Like Tell Me More

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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announced 9/1/2020 via GlobeNewswire

Cambium Learning Group, will acquire Rosetta Stone Inc.

synopsis: Rosetta Stone Inc., a world leader in technology-based learning solutions, has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by Cambium Learning, a leading provider of digital education solutions and a portfolio company of Veritas Capital.
buyer parent: Veritas Capital
buyer: Cambium Learning Group (ABCD:$159.46)
Cambium Learning is an educational technology solutions leader dedicated to helping all students reach their potential with individualized and differentiated instruction. Cambium Learning delivers Software as a Service resources and instructional products that engage students and support teachers. "
target: Rosetta Stone Inc. (RST:$188.52)
Rosetta Stone Inc. is dedicated to changing people's lives through the power of language and literacy education. The company's innovative digital solutions drive positive learning outcomes for the inspired learner at home or in schools and workplaces around the world.
price ($mm)[EV]
$760 [$735]
rev ($mm)
$189
EBITDA ($mm)
$2
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4.0x
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487.9x
announced 4/26/2017 via PR Newswire

SOURCENEXT, will purchase Japan Operations from Rosetta Stone Inc.

synopsis: SOURCENEXT has entered into an agreement to pursue the acquisition of Rosetta Stone's Japanese entity, in order to accelerate plans to develop innovative applications for the Rosetta Stone brand in Japan. Rosetta Stone is a leader in technology-based learning solutions in the United States, Japan and other countries.
buyer: SOURCENEXT (TSE:4344:$77.09)
SOURCENEXT, Japan's publicly traded, market-leading software publisher and distributor, which not only plans and develops their own products, also specializes in helping software companies launch their desktop and mobile apps in the Japanese market and grow market share for sustained profitability. "
seller: Rosetta Stone Inc. (RST:$188.52)
Rosetta Stone Inc. is dedicated to changing people's lives through the power of language and literacy education. The company's innovative digital solutions drive positive learning outcomes with its entities in the United States, Japan, and other countries.
price ($mm)
$0.51
rev ($mm)
$1
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0.6x
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closed 1/6/2006 via Company Press Release

ABS Capital Partners, L.P., Norwest Equity Partners, acquired Fairfield Language Technologies

synopsis: Fairfield Language Technologies, creator of the revolutionary CD-ROM and online immersion-based Rosetta Stone language-learning software, acclaimed for its speed, power and effectiveness, today announced that it has completed a management buyout led by private equity firms ABS Capital Partners (ABS Capital) and Norwest Equity Partners (NEP).
buyer: ABS Capital Partners, L.P.
buyer: Norwest Equity Partners
ABS Capital Partners is a private equity firm founded to invest in mid to later stage growth companies in order to create significant, market-leading companies. The firm's investment strategy focuses on companies in the healthcare, technology, business services, and media and communications sectors."
target: Fairfield Language Technologies (RST:$188.52)
Fairfield Language Technologies publishes Rosetta Stone, the revolutionary CD-ROM and online language-learning software acclaimed for the speed, power and effectiveness of its Dynamic Immersion™ method.
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announced 11/29/2021 via BusinessWire

Chegg, Inc., will acquire busuu

synopsis: Chegg, Inc., the leading student-first connected learning platform, announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Busuu, one of the leading language learning platforms which has reached over 120 million learners to date across more than 160 countries.
buyer: Chegg, Inc. (CHGG:$774.52)
Chegg is the leading student-first connected learning platform. Chegg is the #1 provider of digital and physical textbook rental services. They allow students to rent or buy textbooks at competitive prices. The company also provides student services such as homework help, online tutoring, and more. "
target: busuu
Busuu combines language learning courses, designed by experts, with AI-powered features and a community where learners can interact with native speakers. With more than 120 million users worldwide, Busuu is the world’s largest community for language learning.
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$436
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closed 11/25/2020 via PR Newswire

Kahoot!, acquired Drops

synopsis: Kahoot!, the global learning platform company, announced the acquisition of Drops, one of the fastest growing language platforms in the world. Drops teaches the essentials of language – alphabets and vocabulary – by combining engaging word puzzles with visual association.
buyer: Kahoot! (OTCNO:KAHOOT:$42.97)
Kahoot! is a game-based learning platform in Norway. Kahoot! makes it easy to create, share and play fun learning games for any subject, in any language, on any device, for all ages. Kahoot! is used in a multitude of settings, including K-12 and university classrooms, corporate offices, and more. "
target: Drops
Drops teaches the essentials of language – alphabets and vocabulary – by combining engaging word puzzles with visual association. With 42 languages and 25M users since launch and counting, Drops is one of the fastest-growing language platforms in the world.
price ($mm)
$12
rev ($mm)
$7
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
4.1x
EV / EBITDA
closed 10/30/2019 via PR Newswire

italki, acquired Lingbe

synopsis: italki, a China-based, global language learning community that connects students and teachers for 1-on-1 online language lessons, acquired Lingbe, Spain's free language practice mobile app that allows users to call native speakers instantly.
buyer: italki
Headquartered in China, italkiis a global language learning community that connects students and teachers for 1-on-1 online language lessons. With over 5 million students and 10,000 high-quality teachers teaching more than 130 languages, italki helps everyone with their personal journey to fluency. "
target: Lingbe
Headquartered in Spain, Lingbe is a free language practice mobile app that allows users to call native speakers instantly. The live chat app helps users practice speaking a foreign language by instantly connecting them to native speakers around the world.
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closed 3/2/2020 via BusinessWire

Edwin merged with MyBuddyAI,

synopsis: Edwin, an AI-powered service for learning English as a foreign language, has merged with MyBuddy.ai, an educational voice technology company. The combined company will double down on its mobile app Buddy, the voice-based English tutor for kids, organically combining solutions developed by MyBuddy.ai and Edwin.
buyer: MyBuddyAI
MyBuddy.ai is a voice-based AI English tutor that lets children practice their spoken English by conversing with a virtual AI-powered cartoon character in a mobile app. With its speech technology and adaptive learning, Buddy makes speaking practice affordable for children around the globe. "
target: Edwin
Edwin is an AI-powered service for learning English as a foreign language. It combines the latest adaptive learning and Natural Language Understanding technology with pedagogical content as well as on-demand human instructors to offer its students affordable, personalized, 1:1 learning.
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closed 3/8/2021 via BNC Analysis

Texthelp Systems Ltd., acquired Lingit AS

synopsis: Texthelp Ltd, the global leader in literacy and accessibility technology, has acquired the Lingit Group. This deal will enable the best assistive technologies to be brought to many more students around the world. Lingit’s tailored software offers multilingual literacy support for dyslexics and others with reading and writing difficulties.
buyer: Texthelp Systems Ltd.
Founded in 1996, Texthelp has established itself as the global pioneer and leader in cloud-based assistive technology and learning analytics for the education and corporate sectors. The company has supported 30 million students and employees worldwide with reading, writing, and more. "
target parent: Verdane Capital
target: Lingit AS
Lingit strives towards creating equal opportunities for all to read, write and understand. Lingit’s tailored software offers multilingual literacy support for dyslexics and others with reading and writing difficulties. The Lingit Group serves accessibility technology customers across Europe.
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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 7/27/2016 via Company Press Release

Unique Heritage Media, acquired Pili Pop Labs

synopsis: Unique Heritage Media announced the acquisition of Pili Pop Labs, a leader in language learning for children on mobile devices. The French start-up Pili Pop Labs has two language learning applications, Pili Pop English and Pili Pop Español, which use a unique voice recognition engine that analyzes the pronunciation of children to help them improve.
buyer: Unique Heritage Media
Unique Heritage Media (UHM) is a media group dedicated to the youth and to their entourage. Its ambition is to enable young people to grow and play while learning and discovering the world. UHM develops fifteen strong brands in the press, book, or digital sector. "
target: Pili Pop Labs
Pili Pop Labs is a Paris-based company specializing in language learning for children. With two apps, Pili Pop English and Pili Pop Español, available on iPhone and iPad, their goal is to help children learn English and Spanish while having fun.
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closed 3/5/2007 via BusinessWire

Vemics Inc, acquired e-Learning Desktop Inc

synopsis: Vemics Inc., a leading provider of hosted, real-time collaboration, learning and productivity solutions, acquired it's strategic business partner, e-Learning Desktop Inc. for 1,111,112 shares of Vemics common stock, and up to $250,000 in cash payable over 11 months.
buyer: Vemics Inc (VMCI:$0.44)
Vemics, Inc is a leading provider of hosted, real-time conferencing and collaboration applications. Vemics LiveAccess solutions combine multipoint video/voice and data technologies with industry specific content, consulting expertise and deep customer support. "
target: e-Learning Desktop Inc
e-Learning Desktop Inc, has developed and delivered US and Canadian based Diploma English and other programming to Russia, Sweden and the Baltic States.
price ($mm)
$0.21
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closed 9/27/2006 via BusinessWire

Basis Technology, acquired Translingual Technologies LLC

synopsis: Basis Technology, the leading provider of enterprise software solutions for multilingual text retrieval and analysis, has acquired the intellectual property assets of Translingual Technologies LLC. As part of this transaction, Dr. Scott Miller has joined the firm as Chief Scientist.
buyer: Basis Technology
Basis Technology provides software solutions for multilingual text mining and information retrieval applications. The company’s Rosette® Linguistics Platform is a suite of high-performance, robust, interoperable software components designed for applications that analyze and process languages. "
target: Translingual Technologies LLC
Translingual Technologies is a two-year-old Massachusetts startup which has developed highly innovative algorithms for making foreign-language content accessible to monolingual English speakers.
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closed 12/16/2020 via BNC Analysis

ClickStream Corporation, acquired HeyPal

synopsis: ClickStream Corp, a technology company focused on developing apps and digital platforms that disrupt conventional industries, has acquired HeyPal, a social language learning app. HeyPal allows users from around the world to learn a new language through interactive chat and social posts.
buyer: ClickStream Corporation (OTCPK:CLIS:$0.00)
ClickStream is a technology company focused on developing apps and digital platforms that disrupt conventional industries. ClickStream's WinQuik is a free-to-play synchronized mobile app and digital gaming platform that allows users to compete in quiz type games to win real money and prizes. "
target: HeyPal
HeyPal is a social language learning app. HeyPal allows users from around the world to learn a new language through interactive chat and social posts. The app makes the language learning process more fun and engaging by matching users with native speakers of their target language.
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closed 1/23/2020 via PR Newswire

busuu, acquired Verbling

synopsis: Busuu, one of the world's most popular language-learning platforms, announced that it has acquired the live video tutoring company Verbling. Verbling uses online live video technology to help people develop their skills together with teachers and students on a global scale. The core team is based in San Francisco, California.
buyer: busuu
Busuu combines language learning courses, designed by experts, with AI-powered features and a community where learners can interact with native speakers. With more than 100 million users worldwide, Busuu is the world’s largest community for language learning. "
target: Verbling
Verbling’s mission is to empower people all over the world to become fluent in a foreign language. They use online live video technology to help people develop their skills together with teachers and students on a global scale. The core team is based in San Francisco, California.
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closed 4/2/2013 via BusinessWire

Rosetta Stone Inc., acquired Livemocha

synopsis: Rosetta Stone announced that it has acquired Seattle-based Livemocha, one of the world’s largest online language-learning communities. The transaction accelerates Rosetta Stone’s transition to cloud-based learning solutions and reinforces its leadership position in the competitive language-learning industry.
buyer: Rosetta Stone Inc. (RST:$188.52)
Rosetta Stone Inc. provides interactive solutions and cutting-edge technology that is changing the way the world learns languages. Rosetta Stone’s proprietary learning techniques are acclaimed for the power to unlock the natural language-learning ability in everyone. "
target: Livemocha
Livemocha is committed to creating a world in which every human being is fluent in multiple languages. As the world’s largest online language learning community, Livemocha fuses traditional learning methods with online practice and interaction with native language speakers from around the world.
price ($mm)
$8.50
rev ($mm)
$4
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
2.2x
EV / EBITDA
closed 3/21/2013 via Company Press Release

Babbel, acquired PlaySay, Inc.

synopsis: Babbel.com announced that it will complete the acquisition of PlaySay, a social language learning app for the iPhone that incorporates real conversations and pronunciation feedback with native speakers. PlaySay CEO Ryan Meinzer will join the Babbel Team.
buyer: Babbel
Lesson Nine GmbH operates a language learning Website www.babbel.com. It provides features for social networking and vocabulary building tools in French, English, Spanish, Italian, and German. The company’s tutorials offer learning exercises, including fill-in-the-blanks and multiple choices. "
target: PlaySay, Inc.
PlaySay offers a social way to learn Spanish. It is an iPhone game connecting language learners so they can have real conversations with pronunciation feedback.
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closed 3/30/2009 via PR Newswire

Educational Options, Inc., acquired Siboney Learning Group, Inc.

synopsis: Siboney Learning Group announced its acquisition under a new company name, Orchard Learning, Inc., by an affiliate of Educational Options Inc. an Arlington, Va. middle and high school online education technology firm. The new partnership will create a comprehensive pre-K - Adult curriculum solution.
buyer: Educational Options, Inc.
EdOptions is an education technology firm located in Arlington, Virginia. Its premier product,Stars Suite, serves more than 260,000 students nationwide and features 42 middle and high school courses as well as Web-based solutions for state test preparation, high school preparation and GED study. "
target parent: Siboney Corporation
target: Siboney Learning Group, Inc.
Siboney Learning Group, Inc., publishes standards-based educational software products for reading, language, mathematics, science, writing and English as a Second Language, primarily for K-12 students and adult learners.
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closed 4/14/2018 via PR Web

Advanced Solutions, Inc., acquired Student Sheet

synopsis: Advanced Solutions, Inc., a diversified technology company that provides integrated solutions and services, has acquired Student Sheet from Tympo, LLC, a company that represents Tyler Matthew Poteet and his creations and ventures. Student Sheet is a web-based platform that allows students to outline more quickly and write more effective speeches.
buyer: Advanced Solutions, Inc.
Advanced Solutions, Inc. and its subsidiaries operate as a diversified technology company. Their skilled teams help their clients gain a competitive advantage by recommending, implementing and customizing solutions that lead to increased revenues, reduced operating costs, and improved efficiencies. "
target parent: Tympo, LLC
target: Student Sheet
Student Sheet is a web-based platform used in public speaking courses at the collegiate level. Student Sheet allows students to outline more quickly and write more effective speeches. Students receive more and specific feedback from peers and instructors enabling them to become great speakers.
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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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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:$188.52)
Rosetta Stone Inc. provides cutting-edge interactive technology that is changing the way the world learns languages. The company’s proprietary learning techniques are used by schools, businesses, government organizations and millions of individuals around the world. "
target: Tell Me More
Tell Me More is a global language-learning software company with significant presence throughout Europe. It delivers an engaging learning experience that combines the most innovative content with the latest in learning theory and pedagogy while leveraging state of the art technology.
price ($mm)
$29
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closed 3/17/2021 via GlobeNewswire

IXL Learning, purchased Languages Division from Rosetta Stone Inc.

synopsis: Cambium Learning Group, a leading provider of digital education solutions and a portfolio company of Veritas Capital, has divested Rosetta Stone’s Languages division to ​IXL Learning, the K-12 personalized learning platform used by 11 million students.
buyer: IXL Learning
IXL is an integrated learning platform that effectively supports personalized learning in math, English language arts, science, social studies, and Spanish. With over 80 billion questions asked and answered around the world, IXL helps schools successfully use technology to improve education. "
seller parent: Veritas Capital
seller: Rosetta Stone Inc. (RST:$188.52)
Founded in 1992, Rosetta Stone's Languages division uses innovative digital solutions to help all types of learners read, write, and speak more than 30 languages. Under its brand, Rosetta Stone provides technology-based language solutions to individual customers, schools and businesses globally.
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announced 9/1/2020 via GlobeNewswire

Cambium Learning Group, will acquire Rosetta Stone Inc.

synopsis: Rosetta Stone Inc., a world leader in technology-based learning solutions, has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by Cambium Learning, a leading provider of digital education solutions and a portfolio company of Veritas Capital.
buyer parent: Veritas Capital
buyer: Cambium Learning Group (ABCD:$159.46)
Cambium Learning is an educational technology solutions leader dedicated to helping all students reach their potential with individualized and differentiated instruction. Cambium Learning delivers Software as a Service resources and instructional products that engage students and support teachers. "
target: Rosetta Stone Inc. (RST:$188.52)
Rosetta Stone Inc. is dedicated to changing people's lives through the power of language and literacy education. The company's innovative digital solutions drive positive learning outcomes for the inspired learner at home or in schools and workplaces around the world.
price ($mm)[EV]
$760 [$735]
rev ($mm)
$189
EBITDA ($mm)
$2
EV / rev
4.0x
EV / EBITDA
487.9x
announced 4/26/2017 via PR Newswire

SOURCENEXT, will purchase Japan Operations from Rosetta Stone Inc.

synopsis: SOURCENEXT has entered into an agreement to pursue the acquisition of Rosetta Stone's Japanese entity, in order to accelerate plans to develop innovative applications for the Rosetta Stone brand in Japan. Rosetta Stone is a leader in technology-based learning solutions in the United States, Japan and other countries.
buyer: SOURCENEXT (TSE:4344:$77.09)
SOURCENEXT, Japan's publicly traded, market-leading software publisher and distributor, which not only plans and develops their own products, also specializes in helping software companies launch their desktop and mobile apps in the Japanese market and grow market share for sustained profitability. "
seller: Rosetta Stone Inc. (RST:$188.52)
Rosetta Stone Inc. is dedicated to changing people's lives through the power of language and literacy education. The company's innovative digital solutions drive positive learning outcomes with its entities in the United States, Japan, and other countries.
price ($mm)
$0.51
rev ($mm)
$1
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
0.6x
EV / EBITDA
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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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)
EV / rev
1.5x
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closed 4/2/2013 via BusinessWire

Rosetta Stone Inc., acquired Livemocha

synopsis: Rosetta Stone announced that it has acquired Seattle-based Livemocha, one of the world’s largest online language-learning communities. The transaction accelerates Rosetta Stone’s transition to cloud-based learning solutions and reinforces its leadership position in the competitive language-learning industry.
buyer: Rosetta Stone Inc. (RST:$188.52)
Rosetta Stone Inc. provides interactive solutions and cutting-edge technology that is changing the way the world learns languages. Rosetta Stone’s proprietary learning techniques are acclaimed for the power to unlock the natural language-learning ability in everyone. "
target: Livemocha
Livemocha is committed to creating a world in which every human being is fluent in multiple languages. As the world’s largest online language learning community, Livemocha fuses traditional learning methods with online practice and interaction with native language speakers from around the world.
price ($mm)
$8.50
rev ($mm)
$4
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
2.2x
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closed 4/25/2012 via Company Press Release

Rosetta Stone Inc., acquired GoGo Lingo

synopsis: Rosetta Stone Inc., the leading provider of technology-based language-learning solutions, completed the acquisition of Los Angeles-based language-learning site, Gogolingo.com.
buyer parent: ABS Capital Partners, L.P.
buyer: Rosetta Stone Inc. (RST:$188.52)
Rosetta Stone Inc. provides interactive solutions and cutting-edge technology that is changing the way the world learns languages. Rosetta Stone’s proprietary learning techniques are acclaimed for the power to unlock the natural language-learning ability in everyone. "
target: GoGo Lingo
GoGoLingo is the fun and easy way for children to learn a foreign language, featuring games and activities that customize to children’s personal learning curve.
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closed 1/6/2006 via Company Press Release

ABS Capital Partners, L.P., Norwest Equity Partners, acquired Fairfield Language Technologies

synopsis: Fairfield Language Technologies, creator of the revolutionary CD-ROM and online immersion-based Rosetta Stone language-learning software, acclaimed for its speed, power and effectiveness, today announced that it has completed a management buyout led by private equity firms ABS Capital Partners (ABS Capital) and Norwest Equity Partners (NEP).
buyer: ABS Capital Partners, L.P.
buyer: Norwest Equity Partners
ABS Capital Partners is a private equity firm founded to invest in mid to later stage growth companies in order to create significant, market-leading companies. The firm's investment strategy focuses on companies in the healthcare, technology, business services, and media and communications sectors."
target: Fairfield Language Technologies (RST:$188.52)
Fairfield Language Technologies publishes Rosetta Stone, the revolutionary CD-ROM and online language-learning software acclaimed for the speed, power and effectiveness of its Dynamic Immersion™ method.
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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 9/1/2020 via GlobeNewswire

Cambium Learning Group, will acquire Rosetta Stone Inc.

synopsis: Rosetta Stone Inc., a world leader in technology-based learning solutions, has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by Cambium Learning, a leading provider of digital education solutions and a portfolio company of Veritas Capital.
buyer parent: Veritas Capital
buyer: Cambium Learning Group (ABCD:$159.46)
Cambium Learning is an educational technology solutions leader dedicated to helping all students reach their potential with individualized and differentiated instruction. Cambium Learning delivers Software as a Service resources and instructional products that engage students and support teachers. "
target: Rosetta Stone Inc. (RST:$188.52)
Rosetta Stone Inc. is dedicated to changing people's lives through the power of language and literacy education. The company's innovative digital solutions drive positive learning outcomes for the inspired learner at home or in schools and workplaces around the world.
price ($mm)[EV]
$760 [$735]
rev ($mm)
$189
EBITDA ($mm)
$2
EV / rev
4.0x
EV / EBITDA
487.9x
announced 4/26/2017 via PR Newswire

SOURCENEXT, will purchase Japan Operations from Rosetta Stone Inc.

synopsis: SOURCENEXT has entered into an agreement to pursue the acquisition of Rosetta Stone's Japanese entity, in order to accelerate plans to develop innovative applications for the Rosetta Stone brand in Japan. Rosetta Stone is a leader in technology-based learning solutions in the United States, Japan and other countries.
buyer: SOURCENEXT (TSE:4344:$77.09)
SOURCENEXT, Japan's publicly traded, market-leading software publisher and distributor, which not only plans and develops their own products, also specializes in helping software companies launch their desktop and mobile apps in the Japanese market and grow market share for sustained profitability. "
seller: Rosetta Stone Inc. (RST:$188.52)
Rosetta Stone Inc. is dedicated to changing people's lives through the power of language and literacy education. The company's innovative digital solutions drive positive learning outcomes with its entities in the United States, Japan, and other countries.
price ($mm)
$0.51
rev ($mm)
$1
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
0.6x
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closed 1/6/2006 via Company Press Release

ABS Capital Partners, L.P., Norwest Equity Partners, acquired Fairfield Language Technologies

synopsis: Fairfield Language Technologies, creator of the revolutionary CD-ROM and online immersion-based Rosetta Stone language-learning software, acclaimed for its speed, power and effectiveness, today announced that it has completed a management buyout led by private equity firms ABS Capital Partners (ABS Capital) and Norwest Equity Partners (NEP).
buyer: ABS Capital Partners, L.P.
buyer: Norwest Equity Partners
ABS Capital Partners is a private equity firm founded to invest in mid to later stage growth companies in order to create significant, market-leading companies. The firm's investment strategy focuses on companies in the healthcare, technology, business services, and media and communications sectors."
target: Fairfield Language Technologies (RST:$188.52)
Fairfield Language Technologies publishes Rosetta Stone, the revolutionary CD-ROM and online language-learning software acclaimed for the speed, power and effectiveness of its Dynamic Immersion™ method.
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announced 11/29/2021 via BusinessWire

Chegg, Inc., will acquire busuu

synopsis: Chegg, Inc., the leading student-first connected learning platform, announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Busuu, one of the leading language learning platforms which has reached over 120 million learners to date across more than 160 countries.
buyer: Chegg, Inc. (CHGG:$774.52)
Chegg is the leading student-first connected learning platform. Chegg is the #1 provider of digital and physical textbook rental services. They allow students to rent or buy textbooks at competitive prices. The company also provides student services such as homework help, online tutoring, and more. "
target: busuu
Busuu combines language learning courses, designed by experts, with AI-powered features and a community where learners can interact with native speakers. With more than 120 million users worldwide, Busuu is the world’s largest community for language learning.
price ($mm)
$436
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closed 11/25/2020 via PR Newswire

Kahoot!, acquired Drops

synopsis: Kahoot!, the global learning platform company, announced the acquisition of Drops, one of the fastest growing language platforms in the world. Drops teaches the essentials of language – alphabets and vocabulary – by combining engaging word puzzles with visual association.
buyer: Kahoot! (OTCNO:KAHOOT:$42.97)
Kahoot! is a game-based learning platform in Norway. Kahoot! makes it easy to create, share and play fun learning games for any subject, in any language, on any device, for all ages. Kahoot! is used in a multitude of settings, including K-12 and university classrooms, corporate offices, and more. "
target: Drops
Drops teaches the essentials of language – alphabets and vocabulary – by combining engaging word puzzles with visual association. With 42 languages and 25M users since launch and counting, Drops is one of the fastest-growing language platforms in the world.
price ($mm)
$12
rev ($mm)
$7
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
4.1x
EV / EBITDA
closed 10/30/2019 via PR Newswire

italki, acquired Lingbe

synopsis: italki, a China-based, global language learning community that connects students and teachers for 1-on-1 online language lessons, acquired Lingbe, Spain's free language practice mobile app that allows users to call native speakers instantly.
buyer: italki
Headquartered in China, italkiis a global language learning community that connects students and teachers for 1-on-1 online language lessons. With over 5 million students and 10,000 high-quality teachers teaching more than 130 languages, italki helps everyone with their personal journey to fluency. "
target: Lingbe
Headquartered in Spain, Lingbe is a free language practice mobile app that allows users to call native speakers instantly. The live chat app helps users practice speaking a foreign language by instantly connecting them to native speakers around the world.
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closed 3/2/2020 via BusinessWire

Edwin merged with MyBuddyAI,

synopsis: Edwin, an AI-powered service for learning English as a foreign language, has merged with MyBuddy.ai, an educational voice technology company. The combined company will double down on its mobile app Buddy, the voice-based English tutor for kids, organically combining solutions developed by MyBuddy.ai and Edwin.
buyer: MyBuddyAI
MyBuddy.ai is a voice-based AI English tutor that lets children practice their spoken English by conversing with a virtual AI-powered cartoon character in a mobile app. With its speech technology and adaptive learning, Buddy makes speaking practice affordable for children around the globe. "
target: Edwin
Edwin is an AI-powered service for learning English as a foreign language. It combines the latest adaptive learning and Natural Language Understanding technology with pedagogical content as well as on-demand human instructors to offer its students affordable, personalized, 1:1 learning.
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closed 7/27/2016 via Company Press Release

Unique Heritage Media, acquired Pili Pop Labs

synopsis: Unique Heritage Media announced the acquisition of Pili Pop Labs, a leader in language learning for children on mobile devices. The French start-up Pili Pop Labs has two language learning applications, Pili Pop English and Pili Pop Español, which use a unique voice recognition engine that analyzes the pronunciation of children to help them improve.
buyer: Unique Heritage Media
Unique Heritage Media (UHM) is a media group dedicated to the youth and to their entourage. Its ambition is to enable young people to grow and play while learning and discovering the world. UHM develops fifteen strong brands in the press, book, or digital sector. "
target: Pili Pop Labs
Pili Pop Labs is a Paris-based company specializing in language learning for children. With two apps, Pili Pop English and Pili Pop Español, available on iPhone and iPad, their goal is to help children learn English and Spanish while having fun.
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closed 1/23/2020 via PR Newswire

busuu, acquired Verbling

synopsis: Busuu, one of the world's most popular language-learning platforms, announced that it has acquired the live video tutoring company Verbling. Verbling uses online live video technology to help people develop their skills together with teachers and students on a global scale. The core team is based in San Francisco, California.
buyer: busuu
Busuu combines language learning courses, designed by experts, with AI-powered features and a community where learners can interact with native speakers. With more than 100 million users worldwide, Busuu is the world’s largest community for language learning. "
target: Verbling
Verbling’s mission is to empower people all over the world to become fluent in a foreign language. They use online live video technology to help people develop their skills together with teachers and students on a global scale. The core team is based in San Francisco, California.
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closed 12/16/2020 via BNC Analysis

ClickStream Corporation, acquired HeyPal

synopsis: ClickStream Corp, a technology company focused on developing apps and digital platforms that disrupt conventional industries, has acquired HeyPal, a social language learning app. HeyPal allows users from around the world to learn a new language through interactive chat and social posts.
buyer: ClickStream Corporation (OTCPK:CLIS:$0.00)
ClickStream is a technology company focused on developing apps and digital platforms that disrupt conventional industries. ClickStream's WinQuik is a free-to-play synchronized mobile app and digital gaming platform that allows users to compete in quiz type games to win real money and prizes. "
target: HeyPal
HeyPal is a social language learning app. HeyPal allows users from around the world to learn a new language through interactive chat and social posts. The app makes the language learning process more fun and engaging by matching users with native speakers of their target language.
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closed 4/2/2013 via BusinessWire

Rosetta Stone Inc., acquired Livemocha

synopsis: Rosetta Stone announced that it has acquired Seattle-based Livemocha, one of the world’s largest online language-learning communities. The transaction accelerates Rosetta Stone’s transition to cloud-based learning solutions and reinforces its leadership position in the competitive language-learning industry.
buyer: Rosetta Stone Inc. (RST:$188.52)
Rosetta Stone Inc. provides interactive solutions and cutting-edge technology that is changing the way the world learns languages. Rosetta Stone’s proprietary learning techniques are acclaimed for the power to unlock the natural language-learning ability in everyone. "
target: Livemocha
Livemocha is committed to creating a world in which every human being is fluent in multiple languages. As the world’s largest online language learning community, Livemocha fuses traditional learning methods with online practice and interaction with native language speakers from around the world.
price ($mm)
$8.50
rev ($mm)
$4
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
2.2x
EV / EBITDA
closed 3/21/2013 via Company Press Release

Babbel, acquired PlaySay, Inc.

synopsis: Babbel.com announced that it will complete the acquisition of PlaySay, a social language learning app for the iPhone that incorporates real conversations and pronunciation feedback with native speakers. PlaySay CEO Ryan Meinzer will join the Babbel Team.
buyer: Babbel
Lesson Nine GmbH operates a language learning Website www.babbel.com. It provides features for social networking and vocabulary building tools in French, English, Spanish, Italian, and German. The company’s tutorials offer learning exercises, including fill-in-the-blanks and multiple choices. "
target: PlaySay, Inc.
PlaySay offers a social way to learn Spanish. It is an iPhone game connecting language learners so they can have real conversations with pronunciation feedback.
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closed 6/13/2022 via BNC Analysis

IXL Learning, acquired Curiosity Media

synopsis: IXL Learning, an integrated learning platform, has acquired Curiosity Media, a creator of innovative language learning platforms. Curiosity Media empowers people to more effectively communicate in Spanish and English. Their Spanish learning websites, SpanishDict, inglés.com, and Fluencia, provide reliable resources for speaking English and Spanish.
buyer: IXL Learning
IXL is an integrated learning platform that effectively supports personalized learning in math, English language arts, science, social studies, and Spanish. With over 80 billion questions asked and answered around the world, IXL helps schools successfully use technology to improve education. "
target: Curiosity Media
Curiosity Media is a creator of innovative language learning platforms. Curiosity Media empowers people to more effectively communicate in Spanish and English. Their Spanish learning websites, SpanishDict, inglés.com, and Fluencia, provide reliable resources for speaking English and Spanish.
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closed 12/10/2014 via BusinessWire

Kingdom Games, acquired 4Soils

synopsis: Kingdom Games announced it has closed its acquisition of the assets of 4Soils, a Stanford-based Children’s Bible app producer. 4Soils is well-known for its Biblically-centered digital experiences for children. With this acquisition, Kingdom Games strengthens its mission to provide ethical and moral games to upcoming generations of all ages.
buyer: Kingdom Games
Kingdom Games is the industry leader of thoughtful gaming; the most reliable and trusted source in the market place for games that are family appropriate for all ages. Based on Biblical themes, Kingdom Games products are both entertaining and educational. "
target: 4Soils
4Soils brings Biblically centered digital experiences for children on mobile devices like iPad and iPhone. All elements of the stories are carefully and faithfully written to accurately reflect the facts in the Bible and includes interactive games, coloring, and songs.
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closed 3/8/2021 via BNC Analysis

Texthelp Systems Ltd., acquired Lingit AS

synopsis: Texthelp Ltd, the global leader in literacy and accessibility technology, has acquired the Lingit Group. This deal will enable the best assistive technologies to be brought to many more students around the world. Lingit’s tailored software offers multilingual literacy support for dyslexics and others with reading and writing difficulties.
buyer: Texthelp Systems Ltd.
Founded in 1996, Texthelp has established itself as the global pioneer and leader in cloud-based assistive technology and learning analytics for the education and corporate sectors. The company has supported 30 million students and employees worldwide with reading, writing, and more. "
target parent: Verdane Capital
target: Lingit AS
Lingit strives towards creating equal opportunities for all to read, write and understand. Lingit’s tailored software offers multilingual literacy support for dyslexics and others with reading and writing difficulties. The Lingit Group serves accessibility technology customers across Europe.
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closed 10/25/2021 via PR Web

Guideposts, acquired Abide

synopsis: Guideposts, a non-profit organization that promotes faith, hope, and prayer in people’s lives, has acquired Abide, a Christian meditation and prayer app. Abide helps people to overcome anxiety and find deeper life purpose. The app allows users to listen to Biblical meditations and prayers, helping them to sleep better and stress less with Christ.
buyer: Guideposts
Guideposts is a non-profit organization that promotes faith, hope, and prayer in people’s lives. Guideposts reaches over 10 million people monthly with its magazines, ebooks, services, websites and communities, sharing inspiration to improve spiritual well-being. "
target: Abide
Abide is the world's largest Christian meditation and prayer app. Abide helps millions of people to overcome anxiety and find deeper life purpose. The app allows users to listen to Biblical meditations and prayers, helping them to sleep better and stress less with Christ.
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announced 2/29/2016 via BNC Analysis

Neoteck Solutions Inc., will acquire Hello Pal International, Inc.

synopsis: Neoteck Solution Inc. has entered into the definitive asset purchase agreement whereby Neoteck has agreed to acquire all of the assets that comprise the Hello Pal software application. Hello Pal is the developer of the social language chat app that allows users to talk to other people all over the world, in completely foreign languages, in minutes.
buyer: Neoteck Solutions Inc. (TSXV:NEO.H:$0.00)
Neoteck is a company incorporated under the laws of British Columbia and has been actively seeking out a business for its future operations. Neoteck is listed for trading on the TSXV under the symbol “NEO.H”. "
target: Hello Pal International, Inc.
Hello Pal is the developer of the social language chat app that allows users to talk to other people all over the world, in completely foreign languages, in minutes. Talking in a completely foreign language to new friends halfway across the world has never been easier.
price ($mm)
$2.22
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