acquisition of James Cook Languages (JCL), the largest Czech language provider of corporate language learning.
buyer: EDUA Group
EDUA Group is the largest private educational group in the Czech Republic. Its brands – Jipka, Tutor, Caledonian School, Top Vision, Digiskills, and BridgeWaterBlu – focus on lifelong learning and the development of innovations in education. "
target: James Cook Languages
James Cook Languages (JCL) is the largest Czech language provider of corporate language learning. They developed processes, a methodology and quality which satisfies even the most demanding customer. They are a strong and stable partner providing comprehensive language services at reasonable prices.
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closed 9/7/2016 via Company Press Release

KERN, acquired CEF, International Education Institute, GmbH

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

Korona Invest, acquired AAC Global Oy

synopsis: Finland-based AAC Global announced that it was acquired by Finnish private equity firm Korona Invest. AAC Global provides language and communication training, creates content for all channels, translates and localizes, provides terminology services and knowledge-sharing solutions.
buyer: Korona Invest
Korona Invest is a Finnish private equity firm specialized in growth and buyout investments in Finnish small and medium sized enterprises. Since its founding in 2006, Korona has raised two funds, Terveysrahasto Oy and Palvelurahasto I Ky, with a total raised capital of EUR 93 million. "
target parent: Sanoma Oyj
target: AAC Global Oy
AAC Global supports their clients’ success in international markets by helping them get their message through to their customers. They provide language and communication training, create content for all channels, translate and localize, provide terminology services and knowledge-sharing solutions.
price ($mm)
rev ($mm)
$16
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
0.0x
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