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closed 9/28/2021 via BNC Analysis

Credenc Web Technologies Private Limited, acquired ObserveNow

synopsis: Education loan startup Credenc has announced the acquisition of digital content platform ObserveNow. Founded in 2019, ObserveNow has content presence and reach across several verticals in India and Southeast Asia.
buyer: Credenc Web Technologies Private Limited
Founded in 2017 by Avinash Kumar and Mayank Batheja, Credenc is a unique platform to finance meritorious students for their college expenses by underwriting their employability, rather than the means available to their families. "
target: ObserveNow
ObserveNow brings latest news updates from the world of marketing, e-governance, enterprise IT, startups, telecom and consumer electronics. Founded in 2019, ObserveNow has content presence and reach across several verticals in India and Southeast Asia.
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closed 2/9/2022 via Company Press Release

Media Business Insight, acquired Rapid TV News

synopsis: Media Business Insight (MBI), a global business information, publishing and events company, has acquired Rapid TV News, an international online daily news service for the television industry. Rapid TV News reports on all aspects of broadcast technology and media industry developments. Their articles cover OTT, pay TV, broadcasts, ratings, and more.
buyer parent: Mobeus Equity Partners LLP
buyer: Media Business Insight
Media Business Insight (MBI) is a global business information, publishing and events company. MBI owns a unique digitally-led portfolio of leading multichannel, subscription-based brands, offering content and insight to key decision-makers and creatives in the media industry. "
target: Rapid TV News
Rapid TV News is an international online daily news service for the television industry. Rapid TV News reports on all aspects of broadcast technology and media industry developments. Their articles cover OTT, social TV, pay TV, broadcasts, programming, ratings, and more.
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closed 7/13/2022 via Company Press Release

Infobip, acquired Netokracija

synopsis: Infobip, a global cloud communications company, announced that it has acquired Netokracija, a leading South Eastern European business and tech magazine with a 13-year track record of creating influential developer-focused content. They are the organizers of some of the leading tech conferences in Croatia and the region.
buyer: Infobip
Infobip is a global cloud communications platform that enables businesses to build connected customer experiences across all stages of the customer journey. Infobip’s omnichannel engagement, identity, user authentication security and contact center solutions help clients to grow their business. "
target: Netokracija
Netokracija is the leading independent business and tech magazine in the region. Netokracija is a media group with a team in Zagreb, Osijek and Belgrade and editions for the Croatian and Serbian markets.
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closed 6/15/2022 via BNC Analysis

Digital360, acquired Business Publications Spain

synopsis: Digital360, a leading provider of B2B communication and marketing services in Italy, has acquired a 70% stake in Business Publications Spain (BPS), a Spanish publisher that specializes in the information technology. BPS publishes print and digital magazines that cover cloud computing, data centres, top technology companies, cyber attacks, and more.
buyer: Digital360 (BIT:DIG:$35.98)
Digital360 is the leading group in Italy in the B2B offering of editorial content, communication and marketing services, lead generation, events and webinars, advisory, advocacy and coaching, in the context of Digital Transformation and Entrepreneurial Innovation. They are based in Milano, Italy. "
target: Business Publications Spain
Business Publications Spain (BPS) is a Spanish publisher that specializes in information technology. BPS publishes print and digital magazines that cover cloud computing, data centres, top ranking technology companies, cyber attacks, ICT companies, digital transformation, and more.
price ($mm)
$1.25*
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$1
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$0
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closed 9/18/2014 via Company Press Release

persönlich Verlags AG, acquired persönlich Verlags AG

synopsis: PubliGroupe sells its participation in the "Persönlich" Verlags AG to the managing director and editor-in-chief Matthias Ackeret. The Swiss business magazine for communication "persönlich" is the leading trade magazine in Switzerland. The magazine is the official publication medium of the Swiss Marketing Association.
buyer: persönlich Verlags AG
Based in Switzerland, Persönlich is a magazine and online portal that provides daily news about the advertising, marketing and internet businesses in online services and applications. "
target parent: PubliGroupe S.A.
target: persönlich Verlags AG
Based in Switzerland, Persönlich is a magazine and online portal that provides daily news about the advertising, marketing and internet businesses in online services and applications.
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closed 10/26/2022 via BusinessWire

The Next Practice, acquired Content Science

synopsis: The Next Practices Group (NPG) announced that Content Science is joining its network of companies. Content Science is an award-winning content intelligence and strategy company founded by Colleen Jones. Based in Atlanta, Georgia, the firm owns the content intelligence product ContentWRX and runs Content Science Academy.
buyer: The Next Practice
The Next Practice Group is an ecosystem of creative problem solvers and emerging technologies. The Next Practice works together to unlock organizations and their growth opportunities. Their core capabilities include digital media, PR, creative & content, social purpose, and more. "
target: Content Science
Content Science is an award-winning content intelligence and strategy company founded by Colleen Jones. Based in Atlanta, Georgia, the firm owns the content intelligence product ContentWRX, runs Content Science Academy, and publishes the online magazine Content Science Review.
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closed 7/4/2012 via BNC Analysis

Pocket Ventures LLC, acquired Space News International

synopsis: Boulder-based investment firm Pocket Ventures LLC has acquired Space News, a 23-year-old weekly publication that covers the aerospace industry. Space News is the only weekly publication fully dedicated to covering all aspects of the space industry – commercial, military and civil.
buyer: Pocket Ventures LLC
Based in Boulder, Colorado, Pocket Ventures is a media, information & event acquisition group seeking control investments in profitable, small to middle-market companies in the outdoor, sports, environmental and technology arenas that have a digital upside. "
target parent: Imaginova Corp.
target: Space News International
Space News is the only weekly publication fully dedicated to covering all aspects of the space industry – commercial, military and civil.
price ($mm)
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$4
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closed 9/8/2011 via GlobeNewswire

QuinStreet, Inc., acquired ITBusinessEdge

synopsis: QuinStreet, Inc., the leader in vertical marketing and media online, announced the acquisition of IT Business Edge (ITBE), an online media and marketing company. The addition of ITBE allows QuinStreet to expand its reach and capabilities in delivering targeted, measurable marketing results to business to business technology marketers.
buyer: QuinStreet, Inc. (QNST:$502.99)
QuinStreet, Inc. is one of the largest Internet marketing and media companies in the world. QuinStreet is committed to providing consumers and businesses with the information they need to research, find and select the products, services and brands that meet their needs. "
target: ITBusinessEdge
IT Business Edge is an online media and marketing company that provides targeted content for senior business and technology decision makers, and measurable marketing programs for IT marketers.
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$24
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announced 12/30/2020 via Company Press Release

Politico, will acquire E&E News

synopsis: POLITICO, a global news and information company, will acquire E&E News, the renowned news organization focused solely on energy and the environment. The acquisition will allow for unprecedented coverage of the energy and environmental sectors, accelerating the growth of best-in-class news from POLITICO and E&E News.
buyer: Politico
POLITICO is a global news and information company at the intersection of politics and policy. POLITICO dedicates itself to providing accurate, nonpartisan impactful information and prioritizes efforts to serve, better understand, and grow its influential audience. "
target: E&E News
E&E News is a news organization focusing on energy and the environment. Its five daily publications—EnergyWire, ClimateWire, E&E Daily, GreenWire, and E&E News PM—deliver compelling journalism that keeps top decisionmakers in government, business, NGOs, and academia informed and ahead of the curve.
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closed 12/20/2017 via Company Press Release

TheBusinessDesk.com, acquired TheBusinessDesk.com

synopsis: The management team of TheBusinessDesk.com, a regional business news provider, have completed a buy-out of the company. The group’s editor Alex Turner and commercial director Lee-J Walker have taken a majority stake in the company. TheBusinessDesk.com provides regional business news across North West, Yorkshire, West Midlands and East Midlands.
buyer: TheBusinessDesk.com
TheBusinessDesk.com is the fastest growing business media in the UK. They provide regional business news across four regions - North West, Yorkshire, West Midlands and East Midlands. They offer exclusives, authoritative articles and interviews with key figures in the business community. "
target: TheBusinessDesk.com
TheBusinessDesk.com is the fastest growing business media in the UK. They provide regional business news across four regions - North West, Yorkshire, West Midlands and East Midlands. They offer exclusives, authoritative articles and interviews with key figures in the business community.
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closed 1/13/2016 via BNC Analysis

Digital Currency Group, acquired Coindesk Ltd

synopsis: CoinDesk, one of the leading bitcoin news sites, has been acquired by Digital Currency Group. CoinDesk delivers news on the trends, events, technologies and people/companies making major moves in the digital currency sphere.
buyer: Digital Currency Group
Digital Currency Group builds, incubates and seeds bitcoin and blockchain technology-related companies. DCG owns and operates the industry's leading bitcoin brokerage firm, Genesis Trading, and the largest digital currency asset management firm, Grayscale Investments. "
target: Coindesk Ltd
CoinDesk is the world leader in news and information on digital currencies such as bitcoin, and its underlying technology – the blockchain. CoinDesk covers news and analysis on the trends, price movements, technologies, companies and people in the bitcoin and digital currency world.
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$0.55
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closed 5/3/2022 via Company Press Release

Localogy, acquired Street Fight

synopsis: Localogy announces the acquisition of localized MarTech and SaaS-focused online magazine Street Fight, empowering the Local industry trade organization’s already robust library of original content and research. Localogy purchased the publication from multi-location focused, marketing software leader SOCi.
buyer: Localogy
Localogy is a not-for-profit trade association comprised of SaaS, media, agency, and multi-location brand members that help small businesses thrive in an increasingly localized world. "
target parent: SOCi
target: Street Fight
Street Fight follows the dynamic disruption taking place in the local marketing ecosystem. Street Fight tracks the evolution in local marketing through its daily website and newsletter; guides the industry with white papers and reports; and hosts must-attend conferences.
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closed 3/16/2021 via Company Press Release

Digital360, acquired Innovation Post

synopsis: Digital360 SpA has acquired 90% of the share capital of Innovation Post Srl, an information and in-depth publication dedicated to policies and technologies for innovation in the manufacturing sector. The company was founded in 2016 and is based in Milan, Italy.
buyer: Digital360 (BIT:DIG:$35.98)
Digital360 is the leading group in Italy in the B2B offering of editorial content, communication and marketing services, lead generation, events and webinars, advisory, advocacy and coaching, in the context of Digital Transformation and Entrepreneurial Innovation. They are based in Milano, Italy. "
target: Innovation Post
Innovation Post Srl publishes an online newspaper dedicated to policies and technologies in the manufacturing sector. The company was founded in 2016 and is based in Milan, Italy.
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closed 11/4/2019 via BNC Analysis

Emerald Expositions Inc., acquired G3 Communications

synopsis: Retail TouchPoints parent company G3 Communications has been purchased by Emerald Expositions Events, a B2B trade show and conference producer based in San Juan Capistrano, Calif. G3 Communications is a digital media firm specializing in B2B marketing. G3 has expertise in publishing content across traditional and emerging channels.
buyer parent: Onex Corporation
buyer: Emerald Expositions Inc. (NYSE:EEX:$145.50)
Emerald Expositions is the largest operator of business-to-business trade shows in the United States by net square feet, with most of their trade shows dating back several decades. Emerald Expositions operates more than 55 trade shows, as well as numerous other events. "
target: G3 Communications
G3 Communications is a digital media firm specializing in B2B marketing. With an expertise in publishing content across traditional and emerging channels, they work with their clients to develop custom content that is on point with a brand's messaging and optimized to drive leads and thought leaders
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closed 5/10/2017 via Company Press Release

MediaSchool Group, acquired CB News

synopsis: The MediaSchool Group continues to grow by welcoming a new member: CB News, the media publication for communication, advertising and brands, created in 1986 by Christian Blachas. The now monthly magazine has established itself as a benchmark in communication, marketing and advertising.
buyer: MediaSchool Group
Based in Paris, MediaSchool Group is a private group of higher education and specialized in the fields of communication, journalism, audiovisual and digital, welcoming over 2300 students. "
target parent: Startinvest
target: CB News
CB News is the media publication for communication, advertising and brands, created in 1986 by Christian Blachas. Becoming the journal of all brands, the now monthly magazine has established itself as a benchmark in communication, marketing and advertising.
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closed 2/22/2017 via BNC Analysis

Brandify, acquired Street Fight

synopsis: Brandify, the industry-leading provider of location-based digital marketing solutions, announced that it has acquired Street Fight, the premier integrated media, research, and events company covering local marketing and technology.
buyer: Brandify
Brandify is an industry-leading provider of location-based digital marketing solutions that provides brands with a better understanding of their connection to their customers. Brandify captures data as well as provides strategy and customized services to help brands maximize their online presence. "
target: Street Fight
Street Fight is the leading source of information on sustainable business models in hyperlocal content, commerce, marketing, and technology. Street Fight tracks the evolution in local marketing through its daily website and newsletter; and hosts must-attend conferences.
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closed 11/21/2012 via BNC Analysis

Startinvest, acquired CB News

synopsis: Startinvest, an investment company controlled by Olivier Chapuis and Jean-Jacques Raynaut, has acquired CB News, the French news portal for communication, marketing and media.
buyer: Startinvest
Startinvest, an investment company based in France, controlled by two former employees of the Lagardère Group. "
target: CB News
CB News is the weekly magazine for essential communication and media companies. CB Newsletter is a French news portal for communication, marketing and media companies.
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closed 4/23/2012 via Company Press Release

Kerry and Joy Murdock, acquired Web Marketing Today

synopsis: Dr. Ralph F. Wilson, creator and long-time editor of industry-leading e-zine Web Marketing Today, announced the sale of this historic digital marketing website and newsletter, to e-commerce publishers Kerry and Joy Murdock of Practical eCommerce.
buyer: Kerry and Joy Murdock
Kerry and Joy Murdock are publishers of Practical eCommerce. They launched Practical eCommerce in July 2005 to help smaller online retailers. It has since grown to include a dedicated staff of editors, contributors, and advertising consultants. "
target: Web Marketing Today
Dr. Ralph Wilson formed Wilson Internet Services at the very beginning of the commercial Internet in 1995 to help business people learn how to market their products and services more effectively by means of a website. The company publishes a free weekly newsletter, Web Marketing Today.
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announced 10/5/2022 via BusinessWire

Jon Peddie Research, will acquire Display Daily

synopsis: Jon Peddie Research, a technically oriented computer graphics marketing and management-consulting firm, is to acquire Display Daily, a leading international media outlet for data, analysis, news, and insights for display and component companies.
buyer: Jon Peddie Research
Jon Peddie Research (JPR) is a technically oriented computer graphics marketing and management-consulting firm based in Tiburon, CA. They provide specialized services to senior and middle management in computer companies and companies that are major computer users. "
target: Display Daily
Display Daily is a leading international media outlet for data, analysis, news, and insights for display and component companies.
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closed 10/6/2015 via BusinessWire

SDxCentral, acquired The Rayno Report

synopsis: SDxCentral, a digital media platform that exclusively covers the B2B IT infrastructure market and focuses on next-generation technologies, announced its acquisition of The Rayno Report, a news and analysis site on innovation and investment in the connected world.
buyer: SDxCentral
SDxCentral is the leading centralized source of news and resources covering Software-Defined Everything (SDx), SDN, NFV, cloud and virtualization infrastructure. These new technologies and approaches have the potential to change the way infrastructure is designed, built, purchased and consumed. "
target: The Rayno Report
The Rayno Report is a news and analysis site on innovation and investment in the connected world. The content and research services are distributed to millions of technology thought leaders who visit the website directly, or via email, social media, and distribution with partners.
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closed 9/28/2021 via BNC Analysis

Credenc Web Technologies Private Limited, acquired ObserveNow

synopsis: Education loan startup Credenc has announced the acquisition of digital content platform ObserveNow. Founded in 2019, ObserveNow has content presence and reach across several verticals in India and Southeast Asia.
buyer: Credenc Web Technologies Private Limited
Founded in 2017 by Avinash Kumar and Mayank Batheja, Credenc is a unique platform to finance meritorious students for their college expenses by underwriting their employability, rather than the means available to their families. "
target: ObserveNow
ObserveNow brings latest news updates from the world of marketing, e-governance, enterprise IT, startups, telecom and consumer electronics. Founded in 2019, ObserveNow has content presence and reach across several verticals in India and Southeast Asia.
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closed 9/28/2021 via BNC Analysis

Credenc Web Technologies Private Limited, acquired ObserveNow

synopsis: Education loan startup Credenc has announced the acquisition of digital content platform ObserveNow. Founded in 2019, ObserveNow has content presence and reach across several verticals in India and Southeast Asia.
buyer: Credenc Web Technologies Private Limited
Founded in 2017 by Avinash Kumar and Mayank Batheja, Credenc is a unique platform to finance meritorious students for their college expenses by underwriting their employability, rather than the means available to their families. "
target: ObserveNow
ObserveNow brings latest news updates from the world of marketing, e-governance, enterprise IT, startups, telecom and consumer electronics. Founded in 2019, ObserveNow has content presence and reach across several verticals in India and Southeast Asia.
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closed 12/9/2019 via BusinessWire

E-Trade Financial Corp., acquired Gradifi, Inc.

synopsis: E*TRADE Financial Corporate Services, Inc. has acquired Gradifi, a student loan benefit and financial wellness provider. The deal meaningfully bolsters the E*TRADE Corporate Services offering to include financial wellness and student loan solutions as part of a comprehensive benefits platform.
buyer: E-Trade Financial Corp. (ETFC:$2,937.00)
The E*TRADE Financial family of companies provides financial services, including trading, investing, banking, and managing employee stock, securities products and services, commodity futures and options, student loan benefit plans, and more. "
target parent: General Atlantic, LLC
target: Gradifi, Inc.
Gradifi is leading the way in providing innovative financial benefits that empower employers to help brighten the financial futures of their employees with contributions to their student loans, options to refinance their loans, and help save for their children’s educational futures.
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closed 5/9/2018 via PR Newswire

Lumni, acquired Paytronage, Inc.

synopsis: Lumni, an international financial technology company focused on increasing the affordability and accessibility of higher education, announced the acquisition of Paytronage, a 9-month old NYC-based direct-to-consumer marketplace for income share agreements (ISAs).
buyer: Lumni
Lumni is the world's largest and most-established player in the emerging income share agreements (ISA) space, having originated and serviced nearly 10,000 ISAs across Latin America. "
target: Paytronage, Inc.
Founded in August 2017, Paytronage launched as a direct-to-consumer marketplace connecting institutional lenders to students interested in taking out income share agreements. Paytronage launched at the University of Pennsylvania with a focus on offering ISAs to Ivy League students.
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announced 10/19/2017 via PR Newswire

Nelnet, Inc., will acquire Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation

synopsis: Nelnet, one of the leading educational finance companies in the U.S., announced it has entered into a definitive and binding agreement with Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation to acquire 100% of the stock of their student loan servicing company, Great Lakes Educational Loan Services, Inc.
buyer: Nelnet, Inc. (NNI:$824.49)
Nelnet is one of the leading educational finance companies in the U.S. and is focused on providing quality student loan products and services to students and schools nationwide. "
target: Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation
Headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin, Great Lakes and its parent affiliated group have been helping students access higher education since 1967. They provide support to make higher education accessible, the financial aid process simpler, and the possibility of paying for college real.
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closed 12/12/2016 via BusinessWire

First Republic Bank, acquired Gradifi, Inc.

synopsis: First Republic Bank announced it has acquired Gradifi Inc., a Boston-based student loan repayment technology platform to assist the nation's 44 million student loan borrowers. Gradifi pioneered the SLP Plan (Student Loan Paydown), a technology and service platform used by employers to make direct contributions to employees’ student loans.
buyer parent: General Atlantic, LLC
buyer: First Republic Bank (FRC:$3,197.47)
First Republic and its subsidiaries offer private banking, private business banking and private wealth management, including investment, trust and brokerage services. First Republic specializes in delivering exceptional, relationship-based service, with a commitment to responsiveness and action. "
target: Gradifi, Inc.
Gradifi is a Boston-based student loan pay down provider with the first innovative solution to the nation's $1.3 trillion student loan debt problem. The company is led by a management team that brings decades of combined experience in consumer financial services and entrepreneurial ventures.
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closed 3/2/2016 via BNC Analysis

CordiaGrad, acquired CordiaGrad

synopsis: Jack Zoeller, the founder of Cordia Bancorp, relinquished his role as CEO of the company in conjunction with his purchase and independent spin-off of CordiaGrad, a student loan refinance company that launched within the bank last year. CordiaGrad refinance for both undergraduate or graduate degrees and accept applications from nearly 1,000 schools.
buyer: CordiaGrad
CordiaGrad is a student loan refinancing program designed to reward student loan borrowers, who achieved well in school, started a career, and have taken care of their credit, with a low-cost refinance loan. "
target parent: Cordia Bancorp Inc.
target: CordiaGrad
CordiaGrad is a student loan refinancing program designed to reward student loan borrowers, who achieved well in school, started a career, and have taken care of their credit, with a low-cost refinance loan.
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closed 12/22/2015 via PR Newswire

Gradifi, Inc., acquired SmarterBucks

synopsis: Gradifi, a Boston-based startup, announced the acquisition of the SmarterBucks program from Valore. SmarterBucks provides members a variety of ways to earn value and apply it towards paying down student loan debt. Members participate by shopping at the SmarterBucks.com Marketplace, completing online surveys and by earning rewards with a debit card.
buyer: Gradifi, Inc.
Gradifi is a Boston-based start-up providing an innovative solution to the nation's student loan debt problem. By partnering with companies to develop employer SLP Plans (Student Loan Paydown), rewards programs and brand loyalty programs, Gradifi empowers students to repay their loan debt. "
target parent: Valore
target: SmarterBucks
SmarterBucks is a revolutionary rewards program that helps users pay down their student loans faster and for less. Users earn rewards on the money spent on brands featured in the SmarterBucks marketplace, and those rewards become extra student loan payments on any student loan.
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closed 12/17/2012 via BusinessWire

Heartland Payment Systems Inc., acquired ECSI

synopsis: Heartland Payment Systems, one of the nation’s largest payments processors, has expanded its Campus Solutions division by acquiring ECSI, a leading provider of cost-effective, customized payments processing solutions for the higher education industry.
buyer: Heartland Payment Systems Inc. (HPY:$2,682.40)
Heartland Payment Systems, Inc. is a payments processor that delivers credit/debit/prepaid card processing, school solutions, loyalty marketing services, campus solutions, payroll and related business solutions and services to more than 250,000 business and education locations nationwide. "
target: ECSI
ECSI supports the entire life cycle of higher education and post-graduation school/student services, including student loan payment processing, default solutions, refund services, tuition payment plans, electronic billing and payment, tax document services, and business outsourcing.
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closed 4/27/2011 via BusinessWire

ESM, acquired BridgeSpan Financial LLC

synopsis: ESM acquired BridgeSpan Financial, a creator of unique solutions to forecast and manage student loan borrower delinquency and default. ESM will offer the Student Loan Chaperone service to schools, delivering personalized counseling and coaching for students to explore repayment options that fit their needs and lifestyles.
buyer: ESM
ESM provides student lifecycle solutions to help institutions enroll, graduate and place students. As a premier Business Process Outsourcer, ESM operates the largest education-only contact center in the country. "
target: BridgeSpan Financial LLC
BridgeSpan Financial LLC is an education finance company established in 2008 with the mission of creating better solutions for forecasting and managing student loan borrower delinquency and default.
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closed 9/27/2017 via BusinessWire

ReliaMax, acquired FUTR Corporation

synopsis: ReliaMax, the complete private student lending solutions provider for banks, credit unions, schools and alternative lenders, announced it has acquired the assets of FUTR Corporation, a San Francisco- and Texas-based private student loan servicing provider.
buyer: ReliaMax
ReliaMax has redefined private student lending. Through its complete Private Student Loan Platform-as-a-Service solution ReliaMax enables lenders to quickly, easily and safely help student borrowers finance their education so they can realize their education goals. "
target: FUTR Corporation
FUTR is a private student loan servicer focused on bringing together technology and quality service to provide transparency and insight that borrowers need to manage private student loans.
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closed 3/16/2012 via BusinessWire

United Recovery Systems, LP, acquired Enterprise Recovery Systems, Inc.

synopsis: United Recovery Systems, LP has acquired Enterprise Recovery Systems, Inc. ("ERS"). ERS is a provider of collection services with offices in Oak Brook, Illinois. ERS' clients include post-secondary education providers, student loan guarantee agencies, and the Department of Education.
buyer parent: Audax Group
buyer: United Recovery Systems, LP
United Recovery Systems, LP is a Texas-based Limited Partnership that provides collection services for credit card, retail, commercial, and deficiency loan industries in the United States. "
target: Enterprise Recovery Systems, Inc.
Enterprise Recovery Systems, Inc. specializes in the recovery and resolution of educational loans and institutional accounts for colleges, universities, state guarantee agencies, and lenders.
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closed 2/4/2017 via BNC Analysis

SlicePay, acquired Trustio Technologies Private Limited

synopsis: Micro-lending startup SlicePay has acquired Delhi-based P2P lending platform Trustio in an all equity deal. Launched in 2016, Trustio is an invite-only platform for alumni of premier colleges to avail short-term credit from their fellow alumni.
buyer: SlicePay
Founded in 2015, SlicePay operates on a buy now, pay later model through which students can purchase products on credit without collateral. Repayments can be made on a monthly basis. It has partnered with the likes of Amazon, Paytm and Myntra. "
target: Trustio Technologies Private Limited
Trustio is a New Delhi based P2P lending company giving alumni-backed loans to students and recent graduates. Trustio allows alumni of a select number of colleges access to short-term credit sourced from their colleagues.
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closed 6/5/2019 via BNC Analysis

Goal Structured Solutions, Inc. (GS2), acquired Skills Fund

synopsis: Skills Fund, a financing platform for bootcamps and tech skill training schools, announced that it has been acquired by Goal Structured Solutions, a company that operates as an asset management firm. Goal is the largest third-party provider of student loan services and currently manages a portfolio of over $26 billion.
buyer: Goal Structured Solutions, Inc. (GS2)
Goal Structured Solutions, Inc. (GS2), operates as an asset management firm. The company offers loan administration, loan and receivables purchasing, capital markets advisory services, and products and services to the education loan industry. "
target: Skills Fund
Skills Fund is a financing platform for bootcamps and tech skill training schools that partners with more than 70 schools and 400 programs. It lends money to students participating in programs in software development, web development, data science, and cybersecurity.
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announced 7/4/2018 via BNC Analysis

Manappuram Finance Ltd, will acquire Indian School Finance Company Pvt Ltd

synopsis: Manappuram Finance Ltd, a NBFC ("non banking financial company") that provides multiple loan services, is planning to acquire Indian School Finance Company Pvt Ltd (ISFC), a NBFC that provides financial solutions and services to educational institutions.
buyer: Manappuram Finance Ltd (BSE:531213:$395.23)
Manappuram Finance Limited is a non banking financial company. They provide fund and fee based services in India. The company offers gold loans, SME and micro finance, forex and money transfer services, commercial vehicle loans, and many other services. "
target: Indian School Finance Company Pvt Ltd
Based in India, Indian School Finance Company Private Limited (ISFC) provides financial solutions and services to education institutions and entrepreneurs managing such institutions, to help improve quality of education imparted to students.
price ($mm)
$31*
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closed 9/22/2021 via BNC Analysis

J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., acquired Frank

synopsis: JPMorgan Chase has acquired college planning platform Frank to deepen relationships with students and their parents. Frank is an online portal with tools that help students apply for and negotiate financial aid, enroll in online courses and find scholarships.
buyer: J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPM:$121,685.00)
JPMorgan Chase & Co. is a leading global financial services firm with assets of $2.7 trillion and operations worldwide. The Firm is a leader in investment banking, financial services for consumers and small businesses, commercial banking, financial transaction processing, and asset management. "
target: Frank
Frank is the leading platform connecting students to financial aid at colleges they'll love. They help students apply for FAFSA in under 5 minutes, match students with scholarships and provide emergency aid all in one place.
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closed 4/30/2019 via Company Press Release

Reverence Capital Partners LLC, acquired Transact Campus Inc

synopsis: Blackboard Inc. announced that the company has completed the sale of its Blackboard Transact business unit to Reverence Capital Partners, LP. Through transformative payments, Transact partners with institutions to help them make their student and family experience mobile-centric.
buyer: Reverence Capital Partners LLC
Reverence Capital Partners is a private investment firm focused on thematic investing in leading global, middle-market financial services businesses through control and influence oriented investments. "
target parent: Providence Equity Partners Inc.
target: Transact Campus Inc (ONE:$152.00)
Through transformative payments, Transact partners with institutions to help them make their student and family experience mobile-centric. Transact's open enterprise-class cloud platform enables mission-critical capabilities that translate into superior student and family experiences.
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closed 11/30/2016 via Company Press Release

Follett Corporation, acquired Valore

synopsis: Follett Corporation, a global leader in education and entertainment content distribution, announced it has acquired Valore Inc. and the ValoreBooks marketplace solution for students and bookstores to buy, sell and rent college textbooks online.
buyer: Follett Corporation
Follett has been a trusted partner to PreK-12 schools, districts, and college campuses, taking care of the critical details that make it easier for schools to run, teachers to teach and students to learn. Follett is a leading provider of education technology, services and print and digital content. "
target: Valore
Valore offers innovative solutions that eliminate the inefficiencies throughout the textbook industry, and bring more affordable textbooks and higher quality courseware to students, bookstores, professors, and schools.
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closed 8/4/2016 via PR Newswire

Blackboard Inc., acquired Higher One, Inc.

synopsis: Blackboard Inc., the world's leading education technology company for teaching, learning and student engagement, completed its acquisition of Higher One Holdings, Inc. The acquisition will allow for collaboration between CASHNet, the market software leader in secure online payment of tuition and fees, and the Blackboard Transact business line.
buyer parent: Providence Equity Partners Inc.
buyer: Blackboard Inc. (BBBB:$447.32)
Blackboard is the world's leading education technology company. They challenge conventional thinking and advance new models of learning in order to reimagine education and make it more accessible, engaging and relevant to the modern day learner and the institutions that serve them. "
target: Higher One, Inc. (ONE:$152.00)
Higher One partners with colleges and universities to lower their administrative costs and to improve graduation rates. They provide an array of payment, refund disbursement and data analytics and management tools to institutions that help them save money and enhance institutional effectiveness.
price ($mm)[EV]
$186 [$173]*
rev ($mm)
$161
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
1.5x
EV / EBITDA
announced 12/16/2015 via BusinessWire

BankMobile, will purchase Disbursements Business from Higher One, Inc.

synopsis: Higher One Holdings, Inc. announced that it reached an agreement to sell substantially all of the assets and certain of the liabilities of its Disbursements business, including the OneAccount, to BankMobile. Higher One’s Disbursements business includes its proprietary Refund Management® Disbursement Service and the OneAccount.
buyer parent: Customers Bank
buyer: BankMobile
BankMobile provides personal and commercial banking services through an online platform. It is the first bank in the U.S. With their app, customers can simply snap a photo to upload your driver’s license, deposit checks and even pay bills. "
seller: Higher One, Inc. (ONE:$152.00)
Higher One’s Disbursements business includes its proprietary Refund Management® Disbursement Service and the OneAccount. Refund Management® streamlines the financial aid refund disbursement process and the OneAccount is an FDIC-insured checking account offered through Higher One’s bank partners.
price ($mm)
$37
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closed 8/5/2015 via BNC Analysis

Affirm, acquired Lendlayer

synopsis: Affirm, a next-generation consumer finance company, has completed the acquisition of LendLayer, an online social lending platform that enables users to pay for their education. LendLayer provides lending for accelerated learning programs like Hackbright Academy.
buyer: Affirm (AFRM:$669.62)
Affirm is a next-generation consumer finance company providing shoppers with instant point-of-sale financing for online purchases. Affirm’s data-driven approach looks beyond a standard credit score to reach broader consumer populations. "
target: Lendlayer
LendLayer, Inc. operates an online social lending platform that enables users to pay for their education. The company was founded in 2014 and is based in San Francisco, California
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closed 12/2/2009 via PR Newswire

SimpleTuition Inc., acquired TuitionCoach

synopsis: SimpleTuition, Inc., the premier destination for personalized student loan research and comparison, has acquired TuitionCoach, the leading website for personalized college financial guidance. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
buyer: SimpleTuition Inc.
SimpleTuition is committed to helping students and parents figure out how to make college affordable. SimpleTuition.com features interactive tools for a personalized approach to understanding the college funding system and available education financing options. "
target: TuitionCoach
TuitionCoach is a personalized internet-based program that guides families step-by-step through the college financial aid process, offering: expert tips for completing financial aid applications; analysis of college funding options; and email consultation.
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