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announced 7/11/2018 via PR Newswire

China Distance Education Holdings Limited, will acquire Ruida Education

synopsis: China Distance Education Holdings Limited (CDEL), a leading provider of online education in China focusing on professional education, will increase its stake in Ruida Education from 40% to 51%. Ruida Education is a Chinese company that provides exam preparation services and products for participants in China's national judicial examination.
buyer: China Distance Education Holdings Limited (DL:$223.74)
China Distance Education Holdings Limited (CDEL) is a leading provider of online education in China focusing on professional education. Their courses are designed to help professionals seeking to obtain and maintain professional licenses and to enhance their job skills. "
target: Ruida Education
Ruida Education is a Chinese company that provides exam preparation services and products, including proprietary books and reference materials, for participants in China's national judicial examination. Ruida delivers services and products at six campuses in China and through its online platform.
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closed 1/31/2019 via BNC Analysis

CERS Group, acquired Ad Verum

synopsis: The CERS Group, a Brazilian company that specializes in online education, has acquired Ad Verum Soporte Educacional, a Brazilian provider of online preparatory courses for public examinations and Brazilian Bar Association (OAB) examinations. Ad Verum offers mock exams, study plans, coaching services, and detailed resources.
buyer: CERS Group
The CERS Group is a Brazilian company that specializes in online education. The group offers courses for legal careers, public examinations, Brazilian Bar Association (OAB) examinations, and post-graduate examinations. CERS has helped over 800,000 students prepare for their exams. "
target: Ad Verum
Ad Verum Suporte Educacional is a Brazilian provider of online preparatory courses for public examinations and Brazilian Bar Association (OAB) examinations. Ad Verum offers mock exams, study plans, coaching services, and detailed resources to help students pass their exams.
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announced 12/17/2014 via BusinessWire

DeVry Brasil, will acquire Damasio Educacional SA

synopsis: DeVry Inc., a global provider of educational services, announced that DeVry Brasil has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Damásio Educacional. Damásio is a leader in bar exam test preparation and a high quality provider of undergraduate and graduate law programs. Damásio serves more than 50,000 students.
buyer parent: DeVry Inc.
buyer: DeVry Brasil
DeVry Brasil currently operates nine educational institutions. Together, these institutions provide services to over 36,000 students across 15 campuses and offer more than 170 undergraduate and graduate programs in the areas of business, healthcare, law, engineering and technology. "
target: Damasio Educacional SA
Damásio Educacional is a leader in bar exam test preparation and a high quality provider of undergraduate and graduate law programs. Damásio has a 44-year history in Brazil and serves more than 50,000 students through a network of approximately 220 learning centers and through distance learning.
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closed 10/20/2006 via BusinessWire

Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions, acquired Multistate Legal Studies, Inc.

synopsis: Kaplan, the international education firm, has acquired PMBR, a nationwide provider of test preparation for the multistate bar examination. PMBR, provides test prep courses, tutorials and workshops for the MBE, a uniform national 200 question multiple-choice exam that is part of most state bar exams.
buyer parent: The Washington Post Company
buyer: Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions
Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions, a division of Kaplan, Inc., is a premier provider of educational and career services for individuals, schools and businesses. Established in 1938, Kaplan is the world leader in the test prep industry. "
target: Multistate Legal Studies, Inc.
PMBR is a leading provider of review courses to law students preparing for the Multistate Bar Examination (MBE) section of the bar exam. PMBR is the most comprehensive and largest provider of test preparation courses, texts and software serving the MBE, and serves all 50 states.
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closed 11/22/2019 via BusinessWire

Manhattan Review, acquired Get Prepped

synopsis: Manhattan Review, a premier global provider of college and graduate school admissions test preparation, announced that it has acquired all assets of leading LSAT prep provider Get Prepped. Founded in 1999, Get Prepped is a nationwide leader in LSAT preparatory services and offers courses as well as private tutoring and online LSAT review courses.
buyer: Manhattan Review
Manhattan Review, Inc. is a multi-national test prep firm. Founded in 1999, Manhattan Review is the oldest and most prestigious test prep company of its kind in New York City. "
target: Get Prepped
Founded in 1999, Get Prepped is a nationwide leader in LSAT preparatory services and offers courses as well as private tutoring and online LSAT review courses.
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closed 4/13/2018 via Company Press Release

New Harbor Capital, acquired Blueprint Test Preparation, LLC

synopsis: New Harbor Capital completed a majority equity investment in Blueprint Test Preparation, LLC. Headquartered in Los Angeles, Blueprint is the premier LSAT test preparation provider in the U.S., offering in-person and asynchronous online courses, private tutoring, self-study materials and application consulting services.
buyer: New Harbor Capital
New Harbor Capital is a growth-focused private equity firm that understands the value of true collaboration. New Harbor works with business owners and management teams to pursue accelerated growth. They seek to invest in business services companies that offer an opportunity for them to add value. "
target: Blueprint Test Preparation, LLC
Headquartered in Los Angeles, Blueprint is the premier LSAT test preparation provider in the U.S., offering in-person and asynchronous online courses, private tutoring, self-study materials and application consulting services.
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closed 10/17/2012 via BNC Analysis

Hobsons Inc., acquired Beat The GMAT

synopsis: Hobsons, the leader in recruitment, communication, and student success solutions, announced the acquisition of Beat The GMAT, the world's largest social network for MBA applicants, serving over 2 million business school aspirants each year.
buyer parent: Daily Mail and General Trust plc
buyer: Hobsons Inc.
Hobsons is a premier provider of innovative technology and integrated marketing solutions that empower education professionals to manage the entire student lifecycle, including recruitment, enrollment, and retention. "
target: Beat The GMAT
BTG Test Prep, LLC, doing business as Beat The GMAT, operates a social network for MBA applicants that provides access to GMAT prep and MBA admissions advice/resources.
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announced 1/29/2020 via BNC Analysis

Benesse Holdings, Inc., will acquire Study Hacker Co., Ltd.

synopsis: Benesse Holdings Inc., a Japanese company focused on education and publishing, will acquire a 50.1% stake in Study Hacker Co., Ltd., a specialty prep school in Japan. Study Hacker helps students prepare for medical school exams and other difficult university exams. The company also operates English learning centers.
buyer: Benesse Holdings, Inc. (TSE:9783:$4,052.38)
Benesse Holdings, Inc. is a Japanese company focused on education and publishing. Benesse Holdings, Inc. provides, through its subsidiaries, course material, student pocketbooks, magazines, tutoring services, exam prep services, educational equipment, and more. "
target: Study Hacker Co., Ltd.
Study Hacker is a specialty prep school in Japan. Study Hacker helps students prepare for medical school exams and other difficult university exams. The company also operates English learning centers that provide short-term training to help students improve their English.
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closed 4/24/2019 via BNC Analysis

M3.com, acquired Dailyrounds Inc.

synopsis: M3.com, Japan's largest portal site dedicated to healthcare professionals, has acquired a majority stake in DailyRounds, an Indian provider of mobile and web-based applications for doctors and medical students. DailyRounds offers a mobile app that allows users to share and learn clinical cases that will help them prepare for various examinations.
buyer: M3.com (TSE:2413:$1,015.17)
M3.com is Japan's largest portal site dedicated to healthcare professionals. M3.com provides the latest medical news, overseas journal article summaries, and medical resources. The portal offers information on clinical trials and other services in the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries. "
target: Dailyrounds Inc.
DailyRounds is an Indian provider of mobile and web-based applications for doctors and medical students. DailyRounds offers a mobile app that allows users to share and learn clinical cases. The cases presented will help users prepare for various examinations like USMLE, AIPGMEE, NEETPG, and more.
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closed 3/11/2019 via PR Newswire

Interactivation, acquired Med School Tutors

synopsis: Interactivation, a holding company owned by entrepreneurs Joe Covey and Matthew Davidge, has acquired Med School Tutors, the leading medical school tutoring company that helps aspiring physicians succeed in medical school, on their standardized exams, and beyond.
buyer: Interactivation
Interactivation is a holding company owned by Joe Covey and Matthew Davidge. The company focuses on acquiring and operating media, education and health companies. Interactivation likes to buy small “orphan business units” from large companies with revenue of at least $10 million. "
target: Med School Tutors
Med School Tutors is the leading medical school tutoring company offering one-to-one online tutoring for the USMLE, COMLEX, Shelf Exams, Medical Coursework and Admissions and Residency Advisement, as well as consulting services for medical schools.
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closed 8/16/2017 via BNC Analysis

Tanaka Gakushukai, acquired Akasaka Gakuin Co., Ltd.

synopsis: Alternative asset investment firm CLSA Capital Partners-backed Japanese school operator KK BC Ings (Tanaka Gakushukai) has acquired a fellow Japanese medical school preparation school Aksaka Gakuin in a bolt-on acquisition.
buyer parent: CITIC Securities Company Limited
buyer: Tanaka Gakushukai
Founded in 1990 by Hiroki Tanaka, BC Ings operates 68 cram schools for elementary, junior high and high school students under the brand “Tanaka Gakushukai”, which is synonymous with high-quality education. "
target: Akasaka Gakuin Co., Ltd.
Akasaka Gakuin is a preparatory school for students specialized in examination in the medical department of Fukuoka (dentistry department / pharmaceutical department).
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closed 3/30/2020 via BNC Analysis

Unacademy, acquired Kreatryx

synopsis: India's largest education technology platform Unacademy has acquired Kreatryx, a Delhi-based online exam preparation startup. With the acquisition, Kreatryx, whose platform offers services for exams such as GATE and ESE, will continue to operate as a separate brand under the Unacademy Brands umbrella.
buyer: Unacademy
Unacademy is India's largest education platform, offering over 2,400 online lessons and specialised courses to prepare for various competitive exams. Through Unacademy's mobile app, users can attend live classes by top educators and prepare via Live Test Series, Quizzes, Practice Section, and more. "
target: Kreatryx
Kreatryx is an ed-tech start-up in India that provides Top quality GATE Exam training for all through its online products and postal study courses. Kreatryx aims to bridge the gap between a student's performance and potential by providing a platform for personalized learning and self-evaluation.
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closed 12/23/2015 via BNC Analysis

Careers360, acquired EntranceCorner.com

synopsis: Delhi-based Pathfinder Publishing Pvt Ltd, the company behind Careers360, a career information portal for students, has acquired Delhi-based EntranceCorner.com. EntranceCorner, owned by Edukriti Learning Solutions Pvt Ltd, offers counselling, collaboration, resources and information on career options to students.
buyer: Careers360
Careers360 is a data-enabled and technology-driven Educational Products and Services Company. Careers360 seamlessly integrates millions of student and institutional data points to build sophisticated Prediction and Recommendation products for students to explore and achieve career plans. "
target: EntranceCorner.com
EntranceCorner.com started in April 2009, enables students to build an informed career through an integrated and seamless platform that offers Counselling, Collaboration, Resources and Information at different phases of student lifecycle.
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closed 12/10/2015 via BNC Analysis

Gateforum Educational Services Private Limited, acquired Testfunda.com

synopsis: Thinkcell Learning Solutions (formerly Gateforum Educational Services) has acquired elearning company Enabilon Learning, which offers its testprep packages through Testfunda.com. TestFunda.com provides online aptitude test preparation, with a focus on MBA and bank test preparation market.
buyer parent: ASK Pravi Capital Advisors Pvt. Ltd
buyer: Gateforum Educational Services Private Limited
Thinkcell Learning Solutions Pvt. Ltd. (formerly Gateforum Educational Services Pvt. Ltd.) is an educational services provider. It offers test preparatory tools for graduate aptitude tests in engineering courses. They are the number 1 institute for preparation for the GATE Exam. "
target: Testfunda.com
With over 500,000 users, TESTfunda.com is the online hub for MBA, Bank and UPSC exam aspirants. They provide complete test preparation for CAT, XAT, IIFT, CMAT, NMAT, SNAP, MH-CET, Bank exams (IBPS PO, IBPS Clerk, SBI PO, SBI Clerk), UPSC CSAT and Campus Recruitment Tests.
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closed 5/25/2010 via BusinessWire

Certiport, Inc., acquired MeasureUp, Inc.

synopsis: Certiport, the leading provider of test delivery services for the global workforce and academic markets, announced they have acquired MeasureUp LLC, the global leader in IT practice tests and assessment services.
buyer parent: Spire Capital Partners, L.P.
buyer: Certiport, Inc.
Certiport is the leading provider of value-added, computerized test delivery services that include an expansive network of Certiport testing centers worldwide. Its comprehensive services encompass test development, psychometrics, program management, sales and marketing. "
target: MeasureUp, Inc.
MeasureUp is an assessment and certification practice test company, providing the necessary tools to reinforce learning and validate knowledge. MeasureUp assessment and practice test customers include a broad range of companies and higher-education learning institutes.
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closed 5/18/2018 via Company Press Release

IK Investment Partners, acquired Acadomia

synopsis: IK Investment Partners is pleased to announce that it has acquired Domia Group, owner of Acadomia. Acadomia is the leading player in the primary, secondary, higher-education and test-prep tutoring markets (at-home, centres and online) in France.
buyer: IK Investment Partners
IK Investment Partners is a private equity advisory group with Nordic roots. Focused on investing in companies with strong underlying potential, they are proud to support the IK Funds as they partner with management teams and investors to grow businessess. "
target parent: Metric Capital Partners
target: Acadomia
French Acadomia is the leading player in the primary, secondary, higher-education and test-prep tutoring markets (at-home, centres and online). Acadomia has innovated to offer quality learning experiences to more than 1 million families across different geographies, backgrounds, and subjects.
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announced 10/4/2012 via BNC Analysis

Pearson Longman, will acquire Educational Resources Pte Ltd

synopsis: AEC Education PLC, which offers a number of diploma and degree programs up to the post-graduate level to students in the Asian region, said it has agreed to sell its non-core examinations subsidiary, Educational Resources Pte Ltd, or ER, to Pearson Education South Asia Pte. Ltd.
buyer parent: Pearson plc
buyer: Pearson Longman
In Singapore since 1965, Pearson Longman draws on experiences, heritage and networks to bring numerous quality instructional programmes and resources that are tailor-made to the latest syllabuses from the Singapore Ministry of Education. "
target parent: AEC Education Plc
target: Educational Resources Pte Ltd
AEC Education Plc offers a number of diploma and degree programs up to the post-graduate level to students in the Asian region. They have both class-based instruction and distance learning to post-graduate degree level.
price ($mm)
$4.03
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$3
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$0
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1.3x
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25.0x
closed 1/4/2008 via

AEC Education Plc, acquired Educational Resources Pte Ltd

synopsis: AEC is pleased to announce the exchange of contracts to acquire the 65% of Educational Resources Pte Ltd that it does not already own (“the Acquisition”) with effect from 4 January 2008. ER is incorporated in Singapore and has four wholly owned subsidiaries. Following the Acquisition, AEC will hold 100% of the issued share capital of ER.
buyer: AEC Education Plc (AIM:AEC:$10.66)
AEC Education Plc provides a range of educational courses and training programs, both as tutored courses leading to qualifications and by way of distance learning under various arrangements with universities, primarily in Singapore and Malaysia. "
target: Educational Resources Pte Ltd
Educational Resources provides curriculum resources, library books, educational multimedia and teaching resources to schools in Singapore.
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closed 4/13/2017 via BNC Analysis

CL Educate Limited, acquired ETEN

synopsis: CL Educate Limited (CL), India’s leading education & knowledge services provider, has acquired ETEN, the test preparation business division of Pearson’s IndiaCan Education Private Ltd (“IndiaCan”). ETEN is a pioneer in tech-based satellite coaching for CA & IAS and has a strong brand with a wide VSAT network in India.
buyer: CL Educate Limited (BSE:540403:$43.09)
CL Educate Limited (CL), is India’s leading education & knowledge services provider. CL Educate operates through two segments, which include Education and training program (including sale of study material) and Vocational training. "
target parent: Pearson plc
target: ETEN
ETEN is the test preparation business division of Pearson’s IndiaCan Education Private Ltd (“IndiaCan”). ETEN is a pioneer in tech-based satellite coaching for CA (Chartered Accountancy) & IAS (Indian Administrative Services) and has a strong brand with a wide VSAT network in India.
price ($mm)
$0.93
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$2
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closed 4/9/2013 via Company Press Release

Pearson plc, acquired IndiaCan Education Pvt Ltd

synopsis: Pearson announced the buyout of Educomp’s shares in IndiaCan. The buyout of Educomp’s 50% shareholding in IndiaCan gives Pearson 100 % stake in IndiaCan. IndiaCan Education Pvt Ltd. provides vocational education and training for educating and employing the youth in India.
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 parent: Educomp Solutions Limited
target: IndiaCan Education Pvt Ltd
IndiaCan Education Pvt Ltd. provides vocational education and training for educating and employing the youth in India. It focuses on bridging the gap between employment opportunities, skills, and the knowledge base of the unemployed youth in the country and helps them to get placements.
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announced 7/11/2018 via PR Newswire

China Distance Education Holdings Limited, will acquire Ruida Education

synopsis: China Distance Education Holdings Limited (CDEL), a leading provider of online education in China focusing on professional education, will increase its stake in Ruida Education from 40% to 51%. Ruida Education is a Chinese company that provides exam preparation services and products for participants in China's national judicial examination.
buyer: China Distance Education Holdings Limited (DL:$223.74)
China Distance Education Holdings Limited (CDEL) is a leading provider of online education in China focusing on professional education. Their courses are designed to help professionals seeking to obtain and maintain professional licenses and to enhance their job skills. "
target: Ruida Education
Ruida Education is a Chinese company that provides exam preparation services and products, including proprietary books and reference materials, for participants in China's national judicial examination. Ruida delivers services and products at six campuses in China and through its online platform.
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announced 6/17/2020 via PR Newswire

Zhengdong Zhu and Baohong Yin, will acquire China Distance Education Holdings Limited

synopsis: China Distance Education Holdings Limited, a leading provider of online education and value-added services for professionals and corporate clients in China, will have all outstanding ordinary shares acquired by its co-founders Mr. Zhengdong Zhu, chairman of the Board and chief executive officer, and Ms. Baohong Yin, deputy chairman of the Board.
buyer: Zhengdong Zhu and Baohong Yin
Zhengdong Zhu is the co-founder, Chairman of the Board and chief executive officer of China Distance Education Holdings Limited. Baohong Yin is the co-founder and deputy chairm of the board of China Distance Education Holdings Limited. "
target: China Distance Education Holdings Limited (DL:$223.74)
China Distance Education Holdings Limited is a provider of online education and value-added services for professionals and corporate clients in China. The courses offered through its websites help professionals seeking to obtain and maintain professional licenses and to enhance their job skills.
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$224
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announced 7/11/2018 via PR Newswire

China Distance Education Holdings Limited, will acquire Ruida Education

synopsis: China Distance Education Holdings Limited (CDEL), a leading provider of online education in China focusing on professional education, will increase its stake in Ruida Education from 40% to 51%. Ruida Education is a Chinese company that provides exam preparation services and products for participants in China's national judicial examination.
buyer: China Distance Education Holdings Limited (DL:$223.74)
China Distance Education Holdings Limited (CDEL) is a leading provider of online education in China focusing on professional education. Their courses are designed to help professionals seeking to obtain and maintain professional licenses and to enhance their job skills. "
target: Ruida Education
Ruida Education is a Chinese company that provides exam preparation services and products, including proprietary books and reference materials, for participants in China's national judicial examination. Ruida delivers services and products at six campuses in China and through its online platform.
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announced 3/23/2016 via PR Newswire

China Distance Education Holdings Limited, will acquire Xiamen NetinNet Software Co., Ltd.

synopsis: China Distance Education Holdings Limited, a leading provider of online education in China focusing on professional education, announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Xiamen NetinNet Software, a leading learning simulation software provider specializing in practical accounting-related learning solutions for China's college market.
buyer: China Distance Education Holdings Limited (DL:$223.74)
China Distance Education Holdings Limited is a leading provider of online education in China focusing on professional education. Their courses are designed to help professionals seeking to obtain and maintain professional licenses and to enhance job skills. "
target: Xiamen NetinNet Software Co., Ltd.
Xiamen NetinNet provides learning simulation software tailored for China's college market, and offers a suite of accounting-related learning products. Xiamen NetinNet is one of the leading providers of practical accounting-related learning solutions in China's college market.
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announced 6/17/2020 via PR Newswire

Zhengdong Zhu and Baohong Yin, will acquire China Distance Education Holdings Limited

synopsis: China Distance Education Holdings Limited, a leading provider of online education and value-added services for professionals and corporate clients in China, will have all outstanding ordinary shares acquired by its co-founders Mr. Zhengdong Zhu, chairman of the Board and chief executive officer, and Ms. Baohong Yin, deputy chairman of the Board.
buyer: Zhengdong Zhu and Baohong Yin
Zhengdong Zhu is the co-founder, Chairman of the Board and chief executive officer of China Distance Education Holdings Limited. Baohong Yin is the co-founder and deputy chairm of the board of China Distance Education Holdings Limited. "
target: China Distance Education Holdings Limited (DL:$223.74)
China Distance Education Holdings Limited is a provider of online education and value-added services for professionals and corporate clients in China. The courses offered through its websites help professionals seeking to obtain and maintain professional licenses and to enhance their job skills.
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closed 1/15/2013 via Reuters

TalentSprint Educational Services, acquired Axiom Academy

synopsis: TalentSprint Educational Services Pvt Ltd has acquired Axiom Academy, an institute specialising in placement training and engineering coaching. It offers a computer-based testing platform on which students can take a number of tests online and get their answers evaluated immediately.
buyer: TalentSprint Educational Services
TalentSprint is a leader in creating skilled and certified professionals for the global industry through fast track SPRINT IT programs, focusing on the Information Technology and Banking sectors. "
target: Axiom Academy
Axiom Academy offers a computer-based testing platform on which students can take a number of tests online and get their answers evaluated immediately.
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closed 12/7/2006 via Company Press Release

Knowledge Solutions (UK), Ltd., acquired Enlight

synopsis: Knowledge Solutions (UK) Ltd today announced the acquisition of over 30% of the shares of Enlight International AB (publ), a leading, publicly-traded provider of knowledge assurance solutions, for an undisclosed sum. Enlight is listed as ENLI B on the First North public stock exchange in Stockholm.
buyer: Knowledge Solutions (UK), Ltd.
Knowledge Solutions develops and markets a range of solutions designed to support business process change and the transfer, and management, of knowledge from those who know to those who need to know. "
target: Enlight
Enlight is the largest European provider of online solutions for testing and certification. Over 7 million tests have been taken in more than 60 countries in over 3000 Test Centres using Enlight's solutions, and Enlight has offices in Sweden, the UK, Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium.
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closed 3/10/2015 via BusinessWire

PopExpert, acquired Online Marketing Institute

synopsis: popexpert, an online marketplace that makes it easy to learn from experts, announced the acquisition of the Online Marketing Institute, a leader in eLearning for individuals, SMBs and corporations that need to keep up with the accelerating pace of digital transformation.
buyer: PopExpert
PopExpert is a learning marketplace that lets students connect with experts in one-on-one video chats. The site’s premise is simple: users can sign in and search for what they want to learn. "
target: Online Marketing Institute
The Online Marketing Institute (OMI) provides marketing professionals with education and training in today’s most in-demand marketing disciplines. Students can learn proven best practices from real world practitioners and industry thought leaders, at their own pace and completely online.
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closed 12/31/2014 via BNC Analysis

Rhone Group, acquired Global Knowledge, Inc.

synopsis: MidOcean Partners has sold GK Holdings, Inc. ("Global Knowledge"), the largest worldwide corporate training company, to investment funds affiliated with Rhone Capital L.L.C. Global Knowledge is the leading global provider of IT and business skills training, educating over 200,000 corporate professionals across 22,000 class sessions each year.
buyer: Rhone Group
Rhône Group LLC is one of the world’s leading mid-market private equity firms. The company specializes in Merges and Acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, recapitalization and partnerships with particular focus on European and Trans- Atlantic investments. "
target parent: MidOcean Partners
target: Global Knowledge, Inc.
Global Knowledge is the world's leading IT and business skills training provider. Offering the most relevant and timely content delivered by the best instructors, they provide customers with their choice of convenient class times, delivery methods and formats to accelerate their success.
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closed 10/25/2011 via PR Newswire

MidOcean Partners, acquired Global Knowledge, Inc.

synopsis: MidOcean Partners announced that it has acquired Global Knowledge, a worldwide leader in IT and business skills training. Global Knowledge delivers via training centers, private facilities, and the Internet, enabling its customers to choose when, where, and how they want to receive training programs and learning services.
buyer: MidOcean Partners
MidOcean Partners is a premier private equity firm focused on the middle market. MidOcean is committed to investing in high quality companies with stable market positions and multiple opportunities for growth in the United States and Europe. "
target parent: Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe
target: Global Knowledge, Inc.
Global Knowledge is the worldwide leader in IT and business training. Global Knowledge delivers via training centers, private facilities, and the Internet, enabling its customers to choose when, where, and how they want to receive training programs and learning services.
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closed 10/2/2017 via Company Press Release

KnowledgeNet merged with Firefly Educate,

synopsis: Firefly announced that it has completed its merger with KnowledgeNet, a Phoenix-based leader in Information Technology Education. KnowledgeNet is known among IT professionals as a leading provider of innovative and high-value online certification training.
buyer: Firefly Educate
Firefly was founded on the premise that education is the foundation of technology adoption. Since 2004 they have trained over 300,000 people in more than 16 different languages. Their core services are Content Development, Instructor-Led and Virtual Training Deliveries for Information Technology. "
target: KnowledgeNet
KnowledgeNet provides IT professionals with online, instructor-led IT Certification training. It is the perfect training solution for IT professional looking to advance their career with professional certifications, increase product knowledge or train for a new hardware or software implementation.
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announced 9/13/2017 via Market Wire

1ExamPrep, will acquire NASCLA Exam Preparation

synopsis: One Exam Prep, a division of ProBility Media Corp., announces that it has entered into an Asset Purchase Agreement with NASCLA Exam Preparation (Contractor Exam Preps), of Pittsboro, NC. For 20 years, Contractor Exam Preps has prepared students to pass the exam required by the National Association of State Contractor Licensing Agencies ("NASCLA").
buyer parent: ProBility Media Corp.
buyer: 1ExamPrep
Based in Coconut Creek, Florida, One Exam Prep (OEP) offers weekly training classes and certification courses in a wide variety of topics for contractors with continuing education in 22 states with a goal of servicing all 50 states. "
target: NASCLA Exam Preparation
For 20 years, NASCLA Exam Preparation (Contractor Exam Preps) has prepared students to pass the exam required by the National Association of State Contractor Licensing Agencies ("NASCLA").
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closed 5/1/2019 via Company Press Release

Gridiron Capital, LLC, acquired Colibri Group

synopsis: Quad-C Management, Inc., a leading middle market private equity firm, announced it has completed the sale of its investment in Colibri Group, a leading national provider of online learning solutions to licensed professionals in regulated end markets, to Gridiron Capital.
buyer: Gridiron Capital, LLC
Headquartered in New Canaan, CT, Gridiron Capital is a private equity investment firm managed by partners who grew up working in and leading family-owned businesses and can offer valuable operating support and experience to middle market companies. "
target parent: Quad-C Management, Inc.
target: Colibri Group
Colibri Group helps millions of licensed professionals manage and advance their careers through online learning solutions for licensing, continuing education and professional development, all powered by their proprietary ColibriConnect technology platform.
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closed 7/21/2020 via Company Press Release

We Know Training, acquired Business Career College

synopsis: We Know Training, a provider of online training solutions, announced that it has successfully acquired Business Career College (BCC), Canada’s third largest provider of online training for the financial services and insurance industries.
buyer: We Know Training
We Know Training operates under the business model of delivering training that matters and making online training more accessible, more reliable, and more secure than ever. Over 900 companies and 10 million+ learners have trusted We Know Training with their full-service online training solutions. "
target: Business Career College
Business Career College (BCC) is Canada’s third largest provider of online training for the financial services and insurance industries. Founded in 1997, BCC works with over 300 financial companies across the country delivering numerous training and certification programs.
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closed 3/2/2020 via BusinessWire

Moody's Corporation, acquired RBA International

synopsis: Moody’s Corporation announced that it has acquired RBA International (RBA), a leading provider of online retail bank training and certifications. Based in London, RBA offers training programs that cover the breadth and depth of skills and knowledge needed to prepare bankers for the evolving retail banking landscape.
buyer: Moody's Corporation (MCO:$4,829.00)
Moody's is an essential component of the global capital markets, providing credit ratings, research, tools and analysis that contribute to transparent and integrated financial markets. "
target: RBA International
RBA International (RBA) is a leading provider of online retail bank training and certifications. Based in London, RBA offers training programs that cover the breadth and depth of skills and knowledge needed to prepare bankers for the evolving retail banking landscape.
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closed 8/15/2018 via PR Newswire

CeriFi, acquired Pass Perfect

synopsis: CeriFi, a Leeds Equity Partners portfolio company, announced the acquisition of Pass Perfect, the leading provider of Financial Industry Regulatory Authority ("FINRA") license exam training to the financial services industry.
buyer parent: Leeds Equity Partners
buyer: CeriFi
CeriFi, formed in 2017, is a diversified education, training and certification provider serving professionals across the financial services market. CeriFi is a Leeds Equity Partners portfolio company. "
target: Pass Perfect
Pass Perfect is a leading provider of FINRA licensing exam training to the financial services industry. Founded in 1988, Pass Perfect has successfully trained over 1 million securities professionals with its proprietary FINRA exam preparation solutions.
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closed 7/11/2018 via BNC Analysis

Learners Edge, acquired Iteach

synopsis: Learners Edge, a portfolio company of L Squared Capital Partners, has acquired iteach, a nationally accredited provider of alternative educator certification. The iteach program innovated online educator curriculum and helped more than 12,000 individuals get rewarding jobs as educators.
buyer parent: L Squared Capital Partners
buyer: Learners Edge
Learners Edge is a leading direct-to-teacher provider of online professional development, continuing education and master’s degree programs for K-12 teachers. Learners Edge is the largest online direct-to-teacher continuing education provider in the U.S. "
target: Iteach
Texas-based iteach is a nationally accredited provider of alternative educator certification. The iteach program innovated online educator curriculum and helped more than 12,000 individuals get rewarding jobs as educators.
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closed 12/4/2017 via PE Hub

BV Investment Partners, acquired Precision Nutrition Inc.

synopsis: BV Investment Partners, a middle-market private equity firm focused on the business services, software and IT services sectors, has acquired a majority stake in Toronto-based Precision Nutrition, a certification and coaching software and services provider.
buyer: BV Investment Partners
BV Investment Partners is currently investing its ninth private equity fund. The firm is one of the oldest and most experienced sector-focused private equity firms in North America. The company actively targets investments in the business services and information technology services industries. "
target: Precision Nutrition Inc.
Precision Nutrition (PN) is the leading nutrition certification and coaching software and services provider in North America. PN provides nutrition coaching certifications and software to fitness and wellness professionals throughout North America, Australia, and parts of Europe.
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closed 6/12/2015 via BusinessWire

Career Step, acquired ACLS

synopsis: Career Step, LLC, a portfolio company of Revelstoke Capital Partners, has completed the acquisition of Emergency Certifications, Inc. (“ACLS"). ACLS provides ACLS, PALS, BLS and NRP training via online courses written by licensed physicians who are experts in clinical interventions and protocols provided by the American Heart Association.
buyer parent: Revelstoke Capital Partners LLC
buyer: Career Step
Career Step, an online provider of career-focused education and corporate training, has trained over 85,000 students, has more than 150 partnerships with colleges and universities nationwide, and provides training for some of the most respected healthcare employers in the nation. "
target: ACLS
ACLS ("Emergency Certifications") is a leader in American Heart Association based training, offering fast, convenient, and 100% online ACLS, PALS, BLS and NRP certification and recertification courses that can be completed in several hours from any computer, tablet or smartphone.
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announced 11/21/2014 via BNC Analysis

Reeltime Media Ltd, will acquire Fitlink Group

synopsis: ReelTime Media Limited announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Fitlink Group. They were established in 1985 and is the only independent college that has operated for 30 years, delivering accredited fitness training courses online.
buyer: Reeltime Media Ltd (AU:RMA:$0.21)
Reeltime Media Limited is one of Australia's largest and fastest growing Digital Services, Media & Advertising, and IT companies. Through its 100% wholly owned subsidiaries RMA provides a complete service offering for SME's, corporate and government clients. "
target: Fitlink Group
Fitlink Group is a premium supplier of online Personal Training Courses to the Fitness Industry. Completion of Fitlink's Certificate in Fitness enables you to perform the roles of Exercise Assistant, Exercise Instructor I, Exercise Instructor II and Personal Trainer (Employed).
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$10
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closed 3/13/2017 via BusinessWire

Excelligence Learning Corporation, acquired Childcare Education Institute

synopsis: Excelligence Learning Corporation, a leading provider of educational tools and solutions to early childhood and elementary school teachers and parents, has acquired ChildCare Education Institute (CCEI). CCEI is a leading provider of online professional development and data systems for the early child care and education market.
buyer parent: Brentwood Associates
buyer: Excelligence Learning Corporation (:$109.90)
Excelligence Learning Corporation is a leading developer, manufacturer, distributor, and multi-channel retailer of over 20,000 innovative, high-quality and grade-appropriate educational products and teaching solutions. The company has three core divisions: Supplies, Equipment, and Services. "
target: Childcare Education Institute
ChildCare Education Institute (CCEI) provides online professional development & training & education certificates to the early childhood market. CCEI offers programs across an array of early childhood settings, including preschool centers, family child care, prekindergarten classrooms & more.
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closed 1/31/2019 via BNC Analysis

CERS Group, acquired Ad Verum

synopsis: The CERS Group, a Brazilian company that specializes in online education, has acquired Ad Verum Soporte Educacional, a Brazilian provider of online preparatory courses for public examinations and Brazilian Bar Association (OAB) examinations. Ad Verum offers mock exams, study plans, coaching services, and detailed resources.
buyer: CERS Group
The CERS Group is a Brazilian company that specializes in online education. The group offers courses for legal careers, public examinations, Brazilian Bar Association (OAB) examinations, and post-graduate examinations. CERS has helped over 800,000 students prepare for their exams. "
target: Ad Verum
Ad Verum Suporte Educacional is a Brazilian provider of online preparatory courses for public examinations and Brazilian Bar Association (OAB) examinations. Ad Verum offers mock exams, study plans, coaching services, and detailed resources to help students pass their exams.
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closed 5/18/2018 via Company Press Release

IK Investment Partners, acquired Acadomia

synopsis: IK Investment Partners is pleased to announce that it has acquired Domia Group, owner of Acadomia. Acadomia is the leading player in the primary, secondary, higher-education and test-prep tutoring markets (at-home, centres and online) in France.
buyer: IK Investment Partners
IK Investment Partners is a private equity advisory group with Nordic roots. Focused on investing in companies with strong underlying potential, they are proud to support the IK Funds as they partner with management teams and investors to grow businessess. "
target parent: Metric Capital Partners
target: Acadomia
French Acadomia is the leading player in the primary, secondary, higher-education and test-prep tutoring markets (at-home, centres and online). Acadomia has innovated to offer quality learning experiences to more than 1 million families across different geographies, backgrounds, and subjects.
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closed 3/30/2020 via BNC Analysis

Unacademy, acquired Kreatryx

synopsis: India's largest education technology platform Unacademy has acquired Kreatryx, a Delhi-based online exam preparation startup. With the acquisition, Kreatryx, whose platform offers services for exams such as GATE and ESE, will continue to operate as a separate brand under the Unacademy Brands umbrella.
buyer: Unacademy
Unacademy is India's largest education platform, offering over 2,400 online lessons and specialised courses to prepare for various competitive exams. Through Unacademy's mobile app, users can attend live classes by top educators and prepare via Live Test Series, Quizzes, Practice Section, and more. "
target: Kreatryx
Kreatryx is an ed-tech start-up in India that provides Top quality GATE Exam training for all through its online products and postal study courses. Kreatryx aims to bridge the gap between a student's performance and potential by providing a platform for personalized learning and self-evaluation.
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