Essential reading for education companies worldwide
 
 
Remember me:
Skip Navigation LinksEI article
US: Education M&A volume up 26% in 2015

Mergers and acquisitions in the US education market increased by 26% in 2015, a report by investment bank Berkery Noyes has claimed. 

Between 2014 and 2015, it said, the total number of deals rose from 329 to 415. 

Total transaction value also rose, from $11.7 billion (£8.2 billion) to $17.7 billion, although company valuations decreased slightly, with median ebitda multiples falling from 11.5x to 9.6x.

Berkery Noyes said “significant participation" from strategic acquirers in the market had pushed up total transaction value. Managing director Peter Yoon said private equity firms were also increasingly interest in the sector.

"They are attracted by the sheer scale of the market, the favourable lending environment, and the increasing number of companies that are growing with subscription-based revenue models," he said.

The area of most activity in 2015 was the corporate and professional education space, accounting for nearly a third of deals.

It was closely followed by the K-12 media and tech space where there were nearly 80 transactions.
 
The area with most growth was higher education media and tech, where transactions climbed from 47 last year to 79. 

German publishing company Bertelsmann was the most active buyer overall, snapping up ed tech firms RediLearning, Academy Medical, YoBoHo and professional school chain Alliant International University. 

And the biggest deal was TPG Capital and Leonard Green Capital Partners’ acquisition of higher education software provider Ellucian for $3.5 billion (£2.5 billion) in August. 


Posted on: 26/01/2016




Latest news

14/12/2018
Agenda Edu, a Sao Paolo-based platform that increases engagement in school settings, has received funding from Omidyar Network, the philanthropic fund.
14/12/2018
Storal Learning has purchased Swingboat Nursery Group, comprising three freehold nurseries located in Leicestershire and Derbyshire in the East Midlands. ​
14/12/2018
Osmosis, the start-up medical education platform which aims to educate current and future healthcare professionals, has secured Greycroft as an anchor investor.
14/12/2018
Boston-based cloud security firm iboss has appointed three public education officials as senior education advisors “to provide the K12 community with strategic guidance.
14/12/2018
The Crown Commercial Service, the UK government’s procurement agency, is inviting bids from potential suppliers on a £550 million framework.
14/12/2018
Laureate Education has signed an agreement with a company backed by global private equity firm Permira, for the sale of Laureate’s higher education institutions in Spain and Portugal
13/12/2018
The Learning Experience, one of the US’s largest academies of early education for children aged six weeks to six years, today announced the launch of BubblesU, a new subsidiary company.
13/12/2018
New York-based workforce acceleration platform Trilogy Education today announced it has appointed Dr Judith Rodin to its board of directors, effective immediately.
13/12/2018
Finnish multinational media company Sanoma says it will acquire Iddink Group, a Dutch educational platform and service provider that operates in The Netherlands, Belgium and Spain.
13/12/2018
Bertram Group has acquired Education Umbrella, a supplier of books and digital learning resources.



Global | International schools

The future is looking bright for Cognita's 70 schools after the group was bought by Swiss family office Jacobs Holding, which takes a sustainable approach to growth, as head of investments Andreas Tolpeit tells Josh O'Neill in an exclusive interview
Read more...


Christie + Co

Global | Higher education

Semester at Sea's unique approach to global studies has abiding appeal among students both within and beyond the United States, despite the heightened risks involved in educational travel today, writes Jason Mitchell
Read more...