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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 3/30/2020 via GlobeNewswire

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

synopsis: EdtechX Holdings Acquisition Corp., the world’s first special purpose acquisition company focused on investing in the education services and education technology industry, and Meten International Education Group, a leading English language training service provider in China, have successfully completed their previously announced merger transaction.
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 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 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
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$24
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0.5x
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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 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.
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$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
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$42
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2.1x
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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
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$60
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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)
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$25
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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 3/15/2010 via PR Newswire

CIBT Education Group Inc., acquired KGIC Education Group

synopsis: CIBT Education Group Inc. is pleased to announce that it has completed the acquisition KGIC Education Group of Vancouver, British Columbia. KGIC Education Group is one of the largest private English language training schools and business colleges in Canada with 7 campuses.
buyer parent: Capital Alliance Group Inc.
buyer: CIBT Education Group Inc. (MBA:$57.97)
CIBT Education Group Inc. is an education management and investment company with a special focus on the global education market. Its subsidiaries include CIBT School of Business, Tourism Training Institute (Beijing), and Sprott-Shaw Degree College Corp. "
target: KGIC Education Group
With five campuses and 1500 full-time students, KGIC is one of the largest ESL & Business institutions in Canada. KGIC offers outstanding courses in English, Career development and Business; Teacher training diplomas; and Youth summer Programs.
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$4.68
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$14
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closed 1/6/2009 via BusinessWire

Kaplan, Inc., acquired West of England Language Services

synopsis: Kaplan, Inc. announced that it has acquired West of England Language Services Limited, an international group of English language schools located in the U.S., Australia, and the U.K.
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: West of England Language Services
West of England Language Services offers general English language training for adults, as well as courses focused on specific language needs, such as business English, academic English and preparation for the International English Language Testing System and University of Cambridge exams.
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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 7/24/2007 via PR Newswire

Morgan Equities Group, Inc., will acquire Shenzhen Interactive Learning Center

synopsis: Morgan Equities Group, Inc. announced that it has entered an agreement to purchase 100% of Shenzhen Interactive Learning Center, a Wholly Owned Foreign Enterprise in China.
buyer: Morgan Equities Group, Inc.
Morgan Equities Group, Inc. is a public company based in Fayetteville, TN. The company's mission is to maximize the company's value for its investors. The Company's common stock is currently traded over-the-counter on the NASD, symbol MRGG. "
target: Shenzhen Interactive Learning Center
The Shenzhen Interactive Language Center is an English and Mandarin training center devoted to true interactive teaching methods in the classroom. Their classes attach special importance to the use of Mandarin/ Chinese Language in everyday, real-life situations.
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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.
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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 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 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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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
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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 1/19/2018 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.
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$12
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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 1/19/2018 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.
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$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
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0.5x
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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)
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1.7x
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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 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
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$1
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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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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.
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$1
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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
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EV / rev
0.0x
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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.
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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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closed 9/9/2015 via BNC Analysis

MicroConsult, acquired Wefit Solutions

synopsis: MicroConsult has acquired Wefit Solutions, a provider of language training with a proprietary Learning Management System. Wefit offers individual and industry-specific vocational further education in the upper price segment and focuses on teaching of functional language knowledge in combination with intercultural training and soft skills training.
buyer: MicroConsult
MicroConsult offers training for Professional Consulting, Project Support and Training. From microcontrollers to system design – clients will benefit from MicroConsult's decades of experience. Knowhow transfer tailored to meet a clients needs and project objectives. "
target: Wefit Solutions
As one of the leading enterprises for language training, Wefit Solutions develops on-the-job training concepts which are highly individual and sector-specific. They support clients worldwide with flexible and tailored training programs.
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closed 1/14/2015 via BNC Analysis

Groupe Nova Performance, acquired Formalangues

synopsis: Nova Performance, a company that offers translation, interpretation, training and testing services, has acquired EFP Formalangues and Demos Langues from Demos Group. Formalangues is geared towards corporate clients and provides Inter, Intra and intensive courses in every language on the market.
buyer: Groupe Nova Performance
Nova Langues is the Translation and Interpretation Department of NOVA PERFORMANCE group. Since 1997, NOVA LANGUAGES offers translation and interpretation services in a number of language combinations and in various fields. "
target parent: Demos
target: Formalangues
Formalangues is geared towards corporate clients and provides Inter, Intra and intensive courses in every language on the market. It is based in Paris, France.
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closed 2/4/2013 via GlobeNewswire

Global LT, acquired Global LT

synopsis: Lisette Poletes, CEO of Global LT, has taken over full ownership of the company. Since 2009, Hortensia Albertini, the originating owner, held 51% investment while Lisette Poletes held 49%. Global LT is a worldwide leader in Language & Cultural Training, Translation, Expatriate Destination Services and Workforce Talent Development.
buyer: Global LT
Global LT is a world renowned provider Language & Cultural Training, Translation, Expatriate Destination Services and Workforce Talent Development with representatives in Boston, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Raleigh, Hong Kong, Frankfurt, Paris, London, and Shanghai. "
target: Global LT
Global LT is a world renowned provider Language & Cultural Training, Translation, Expatriate Destination Services and Workforce Talent Development with representatives in Boston, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Raleigh, Hong Kong, Frankfurt, Paris, London, and Shanghai.
price ($mm)
rev ($mm)
$20
EBITDA ($mm)
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closed 5/9/2012 via BNC Analysis

Argos Soditic S.A., acquired ASC International House SA

synopsis: Argos Soditic has completed the MBO of Swiss language education provider ASC International House. The investment will underpin the company's growth in Swiss Romande, where there is high demand for private education particularly among the expat community.
buyer: Argos Soditic S.A.
Argos Soditic is a private equity firm specializing in investments in management buyouts, management buyins, development capital situations, and spin-offs by large corporations and provides mezzanine financing. The firm prefers to invest in small to medium sized privately or publicly held companies."
target: ASC International House SA
Founded in 1974 and based in Geneva, ASC International House provides language training to the general public and businesses. The firm also provides private schooling in English.
price ($mm)
rev ($mm)
$16
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0.0x
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closed 8/15/2011 via PR Newswire

Berlitz Languages, Inc., acquired Telelangue SA

synopsis: Berlitz Corporation announced its acquisition of Telelangue SA, a global provider of language services based in Paris, France. Telelangue specializes in distance blended-learning and offers their clients custom-made phone classes and an award-winning e-learning program, supported by an advanced learning management system.
buyer parent: Benesse Corporation
buyer: Berlitz Languages, Inc. (:$0.00)
Berlitz is a global leadership training and education company with a comprehensive portfolio which adds communications skills development, global leadership training and customized dynamic solutions for cultural competency, available via multiple delivery platforms. "
target: Telelangue SA
Telelangue is a European leader in corporate language training and a pioneer in innovative learning technologies. It has engineered a proprietary online platform technology to provide clients with language learning services that seamlessly blend phone lessons, e-learning and classroom-based courses.
price ($mm)
rev ($mm)
$35
EBITDA ($mm)
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0.0x
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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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