Like National Evaluation Systems

closed 4/25/2006 via Reuters

Pearson plc, acquired National Evaluation Systems

synopsis: Pearson Plc, the world's biggest educational publisher, said it had bought National Evaluation Systems Inc. (NES), expanding into the area of U.S. teacher certification testing. London-based Pearson, which did not disclose the purchase price, said on Tuesday closely held NES had sales of $73 million in 2005.
buyer parent: Pearson plc
buyer: Pearson plc
Educating 100 million people worldwide, Pearson Education is the global leader in integrated education publishing. "
target: National Evaluation Systems
An educational testing company that develops and administers customized teacher certification testing programs and other assessment programs in higher education. Our work covers assessments in more than one hundred content fields, professional teaching skills, and basic skills.
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closed 1/23/2019 via BNC Analysis

Varsity Tutors, acquired Veritas Prep

synopsis: Varsity Tutors, the online learning platform that launched in 2007, has announced the acquisition of Veritas Prep. Veritas Prep launched in 2002 with a suite of test prep courses. Over the years, Veritas built out its online live classes as well as a business around admissions consulting.
buyer: Varsity Tutors
Varsity Tutors is a live learning platform that connects students and professionals with personalized instruction to achieve any goal. To date, students have accessed more than two million hours of live instruction on the platform. "
target: Veritas Prep
Veritas Prep launched in 2002 with a suite of test prep courses. Over the years, Veritas built out its online live classes as well as a business around admissions consulting. Veritas Prep is a GMAT preparation center for students.
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announced 10/4/2012 via BNC Analysis

Pearson Longman, will acquire Educational Resources Pte Ltd

synopsis: AEC Education PLC, which offers a number of diploma and degree programs up to the post-graduate level to students in the Asian region, said it has agreed to sell its non-core examinations subsidiary, Educational Resources Pte Ltd, or ER, to Pearson Education South Asia Pte. Ltd.
buyer parent: Pearson plc
buyer: Pearson Longman
In Singapore since 1965, Pearson Longman draws on experiences, heritage and networks to bring numerous quality instructional programmes and resources that are tailor-made to the latest syllabuses from the Singapore Ministry of Education. "
target parent: AEC Education Plc
target: Educational Resources Pte Ltd
AEC Education Plc offers a number of diploma and degree programs up to the post-graduate level to students in the Asian region. They have both class-based instruction and distance learning to post-graduate degree level.
price ($mm)
$4.03
rev ($mm)
$3
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$0
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1.3x
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25.0x
closed 1/4/2008 via

AEC Education Plc, acquired Educational Resources Pte Ltd

synopsis: AEC is pleased to announce the exchange of contracts to acquire the 65% of Educational Resources Pte Ltd that it does not already own (“the Acquisition”) with effect from 4 January 2008. ER is incorporated in Singapore and has four wholly owned subsidiaries. Following the Acquisition, AEC will hold 100% of the issued share capital of ER.
buyer: AEC Education Plc (AIM:AEC:$10.66)
AEC Education Plc provides a range of educational courses and training programs, both as tutored courses leading to qualifications and by way of distance learning under various arrangements with universities, primarily in Singapore and Malaysia. "
target: Educational Resources Pte Ltd
Educational Resources provides curriculum resources, library books, educational multimedia and teaching resources to schools in Singapore.
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$0.58*
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closed 3/30/2020 via BNC Analysis

Unacademy, acquired Kreatryx

synopsis: India's largest education technology platform Unacademy has acquired Kreatryx, a Delhi-based online exam preparation startup. With the acquisition, Kreatryx, whose platform offers services for exams such as GATE and ESE, will continue to operate as a separate brand under the Unacademy Brands umbrella.
buyer: Unacademy
Unacademy is India's largest education platform, offering over 2,400 online lessons and specialised courses to prepare for various competitive exams. Through Unacademy's mobile app, users can attend live classes by top educators and prepare via Live Test Series, Quizzes, Practice Section, and more. "
target: Kreatryx
Kreatryx is an ed-tech start-up in India that provides Top quality GATE Exam training for all through its online products and postal study courses. Kreatryx aims to bridge the gap between a student's performance and potential by providing a platform for personalized learning and self-evaluation.
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announced 1/29/2020 via BNC Analysis

Benesse Holdings, Inc., will acquire Study Hacker Co., Ltd.

synopsis: Benesse Holdings Inc., a Japanese company focused on education and publishing, will acquire a 50.1% stake in Study Hacker Co., Ltd., a specialty prep school in Japan. Study Hacker helps students prepare for medical school exams and other difficult university exams. The company also operates English learning centers.
buyer: Benesse Holdings, Inc. (TSE:9783:$4,052.38)
Benesse Holdings, Inc. is a Japanese company focused on education and publishing. Benesse Holdings, Inc. provides, through its subsidiaries, course material, student pocketbooks, magazines, tutoring services, exam prep services, educational equipment, and more. "
target: Study Hacker Co., Ltd.
Study Hacker is a specialty prep school in Japan. Study Hacker helps students prepare for medical school exams and other difficult university exams. The company also operates English learning centers that provide short-term training to help students improve their English.
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closed 5/2/2018 via PR Newswire

Bain Capital Double Impact, acquired Penn Foster Inc.

synopsis: Bain Capital Double Impact, the impact investing strategy of Bain Capital, announced that it led an investor group to acquire Penn Foster, a provider of skills development and digital credentialing solutions, from the Vistria Group. Penn Foster's digital and blended learning programs are delivered in a self-paced model along with academic coaching.
buyer parent: Bain Capital
buyer: Bain Capital Double Impact
Bain Capital Double Impact is the impact investing strategy of Bain Capital, a leading global private investment firm. Bain Capital Double Impact utilizes Bain Capital's proven, deep diligence, value-added approach to build great companies that deliver competitive financial returns. "
target parent: The Vistria Group
target: Penn Foster Inc. (REVU:$188.75)
Penn Foster helps individuals develop the skills they need to pursue purposeful, and productive careers through affordable diploma, certificate and degree programs. Their digital and blended learning programs are delivered in a self-paced model along with personalized academic and career coaching.
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closed 12/10/2015 via BNC Analysis

Gateforum Educational Services Private Limited, acquired Testfunda.com

synopsis: Thinkcell Learning Solutions (formerly Gateforum Educational Services) has acquired elearning company Enabilon Learning, which offers its testprep packages through Testfunda.com. TestFunda.com provides online aptitude test preparation, with a focus on MBA and bank test preparation market.
buyer parent: ASK Pravi Capital Advisors Pvt. Ltd
buyer: Gateforum Educational Services Private Limited
Thinkcell Learning Solutions Pvt. Ltd. (formerly Gateforum Educational Services Pvt. Ltd.) is an educational services provider. It offers test preparatory tools for graduate aptitude tests in engineering courses. They are the number 1 institute for preparation for the GATE Exam. "
target: Testfunda.com
With over 500,000 users, TESTfunda.com is the online hub for MBA, Bank and UPSC exam aspirants. They provide complete test preparation for CAT, XAT, IIFT, CMAT, NMAT, SNAP, MH-CET, Bank exams (IBPS PO, IBPS Clerk, SBI PO, SBI Clerk), UPSC CSAT and Campus Recruitment Tests.
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closed 5/25/2010 via BusinessWire

Certiport, Inc., acquired MeasureUp, Inc.

synopsis: Certiport, the leading provider of test delivery services for the global workforce and academic markets, announced they have acquired MeasureUp LLC, the global leader in IT practice tests and assessment services.
buyer parent: Spire Capital Partners, L.P.
buyer: Certiport, Inc.
Certiport is the leading provider of value-added, computerized test delivery services that include an expansive network of Certiport testing centers worldwide. Its comprehensive services encompass test development, psychometrics, program management, sales and marketing. "
target: MeasureUp, Inc.
MeasureUp is an assessment and certification practice test company, providing the necessary tools to reinforce learning and validate knowledge. MeasureUp assessment and practice test customers include a broad range of companies and higher-education learning institutes.
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closed 3/11/2019 via PR Newswire

Interactivation, acquired Med School Tutors

synopsis: Interactivation, a holding company owned by entrepreneurs Joe Covey and Matthew Davidge, has acquired Med School Tutors, the leading medical school tutoring company that helps aspiring physicians succeed in medical school, on their standardized exams, and beyond.
buyer: Interactivation
Interactivation is a holding company owned by Joe Covey and Matthew Davidge. The company focuses on acquiring and operating media, education and health companies. Interactivation likes to buy small “orphan business units” from large companies with revenue of at least $10 million. "
target: Med School Tutors
Med School Tutors is the leading medical school tutoring company offering one-to-one online tutoring for the USMLE, COMLEX, Shelf Exams, Medical Coursework and Admissions and Residency Advisement, as well as consulting services for medical schools.
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closed 1/31/2019 via BNC Analysis

CERS Group, acquired Ad Verum

synopsis: The CERS Group, a Brazilian company that specializes in online education, has acquired Ad Verum Soporte Educacional, a Brazilian provider of online preparatory courses for public examinations and Brazilian Bar Association (OAB) examinations. Ad Verum offers mock exams, study plans, coaching services, and detailed resources.
buyer: CERS Group
The CERS Group is a Brazilian company that specializes in online education. The group offers courses for legal careers, public examinations, Brazilian Bar Association (OAB) examinations, and post-graduate examinations. CERS has helped over 800,000 students prepare for their exams. "
target: Ad Verum
Ad Verum Suporte Educacional is a Brazilian provider of online preparatory courses for public examinations and Brazilian Bar Association (OAB) examinations. Ad Verum offers mock exams, study plans, coaching services, and detailed resources to help students pass their exams.
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$4.24
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announced 7/11/2018 via PR Newswire

China Distance Education Holdings Limited, will acquire Ruida Education

synopsis: China Distance Education Holdings Limited (CDEL), a leading provider of online education in China focusing on professional education, will increase its stake in Ruida Education from 40% to 51%. Ruida Education is a Chinese company that provides exam preparation services and products for participants in China's national judicial examination.
buyer: China Distance Education Holdings Limited (DL:$223.74)
China Distance Education Holdings Limited (CDEL) is a leading provider of online education in China focusing on professional education. Their courses are designed to help professionals seeking to obtain and maintain professional licenses and to enhance their job skills. "
target: Ruida Education
Ruida Education is a Chinese company that provides exam preparation services and products, including proprietary books and reference materials, for participants in China's national judicial examination. Ruida delivers services and products at six campuses in China and through its online platform.
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closed 8/16/2017 via BNC Analysis

Tanaka Gakushukai, acquired Akasaka Gakuin Co., Ltd.

synopsis: Alternative asset investment firm CLSA Capital Partners-backed Japanese school operator KK BC Ings (Tanaka Gakushukai) has acquired a fellow Japanese medical school preparation school Aksaka Gakuin in a bolt-on acquisition.
buyer parent: CITIC Securities Company Limited
buyer: Tanaka Gakushukai
Founded in 1990 by Hiroki Tanaka, BC Ings operates 68 cram schools for elementary, junior high and high school students under the brand “Tanaka Gakushukai”, which is synonymous with high-quality education. "
target: Akasaka Gakuin Co., Ltd.
Akasaka Gakuin is a preparatory school for students specialized in examination in the medical department of Fukuoka (dentistry department / pharmaceutical department).
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announced 12/17/2014 via BusinessWire

DeVry Brasil, will acquire Damasio Educacional SA

synopsis: DeVry Inc., a global provider of educational services, announced that DeVry Brasil has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Damásio Educacional. Damásio is a leader in bar exam test preparation and a high quality provider of undergraduate and graduate law programs. Damásio serves more than 50,000 students.
buyer parent: DeVry Inc.
buyer: DeVry Brasil
DeVry Brasil currently operates nine educational institutions. Together, these institutions provide services to over 36,000 students across 15 campuses and offer more than 170 undergraduate and graduate programs in the areas of business, healthcare, law, engineering and technology. "
target: Damasio Educacional SA
Damásio Educacional is a leader in bar exam test preparation and a high quality provider of undergraduate and graduate law programs. Damásio has a 44-year history in Brazil and serves more than 50,000 students through a network of approximately 220 learning centers and through distance learning.
price ($mm)
rev ($mm)
$50
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0.0x
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closed 10/20/2006 via BusinessWire

Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions, acquired Multistate Legal Studies, Inc.

synopsis: Kaplan, the international education firm, has acquired PMBR, a nationwide provider of test preparation for the multistate bar examination. PMBR, provides test prep courses, tutorials and workshops for the MBE, a uniform national 200 question multiple-choice exam that is part of most state bar exams.
buyer parent: The Washington Post Company
buyer: Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions
Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions, a division of Kaplan, Inc., is a premier provider of educational and career services for individuals, schools and businesses. Established in 1938, Kaplan is the world leader in the test prep industry. "
target: Multistate Legal Studies, Inc.
PMBR is a leading provider of review courses to law students preparing for the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE) section of the bar exam. PMBR is the most comprehensive and largest provider of test preparation courses, texts and software serving the MBE, and serves all 50 states.
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closed 8/19/2019 via BusinessWire

Kaplan, Inc., purchased Healthcare Assets from Becker Professional Education

synopsis: Kaplan has acquired certain healthcare test preparation assets of Becker Professional Education, a global leader in professional education serving the accounting, project management and healthcare professions. The acquisition includes certain assets related to Becker’s U.S. Medical Licensing Exam (USMLEⓇ) review programs.
buyer parent: Graham Holdings Company
buyer: Kaplan, Inc.
Kaplan, Inc., a subsidiary of Graham Holdings Company, is a premier provider of educational services for individuals, schools, and businesses worldwide. Kaplan is a pioneer in the for-profit education industry, with a brand name that is synonymous with quality, innovation and integrity. "
seller parent: Adtalem Global Education Inc.
seller: Becker Professional Education
The acquisition includes certain assets related to Becker’s U.S. Medical Licensing Exam (USMLEⓇ) review programs. Becker Professional Education is a global leader in professional education serving the accounting, project management and healthcare professions.
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closed 1/22/2019 via PR Newswire

Grand Canyon Education, Inc., acquired Orbis Education

synopsis: Grand Canyon Education, a publicly traded shared services partner dedicated to serving colleges and universities, has completed the acquisition of Orbis Education Services, an education services company that supports healthcare education programs for 17 regionally accredited universities across the United States.
buyer: Grand Canyon Education, Inc. (LOPE:$939.37)
Grand Canyon Education (GCE) is a publicly traded shared services partner dedicated to serving colleges and universities. GCE supports partner institutions' students through operational functions that achieve organizational growth and student success. GCE is a pioneer of the hybrid campus model. "
target: Orbis Education
Orbis Education develops and manages healthcare education solutions that help alleviate workforce shortages for hospitals and healthcare systems. They form partnerships with academic institutions and healthcare systems to deliver high-quality, clinically intensive healthcare education programs.
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$363
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closed 11/22/2019 via BusinessWire

Manhattan Review, acquired Get Prepped

synopsis: Manhattan Review, a premier global provider of college and graduate school admissions test preparation, announced that it has acquired all assets of leading LSAT prep provider Get Prepped. Founded in 1999, Get Prepped is a nationwide leader in LSAT preparatory services and offers courses as well as private tutoring and online LSAT review courses.
buyer: Manhattan Review
Manhattan Review, Inc. is a multi-national test prep firm. Founded in 1999, Manhattan Review is the oldest and most prestigious test prep company of its kind in New York City. "
target: Get Prepped
Founded in 1999, Get Prepped is a nationwide leader in LSAT preparatory services and offers courses as well as private tutoring and online LSAT review courses.
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closed 4/13/2018 via Company Press Release

New Harbor Capital, acquired Blueprint Test Preparation, LLC

synopsis: New Harbor Capital completed a majority equity investment in Blueprint Test Preparation, LLC. Headquartered in Los Angeles, Blueprint is the premier LSAT test preparation provider in the U.S., offering in-person and asynchronous online courses, private tutoring, self-study materials and application consulting services.
buyer: New Harbor Capital
New Harbor Capital is a growth-focused private equity firm that understands the value of true collaboration. New Harbor works with business owners and management teams to pursue accelerated growth. They seek to invest in business services companies that offer an opportunity for them to add value. "
target: Blueprint Test Preparation, LLC
Headquartered in Los Angeles, Blueprint is the premier LSAT test preparation provider in the U.S., offering in-person and asynchronous online courses, private tutoring, self-study materials and application consulting services.
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closed 3/13/2012 via Capital IQ

Benesse Corporation, acquired UP Inc.

synopsis: Benesse Holdings, Inc. has acquired 74.78% stake in UP Inc, provider of educational services in Nishinomiya, Japan.
buyer: Benesse Corporation (TSE:9783:$4,052.38)
Benesse Corporation is a Japanese company which focuses on correspondence education and publishing. "
target: UP Inc.
UP Inc. provides educational services. They help students develop their academic abilities and get through entrance examinations.
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$104*
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closed 4/25/2006 via Reuters

Pearson plc, acquired National Evaluation Systems

synopsis: Pearson Plc, the world's biggest educational publisher, said it had bought National Evaluation Systems Inc. (NES), expanding into the area of U.S. teacher certification testing. London-based Pearson, which did not disclose the purchase price, said on Tuesday closely held NES had sales of $73 million in 2005.
buyer parent: Pearson plc
buyer: Pearson plc
Educating 100 million people worldwide, Pearson Education is the global leader in integrated education publishing. "
target: National Evaluation Systems
An educational testing company that develops and administers customized teacher certification testing programs and other assessment programs in higher education. Our work covers assessments in more than one hundred content fields, professional teaching skills, and basic skills.
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closed 8/4/2015 via paidContent.org

Vista Equity Partners, acquired PowerSchool Inc.

synopsis: Pearson plc has sold its PowerSchool business to private equity firm Vista Equity Partners. PowerSchool, the leading provider of K-12 student information systems (SIS), supported 15 million students in 73 countries in 2014, and its flagship product, PowerSchool is the most widely used web-based SIS in North America.
buyer: Vista Equity Partners
Vista Equity Partners is a private equity firm focused on software and technology businesses. Vista Equity Partners understands the software business model and has specific operational improvements to create value, which they combine with a unique perspective. "
target parent: Pearson plc
target: PowerSchool Inc.
PowerSchool, the leading provider of K-12 student information systems (SIS), supported 15 million students in 73 countries in 2014, and its flagship product, PowerSchool is the most used web-based SIS in North America.
price ($mm)
$350
rev ($mm)
$97
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
3.6x
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closed 5/20/2015 via PE Hub

Sandbox & Co., acquired Family Education Network

synopsis: Sandbox & Co., an industry-focused investor committed to building businesses at the intersection of the digital, learning and media sectors, has acquired Family Education Network (FEN) from Pearson. FEN is an online consumer network of the world's best learning and information resources, personalized to help parents, teachers, and students.
buyer: Sandbox & Co.
Sandbox is an industry-focused investor committed to building and supporting businesses at the intersection of the digital, learning and media sectors. Founded in 2014, the partners of Sandbox have a long track-record of acquiring, transforming and scaling businesses and brands internationally. "
target parent: Pearson plc
target: Family Education Network
Family Education Network is the best of the Internet's content, resources, and shopping for parents, teachers, and kids. The company's mission is to be an online consumer network of the world's best learning and information resources, personalized to help parents, teachers, and students.
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closed 4/22/2013 via PR Web

Pearson Education, acquired Learning Catalytics LLC

synopsis: Pearson, the world’s leading learning company, announced that it has acquired Learning Catalytics™, an advanced, cloud-based learning analytics and assessment system developed by Eric Mazur, Brian Lukoff, and Gary King of Harvard University.
buyer parent: Pearson plc
buyer: Pearson Education
Pearson, the global leader in education services, education technology and school solutions, provides innovative print and digital education materials for preK through college, student information systems and learning management systems and teacher professional development. "
target: Learning Catalytics LLC
Learning Catalytics is a cloud-based learning analytics and assessment system. It allows faculty to obtain real-time responses to open-ended or critical thinking questions, determine which areas need more explanation, and then automatically group students for further discussion and problem solving.
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announced 11/22/2010 via Company Press Release

Pearson Education, will acquire CTI Education Group

synopsis: Pearson, the world’s leading learning company, has agreed to acquire a 75% stake in CTI Education Group of South Africa for £31 million in cash, establishing a partnership with CTI to expand its activities and reach more students in southern Africa.
buyer parent: Pearson plc
buyer: Pearson Education
Pearson, the global leader in education services, education technology and school solutions, provides innovative print and digital education materials for preK through college, student information systems and learning management systems and teacher professional development. "
target: CTI Education Group
CTI is one of South Africa’s leading private higher education institutions with more than 9,000 students on 12 campuses, awarding degrees and diplomas to a growing market of full-time and part-time students in such subjects as business, information technology, law, psychology and counselling.
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$49*
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closed 11/17/2010 via Company Press Release

Pearson Education, acquired The Administrative Assistants Ltd.

synopsis: Pearson, the world's leading learning company, announced the acquisition of The Administrative Assistants Ltd., provider of eSIS® student information system (SIS) in the K-12 school market worldwide.
buyer parent: Pearson plc
buyer: Pearson Education
Pearson, the global leader in education services, education technology and school solutions, provides innovative print and digital education materials for preK through college, student information systems and learning management systems and teacher professional development. "
target: The Administrative Assistants Ltd.
The Administrative Assistants Ltd. is committed to providing secure, comprehensive and centralized software solutions that improve the way clients collect, store and retrieve student information, backed by the highest level of on-site technical consulting and client support available.
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$14
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closed 8/7/2008 via Company Press Release

Pearson Education, acquired Longman Nigeria Plc

synopsis: Pearson, the international education and information company, announces the acquisition of an additional 22% stake in Longman Nigeria, taking its ownership to a controlling 51% stake, subject to regulatory approval. Longman Nigeria is a leading educational publisher in Nigeria, the largest country in Africa.
buyer parent: Pearson plc
buyer: Pearson Education
Educating 100 million people worldwide, Pearson Education is the global leader in integrated education publishing. "
target: Longman Nigeria Plc
Longman Nigeria main business is the publication of books (book publisher), especially textbooks for the entire gamut of the educational system in Nigeria, as well as general reference and leisure reading materials.
price ($mm)
$17*
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$22
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$4
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3.5x
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17.9x
closed 7/31/2007 via PR Newswire

Pearson plc, acquired eCollege

synopsis: eCollege a leading provider of eLearning and enrollment services to post-secondary education, today announced that it has been acquired by Pearson Education. As previously announced, approximately 84 percent of the issued and outstanding shares of common stock of eCollege voted to approve the transaction.
buyer parent: Pearson plc
buyer: Pearson plc
Educating 100 million people worldwide, Pearson Education is the global leader in integrated education publishing. "
target: eCollege
As the only eLearning outsource provider focused on developing full online distance programs, eCollege supports some of the largest and fastest growing online degree, certificate and professional development programs in the country.
price ($mm)[EV]
$504 [$496]
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$55
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$18
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9.0x
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27.0x
announced 1/30/2008 via Company Press Release

Pearson plc, will purchase Harcourt Assessment and Harcourt Education International from Harcourt, Inc.

synopsis: Pearson, the international education and information company, announces that it has agreed to acquire Harcourt Assessment and Harcourt Education International from Reed Elsevier for $950m. The acquisition extends Pearson's position as the world's leading education company by adding international reach, complementary products and new capabilities.
buyer parent: Pearson plc
buyer: Pearson plc
Educating 100 million people worldwide, Pearson Education is the global leader in integrated education publishing. "
seller parent: Reed Elsevier
seller: Harcourt, Inc. (HMHC:$1,387.60)
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt publishes a comprehensive set of best-in-class pre-K–12 educational solutions, ranging from research-based textbook programs to instructional technology to standards-based assessments for students and educators
price ($mm)
$663
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$524
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closed 6/21/2006 via PR Newswire

Pearson Education, acquired ELLIS, Inc.

synopsis: Pearson Education, world's leading education company, announced the acquisition of ELLIS, provider of English language training software for kindergarten through adult learners. The company plans to integrate ELLIS into its Pearson Digital Learning business unit, a leading provider of proven, research-based technology solutions for preK-12 learners
buyer parent: Pearson plc
buyer: Pearson Education
Educating 100 million people worldwide, Pearson Education is the global leader in integrated education publishing. "
target parent: Camden Partners Holdings, LLC
target: ELLIS, Inc.
English Language Learning and Instruction System, Inc. (ELLIS) is a software development and marketing company based in Salt Lake City, Utah. In 1990, Dr. Frank Otto founded ELLIS, formerly known as CALI, to provide a better way to teach the English language to non-English speakers.
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closed 5/31/2006 via

Pearson Education, acquired Chancery Software, Ltd.

synopsis: Pearson, the world's leading education company, announced the acquisition of Chancery Software Ltd., a leading provider of student information systems (SIS) in the K-12 US school market.
buyer parent: Pearson plc
buyer: Pearson Education
Educating 100 million people worldwide, Pearson Education is the global leader in integrated education publishing. "
target parent: Quad Partners
target: Chancery Software, Ltd.
Chancery Software is one of the leading providers of Student Information Systems for K-12 schools, districts, classrooms, and homes. Chancery solutions offer accurate real-time information on more than thirteen million students to one million educators every day.
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closed 5/24/2006 via

Pearson Education, acquired PowerSchool Inc.

synopsis: Apple(R) and Pearson announced an expansion of their relationship to enhance teaching and learning through technology. Pearson will acquire PowerSchool, Apple's award-winning student information systems (SIS) division, and develop educational content for teachers and students compatible with iPod(R).
buyer parent: Pearson plc
buyer: Pearson Education
Educating 100 million people worldwide, Pearson Education is the global leader in integrated education publishing. "
target parent: Apple Computer, Inc.
target: PowerSchool Inc.
PowerSchool, a web-based student information system (SIS) from Apple, simplifies data-driven decision making by providing real-time information to all stakeholders — over the Internet. Administrators get the most accurate information to make more effective decisions.
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closed 12/31/2006 via

Pearson Education, acquired Paravia Bruno Mondadori Editori

synopsis: Pearson, the international education and information company, today announced the acquisition of an 80% stake in Paravia Bruno Mondadori Editori (PBM), one of Italy's leading educational publishing companies.
buyer parent: Pearson plc
buyer: Pearson Education
Educating 100 million people worldwide, Pearson Education is the global leader in integrated education publishing. "
target: Paravia Bruno Mondadori Editori
Paravia Bruno Mondadori publishes for all types of Italian schools (primary, lower secondary, upper secondary) and across all subjects (modern languages, maths, science, humanities, grammar/literature, social sciences and vocational) and has a catalogue of more than 3,000 school titles.
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$89
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closed 4/25/2006 via Reuters

Pearson plc, acquired National Evaluation Systems

synopsis: Pearson Plc, the world's biggest educational publisher, said it had bought National Evaluation Systems Inc. (NES), expanding into the area of U.S. teacher certification testing. London-based Pearson, which did not disclose the purchase price, said on Tuesday closely held NES had sales of $73 million in 2005.
buyer parent: Pearson plc
buyer: Pearson plc
Educating 100 million people worldwide, Pearson Education is the global leader in integrated education publishing. "
target: National Evaluation Systems
An educational testing company that develops and administers customized teacher certification testing programs and other assessment programs in higher education. Our work covers assessments in more than one hundred content fields, professional teaching skills, and basic skills.
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announced 4/17/2006 via BusinessWire

Pearson Education, will acquire Effective Educational Technologies

synopsis: Pearson Education, the world's leading education company, announced that it has agreed to acquire Effective Educational Technologies (EET). EET is a privately held company, that developed the next-generation online assessment and tutorial programs MasteringPhysics(TM), MasteringGeneralChemistry(TM), and MasteringAstronomy(TM).
buyer parent: Pearson plc
buyer: Pearson Education
Educating 100 million people worldwide, Pearson Education is the global leader in integrated education publishing. "
target: Effective Educational Technologies
Effective Educational Technologies is a privately held company based in Cambridge, Mass., that developed the next-generation online assessment and tutorial programs MasteringPhysics(TM), MasteringGeneralChemistry(TM), and MasteringAstronomy(TM).
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closed 7/22/2005 via PR Newswire

Pearson Education, acquired American Guidance Service Inc.

synopsis: WRC Media Inc. announces the closing of the sale of American Guidance Service, Inc. to Pearson Education, Inc., and the capital restructuring, both as announced on June 22, 2005.
buyer parent: Pearson plc
buyer: Pearson Education
Educating 100 million people worldwide, Pearson Education is the global leader in integrated education publishing. "
target parent: WRC Media
target: American Guidance Service Inc.
AGS publishes assessments, textbooks, and instructional materials for students with a wide range of special needs. Since 1957, we have been committed to sustaining our employees, our customers, and the children and adults we serve through our products.
price ($mm)
$270
rev ($mm)
$71
EBITDA ($mm)
$21
EV / rev
3.8x
EV / EBITDA
13.2x
closed 9/1/2004 via BNC Analysis

Pearson Education, acquired Dominie Press Inc.

synopsis: Dominie Press, Inc. has been sold to Pearson Education, Inc. Based in Carlsbad, Calif., Dominie Press is a leading independently owned supplemental publishing company serving the K-8 education market.
buyer parent: Pearson plc
buyer: Pearson Education
Educating 100 million people worldwide, Pearson Education is the global leader in integrated education publishing. "
target: Dominie Press Inc.
Dominie Press currently publishes about 2,300 titles in a variety of niches, including K-8 leveled readers; research-based reading and writing assessment and oral language assessment; Spanish language materials for K-6 reading and assessment; and library materials for school and public libraries.
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closed 9/18/2003 via

synopsis: Pearson Education, the world's leading educational publisher PSO, has acquired LessonLab, a pioneer in education research and state-of-the-art technologies for teaching and professional development. The agreement reflects the two companies' continued commitment to the importance of teacher quality and professional development
buyer parent: Pearson plc
buyer: Pearson Education
Educating 100 million people worldwide, Pearson Education is the global leader in integrated education publishing. "
target:
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closed 12/22/2006 via BusinessWire

HM Rivergroup PLC, acquired Houghton Mifflin Company

synopsis: HM Rivergroup PLC, a newly-formed Irish public limited company, has completed the acquisitions of Houghton Mifflin Holding Company, Inc. With the transaction now completed, HM Rivergroup PLC will change its name to Houghton Mifflin Riverdeep Group PLC.
buyer: HM Rivergroup PLC
Education Media and Publishing Group Limited publishes textbooks, instructional technology, assessments, and educational materials for elementary and secondary schools, and colleges. It also publishes reference works, and fiction and nonfiction works for adults and young readers. "
target parent: Bain Capital
target: Houghton Mifflin Company (HMHC:$1,322.42)
Houghton Mifflin is one of the leading educational publishers in the United States, publishing textbooks, instructional technology, assessments, and other educational materials for teachers and students of every age.
price ($mm)
$3,360
rev ($mm)
$1,209
EBITDA ($mm)
$350
EV / rev
2.8x
EV / EBITDA
9.6x
closed 5/25/2006 via BNC Analysis

A&C Black, acquired Methuen Publishing Ltd

synopsis: An era of publishing history has come to an end with the sale by Methuen of its drama list to Bloomsbury's A&C Black division for pounds 2.35m.
buyer parent: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
buyer: A&C Black
A&C Black Publishers Limited operates as a publishing company. "
target: Methuen Publishing Ltd
Methuen Publishing is an independent publisher of drama books, play and screenplay scripts and other theatre-related titles.
price ($mm)
$4.40
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closed 6/28/2005 via Company Press Release

Behrman House, acquired A.R.E Publishing, Inc.

synopsis: Behrman House Publishers, based in Springfield, NJ, today announced the acquisition of the textbook and teacher's resource titles of the Denver-based A.R.E. Publishing, Inc.
buyer: Behrman House
Behrman House is known as a publisher of quality Judaic textbooks and supplementary materials for the classroom. Our educational materials are fun, age-appropriate and pedagogically sound. Our broad-based offerings--which include Hebrew, Bible, ethics, holidays, and Israel--are designed to meet: "
target: A.R.E Publishing, Inc.
For thirty-two years A.R.E. Publishing, Inc. has provided the finest Jewish educational resources available.
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closed 2/21/2018 via BNC Analysis

Zungu Investments Company (Pty) Ltd, acquired Shuter & Shooter Publishers (Pty) Ltd.

synopsis: Shuter and Shooter Publishers (Pty) Ltd, a proudly South African company has been acquired by Zungu Investments Company. Shuters publishes both educational and general books. Shuter & Shooter Publishers (Pty) Ltd. is based in Shuters House Pietermaritzburg, the capital of KwaZulu-Natal - one of nine provinces in the Republic of South Africa.
buyer: Zungu Investments Company (Pty) Ltd
Zungu Investments Co. is a deep-rooted, performance-driven investment holding company. Based in South Africa, they are a young, dynamic team of entrepreneurial professionals whose investment philosophy is guided by long-term partnerships. "
target parent: Craib Family
target: Shuter & Shooter Publishers (Pty) Ltd.
Shuters publishes both educational and general books. Shuter & Shooter Publishers (Pty) Ltd. is based in Shuters House Pietermaritzburg, the capital of KwaZulu-Natal - one of nine provinces in the Republic of South Africa.
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closed 8/7/2008 via Company Press Release

Pearson Education, acquired Longman Nigeria Plc

synopsis: Pearson, the international education and information company, announces the acquisition of an additional 22% stake in Longman Nigeria, taking its ownership to a controlling 51% stake, subject to regulatory approval. Longman Nigeria is a leading educational publisher in Nigeria, the largest country in Africa.
buyer parent: Pearson plc
buyer: Pearson Education
Educating 100 million people worldwide, Pearson Education is the global leader in integrated education publishing. "
target: Longman Nigeria Plc
Longman Nigeria main business is the publication of books (book publisher), especially textbooks for the entire gamut of the educational system in Nigeria, as well as general reference and leisure reading materials.
price ($mm)
$17*
rev ($mm)
$22
EBITDA ($mm)
$4
EV / rev
3.5x
EV / EBITDA
17.9x
closed 10/25/2007 via PR Newswire

EMC/Paradigm Publishing, acquired Lawrenceville Press Inc.

synopsis: EMC Publishing, LLC, an independent educational publisher, today announced it had acquired Lawrenceville Press, Inc., a Pennington, NJ-based developer and publisher of computer applications and programming textbooks for the U.S. and Canadian school market. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
buyer parent: The Wicks Group of Companies, L.L.C.
buyer: EMC/Paradigm Publishing (:$0.00)
EMC/Paradigm publishes textbook programs for accounting/math, allied health, computer applications, developmental skills, English/communications, keyboarding, machine transcription/shorthand, office systems, psychology/human relations/careers, staff development, and world languages. "
target: Lawrenceville Press Inc.
Lawrenceville Press Inc. publishes educational and teacher-resource materials covering computer applications and programming.
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announced 5/3/2007 via Company Press Release

Macmillan Publishers Ltd., will acquire Editorial Estrada, S.A

synopsis: Educational publisher Ángel Estrada y Compañía S.A., Argentina, has announced a non-binding acquisition agreement with publisher Macmillan Publishers Ltd. Under the deal, Macmillan will acquire Ángel Estrada’s publishing business by buying out Editorial Estrada, S.A, a company controlled by Ángel Estrada.
buyer parent: Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck GmbH
buyer: Macmillan Publishers Ltd.
Macmillan Publishers Limited was founded in 1843 and is part of the German media group Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck GmbH. The Macmillan group has been established in Argentina since 1998 and is a market leader in textbooks for teaching the English language. "
target parent: Ángel Estrada & Cía S.A.
target: Editorial Estrada, S.A
Editorial Estrada, S.A, the publishing division of Ángel Estrada y Compañía S.A., provides high quality, creative educational texts and complementary teaching materials.
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closed 1/9/2013 via Company Press Release

Brill, purchased English-language Entomology List from Apollo Books

synopsis: Brill has finalized an agreement with Apollo Books to acquire the English-language Entomology publications program as well as a small number of other Biology titles. This fits well in Brill’s Biology program, building upon its systematic biology scope while bringing greater cross marketing and global distribution opportunities to the acquired list.
buyer: Brill (ENXTAM:BRILL:$39.83)
Founded in 1683 in Leiden, the Netherlands, Brill is a leading international academic publisher in the fields of Ancient Near East and Egypt, Middle East and Islamic Studies, Asian Studies, Classical Studies, Medieval and Early Modern Studies, contemporary History and History of War studies. "
seller: Apollo Books
The Entomology List from Apollo Books comprises of a number of book series, such as: Geometrid Moths of Europe, The Moths and Butterflies of Great Britain and Ireland, Palaearctic Macrolepidopteraand Microlepidoptera of Europe. Also included are 25 forthcoming titles and over 100 backlist titles.
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announced 3/17/2010 via Company Press Release

EBSCO Publishing, Inc., will acquire NetLibrary

synopsis: OCLC and EBSCO Publishing (EBSCO) have signed an agreement whereby EBSCO will purchase the assets of the OCLC NetLibrary Division and the rights to license a select number of vendor-owned databases currently available through the OCLC FirstSearch service. The purchase includes the NetLibrary eBook and eAudiobook platform.
buyer parent: EBSCO Industries, Inc.
buyer: EBSCO Publishing, Inc.
EBSCO Publishing is the world's premier database aggregator, offering a suite of nearly 300 full-text and secondary research databases. EBSCO serves the content needs of all researchers: Academic, Medical, K-12, Public Library, Corporate, Government. "
target parent: OCLC, Inc.
target: NetLibrary
NetLibrary meets that challenge as the most versatile eContent provider for libraries and publishers. It supports the most content from leading publishers, the most types of media — including eBooks and eAudiobooks — the widest audience of users and the most types of libraries.
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closed 12/7/2009 via PR Newswire

Baker & Taylor Books, purchased North American and Australian Businesses from Blackwell UK Limited

synopsis: Baker & Taylor announced it has acquired Blackwell Book Services North America and Blackwell's James Bennett bookseller. The combination of Baker & Taylor's YBP Library Services and Blackwell's North American and Australian businesses brings together the world's most respected and trusted academic and research library service providers.
buyer parent: Castle Harlan Inc.
buyer: Baker & Taylor Books
Baker & Taylor is the world's leading distributor of books, video and music products to public and academic libraries. It is also a global leader in the distribution of books and entertainment products to many of the country's leading brick and mortar retailers and Internet retailers. "
seller: Blackwell UK Limited
Blackwell U.K. Limited is a leading supplier of academic books and bibliographic support to academic and research libraries in the U.K., Europe and Africa. It is also the leading academic bookseller in the U.K. with 44 shops in retail centers and on university campuses and an online bookshop.
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closed 12/7/2009 via PR Newswire

Blackwell UK Limited, acquired Lindsay and Croft Booksellers

synopsis: Baker & Taylor Inc. announced that it has sold UK-based Lindsay and Croft Booksellers to Blackwell UK, Ltd. Lindsay and Croft provides books and collection management services to academic and research libraries in North America and worldwide.
buyer: Blackwell UK Limited
Blackwell U.K. Limited is a leading supplier of academic books and bibliographic support to academic and research libraries in the U.K., Europe and Africa. It is also the leading academic bookseller in the U.K. with 44 shops in retail centers and on university campuses and an online bookshop. "
target parent: Castle Harlan Inc.
target: Lindsay and Croft Booksellers
Lindsay & Croft, formerly part of YBP Library Services, provides books and supporting collection management and technical services to academic, research and specialist libraries in North America and worldwide.
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closed 7/31/2015 via PE Hub

Shamrock Capital Advisors, Inc., acquired Recorded Books Inc.

synopsis: Shamrock Capital Advisors LLC has acquired Recorded Books, a leading independent publisher of audiobooks in the United States, in partnership with senior management. Recorded Books is the largest independent publisher of audiobooks and provider of digital media to consumer, retail, professional, school, library, and infotainment markets in the USA.
buyer: Shamrock Capital Advisors, Inc.
Shamrock Capital Advisors is a Los Angeles based private equity firm with over $700 million of capital under management. The firm invests exclusively in the media, entertainment, and communications sectors. "
target parent: Wasserstein & Co., LP
target: Recorded Books Inc.
Recorded Books is the largest independent publisher of unabridged audiobooks and provider of digital content to the library, school, and retail markets. The company owns an exclusive catalog of over 23,000 audiobook titles narrated by professional, award-winning actors.
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closed 1/31/2014 via BusinessWire

Wasserstein & Co., LP, acquired Recorded Books Inc.

synopsis: Wasserstein & Co., LP , on behalf of its private equity fund Wasserstein Partners III, has acquired all of the assets of Recorded Books LLC, one of the leading worldwide providers of unabridged audiobooks, digital content, and services to the library, school, and retail markets, from Haights Cross Communications, Inc.
buyer: Wasserstein & Co., LP
Wasserstein & Co. is an independent private equity and investment firm, with offices in New York and Los Angeles. The Wasserstein & Co. investment team has completed over 50 platform and add-on transactions, representing over $3 billion of enterprise value. "
target parent: Haights Cross Communications, LLC
target: Recorded Books Inc.
Recorded Books is the largest independent publisher of unabridged audiobooks and provider of digital content to the library, school, and retail markets. The Company owns an exclusive catalog of over 13,500 audiobook titles narrated by professional, award-winning actors.
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closed 12/23/2015 via BNC Analysis

UBC Press, acquired Purich Publishing Ltd.

synopsis: Long-time Saskatchewan publishers Purich Publishing has been acquired by UBC Press. Founded in 1992, Purich Publishing Ltd. is a Saskatoon, Saskatchewan based publisher specializing in books on Aboriginal, social justice, legal, and western Canadian issues.
buyer: UBC Press
The University of British Columbia Press (UBC Press) is Canada’s leading social sciences publisher. UBC Press' books draw on cutting-edge research, pushing the boundaries of academic discourse in innovative directions. Each year UBC Press publishes seventy new titles in a number of fields. "
target: Purich Publishing Ltd.
Founded in 1992, Purich Publishing Ltd. is a Saskatoon, Saskatchewan based publisher specializing in books on Aboriginal, social justice, legal, and western Canadian issues. It has focused on these areas because they reflect the interests of founding publisher, Donald Purich.
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closed 11/6/2013 via Company Press Release

Edinburgh University Press, acquired Dundee University Press

synopsis: Edinburgh University Press, a premier scholarly publisher in Scotland of academic books and journals and one of the leading university presses in the UK, has acquired the business and publishing assets of Dundee University Press, a leading publisher of academic texts, with an established list of law books for students and practitioners.
buyer parent: The University of Edinburgh
buyer: Edinburgh University Press
Edinburgh University Press is the premier scholarly publisher in Scotland of academic books and journals and one of the leading university presses in the UK. Founded over 50 years ago, Edinburgh University Press became a wholly owned subsidiary of the University of Edinburgh in 1992. "
target parent: University of Dundee
target: Dundee University Press
Dundee University Press is a leading publisher of academic texts, with an established list of law books for students and practitioners, an exciting array of history titles as well as general titles, all written for a wide readership.
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closed 6/2/2012 via BNC Analysis

Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, acquired Applied Visual Arts Publishing

synopsis: AVA Publishing, creative publishers for the applied digital arts, has been acquired by Bloomsbury. The division includes Berg Publishers, Methuen Drama, Arden Shakespeare, Bristol Classical Press, Continuum and Bloomsbury Professional.
buyer: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc (LSE:BMY:$182.14)
Bloomsbury Publishing is a leading independent publishing house with companies in London, New York, Berlin and Sydney. Its four divisions include: Bloomsbury Academic and Professional Publishing, Bloomsbury Information, Bloomsbury Adult Publishing and Bloomsbury Children's Publishing. "
target: Applied Visual Arts Publishing
Applied Visual Arts Publishing, publishes between 20 and 30 books per annum for students and professionals in the applied visual arts. The books are written by leading academic authorities, and have been adopted by many hundreds of universities, colleges and higher education bodies around the world.
price ($mm)
$0.90
rev ($mm)
$3
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
1.0x
EV / EBITDA
closed 3/6/2012 via Company Description

Utah State University Press merged with University Press of Colorado,

synopsis: A merger between USU Press at Utah State University and the University Press of Colorado has been finalized and approved. As proposed, the agreement allows USU Press to remain in Merrill-Cazier Library at Utah State, continuing the tradition of academic publishing and retaining the USU Press imprint.
buyer: University Press of Colorado
University Press of Colorado is a nonprofit publishing enterprise supported by Adams State College, Colorado State University, Fort Lewis College, Metropolitan State College of Denver, Regis University, University of Colorado, University of Northern Colorado, and Western State College of Colorado. "
target parent: Utah State University
target: Utah State University Press
Utah State University Press is a refereed scholarly publisher and division of Utah State University Libraries.
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closed 7/11/2011 via BNC Analysis

Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, acquired The Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.

synopsis: U.K.-based Bloomsbury Publishing has acquired the academic and professional publisher Continuum International Publishing Group ("Continuum"). Continuum is a leading independent academic publisher that publishes around 600 books each year, focusing on the Humanities, Education, and Religion.
buyer: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc (LSE:BMY:$182.14)
Bloomsbury Publishing is a leading independent publishing house with companies in London, New York, Berlin and Sydney. Its four divisions include: Bloomsbury Academic and Professional Publishing, Bloomsbury Information, Bloomsbury Adult Publishing and Bloomsbury Children's Publishing. "
target: The Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.
The Continuum International Publishing Group is a leading independent academic publisher that publishes around 600 books each year, focusing on the Humanities, Education, and Religion. The company's backlist comprises some 7,000 titles.
price ($mm)[EV]
$32 [$31]
rev ($mm)
$17
EBITDA ($mm)
$1
EV / rev
1.8x
EV / EBITDA
31.8x
closed 1/15/2010 via BusinessWire

Courier Corporation, acquired Highcrest Media, LLC

synopsis: Courier Corporation, one of America’s leading book manufacturers and specialty publishers, announced that it has acquired Highcrest Media LLC, a provider of software and solutions that streamline the production of customized textbooks for use in colleges, universities and businesses.
buyer: Courier Corporation (CRRC:$277.53)
Courier Corporation publishes, prints and sells books. Courier has two lines of business: full-service book manufacturing and specialty publishing. The Company is focused on achieving industry-leading financial performance by serving markets with above-average growth rates & strong future prospects."
target: Highcrest Media, LLC
Highcrest Media continually focuses on automating the entire business cycle of on-demand printing to streamline the process, minimize labor costs and provide for unlimited scalability.
price ($mm)
$3.00
rev ($mm)
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closed 1/2/2008 via BusinessWire

MacMillan Publishers, Inc., acquired Hayden McNeil Publishing

synopsis: Macmillan, a leading publisher of books, textbooks, magazines, and digital media, announced the acquisition of Hayden-McNeil Publishing, the leading publisher of custom textbooks and lab manuals for the higher education market based in Plymouth, Michigan.
buyer parent: Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck GmbH
buyer: MacMillan Publishers, Inc.
Macmillan is a global publisher of books, magazines, textbooks, scientific information, and digital content and services. Macmillan is one of the nation’s leading publishers of education content, tools, and services for the higher education market. "
target: Hayden McNeil Publishing
Hayden-McNeil is a leading publisher of custom course materials for the Higher Education market. Founded by Patrick Olson, Hayden-McNeil partners with college educators to create, course-specific textbooks and other instructional materials based on professors’ own manuscripts and at their direction.
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Sasbadi Holdings Berhad
Sasbadi Holdings Berhad
Sasbadi is a publisher of books and educational aids for the school-going children of Malaysia. Sasbadi is an essential guide for students and teachers in elite smart schools in the cities, as well as simple schools in the kampungs.
year
2018
rev ($mm)
$23.20
EBITDA ($mm)
$4.40
EBIT ($mm)
$3.38
Net Income ($mm)
$1.98
Employees
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Ticker: TSE:9470
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Gakken Co. Ltd.
Gakken Co. Ltd.
The Gakken Group is involved in the daily lives of people on many different levels through its broad scope of business activities. Gakken carries out wide-ranging publishing activities, provides various classrooms and preparatory schools, and other preschool- and school-related activities.
year
2015
rev ($mm)
$750.72
EBITDA ($mm)
$20.94
EBIT ($mm)
$8.16
Net Income ($mm)
Employees
3035
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Ticker: NYSE:SPGI
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
S&P Global
S&P Global
S&P Global is a leading provider of transparent and independent ratings, benchmarks, analytics and data to the capital and commodity markets worldwide. The Company’s divisions include S&P Global Ratings, S&P Global Market Intelligence, S&P Dow Jones Indices and S&P Global Platts.
year
2019
rev ($mm)
$6,501.00
EBITDA ($mm)
$3,256.00
EBIT ($mm)
$3,048.00
Net Income ($mm)
$2,093.00
Employees
21200
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Ticker: HMHC
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
As a global leader in K–12 education, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) provides comprehensive learning solutions to help all students achieve their maximum potential. HMH also delights readers throughout the world with award-winning children's books, novels, non-fiction, and reference titles.
year
2018
rev ($mm)
$1,387.60
EBITDA ($mm)
$78.43
EBIT ($mm)
($66.11)
Net Income ($mm)
Employees
3800
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Ticker: TSE:6049
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
ItoKuro Inc.
ItoKuro Inc.
Founded in 2006, ItoKuro is a Japanese company that operates comparison websites for cram schools and preparatory schools. Their websites covers schools for elementary school to high school students. The company also offers marketing services to the education industry.
year
2014
rev ($mm)
$26.36
EBITDA ($mm)
EBIT ($mm)
$5.90
Net Income ($mm)
$3.82
Employees
89
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Ticker: PCSV
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
PCS Edventures, Inc.
PCS Edventures, Inc.
PCS Edventures!.com, Inc. is a developer of STEM – science, technology, engineering and mathematics – education products for preschool through college students.
year
2013
rev ($mm)
$2.94
EBITDA ($mm)
($0.42)
EBIT ($mm)
($0.44)
Net Income ($mm)
Employees
19
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Ticker: CEDU
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
ChinaEdu
ChinaEdu
ChinaEdu Corporation's primary business is to provide comprehensive educational services to the online degree programs of leading Chinese universities, including academic program development, technology services, enrollment marketing, student support services and finance operations.
year
2013
rev ($mm)
$85.91
EBITDA ($mm)
$25.24
EBIT ($mm)
$20.53
Net Income ($mm)
$8.57
Employees
2116
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Ticker: ENXTAM:BRILL
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Brill
Brill
Brill is a leading international academic publisher in 20 main subject areas. Brill publishes over 270 journals and close to 1,200 new books and reference works each year, both in print and electronic formats. Brill also markets a large number of primary source research collections and databases.
year
2017
rev ($mm)
$39.83
EBITDA ($mm)
$5.32
EBIT ($mm)
$4.41
Net Income ($mm)
$2.92
Employees
133
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Ticker: SCHL
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Scholastic Inc.
Scholastic Inc.
Scholastic is the world’s largest publisher and distributor of children’s books, a leading provider of print and digital instructional materials for pre-K to grade 12, and a producer of educational and entertaining children’s media.
year
2019
rev ($mm)
$1,679.40
EBITDA ($mm)
$114.90
EBIT ($mm)
$75.50
Net Income ($mm)
$48.50
Employees
9000
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Ticker: LRN
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
K12, Inc.
K12, Inc.
K12 Inc., a technology-based education company, is America’s largest provider of proprietary curriculum and online education programs for students in kindergarten through high school.
year
2017
rev ($mm)
$888.17
EBITDA ($mm)
$40.97
EBIT ($mm)
$23.54
Net Income ($mm)
$6.23
Employees
4750
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Ticker: OTCPK:SCOO
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
School Specialty, Inc.
School Specialty, Inc.
School Specialty is a leading distributor of innovative and proprietary products, programs and services to the education marketplace. The Company designs, develops, and provides educators with the latest and very best school supplies, furniture and both curriculum & supplemental learning resources.
year
2017
rev ($mm)
$674.03
EBITDA ($mm)
$44.45
EBIT ($mm)
$32.04
Net Income ($mm)
$12.41
Employees
1156
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