higher education information industry

announced 1/11/2010 via PR Newswire

CUnet LLC, will acquire Sparkroom Corp.

synopsis: CUnet, a subsidiary of Nelnet Inc., announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Sparkroom, a leading provider of enrollment marketing automation and lead performance management solutions.
buyer parent: Nelnet, Inc.
buyer: CUnet LLC
CUnet is the premier provider of online performance media and interactive marketing services driving qualified student inquiries and enrollments for the higher education industry. "
target: Sparkroom Corp.
Sparkroom's Lead Deliver, Lead IQ, and Lead Market Analytics deliver a hosted business intelligence platform to give direct response marketers the tools and expertise needed to measure, manage, and optimize their lead acquisition spending across every direct response channel.
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closed 2/4/2015 via PR Web

eLearning Innovation, LLC, acquired aelearn

synopsis: eLearning Innovation, LLC, a provider of instructional design services is pleased to announce the acquisition of their long-term partner, Advanced E-learning Solutions (aelearn). aelearn provides customized E-Learning solutions for a variety of organizations (small businesses, higher- and continuing-education, non-profits, and the corporate world).
buyer: eLearning Innovation, LLC
eLearning Innovation, LLC, provides instructional design services to higher ed, K-12, corporate, government, and non-profit organizations. Specializing in experiential learning, eLearning Innovation creates active learning environments that inspire and educate. "
target: aelearn
Advanced E-Learning Solutions, Inc. (aelearn), a minority-owned business, is a premier E-Learning solutions provider. The aelearn team provides customized E-Learning solutions for a variety of organizations (small businesses, higher- and continuing-education, non-profits, and the corporate world).
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closed 8/29/2013 via BNC Analysis

CrossKnowledge, acquired Digital SK

synopsis: CrossKnowledge announced its purchase of Digital SK, the leading Brazilian e-learning provider. This acquisition further consolidates CrossKnowledge's position as a world-class distance training provider.
buyer: CrossKnowledge
Founded in 2000, CrossKnowledge is the European leader in remote development of leadership and managerial skills, using new technologies. "
target: Digital SK
Digital SK was founded in 2004 and quickly took up a dominant position on the Brazilian e-learning market with an extensive range of training content and innovative technological solutions designed for large public and private organizations as well as the education sector.
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closed 12/17/2012 via BNC Analysis

Pearson plc, acquired iOKI Sp. k

synopsis: Pearson plc, one of the world's premier media and education companies, acquired of all the rights and obligations of limited partners in iOKI Sp. k., a Poland-based supplier of e-learning solutions.
buyer: Pearson plc (LSE:PSON:$5,359.58)
Pearson is the world’s leading learning company. Through its books, newspapers and online products and services, Pearson helps people of all ages to live and learn. "
target: iOKI Sp. k
IOKI's portfolio encompasses a broad range of services; which include: designing and preparation of e-learning platforms, creation of e-learning courses, delivery of educational materials, such as e-workbooks, for different education sectors and subjects.
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announced 3/11/2020 via Company Press Release

Learning Technologies Group, will acquire Blackboard Open LMS

synopsis: Learning Technologies Group plc is to acquire all intellectual property and assets relating to Blackboard’s Open LMS platform. Blackboard Open LMS™ provides a strong, open source foundation for competency-based blended, online and professional learning to drive institutional and organizational effectiveness.
buyer: Learning Technologies Group (AIM:LTG:$147.86)
Learning Technologies Group plc (LTG) is a market-leader in the fast-growing workplace digital learning and talent management market. LTG offers large organizations a new approach to learning and talent in a business world driven by digital transformation. "
target parent: Providence Equity Partners Inc.
target: Blackboard Open LMS
Blackboard Open LMS™ provides a strong, open source foundation for competency-based blended, online and professional learning to drive institutional and organizational effectiveness.
price ($mm)
$32
rev ($mm)
$16
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EV / rev
2.0x
EV / EBITDA
closed 10/4/2011 via PR Newswire

Providence Equity Partners, acquired Blackboard Inc.

synopsis: Blackboard Inc. announced the completion of its acquisition by an investor group led by affiliates of Providence Equity Partners. Blackboard is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day.
buyer: Providence Equity Partners
Providence Equity Partners is the leading global private equity firm specializing in equity investments in media, communications, information services and education companies around the world. "
target: Blackboard Inc. (BBBB:$447.32)
Blackboard's solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities.
price ($mm)[EV]
$1,585 [$1,712]
rev ($mm)
$481
EBITDA ($mm)
$79
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3.7x
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22.3x
closed 11/22/2017 via Company Press Release

Springer Nature, acquired iversity

synopsis: Springer Nature, a leading global research, educational and professional publisher, has acquired iversity, an online learning platform that provides high-quality academic and professional development courses. iversity offers individuals and corporate clients MOOCs and online professional development courses from a wide range of topics.
buyer parent: Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck GmbH
buyer: Springer Nature
Springer Nature is a leading global research, educational and professional publisher, home to an array of respected and trusted brands providing quality content through a range of innovative products and services. "
target: iversity
iversity partners with academic institutions and knowledge-based companies to offer academic and professional development courses online. Individuals as well as corporate clients and their employees can choose between MOOCs and online professional development courses from a wide range of topics.
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closed 4/1/2017 via PR Newswire

GP Strategies Corporation, acquired Emantras

synopsis: Global performance improvement solutions provider GP Strategies Corporation announced that it has completed the acquisition Emantras, an innovative digital education company that provides engaging learning experiences and effective knowledge delivery through award-winning digital and mobile solutions.
buyer: GP Strategies Corporation (NYSE:GPX:$504.99)
GP Strategies is a global performance improvement solutions provider of training, eLearning solutions, management consulting and engineering services. They improve the effectiveness of organizations by delivering innovative and superior training, consulting and business improvement services. "
target: Emantras
Emantras, is an innovative digital education company that provides engaging learning experiences, through digital and mobile solutions. Emantras serves the learning ecosystem by supporting enterprises, trainers and educational institutions in executing and delivering digital training solutions.
price ($mm)
rev ($mm)
$3
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0.0x
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closed 6/12/2019 via BNC Analysis

National Olympiad Foundation, acquired Edurer Knowledge labs

synopsis: Indore-based assessment firm National Olympiad Foundation has acquired ed-tech startup Edurer Knowledge Labs, an India-based company that offers a line of cloud-based SaaS products, designed to meet the learning and administrative needs of institutions and corporates.
buyer: National Olympiad Foundation
Headquartered in India, National Olympiad Foundation constitutes docking of academic talent and social entrepreneurship helping talent to come out from the walls of the classroom. NOF conducts its own GLOBAL talent search exams where resources are utilized for children in need. "
target: Edurer Knowledge labs
Edurer, is an India-based Ed-Tech Startup that offers a line of cloud-based SaaS products, designed to meet the learning and administrative needs of institutions and corporates. Their offerings include services and resources, to automate management, acquire new students and engage them effectively.
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closed 10/16/2013 via PR Web

Gilfus Venture Partners, acquired Adrenna Inc.

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

Blackboard Inc., acquired Moodlerooms, Inc.

synopsis: Blackboard Inc. announced that it has acquired Moodlerooms, a provider of open source online learning solutions to the education industry. Moodlerooms, Inc. provides an online learning platform that solves the instructional, financial, and technology needs for K-12, higher education, corporations, government agencies, and non-profit organizations.
buyer parent: Providence Equity Partners Inc.
buyer: Blackboard Inc. (BBBB:$447.32)
Blackboard's solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities. "
target: Moodlerooms, Inc.
Moodlerooms, Inc. provides an online learning platform that solves the instructional, financial, and technology needs for K-12, higher education, corporations, government agencies, and non-profit organizations.
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closed 3/19/2007 via BNC Analysis

Editis, acquired Group De Boeck

synopsis: Editis expanded its activities in literature and in distribution, Editis is developing its third line of business, education. It has strengthened its presence in Belgium with the acquisition of De Boeck, thereby beefing up its international presence.
buyer parent: Grupo Planeta
buyer: Editis
Editis holds leading positions in three segments of the French publishing business, in particular Literature (trade and mass market formats), Education (scholarly, scholastic aids, middle school, high school, university, legal and medical), and Reference (dictionaries and encyclopedias). "
target: Group De Boeck
The De Boeck group is Belgium’s leading publisher and has roots going back to 1760. It has grown steadily and now specializes in 3 sectors in French and Dutch: academic texts (61% in Dutch), university texts (87% in French) and legal texts (74% in French).
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closed 7/5/2016 via PR Newswire

Xfive.co, acquired Webvanta

synopsis: Australian-based web development agency Xfive a pioneer of PSD to HTM industry acquired all the assets of Bay Area firm Webvanta, well known for its own CMS.The Xfive acquisition of Webvanta helps Xfive to get more recognition in the US and enter the demanding educational and mission-driven market.
buyer: Xfive.co
Xfive is a solution for design and web agencies looking to expand their capacity for front-end, PHP and Ruby on Rails or WordPress development where care is the foundation of everything they do. "
target: Webvanta
Web designers can use Webvanta to create business sites, information portals, community sites, and membership sites.
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closed 8/2/2017 via PR Newswire

Elsevier B.V., acquired Bepress

synopsis: Elsevier, the global information analytics business specializing in science and health, acquired Bepress, a Berkeley, California-based business that helps academic libraries showcase and share their institutions' research for maximum impact.
buyer parent: RELX Group plc
buyer: Elsevier B.V.
Elsevier is a global information analytics business that helps institutions and professionals progress science, advance healthcare and improve performance for the benefit of humanity. Elsevier provides digital solutions in the areas of strategic research management, R&D performance, and more. "
target: Bepress
Founded by professors in 1999, Bepress exists to serve academia. Bepress builds hosted solutions that let academic institutions showcase and share their works for maximum impact. The Bepress model is unlimited, cloud-based, and fully hosted, and includes dedicated consulting and support.
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closed 10/4/2016 via BNC Analysis

Taylor & Francis Group, acquired Co-Action Publishing

synopsis: Taylor & Francis Group, one of the world’s leading publishers of scholarly journals, books, eBooks, text books and reference works, has acquired Co-Action Publishing, an international Open Access scholarly publisher based in Scandinavia. Co-Action has a portfolio of peer-reviewed journals and books spanning a range of academic disciplines.
buyer parent: Informa plc
buyer: Taylor & Francis Group
Taylor & Francis Group is one of the world’s leading publishers of scholarly journals, books, eBooks, text books and reference works. Taylor & Francis Group partners with researchers, scholarly societies, universities and libraries worldwide to bring knowledge to life. "
target: Co-Action Publishing
Founded in 2007, Co-Action Publishing is an international Open Access scholarly publisher based in Scandinavia. Co-Action has a portfolio of peer-reviewed journals and books spanning a range of academic disciplines. Co-Action is committed to serving the best interests of the scholarly community.
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closed 1/22/2014 via BusinessWeek

Scor Global Investments, acquired Presses Universitaires de France

synopsis: Scor SE has purshased Presses Universitaires de France. Presses Universitaires de France organizes their publications around the lines of research collections and reference, journals, collections of books, and essay collections.
buyer parent: Scor SE
buyer: Scor Global Investments
SCOR Global Investments is the asset management company of the SCOR Group. They offer Scor Euro High Yield, Scor Euro Loans, and Scor Euro Credit Opportunity. "
target: Presses Universitaires de France
Presses Universitaires de France organizes their publications around the lines of research collections and reference, journals, collections of books, and essay collections.
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closed 1/23/2020 via PR Newswire

The Expo Group, Inc., acquired Educe LLC

synopsis: The Expo Group, an exhibitions and events partner that invests in growth, has acquired Educe LLC, a firm committed to adding value to the events and engagement strategy for higher education institutions.
buyer: The Expo Group, Inc.
The Expo Group is a trusted exhibition and events partner helping organizations grow their attendee, exhibitor and sponsorship revenue through the design and execution of unique, compelling and memorable experiences. The company is headquartered in Dallas. "
target: Educe LLC
Educe is a boutique firm focused entirely on the needs of higher education. They have worked on campuses, taught at conferences, served on boards, and been tapped as trusted counsel by leadership. They specialize in engagement strategies, event design and production, higher education and more.
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closed 2/6/2014 via PR Newswire

McGraw-Hill Education, acquired Area9

synopsis: McGraw-Hill Education announced that it has acquired Area9 Aps, an adaptive learning company that develops technologies that fix the gaps in helping people learn with the goal of finding a better way of delivering training and education.
buyer parent: Apollo Global Management
buyer: McGraw-Hill Education
McGraw-Hill Education is a digital learning company that draws on its more than 100 years of educational expertise to offer solutions that improve learning outcomes around the world. "
target: Area9
Area9 develops technologies that fix the gaps in helping people learn with the goal of finding a better way of delivering training and education. Area9's software technologies help content providers develop personalized educational and training solutions.
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announced 8/2/2011 via BusinessWire

Apollo Group, Inc., will purchase eLearning Technology from Carnegie Mellon University

synopsis: Apollo Group, Inc. announced that it has agreed to acquire eLearning Technology from Carnegie Mellon University. The acquisition allows Apollo to accelerate its efforts to incorporate adaptive learning into its academic platform and to provide tools to help raise student achievement in mathematics.
buyer: Apollo Group, Inc. (APOL:$2,000.33)
Apollo Group, Inc. is one of the world's largest private education providers. The Company offers innovative and distinctive educational programs and services both online and on-campus at the undergraduate, master’s and doctoral levels through its subsidiaries. "
seller: Carnegie Mellon University
Carnegie Mellon University is an educational and research institution. The university was founded in 1900 and is based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It has endowment assets worth $756 million.
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$22
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closed 1/15/2010 via BusinessWire

Courier Corporation, acquired Highcrest Media, LLC

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

aelearn

Digital SK

iOKI Sp. k

Blackboard Open LMS

Blackboard Inc.

iversity

Emantras

Edurer Knowledge labs

Adrenna Inc.

Moodlerooms, Inc.

Group De Boeck

Webvanta

Bepress

Co-Action Publishing

Presses Universitaires de France

Educe LLC

Area9

Carnegie Mellon University

Highcrest Media, LLC

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