K-12 tech

closed 8/29/2013 via BNC Analysis

CrossKnowledge, acquired Digital SK

synopsis: CrossKnowledge announced its purchase of Digital SK, the leading Brazilian e-learning provider. This acquisition further consolidates CrossKnowledge's position as a world-class distance training provider.
buyer: CrossKnowledge
Founded in 2000, CrossKnowledge is the European leader in remote development of leadership and managerial skills, using new technologies. "
target: Digital SK
Digital SK was founded in 2004 and quickly took up a dominant position on the Brazilian e-learning market with an extensive range of training content and innovative technological solutions designed for large public and private organizations as well as the education sector.
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closed 10/4/2011 via PR Newswire

Providence Equity Partners, acquired Blackboard Inc.

synopsis: Blackboard Inc. announced the completion of its acquisition by an investor group led by affiliates of Providence Equity Partners. Blackboard is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day.
buyer: Providence Equity Partners
Providence Equity Partners is the leading global private equity firm specializing in equity investments in media, communications, information services and education companies around the world. "
target: Blackboard Inc. (BBBB:$447.32)
Blackboard's solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities.
price ($mm)[EV]
$1,585 [$1,712]
rev ($mm)
$481
EBITDA ($mm)
$79
EV / rev
3.7x
EV / EBITDA
22.3x
closed 3/31/2020 via Company Press Release

Learning Technologies Group, acquired Blackboard Open LMS

synopsis: Learning Technologies Group plc, a market-leader in the workplace digital learning and talent management market, has acquired Blackboard’s Open LMS platform. Blackboard Open LMS provides a strong, open source foundation for competency-based blended, online and professional learning to drive institutional and organizational effectiveness.
buyer: Learning Technologies Group (AIM:LTG:$183.05)
Learning Technologies Group plc (LTG) is a market-leader in the fast-growing workplace digital learning and talent management market. LTG offers large organizations a new approach to learning and talent in a business world driven by digital transformation. "
target parent: Providence Equity Partners Inc.
target: Blackboard Open LMS
Blackboard Open LMS™ provides a strong, open source foundation for competency-based blended, online and professional learning to drive institutional and organizational effectiveness.
price ($mm)
$32
rev ($mm)
$16
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
2.0x
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closed 4/1/2017 via PR Newswire

GP Strategies Corporation, acquired Emantras

synopsis: Global performance improvement solutions provider GP Strategies Corporation announced that it has completed the acquisition Emantras, an innovative digital education company that provides engaging learning experiences and effective knowledge delivery through award-winning digital and mobile solutions.
buyer: GP Strategies Corporation (NYSE:GPX:$504.99)
GP Strategies is a global performance improvement solutions provider of training, eLearning solutions, management consulting and engineering services. They improve the effectiveness of organizations by delivering innovative and superior training, consulting and business improvement services. "
target: Emantras
Emantras, is an innovative digital education company that provides engaging learning experiences, through digital and mobile solutions. Emantras serves the learning ecosystem by supporting enterprises, trainers and educational institutions in executing and delivering digital training solutions.
price ($mm)
rev ($mm)
$3
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0.0x
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closed 1/25/2012 via Company Press Release

Infinitas Learning Netherlands B.V., acquired LJ Create

synopsis: Infinitas Learning has completed the acquisition of LJ Create Ltd. As a leading digital educational solutions provider in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM), LJ Create serves schools, colleges and industry both nationally and internationally through its long-established US subsidiary and global distributor network.
buyer parent: Bridgepoint Capital Limited
buyer: Infinitas Learning Netherlands B.V.
Infinitas Learning is one of Europe’s leading providers of innovative and engaging teaching and learning resources. Operating in seven countries across Europe with agents across the world, Infinitas Learning employs 1,400 staff in Holland, Sweden, Germany, Belgium, Hungary, Austria and the UK. "
target: LJ Create
LJ Create develops and provides multi-lingual, blended learning teaching resources in the form of fully integrated hardware, software and rich e-learning content ranging from topic and subject-specific learning solutions through to complete classroom management systems.
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closed 10/16/2013 via PR Web

Gilfus Venture Partners, acquired Adrenna Inc.

synopsis: Gilfus Venture Partners has announced that they have acquired Adrenna Inc., a provider of innovative learning technologies and immersive content solutions for Education and Workforce including K-12, Higher Education, Corporate, Government, Healthcare, Union, and Associations.
buyer: Gilfus Venture Partners
Gilfus Venture Partners, LLC (GVP) formed by Stephen Gilfus a founder of DC based Blackboard Inc. was created to stimulate and advance the development of internet leveraged ventures. The Group is primarily interested in: Education and eLearning, Social Networking, and Niche/ Boutique Businesses. "
target: Adrenna Inc.
Adrenna is transforming the way organizations approach training, education and learning by providing innovative learning technologies and immersive content solutions for Education and Workforce including K-12, Higher Education, Corporate, Government, Healthcare, Union, and Associations.
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closed 3/26/2012 via PR Newswire

Blackboard Inc., acquired Moodlerooms, Inc.

synopsis: Blackboard Inc. announced that it has acquired Moodlerooms, a provider of open source online learning solutions to the education industry. Moodlerooms, Inc. provides an online learning platform that solves the instructional, financial, and technology needs for K-12, higher education, corporations, government agencies, and non-profit organizations.
buyer parent: Providence Equity Partners Inc.
buyer: Blackboard Inc. (BBBB:$447.32)
Blackboard's solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities. "
target: Moodlerooms, Inc.
Moodlerooms, Inc. provides an online learning platform that solves the instructional, financial, and technology needs for K-12, higher education, corporations, government agencies, and non-profit organizations.
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closed 12/23/2010 via Company Press Release

Capita Group plc, acquired SunGard Public Sector Holdings Ltd

synopsis: The Capita Group Plc announces that it has acquired SunGard Public Sector Holdings Ltd ('SPS UK') for a consideration of £86 million. SPS UK, a UK business of US-headquartered SunGard Data Systems Inc., is a supplier of ICT, radio network services and communication systems to the emergency services and to central and local government.
buyer: Capita Group plc (LSE:CPI:$4,577.42)
A leading business process outsourcing firm, Capita operates more than 200 offices in the UK and Ireland. The company's services include such business-related help as customer service, human resource management, and information technology. "
target parent: SunGard Data Systems Inc.
target: SunGard Public Sector Holdings Ltd
SunGard Public Sector Holdings Ltd provides software solutions and consulting services that are designed to meet the specialized needs of city and county governments; public safety and justice agencies; not-for-profit organizations; and school districts in the UK.
price ($mm)
$132
rev ($mm)
$170
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
0.8x
EV / EBITDA
closed 3/31/2014 via PR Newswire

Vology, purchased Irvine, Calif.-based division from GovPlace

synopsis: Vology, Inc., a North American technology solutions provider, has acquired the Irvine, Calif.-based division of Govplace, a Reston, Va.-based value added reseller (VAR) to the Federal Government. Govplace's Irvine division is a leading solution provider exclusively serving state, local government and education (SLED) customers in California.
buyer: Vology
Vology is a leading technology solutions provider serving North American customers with a mix of new and certified pre-owned technology products, asset disposition, lifecycle management and professional services to help customers stretch their IT budgets and maximize the value of older equipment. "
seller: GovPlace
Govplace's Irvine division is a leading solution provider exclusively serving state, local government and education (SLED) customers in California. Govplace designs, deploys, and manages enterprise IT solutions for the public sector.
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closed 5/31/2019 via AP - Associated Press

ManageBac, acquired Curriculum Trak

synopsis: Faria Education Group Limited, a leading K-12 education technology company, through its wholly owned subsidiary ManageBac, has acquired Dynamic Internet Solutions (DIS), the provider of Curriculum Trak, a curriculum mapping tool for K-12 faith-based schools.
buyer parent: Faria Education Group
buyer: ManageBac
ManageBac provides a Curriculum First Learning Platform for the world's leading international schools. It was founded to transition schools off paper onto a curriculum-focused learning platform to transition schools off paper onto a curriculum-focused learning platform. "
target parent: Nelnet, Inc.
target: Curriculum Trak
DIS provides the leading curriculum management platform for K-12 faith-based schools with its Curriculum Trak system. Curriculum Trak’s unique Faith Learning Integration allows teachers to easily align key conceptual spiritual understandings with curriculum, lesson plans, and learning outcomes.
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closed 1/7/2016 via PR Web

RenWeb School Management Software, acquired Dynamic Internet Applications

synopsis: RenWeb, a FACTS company and the leader in school management solutions for K-12 private schools, has acquired Dynamic Internet Applications (DIA). The company is a leading provider of online website and fundraising tools for schools, churches, and nonprofits.
buyer parent: Nelnet, Inc.
buyer: RenWeb School Management Software
RenWeb School Management Software’s solutions help administrators take back their day from tedious administrative tasks. Their automated services help administrators manage school information like student/family demographics, courses, and classes in one place. "
target: Dynamic Internet Applications
Dynamic Internet Applications, LLC designs Website and fundraising tools for schools, churches, and nonprofits.
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closed 10/26/2009 via BusinessWire

Smarterville, Inc., acquired Educational Resources, Inc.

synopsis: A subsidiary of Smarterville, Inc., Smarterville Educational, LLC, has acquired selected operating and brand assets of Educational Resources Inc. and Sunburst Technology Corporation. Smarterville, Inc. is a leading provider of branded, supplemental educational content and solutions.
buyer: Smarterville, Inc.
Smarterville, Inc. is a leading provider of branded, supplemental educational content and solutions. Smarterville empowers parents and teachers to help children succeed. "
target parent: Education Enrichment Resources, Inc.
target: Educational Resources, Inc.
Educational Resources, America’s largest distributor of educational technology, offers more than just software and accessories to educators. For almost twenty years, Educational Resources has provideing value-added services and qualified consultation to schools.
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closed 11/1/2007 via PR Newswire

Education Enrichment Resources, Inc., acquired Educational Resources, Inc.

synopsis: Education Enrichment Resources, Inc., a provider of supplemental technology, teaching materials and supplies to education institutions, announced its acquisition of Educational Resources from Thayer│Hidden Creek. Top reseller Educational Resources is headquartered in Elgin, IL.
buyer: Education Enrichment Resources, Inc.
Education Enrichment Resources, Inc. is focused on providing quality products to the education industry. EERI has primarily supplied K-12 schools nationally through its different operating units and brand names since 1985. "
target parent: Thayer Hidden Creek
target: Educational Resources, Inc.
Educational Resources, America’s largest distributor of educational technology, offers more than just software and accessories to educators. For almost twenty years, Educational Resources has provideing value-added services and qualified consultation to schools.
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closed 7/27/2011 via Company Press Release

VIP Tone, acquired Global Grid for Learning Limited

synopsis: VIP Tone's subsidiary, EduTone has acquired all of the shares of Global Grid for Learning Limited from Cambridge University Press. Global Grid for Learning acts as a trusted broker for digital content, connecting teachers and students at all stages in education to a single source for high quality and educationally relevant learning resources.
buyer: VIP Tone
VIP Tone, Inc. provides a unique data integration and knowledge management platform for the global education market that is a key enabler in addressing the market's two highest priorities: measuring and benchmarking of student achievement and improving school accountability. "
target parent: Cambridge University Press
target: Global Grid for Learning Limited
Global Grid for Learning (GGfL) acts as a trusted broker for digital content, connecting teachers and students at all stages in education to a single source for high quality and educationally relevant learning resources.
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announced 5/3/2011 via PR Newswire

itslearning, will acquire Dactique

synopsis: itslearning has announced that it will acquire a 51% stake in educational technology provider Dactique. Both companies provide learning platforms and related products to customers in primary, secondary, vocational and higher education. This cooperation will make itslearning the largest learning platform provider in the Netherlands.
buyer: itslearning
Headquartered in Bergen, Norway, itslearning offers professional development services in individualized instruction and the itslearning platform to help educators improve retention and graduation rates, and reduce the cost of instruction. "
target: Dactique
Dactique is an educational technology provider that provides learning platforms and related products to customers in primary, secondary, vocational and higher education. Its two products include: Dapter, a learning and ePortfolio system, and Teletop, an advanced learning platform.
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closed 11/14/2019 via Company Press Release

Telecomp Holdings, Inc., acquired Beasley Technology, Inc.

synopsis: Telecomp Holdings, Inc., a technology powerhouse, has acquired Beasley Technology, Inc., a technology firm that provides IT services to schools and school districts across Oklahoma. Beasley Technology is a full-service technology company that combines personal attention with a great understanding of educational technology needs.
buyer: Telecomp Holdings, Inc.
TeleComp specializes in Hosted Cloud phone systems and contact centers utilizing its proprietary cloud platform, TeleCloud. Additionally, as a Tier 3 Phone and Internet Carrier, TeleComp delivers business fiber through its own fiber network and wholesale agreement with AT&T. "
target: Beasley Technology, Inc.
Beasley Technology, Inc. is a leading provider of IT services to schools and school districts across Oklahoma. Beasley Technology is a full-service technology company that combines personal attention with a great understanding of educational technology needs.
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closed 4/30/2014 via Company Press Release

CourseWeaver, acquired EduCog, LLC

synopsis: CourseWeaver Inc., a provider of innovative learning solutions, has completed acquisition of the assets of EduCog, LLC. EduCog provides universities and K-12 schools with hosting, migration, support services, textbook content conversion, and training for the global LON-CAPA Assessment, Content, and Learning Management System (LMS).
buyer: CourseWeaver
CourseWeaver comes from the collaboration and expertise of educators – with a unique understanding of your issues. With a coalition of educators, we’re making your requests and dreams for a new learning management system a reality. "
target: EduCog, LLC
EduCog provides universities and K-12 schools with hosting, migration, support services, textbook content conversion, and training for the global LON-CAPA Assessment, Content, and Learning Management System (LMS).
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closed 4/27/2016 via PR Newswire

Upland Software, acquired Advanced Processing & Imaging, Inc (API)

synopsis: Upland Software, Inc., a leader in cloud-based Enterprise Work Management software, announced that it has acquired Advanced Processing & Imaging (API), a highly effective content management platform driving workflow in governments and schools across North America.
buyer parent: Austin Ventures, L.P.
buyer: Upland Software (UPLD:$279.60)
Upland Software is a leading provider of cloud-based Enterprise Work Management software. Their applications enables users to manage their projects, professional workforce and IT investments, automate document-intensive business processes and engage with their customers, prospects and community. "
target: Advanced Processing & Imaging, Inc (API)
Advanced Processing & Imaging has been helping K-12 School Districts, Local Government Agencies, and Small & Mid-Sized Businesses speed business processes, increase productivity and reduce operating costs through more efficient business execution and reduced reliance on paper-based processes.
price ($mm)[EV]
$4.80 [$4.60]
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closed 7/31/2020 via PR Newswire

Vnn, Inc., acquired Washington Prep Athletics Network

synopsis: VNN, America's largest and fastest-growing high school sports communication platform, has acquired Washington Prep Athletics Network, a software company and provider of comprehensive data management tools for High School Athletic Directors in Washington. The deal connects thirty-five leagues and 85% of Washington's High Schools to the VNN network.
buyer: Vnn, Inc.
VNN is America's largest and fastest-growing high school sports communication platform. VNN connects the high school sports experience onto a single platform for 19-million passionate parents, athletes, fans, software providers, and athletic professionals across the country. "
target: Washington Prep Athletics Network
WPA Network has been the dominant provider of high school athletic websites and league scheduling and collaboration tools in Washington State for thirteen years currently serving 35 leagues, 350 high schools, and reaching over 95% of high school athletes and families in the State of Washington.
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closed 5/26/2010 via PR Newswire

PLATO Learning, Inc. merged with Thoma Bravo, LLC,

synopsis: PLATO Learning, Inc., a leading provider of K-adult online learning solutions, announced it has completed the merger agreement to be acquired by an affiliate of Thoma Bravo, LLC.
buyer: Thoma Bravo, LLC
Thoma Bravo is one of the most experienced and successful private equity firms in the United States. Thoma Bravo and its predecessor firms have been providing equity and strategic and operating support to promising businesses and their management teams for more than 25 years. "
target: PLATO Learning, Inc.
PLATO Learning is a leading provider of computer-based and e-learning instruction for kindergarten through adult learners, offering curricula in reading, writing, math, science, social studies, and life and job skills.
price ($mm)[EV]
$137 [$109]
rev ($mm)
$65
EBITDA ($mm)
$3
EV / rev
1.8x
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35.6x

K-12 tech


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Digital SK

Blackboard Inc.

Blackboard Open LMS

Emantras

LJ Create

Adrenna Inc.

Moodlerooms, Inc.

SunGard Public Sector Holdings Ltd

GovPlace

Curriculum Trak

Dynamic Internet Applications

Educational Resources, Inc.

Educational Resources, Inc.

Global Grid for Learning Limited

Dactique

Beasley Technology, Inc.

EduCog, LLC

Advanced Processing & Imaging, Inc (API)

Washington Prep Athletics Network

PLATO Learning, Inc.

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