Like Alloy Multimedia Inc.

closed 6/27/2011 via GlobeNewswire

Archipelago Learning, Inc., acquired Alloy Multimedia Inc.

synopsis: Archipelago Learning a leading subscription-based, software-as-a-service (SaaS) provider of education products, announced that it has acquired Houston-based Alloy Multimedia, publisher of ESL ReadingSmart, an online, standards-based program for English language learners (ELL).
buyer: Archipelago Learning, Inc. (US:ARCL:$73.27)
Archipelago Learning is a leading subscription-based online education company. Archipelago provides standards-based instruction, practice, assessment and productivity tools that improve the performance of educators and students via proprietary Web-based platforms. "
target: Alloy Multimedia Inc.
Alloy Multimedia publishes ESL ReadingSmart, an online, standards-based program for English language learners targeted toward grades 4-12. The product offers individualized instruction to develop English language proficiency with emphasis on literacy and academic language development.
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closed 4/7/2014 via BusinessWire

Weld North LLC, acquired Imagine Learning, Inc.

synopsis: Weld North announced that it has acquired Imagine Learning. Imagine Learning designs and develops language and literacy software for struggling readers, early childhood students, and the rapidly growing English language learner (ELL) student population. Imagine joins Edgenuity and Generation Ready on the Weld North education platform.
buyer: Weld North LLC
Weld North is an investment company concentrating on education, health and wellness, consumer services and marketing businesses. In partnership with KKR, a leading global investment firm, it seeks to make control investments in businesses with high potential for long-term growth in cash flow. "
target parent: Sorenson Capital
target: Imagine Learning, Inc.
Imagine Learning delivers award-winning language and literacy solutions to elementary students throughout the U.S. and around the world. Imagine Learning creates educational software that uses engaging, one-on-one instruction to meet students’ individual learning needs.
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closed 1/16/2019 via PR Newswire

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, acquired Waggle

synopsis: Learning company Houghton Mifflin Harcourt announced that it has acquired award-winning adaptive learning solution Waggle. Waggle's web-based adaptive learning platform provides differentiated Math and ELA instruction for students in grades 2–8.
buyer: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMHC:$1,387.60)
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. "
target: Waggle
Waggle's web-based adaptive learning platform provides differentiated Math and ELA instruction for students in grades 2–8. Waggle's unique engine analyzes student decisions, learning behavior and progress to ensure each learner experiences the right challenge at the right time.
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closed 10/30/2018 via PR Newswire

IXL Learning, acquired ABCya.com, L.L.C.

synopsis: IXL Learning, the K-12 personalized learning platform, has acquired ABCya.com, the leader in educational games for kids. ABCya is an award-winning destination for elementary students that offers hundreds of fun, engaging learning activities. In addition to math and language arts, ABCya also covers topics such as science and holiday trivia.
buyer: IXL Learning
IXL Learning is an educational technology company that delivers an immersive K-12 e-learning experience. IXL is an integrated learning platform that effectively supports personalized learning in math, English language arts, science, social studies and Spanish. "
target: ABCya.com, L.L.C.
ABCya.com is the leader in educational games for kids. ABCya is an award-winning destination for elementary students that offers hundreds of fun, engaging learning activities. In addition to math and language arts, ABCya also covers topics such as science and holiday trivia.
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closed 2/5/2021 via BusinessWire

Weld North Holdings, acquired StudySync

synopsis: Weld North Education has acquired BookheadEd Learning. BookheadEd develops the award-winning StudySync, a comprehensive English Language Arts (ELA) program for grades 6-12, and SyncBlasts, a cross-curricular, inquiry-based reading and writing solution to promote critical thinking and research skills.
buyer parent: SilverLake
buyer: Weld North Holdings
Weld North Education is a leading digital education technology company focused on developing digital curriculum and tools for pre-K–12 students. The company is built around two underlying businesses, Edgenuity and Imagine Learning. "
target: StudySync
BookheadEd develops dynamic, multimedia academic content including the award-winning StudySync, a comprehensive English Language Arts (ELA) program for grades 6-12, and SyncBlasts, a cross-curricular, inquiry-based reading and writing solution to promote critical thinking and research skills.
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closed 9/14/2020 via BusinessWire

Carnegie Learning, Inc., acquired Scientific Learning Corporation

synopsis: Scientific Learning Corporation, the leader in evidence-based online reading and language software, announced that it has been acquired by an affiliate of Carnegie Learning, Inc., a leader in artificial intelligence for education and formative assessment.
buyer parent: CIP Capital
buyer: Carnegie Learning, Inc.
Carnegie Learning, Inc. is a provider of curricula, textbooks and math learning software for grades 6-12, written and designed to align to a common core or integrated pathway. "
target: Scientific Learning Corporation (OTCPK:SCIL:$17.73)
Scientific Learning is a leading SaaS education company that delivers neuroscience-based educational technologies. The company's Fast ForWord® programs cross-train foundational language and cognitive skills necessary for rapid English language development.
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$15
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closed 8/24/2016 via Company Press Release

Sapix Yozemi Group, acquired Best Teacher

synopsis: Sapix Yozemi Group has acquired Best Teacher. Best Teacher provides English conversation lesson services on the Web. It offers a website for Japanese students to create online text books with the help of teachers and work with English speakers to improve pronounciation.
buyer: Sapix Yozemi Group
Sapix Yozemi Group is a holding company for various education service businesses. Their primary holdings are in K-12 businesses in Japan. "
target: Best Teacher
Best Teacher, Inc. provides english conversation lesson service on the Web. It offers a stage for Japanese students to create their unique online text books with the help of teachers; and students can improve their pronunciation using voice recorders online.
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closed 8/1/2013 via Capital IQ

Rosetta Stone Inc., acquired Lexia Learning Systems, Inc.

synopsis: Rosetta Stone Inc. has acquired leading education-technology company Lexia Learning Systems, Inc., whose innovative English reading products are used in over 14,000 schools and by more than one million students online.
buyer: Rosetta Stone Inc. (RST:$188.52)
Rosetta Stone Inc. provides cutting-edge interactive technology that is changing the way the world learns languages. The company’s proprietary learning techniques are used by schools, businesses, government organizations and millions of individuals around the world. "
target: Lexia Learning Systems, Inc.
Lexia Learn Systems provides explicit, systematic, personalized learning on foundational reading skills, and delivers norm-referenced performance data without interrupting the flow of instruction to administer a test.
price ($mm)
$19
rev ($mm)
$15
EBITDA ($mm)
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1.5x
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closed 3/27/2019 via BNC Analysis

Squla, acquired WRTS.nl

synopsis: With the acquisition of WRTS, Squla becomes a player in the market for digital learning materials in secondary education. Squla, designer of educational games for children, takes over fellow industry partner WRTS from Young Capital. WRTS focuses on learning words in language courses in secondary education.
buyer parent: Levine Leichtman Capital Partners Inc.
buyer: Squla
Squla is the leading consumer education brand for parents and their children in the Netherlands. Squla provides interactive educational tools for primary school students. Squla is linked to the Dutch national curriculum and is designed to supplement a student’s education in a fun and adaptive way. "
target parent: YoungCapital
target: WRTS.nl
WRTS focuses on learning words in language courses in secondary education. For more than 10 years, WRTS has ensured that the students in the Netherlands can learn words and rows by heart with an online hearing program.
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announced 12/11/2013 via Company Press Release

Rosetta Stone Inc., will acquire Tell Me More

synopsis: Rosetta Stone Inc, a leading provider of education technology and language-learning solutions, announced it has agreed to acquire Tell Me More S.A., a global language-learning software company with significant presence throughout Europe, including France and Spain, as well as in the U.S., Latin America and China.
buyer: Rosetta Stone Inc. (RST:$188.52)
Rosetta Stone Inc. provides cutting-edge interactive technology that is changing the way the world learns languages. The company’s proprietary learning techniques are used by schools, businesses, government organizations and millions of individuals around the world. "
target: Tell Me More
Tell Me More is a global language-learning software company with significant presence throughout Europe. It delivers an engaging learning experience that combines the most innovative content with the latest in learning theory and pedagogy while leveraging state of the art technology.
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$29
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announced 1/3/2020 via BNC Analysis

Aakash Educational Services Limited, will acquire Meritnation

synopsis: Aakash Educational Services Ltd, a leading educational institution in India, will acquire a 66% stake in Meritnation from Info Edge, India’s premier online classifieds company. Meritnation is an Indian company that develops study content and assessment modules for students of classes I - XII. Meritnatio offers content for math, science and English.
buyer: Aakash Educational Services Limited
Aakash is a leading educational institution in India. Aakash provides comprehensive test preparatory services to students preparing for medical and engineering entrance exams, school/board exams, KVPY, NTSE, Olympiads and other Foundation level exams. "
target parent: Info Edge
target: Meritnation
Meritnation is an Indian company that develops study content and assessment modules for students of classes I - XII. Meritnatio offers content for mathematics, science and English. They also offer online and offline test preparation modules for various undergraduate entrance examinations.
price ($mm)
$7.00*
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$5
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2.2x
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closed 9/2/2020 via PR Newswire

Squla, acquired scoyo

synopsis: Squla, a consumer education company in the Netherlands, has acquired Scoyo, an online learning platform for primary and secondary school students in Germany. Scoyo makes learning fun by providing content in a cartoon world. They offer e-learning content for German and English language learning, mathematics, biology, physics, chemistry, and art.
buyer parent: Levine Leichtman Capital Partners Inc.
buyer: Squla
Squla is the leading consumer education brand for parents and their children in the Netherlands. Squla provides interactive educational tools for primary school students. Squla is linked to the Dutch national curriculum and is designed to supplement a student’s education in a fun and adaptive way. "
target: scoyo
Scoyo is an online learning platform for primary and secondary school students in Germany. Scoyo makes learning fun by providing content in a playful cartoon world. Their platform offers e-learning content for German and English language learning, mathematics, biology, physics, chemistry, and art.
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closed 1/3/2011 via BNC Analysis

Scantron Corporation, acquired GlobalScholar

synopsis: Scantron Corporation announced that it has acquired GlobalScholar, an education technology company. GlobalScholar’s technology solutions are marketed under the “Pinnacle” brand and are designed to manage the entire cycle of learning for K-12 students, teachers, parents and education administrators.
buyer parent: M&F Worldwide Corp.
buyer: Scantron Corporation
Scantron helps education, commercial, and government organizations worldwide measure and improve effectiveness with assessment and survey solutions built on leading products and comprehensive, value-added services. "
target parent: Knowledge Universe, Inc.
target: GlobalScholar
GlobalScholar empowers educators, parents and students throughout the entire learning lifecycle, helping schools achieve educational excellence. Pinnacle Suite, supports all aspects of managing education at K-12 schools.
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closed 6/16/2006 via PR Newswire

Education World, acquired SchoolNotes

synopsis: SchoolNotes has been acquired by Education World. SchoolNotes provides easy-to-use school-to-home communications tools, enabling teachers to set up Web pages where students can get their homework and consult learning resources.
buyer parent: EDmin.com, Inc.
buyer: Education World
Education World, the leading free education Web site, features new, original content every weekday of the school year. "
target: SchoolNotes
SchoolNotes provides easy-to-use school-to-home communications tools, enabling teachers to set up Web pages where students can get their homework and consult learning resources. SchoolNotes also offers classroom updates for parents to check on student progress.
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closed 6/27/2011 via GlobeNewswire

Archipelago Learning, Inc., acquired Alloy Multimedia Inc.

synopsis: Archipelago Learning a leading subscription-based, software-as-a-service (SaaS) provider of education products, announced that it has acquired Houston-based Alloy Multimedia, publisher of ESL ReadingSmart, an online, standards-based program for English language learners (ELL).
buyer: Archipelago Learning, Inc. (US:ARCL:$73.27)
Archipelago Learning is a leading subscription-based online education company. Archipelago provides standards-based instruction, practice, assessment and productivity tools that improve the performance of educators and students via proprietary Web-based platforms. "
target: Alloy Multimedia Inc.
Alloy Multimedia publishes ESL ReadingSmart, an online, standards-based program for English language learners targeted toward grades 4-12. The product offers individualized instruction to develop English language proficiency with emphasis on literacy and academic language development.
price ($mm)[EV]
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closed 5/17/2012 via BusinessWire

PLATO Learning, Inc., acquired Archipelago Learning, Inc.

synopsis: Archipelago Learning, a leading subscription-based, software-as-a-service provider of education products, announced that it has completed its merger with PLATO Learning, a portfolio company of Thoma Bravo, LLC, in an all-cash transaction.
buyer parent: Thoma Bravo, LLC
buyer: PLATO Learning, Inc.
PLATO Learning is a leading provider of high-value, comprehensive online solutions that support educators in their mission to successfully transition learners from one stage to the next in their educational endeavors. "
target: Archipelago Learning, Inc. (US:ARCL:$73.27)
Archipelago Learning is a leading subscription-based online education company. Archipelago provides standards-based instruction, practice, assessment and productivity tools that improve the performance of educators and students via proprietary Web-based platforms.
price ($mm)[EV]
$290 [$300]
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$73
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$22
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closed 10/12/2011 via BNC Analysis

Edline LLC merged with Blackboard Inc.,

synopsis: Education software company Blackboard Inc. has bought Edline Holdings Inc., a learning management software company. Edline offers its flagship product "learning community management system," which provides content management such as Web design, editing, permissions, templates, and also learning management tools.
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 parent: Archipelago Learning, Inc.
target: Edline LLC
Edline is the K12 Web site/portal solution that enables secure parent access to grades, attendance, homework, and other private information. Edline generates teacher web pages, provides group calendaring, virtual file storage, and parental email alerts as part of their web communication platform.
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closed 6/27/2011 via GlobeNewswire

Archipelago Learning, Inc., acquired Alloy Multimedia Inc.

synopsis: Archipelago Learning a leading subscription-based, software-as-a-service (SaaS) provider of education products, announced that it has acquired Houston-based Alloy Multimedia, publisher of ESL ReadingSmart, an online, standards-based program for English language learners (ELL).
buyer: Archipelago Learning, Inc. (US:ARCL:$73.27)
Archipelago Learning is a leading subscription-based online education company. Archipelago provides standards-based instruction, practice, assessment and productivity tools that improve the performance of educators and students via proprietary Web-based platforms. "
target: Alloy Multimedia Inc.
Alloy Multimedia publishes ESL ReadingSmart, an online, standards-based program for English language learners targeted toward grades 4-12. The product offers individualized instruction to develop English language proficiency with emphasis on literacy and academic language development.
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closed 6/10/2010 via GlobeNewswire

Archipelago Learning, Inc., acquired EducationCity Inc

synopsis: Archipelago Learning, Inc. announced that it has acquired privately-held UK based Educationcity Ltd, a leading developer and publisher of EducationCity.com, an online K-12 educational content and assessment program, for approximately $87 million in cash and Archipelago Learning's common stock.
buyer: Archipelago Learning, Inc. (US:ARCL:$73.27)
Archipelago Learning is a leading subscription-based online education company. Archipelago provides standards-based instruction, practice, assessment and productivity tools that improve the performance of educators and students via proprietary Web-based platforms. "
target: EducationCity Inc
EducationCity is a leading developer and publisher of educational content. The company employs over 100 people comprising talented artists, programmers, producers, trainers and school support teams, and has a large network of specialized education advisors spanning both continents.
price ($mm)[EV]
$82 [$75]
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$9
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closed 6/27/2011 via GlobeNewswire

Archipelago Learning, Inc., acquired Alloy Multimedia Inc.

synopsis: Archipelago Learning a leading subscription-based, software-as-a-service (SaaS) provider of education products, announced that it has acquired Houston-based Alloy Multimedia, publisher of ESL ReadingSmart, an online, standards-based program for English language learners (ELL).
buyer: Archipelago Learning, Inc. (US:ARCL:$73.27)
Archipelago Learning is a leading subscription-based online education company. Archipelago provides standards-based instruction, practice, assessment and productivity tools that improve the performance of educators and students via proprietary Web-based platforms. "
target: Alloy Multimedia Inc.
Alloy Multimedia publishes ESL ReadingSmart, an online, standards-based program for English language learners targeted toward grades 4-12. The product offers individualized instruction to develop English language proficiency with emphasis on literacy and academic language development.
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closed 9/14/2020 via BusinessWire

Carnegie Learning, Inc., acquired Scientific Learning Corporation

synopsis: Scientific Learning Corporation, the leader in evidence-based online reading and language software, announced that it has been acquired by an affiliate of Carnegie Learning, Inc., a leader in artificial intelligence for education and formative assessment.
buyer parent: CIP Capital
buyer: Carnegie Learning, Inc.
Carnegie Learning, Inc. is a provider of curricula, textbooks and math learning software for grades 6-12, written and designed to align to a common core or integrated pathway. "
target: Scientific Learning Corporation (OTCPK:SCIL:$17.73)
Scientific Learning is a leading SaaS education company that delivers neuroscience-based educational technologies. The company's Fast ForWord® programs cross-train foundational language and cognitive skills necessary for rapid English language development.
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closed 4/21/2020 via BusinessWire

Boxlight, acquired Robo

synopsis: Boxlight Corporation, a provider of interactive technology solutions for the global education market, has acquired Robo 3D, a leading 3D printer brand, and MyStemKits, the largest online collection of K-12 STEM curriculum for 3D printing. The acquisition supports Boxlight's expansion of solutions for K-12 classrooms and its focus on STEM education.
buyer: Boxlight (BOXL:$39.70)
Boxlight is a leading provider of technology solutions for the global education market. The company develops, sells, and services its integrated, interactive solution suite of software, classroom technologies, professional development, and support services. "
target: Robo (ASX:RBO:$4.43)
Robo is a leading brand of 3D printers, empowering 3D creation with its growing line of products in hardware, materials, and content. MyStemKits develops K-12 curriculum for standards-driven instruction and 3D-printable manipulatives to create an end-to-end STEM solution.
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closed 2/26/2018 via PR Newswire

Agile Group, acquired LightSail Education

synopsis: LightSail Education announced that it has been acquired by Agile Group, a technology firm focused on education platforms. LightSail's adaptive platform provides each student with a customized and dynamic library tailored to their individual reading level while providing educators with insightful data to guide their students to success.
buyer: Agile Group
Agile Group is a technology firm focused on education platforms. Agile Group invests in high quality Antares content for students and schools. "
target: LightSail Education
LightSail is the adaptive reading platform that helps students and school districts exceed their literacy goals. LightSail students get access to personalized libraries filled with thousands of engaging, just-right texts to choose from. LightSail teachers get data about student reading behavior.
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closed 1/8/2018 via GlobeNewswire

Centre Lane Partners, LLC, acquired Infobase Publishing

synopsis: Centre Lane Partners, LLC has completed the acquisition of Infobase Holdings, Inc., a cloud-based provider of digital educational content solutions to colleges & universities, K-12 schools, public libraries and enterprises from VSS, a private investment firm.
buyer: Centre Lane Partners, LLC
Centre Lane Partners is a private equity firm focused on making investments in North American middle market companies. Centre Lane targets companies with revenues between $20 and $500 million that have leading market positions and sustainable competitive advantages in their respective niches. "
target parent: Veronis Suhler Stevenson
target: Infobase Publishing
Infobase Holdings, Inc. is a cloud-based provider of digital educational content solutions to colleges & universities, K-12 schools, public libraries and enterprises. Infobase provides a robust product portfolio of streaming video platforms, databases, eLearning modules, and eBook collections.
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closed 10/26/2016 via Company Press Release

Imagine Learning, Inc., acquired Think Through Math

synopsis: Imagine Learning, a leader in elementary language and literacy software solutions, announced its acquisition of Pittsburgh-based Think Through Learning Inc., provider of the Think Through Math supplemental online math program.
buyer parent: Weld North LLC
buyer: Imagine Learning, Inc.
Imagine Learning, Inc., a Utah-based company, was founded with one goal in mind: to teach English to the children of the world. Today Imagine Learning English is being used by tens of thousands of students in hundreds of schools across the United States and around the world. "
target: Think Through Math
Think Through Math is a leader in education technology innovation, and is transforming math education in schools with the adaptive learning technology. Think Through Math integrates state-certified teachers who tutor struggling students live to improve math understanding.
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closed 2/11/2016 via BNC Analysis

Toppr, acquired Manch

synopsis: Mumbai-based online test preparation startup Toppr has announced its acquisition of Manch. Founded in late-2013 by IIT-Bombay graduates, Rajshekhar Ratrey, Aadil Shah and Vikas Verma, Manch offers its services in test preparation, corporate training and to schools and colleges.
buyer: Toppr
Toppr is a test preparation platform for engineering, medical and secondary schools students. The platform covers exams such as IIT JEE and BITSAT in engineering; NEET, AIIMS, AIPMT, AFMC, MT-CET and EAMCET in medical; and NTSE, NSO, NSTSE and KVPY, among others in the secondary school level. "
target: Manch
Manch is an effective knowledge delivery platform which enables an individual to obtain competence using the platforms’ in-built analytics and recommendations.
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closed 7/15/2015 via BNC Analysis

TI Digital Solutions, acquired Alfabook

synopsis: Telecom Italia's ICT subsidiary TI Digital Solutions has announced the acquisition of Italian digital publisher Alfabook. Alfabook creates software solutions based on semantic technologies within the context of general, educational and professional publishing.
buyer parent: Telecom Italia
buyer: TI Digital Solutions
TI Digital Solutions brings in the leadership and experience acquired by the Telecom Italia Group and applies it to every aspect of digital innovation such as M2M and IOT solutions, Digital Multi-channel CRM solutions, Cloud Computing Business Intelligence and Social Reputation solutions. "
target: Alfabook
Alfabook creates software solutions based on semantic technologies within the context of general, educational and professional publishing. Alfabook helps publishing companies, businesses and institutions transform the eBook into a viable alternative to the printed book.
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closed 11/8/2013 via BNC Analysis

Intel Corporation, acquired Kno Inc

synopsis: Intel Corporation unveiled that an education- software setup called Kno, is acquired by the company that specializes in interactive textbooks for mobile devices. They have partnered with over 80 leading publishers to offer more than 200,000 interactive titles that make learning more engaging, efficient, and social for students.
buyer: Intel Corporation (INTC:$78,098.00)
Intel Corporation designs, manufactures, and sells integrated digital technology platforms worldwide. The company operates through PC Client Group, Data Center Group, Other Intel Architecture, Software and Services, and All Other segments. "
target: Kno Inc
Kno, Inc. is an education software company on a mission to "Change The Way Students Learn." They have partnered with over 80 leading publishers to offer more than 200,000 interactive titles that make learning more engaging, efficient, and social for students.
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closed 6/20/2013 via PR Newswire

McGraw-Hill Education, acquired Aleks Corporation

synopsis: McGraw-Hill Education, a leading digital learning company, announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire ALEKS Corporation, the privately held developer of the ALEKS adaptive learning technology for the K-12 and higher education markets.
buyer parent: Apollo Global Management
buyer: McGraw-Hill Education
McGraw-Hill Education is a digital learning company that draws on its more than 100 years of educational expertise to offer solutions that improve learning outcomes around the world. "
target: Aleks Corporation
ALEKS Corporation is the leader in the creation of web-based artificially intelligent educational software. ALEKS is founded on a field of ground-breaking research in mathematical cognitive science and applied mathematics known as Knowledge Space Theory.
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closed 5/1/2013 via BusinessWire

LaunchEquity Partners, LLC, acquired MakeMusic, Inc.

synopsis: LEAP Acquisition Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of LaunchEquity Acquisition Partners, LLC announced the successful completion of LEAP’s tender offer for all of the outstanding shares of common stock of MakeMusic. MakeMusic, Inc. is a world leader in music technology.
buyer: LaunchEquity Partners, LLC
LaunchEquity Partners LLC is a venture capital firm specializing in early stage investments. The firm invests in both public and private markets. LaunchEquity Partners LLC was founded in 2005. "
target: MakeMusic, Inc. (MMUS:$17.74)
MakeMusic®, Inc. is a world leader in music technology. Finale® has been the industry standard in music notation software. MakeMusic is also the creator of SmartMusic® interactive software that is transforming the way students practice.
price ($mm)[EV]
$17 [$11]*
rev ($mm)
$18
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
1.0x
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closed 11/1/2012 via Company Press Release

ConnectEDU, Inc., acquired Epsilen Inc.

synopsis: ConnectEDU announced the acquisition of Epsilen – a cloud-based e-portfolio, skills assessment, professional development and social learning management platform.
buyer: ConnectEDU, Inc.
ConnectEDU, Inc. is the web-based leader in empowering learners to manage their education, launch their careers, and secure a more stable financial future. ConnectEDU uses information technology to connect real learners and real data with real colleges, and real career opportunities. "
target parent: The New York Times Company
target: Epsilen Inc.
Serving educators and students in over 600 K-12 and higher education institutions worldwide, Epsilen provides a social learning environment with personalized tools to enhance the teaching and learning experience.
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closed 8/2/2012 via PR Newswire

McGraw-Hill Education, acquired Key Curriculum Press

synopsis: McGraw-Hill Education, a division of The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc., announced the acquisition of Key Curriculum, a privately held developer of mathematics learning technology in the K-12 and higher education markets. Key Curriculum will contribute to the development of McGraw-Hill Education's math technologies.
buyer parent: The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
buyer: McGraw-Hill Education
McGraw-Hill Education is a leading global provider of educational materials, information and solutions for the Pre-K through 12th grade, Assessment, Higher Education and Professional markets. "
target parent: EQT Partners AB
target: Key Curriculum Press
Key Curriculum Press develops effective, high-quality mathematics instructional materials and software.It offers professional development workshops, online courses and webinars to provide educators with the training, experience and support they need to incorporate effective teaching strategies.
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cancelled 7/16/2012 via BusinessWire

LaunchEquity Partners, LLC, cancelled an acquisition of MakeMusic, Inc.

synopsis: LaunchEquity Partners has cancelled the deal with MakeMusic, Inc. MakeMusic is a world leader in music technology whose mission is to develop and market solutions that transform how music is composed, taught, learned and performed.
buyer: LaunchEquity Partners, LLC
LaunchEquity Partners, LLC is an investment company. "
target: MakeMusic, Inc. (MMUS:$17.74)
MakeMusic®, Inc. is a world leader in music technology whose mission is to develop and market solutions that transform how music is composed, taught, learned and performed. Finale® has been the industry standard in music notation software, enabling composers, arrangers, musicians, and others.
price ($mm)[EV]
$14 [$6]
rev ($mm)
$17
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
0.3x
EV / EBITDA
closed 5/17/2012 via BusinessWire

PLATO Learning, Inc., acquired Archipelago Learning, Inc.

synopsis: Archipelago Learning, a leading subscription-based, software-as-a-service provider of education products, announced that it has completed its merger with PLATO Learning, a portfolio company of Thoma Bravo, LLC, in an all-cash transaction.
buyer parent: Thoma Bravo, LLC
buyer: PLATO Learning, Inc.
PLATO Learning is a leading provider of high-value, comprehensive online solutions that support educators in their mission to successfully transition learners from one stage to the next in their educational endeavors. "
target: Archipelago Learning, Inc. (US:ARCL:$73.27)
Archipelago Learning is a leading subscription-based online education company. Archipelago provides standards-based instruction, practice, assessment and productivity tools that improve the performance of educators and students via proprietary Web-based platforms.
price ($mm)[EV]
$290 [$300]
rev ($mm)
$73
EBITDA ($mm)
$22
EV / rev
4.1x
EV / EBITDA
13.7x
closed 10/12/2011 via BNC Analysis

Edline LLC merged with Blackboard Inc.,

synopsis: Education software company Blackboard Inc. has bought Edline Holdings Inc., a learning management software company. Edline offers its flagship product "learning community management system," which provides content management such as Web design, editing, permissions, templates, and also learning management tools.
buyer parent: Providence Equity Partners Inc.
buyer: Blackboard Inc. (BBBB:$447.32)
Blackboard's solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities. "
target parent: Archipelago Learning, Inc.
target: Edline LLC
Edline is the K12 Web site/portal solution that enables secure parent access to grades, attendance, homework, and other private information. Edline generates teacher web pages, provides group calendaring, virtual file storage, and parental email alerts as part of their web communication platform.
price ($mm)
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closed 7/27/2011 via Market Wire

New University Holdings Corp., merged with ePals, Inc.

synopsis: ePals Corp (formerly New University Holdings Corp.) has completed its previously announced merger with ePals, Inc., pursuant to which New University acquired all of the issued and outstanding shares of common stock of ePals ,Inc., a leading K12 social learning network (SLN) and education technology company.
buyer: New University Holdings Corp.
New University Holdings Corp. intends to identify and evaluate assets or businesses with a view to complete a qualifying transaction. The company was incorporated in July 2010 and is headquartered in New York, New York. "
target: ePals, Inc.
ePals, Inc. is a leading global K12 social learning network and offers primary and secondary schools, teachers, students and parents worldwide a safe and secure platform for building educational communities, providing quality digital content, and more.
price ($mm)
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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.
price ($mm)
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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.
price ($mm)
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EV / EBITDA
closed 4/27/2011 via Company Press Release

Edline LLC, acquired TH(i)NQ Ed

synopsis: Edline, the leading provider of website and communications solutions specifically designed for K-12 education, has announced the acquisition of TH(i)NQ Ed, formerly SchoolCenter, a leading provider of K-12 website and communication solutions. TH(i)NQ Ed serves over 5,000 schools throughout the U.S.
buyer parent: Providence Equity Partners Inc.
buyer: Edline LLC
Edline is the K12 Web site/portal solution that enables secure parent access to grades, attendance, homework, and other private information. Edline generates teacher web pages, provides group calendaring, virtual file storage, and parental email alerts as part of their web communication platform. "
target: TH(i)NQ Ed
THiNQ Ed is a leading strategic online solutions company in the education market, providing schools and districts with a proven approach to developing and implementing best-in-class online environments that build stronger communities and enhance collaboration inside and outside the classroom.
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