juvenile education industry

announced 1/14/2008 via AP - Associated Press

Bain Capital, will acquire Bright Horizons Family Solutions

synopsis: Bright Horizons Family Solutions Inc. will be taken private in a $1.3 billion purchase by Bain Capital Partners LLC, which agreed to pay a hefty premium for the provider of child-care services to employers.
buyer: Bain Capital
Founded in 1984, Bain Capital's primary aim is to acquire or invest in companies that have excellent potential for equity appreciation. Bain Capital's approach is to develop partnerships with exceptional management teams. "
target: Bright Horizons Family Solutions (BFAM:$1,832.29)
Bright Horizons Family Solutions is the world leader in strategic work/life solutions, including employer-sponsored child care, early education and work/life consulting services.
price ($mm)
$1,327
rev ($mm)
$775
EBITDA ($mm)
$104
EV / rev
1.7x
EV / EBITDA
12.8x
closed 4/4/2016 via BusinessWire

Catapult Learning LLC, acquired Aurora Day School

synopsis: Catapult Learning, Inc. announced the acquisition of Aurora Day School. The company is a specialized school program in Peoria, AZ, that serves students with a variety of special needs.
buyer parent: JMI Equity
buyer: Catapult Learning LLC
Catapult Learning, Inc. has dedicated the past four decades to improving academic performance for at-risk and struggling students, including potential dropouts and those with learning and emotional disabilities. "
target: Aurora Day School
Aurora Day School students are children first with all of the needs, desires, and feelings of those without disabilities. Aurora Day School exists because they are passionate about children who can not fit into a conventional school setting.
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closed 7/22/2010 via Capital IQ

Providence Equity Partners Inc., acquired Catalpa NV

synopsis: Providence Equity Partners has acquired Dutch childcare services firm Catalpa from Benelux-based private equity firm Bencis Capital Partners. Catalpa was formed in 1975 and operates daycare nurseries and after-school childcare services in the Netherlands.
buyer: Providence Equity Partners Inc.
Providence Equity Partners is the leading global private equity firm specializing in equity investments in media, entertainment, communications and information companies around the world. The principals of Providence manage funds with over $22 billion in equity commitments. "
target parent: Bencis Capital Partners
target: Catalpa NV
Catalpa was formed in 1975 and operates daycare nurseries and after-school childcare services in the Netherlands.
price ($mm)
$646
rev ($mm)
$290
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2.2x
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announced 2/1/2018 via BNC Analysis

Maple Leaf Educational Systems, will acquire Haikou Meicheng Qianyan Educational Management Co., Ltd.

synopsis: Maple Leaf Educational Systems entered into a share purchase agreement with Haikou Meicheng Zhishu Educational Technology Co., Ltd. to acquire Haikou Meicheng Qianyan Educational Management Co., Ltd. (Meicheng Qianyan). Meicheng Qianyan is a Chinese company that operates the Haikou Youth Service Center, a youth service center located in Haikou.
buyer: Maple Leaf Educational Systems (SEHK:1317:$228.99)
Maple Leaf Educational Systems (MLES) is China’s largest private K-12 and largest international school system. MLES operates 74 schools from preschool to high school in 18 cities throughout China and 2 in Canada, serving over 28,000 students. "
target parent: Haikou Meicheng Zhishu Educational Technology Co., Ltd.
target: Haikou Meicheng Qianyan Educational Management Co., Ltd.
Meicheng Qianyan is a Chinese company that operates the Haikou Youth Service Center, a youth service center located in Haikou, which is a private non-enterprise organization. The Youth Center trains 10,000 students each year.
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$0.79
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closed 11/21/2018 via GlobeNewswire

Audax Group, acquired PlayMonster

synopsis: Audax Group has acquired PlayMonster, a leading manufacturer and distributor of family toys, games, preschool toys, creative activities and teaching tools, from Topspin Partners, a suburban NY-based private equity fund focused on the lower middle-market.
buyer: Audax Group
Audax Group was founded in 1999 by Geoff Rehnert and Marc Wolpow with the vision of building an investment platform to provide capital for middle market companies. Audax Group manages approximately $13 billion of assets across its private equity, mezzanine debt, and private senior debt businesses. "
target parent: Topspin Partners
target: PlayMonster
PlayMonster, headquartered in Beloit, WI, is a leading manufacturer and distributor of family toys, games, preschool toys, creative activities and teaching tools. Top-selling brands include 5 Second Rule®, Perplexus™ Don’t Rock the Boat™, Farkle, The Game of THINGS…®, Mirari®, Buzzword® and more.
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closed 8/4/2014 via PR Newswire

LeapFrog, acquired KidZui

synopsis: LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc., the leader in children's educational entertainment, announced that it has acquired KidZui, the leading kid-friendly internet browser. Created in 2006, the KidZui technology offers a kid-safe web experience and currently powers LeapSearch on all LeapFrog Wi-Fi enabled children's tablets.
buyer: LeapFrog (LF:$222.94)
LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc. is the leader in educational entertainment for children. For nearly 20 years, LeapFrog has created award-winning learning solutions that combine educational expertise, innovative technology and a child's love for fun. "
target parent: Saban Capital Group
target: KidZui
KidZui is the leading kid-friendly internet browser. Created in 2006, the KidZui technology offers a kid-safe web experience. Once downloaded, KidZui provides kids access to millions of pre-loaded kid-friendly websites, YouTube videos, online games, and pictures.
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closed 8/21/2019 via BNC Analysis

Phoenix Labs, acquired Bot School

synopsis: Phoenix Labs, the Vancouver-based studio founded under the principle of creating new AAA multiplayer experiences for gamers, has acquired Bot School, a game and platform developer that creates games that are effective and approachable at introducing coding concepts.
buyer: Phoenix Labs
Headquartered in Canada, Phoenix Labs is an independent game studio. They were founded under the principle of creating new AAA multiplayer experiences for gamers to create lasting, memorable relationships for years to come. "
target: Bot School
Bot School is a game and platform developer. They create games that are effective and approachable at introducing coding concepts, fun enough that kids would want to keep playing it on their own, and designed to be safe and secure so parents don’t have to worry.
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closed 3/27/2019 via PR Newswire

Scholastic Inc., acquired Make Believe Ideas

synopsis: Scholastic Corporation, the global children's publishing, education and media company, announced that it completed the acquisition of Make Believe Ideas. The UK company creates over 100 new titles a year, publishes into many different languages and fosters relationships with incredible collaborators around the world.
buyer: Scholastic Inc. (SCHL:$1,679.40)
Scholastic is the world’s largest publisher and distributor of children’s books, a leading provider of print and digital instructional materials for pre-K to grade 12, and a producer of educational and entertaining children’s media. "
target: Make Believe Ideas
Make Believe Ideas was founded on a desire to create beautiful, innovative and educational products with an accessible price point. The UK company creates over 100 new titles a year, publishes into many different languages and fosters relationships with incredible collaborators around the world.
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closed 2/21/2018 via GlobeNewswire

Recall Studios, acquired NameGames

synopsis: Recall Studios, a next generation media company that specializes in Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, and Non-Linear Storytelling, has acquired NameGames, an award-winning educational software development company.
buyer: Recall Studios (OTCPK:BTOP:$0.04)
Recall Studios is a next generation media company. With decades of experience developing immersive narratives across multiple platforms, Recall Studios specializes in Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, and Non-Linear Storytelling. "
target: NameGames
NameGames is an award-winning educational software development company. Their unique “edutainment” products are designed to strengthen important relationships between children and their loved ones by engaging in shared, rewarding experiences.
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announced 9/6/2006 via BusinessWire

Learning Care Group, Inc., will acquire The Children's Courtyard

synopsis: Learning Care Group, Inc., one of the nation's premier childcare providers, has entered into an agreement to acquire The Children's Courtyard, based in Arlington, Texas. The company expects the deal to close in early September. The Children's Courtyard will continue to operate under its existing name.
buyer parent: ABC Learning Centres Ltd
buyer: Learning Care Group, Inc.
Learning Care Group, Inc. is the parent company of Tutor Time Child Care / Learning Centers and Childtime Learning Centers. As one of the nation's premier child care providers, the company has grown into a network of more than 450 centers, including operations in 25 states and internationally. "
target: The Children's Courtyard
Founded in 1986, the company provides high-quality early childhood education and care in home-like settings furnished with state-of-the-art, age-appropriate equipment to meet children's developmental needs.
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$66
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closed 5/20/2015 via PE Hub

Sandbox & Co., acquired Family Education Network

synopsis: Sandbox & Co., an industry-focused investor committed to building businesses at the intersection of the digital, learning and media sectors, has acquired Family Education Network (FEN) from Pearson. FEN is an online consumer network of the world's best learning and information resources, personalized to help parents, teachers, and students.
buyer: Sandbox & Co.
Sandbox is an industry-focused investor committed to building and supporting businesses at the intersection of the digital, learning and media sectors. Founded in 2014, the partners of Sandbox have a long track-record of acquiring, transforming and scaling businesses and brands internationally. "
target parent: Pearson plc
target: Family Education Network
Family Education Network is the best of the Internet's content, resources, and shopping for parents, teachers, and kids. The company's mission is to be an online consumer network of the world's best learning and information resources, personalized to help parents, teachers, and students.
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announced 2/4/2015 via BNC Analysis

Google Inc., will acquire Launchpad Toys

synopsis: Google is buying the kids app-maker Launchpad Toys. Launchpad Toys develops digital toys and tools that empower kids to create, learn and share their ideas through play. They make a handful of popular mobile apps for children including an augmented reality app called TeleStory and an animation storytelling tool called Toontastic.
buyer: Google Inc. (GOOGL:$171,704.00)
Google's innovative search technologies connect millions of people with information every day. Google is a top web property in all major global markets. Google's targeted advertising program provides businesses with measurable results, while enhancing the overall web experience for users. "
target: Launchpad Toys
Launchpad Toys develops digital toys and tools that empower kids to create, learn and share their ideas through play.
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closed 3/31/2021 via BusinessWire

Sandbox & Co., acquired Fingerprint, Inc.

synopsis: UK-based Sandbox & Co., a strategic operator of millennial learning and entertainment companies, has acquired Fingerprint, a global provider of digital content for kids and families, to form Sandbox Kids. The new company will deliver on-demand, multimedia, multi-platform, digital subscription services for children and families around the world.
buyer: Sandbox & Co.
UK-based Sandbox is an education company with engaging online products and services that make learning fun. At the intersection of the digital, learning, and media industries, Sandbox embraces technological advancements and focus on globally relevant core subjects that centre on 21st century skills."
target: Fingerprint, Inc.
Fingerprint is a leading global provider of digital content for kids and families. Fingerprint licenses its on-demand, multimedia, multiplatform super app Kidomi to OEMs, mobile carriers, Pay TV companies and retailers worldwide to help them better connect with families in a safe and meaningful way.
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closed 10/17/2019 via BNC Analysis

Nazara Technologies Pvt. Ltd., acquired Paper Boat Apps

synopsis: Nazara Technologies, a leading mobile games publisher in India, has acquired a 51% stake in Paper Boat Apps, a Mumbai-based indie studio that creates fun edutainment apps for children. Paper Boat Apps' flagship product, Kiddopia, is a subscription-based app that provides creative activities for math, language skills, social skills and more.
buyer: Nazara Technologies Pvt. Ltd.
Nazara is a leading mobile games publisher focused on the large mobile consumer base in India and other emerging markets. In addition to publishing a range of branded and original mobile games, Nazara also runs gaming subscription service across 60 countries. "
target: Paper Boat Apps
Paper Boat Apps is a Mumbai-based indie studio that creates fun edutainment apps for children. Paper Boat Apps' flagship product, Kiddopia, is an award-winning subscription-based app that provides a wide array of creative and stimulating activities for math, language skills, social skills and more.
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closed 8/25/2016 via BNC Analysis

Khan Academy, acquired Duck Duck Moose

synopsis: Duck Duck Moose, a US-based edtech company backed by Stanford University, has been acquired by education non-profit organisation Khan Academy. Founded in 2008, Duck Duck Moose has created a suite of 21 educational mobile apps aimed primarily at young children aged two to seven.
buyer: Khan Academy
Khan Academy is a 501(c)3 non‐profit with a mission of providing a free world‐class education for anyone, anywhere. Their free online educational resources include practice problems, instructional lessons, and learning tools to support personalized education for users of all ages. "
target: Duck Duck Moose
Duck Duck Moose is an award-winning creator of educational children's mobile applications for iOS and Android. It was founded in 2008 by three parents who share a passion for children, music, education, design and play.
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closed 5/2/2016 via Company Press Release

Jonathan Kim and Hyounghoon Han, acquired Bigstar Global

synopsis: RNTS Media N.V. announces the divestment of its subsidiary BIGSTAR Global Ltd. ("BSG"), a Seoul, Korea-based developer of digital educational content for children, to a group of private investors led by Korean-American entrepreneur Jonathan Kim and BSG's CEO Hyounghoon Han.
buyer: Jonathan Kim and Hyounghoon Han
Jonathan Kim is a Korean-American entrepreneur and Hyounghoon Han is Bigstar Global's CEO. "
target parent: RNTS Media
target: Bigstar Global
Bigstar Global has been one of the leading educational content developers and providers for young children. Their main focus is developing and publishing engaging digital content across multiple platforms including smart phones, tablets, and smart TVs.
price ($mm)
$1.50
rev ($mm)
$7
EBITDA ($mm)
$1
EV / rev
0.5x
EV / EBITDA
4.7x
closed 1/28/2015 via BusinessWire

Fingerprint, Inc., acquired Cognitive Kid

synopsis: Fingerprint announced that it has acquired Cognitive Kid. Cognitive Kid is the creator of the critically acclaimed, multiple award-winning Ansel and Clair children’s educational app series. These apps combine thought provoking educational content with fun, engaging gameplay and interactions that keep children engaged and entertained.
buyer: Fingerprint, Inc.
Fingerprint is a mobile technology company that powers games and curates play-and-learn content to targeted customers around the world through dedicated mobile networks. Industry leaders in mobile technology, edutainment, broadcast and more license it's technology platform and content solution. "
target: Cognitive Kid
Cognitive Kid is the creator of the critically acclaimed, multiple award-winning Ansel and Clair children’s educational app series. These apps combine thought provoking educational content with fun, engaging gameplay and interactions that keep children engaged and entertained.
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closed 6/4/2019 via BusinessWire

Carson Dellosa Education, acquired Kids Station Toys

synopsis: Carson Dellosa Education, one of the nation’s leading educational solutions providers, announced the acquisition of Kids Station Toys, a leading manufacturer of musical instruments, cutting edge interactive electronic toys, and real electronics for kids of all ages.
buyer parent: Guardian Capital Partners
buyer: Carson Dellosa Education
Carson Dellosa Education is one of the nation’s leading educational solutions providers. From backpacks and back seats to teacher desks and learning centers, Carson Dellosa products can be found anywhere children learn. "
target: Kids Station Toys
Kids Station Toys is a leading manufacturer of musical instruments, cutting edge interactive electronic toys, and real electronics for kids of all ages.
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closed 7/31/2018 via BusinessWire

Century Park Capital Partners, acquired Dominion Youth Services

synopsis: Century Park Capital Partners, a Los Angeles-based private equity firm, is pleased to announce the acquisition of Dominion Youth Services. Headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, DYS is a leading provider of behavioral health services to children and young adults across Virginia.
buyer: Century Park Capital Partners
Century Park Capital Partners is a Los Angeles-based private equity firm established in 2000 that invests in family businesses, owner-operated companies and corporate divestitures with the purpose of accelerating their growth. "
target: Dominion Youth Services
Dominion Youth Services is a leading provider of behavioral health services to children and young adults across Virginia. DYS was founded in Richmond in 1999 and since then has steadily expanded its service offerings and geographic reach across the state.
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closed 12/16/2015 via BusinessWire

Challenge Island, acquired Challenge Island

synopsis: Creative Learning Corporation, owner and developer of Bricks 4 Kidz and Sew Fun Studios, announced the sale of the Challenge Island Franchise to its founder Sharon Estroff. Challenge Island is a whimsical, wildly popular STEM enrichment program that promotes creativity, critical thinking, and social skills in children.
buyer: Challenge Island
Challenge Island is a whimsical, wildly popular STEM enrichment program that promotes creativity, critical thinking, and social skills in children while instilling a lifelong love of science and engineering. Kids divide into cooperative tribes and take on a vast array of exciting challenges. "
target parent: Creative Learning Corporation
target: Challenge Island
Challenge Island is a whimsical, wildly popular STEM enrichment program that promotes creativity, critical thinking, and social skills in children while instilling a lifelong love of science and engineering. Kids divide into cooperative tribes and take on a vast array of exciting challenges.
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Bright Horizons Family Solutions

Aurora Day School

Catalpa NV

Haikou Meicheng Qianyan Educational Management Co., Ltd.

PlayMonster

KidZui

Bot School

Make Believe Ideas

NameGames

The Children's Courtyard

Family Education Network

Launchpad Toys

Fingerprint, Inc.

Paper Boat Apps

Duck Duck Moose

Bigstar Global

Cognitive Kid

Kids Station Toys

Dominion Youth Services

Challenge Island

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Ticker: DB:RNM
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
RNTS Media
RNTS Media
RNTS Media is a global holding company that owns and fuels multi-national businesses in the mobile ecosystem, with a focus on developing innovative technology platforms, monetization solutions, and digital content for connected devices. They are headquartered in Berlin, Germany.
year
2015
rev ($mm)
$27.44
EBITDA ($mm)
($22.05)
EBIT ($mm)
($24.06)
Net Income ($mm)
Employees
306
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Ticker: SKGP
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Smart Kids Group, Inc.
Smart Kids Group, Inc.
Smart Kids has created, developed, and produced a cutting edge children's digital education and entertainment company. It develops, distributes and licenses quality children's Edutainment products through a variety of media including television, video, retail, direct marketing, and the Internet.
year
2011
rev ($mm)
EBITDA ($mm)
($0.65)
EBIT ($mm)
($0.65)
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Ticker: OTCPK:CLCN
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Creative Learning Corporation
Creative Learning Corporation is the owner and developer of the unique and highly successful franchised children’s enrichment programs Bricks 4 Kidz and Sew Fun Studios. The programs are based on the operation of after-school classes, summer and day camps, in-school workshops, and birthday parties.
year
2015
rev ($mm)
$6.21
EBITDA ($mm)
$0.20
EBIT ($mm)
$0.16
Net Income ($mm)
Employees
22
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Ticker: SEHK:8363
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
SDM Jazz and Ballet Academie
SDM Jazz and Ballet Academie (SDM) is an operator of dance academies in Hong Kong. SDM offers ballet and jazz courses for children between the ages of 1 and 16. SDM also provides over 300 performance opportunities to students annually to help them build confidence, friendships and team spirit.
year
2020
rev ($mm)
$24.52
EBITDA ($mm)
($7.29)
EBIT ($mm)
($8.77)
Net Income ($mm)
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526
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