CEB Acquisitions, 12 Deals Between 2007 and 2016
business services Company

CEB has acquired 14 companies of its own, including 5 in the last 5 years. A total of 5 acquisitions came from private equity firms.

CEB’s largest acquisition to date was in 2012, when it acquired SHL Group for $660M. CEB has acquired in 6 different US states, and 5 countries. The Company’s most targeted sectors include business services (75%) and information technology (17%).

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CEB, Inc. (Challenger and Effortless Experience Solutions Business)

1919 North Lynn Street,
Arlington, Virginia 22209
United States,
(571) 303-3000

CEB, Inc. is a global performance improvement platform that delivers a comprehensive portfolio of solutions focused on sales and marketing and customer service training through in-person workshops, eLearning and workflow tools, diagnostic and assessment offerings and other sales acceleration modules. Underpinned by the world-renowned, research-based Challenger™ and Effortless Experience™ methodologies, Challenger’s solutions help enterprises adopt, develop, communicate and implement more effective commercial strategies on a global scale. The company is headquartered in Arlington, Virginia with additional offices in Chicago, London, San Francisco, Shanghai, Singapore and Sydney.

M&A Summary

Buy vs Sell

Year ≤ '14 '15 '16 '17 '18 '19 T
Buy (0.8/yr) # 8 3 1 - - - 12
vol $771M $9M $275M $1.1B
Sell (0.0/yr) # - - - - - - 0

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Largest SHL Group PLC
$660M (2012-07-02)
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Business Services M&A - Last 3 Years

CEB was acquired by Marlin Equity Partners on September 5, 2018.

When analyzing the business services sector as a whole, according to Mergr, in the last 3 years, there are 821 business services companies that have made at least 1 acquisition, 55 have acquired at least 5 companies, and 10 have acquired more than 10 companies.

The most prolific strategic business services acquirer over the past 3 years is Ascensus, with 19 acquisitions. The most prolific private equity acquirer in the business services sector over the past 3 years is Warburg Pincus LLC with 5 platform acquisitions.

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