First Student - M&A Summary, Ownership, and Business Overview

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First Student M&A Summary

First Student has acquired 4 companies of its own, including 4 in the last 5 years. A total of 1 acquisition came from private equity firms.

First Student has acquired in 2 different US states, and 2 countries. The Company’s most targeted sectors include transportation (100%).

First Student Ownership

Who owns First Student?

First Student is owned by EQT. It was acquired on April 23, 2021.

Is First Student PE-backed?

Yes. First Student is owned by private equity investor EQT.

First Student Business Overview

Where is First Student headquartered?

First Student is headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio.

How many employees does First Student have?

First Student has 48,000 employees.

What sector is First Student in?

First Student is a transportation company.

M&A Summary

  • M&A Total Activity4
    • M&A Buy Activity4
  • Total Sectors Invested 1
  • Total Countries Invested 2
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 2
  • M&A Advisors 2

First Student

First Student, Inc.

600 Vine Street, Suite 1400,
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
United States,
(800) 844-5588
www.firststudentinc.com

First Student is a student transportation service provider in North America, providing over 900 million student journeys a year at approximately 1,000 school districts. The Company has 48,000 employees who operate a fleet of over 42,000 school busses and provide an essential service to North American students. First Student is based in Cincinnati, Ohio.


M&A Summary

Buy vs Sell

Year ≤ '19 '20 '21 '22 '23 '24 T
Buy (0.8/yr) # - 1 - 2 1 - 4
Sell (0.0/yr) # - - - - - - 0
  4

Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
Autobus Dufresne, Inc. 2023-02-13 - Add-on Acquisition
Sainte-Martine, Quebec · www.autobusdufresne.ca
Total Transportation Corp. 2022-05-02 - Add-on Acquisition
Brooklyn, New York · www.totalbusco.com
Apple Bus Co. Inc. 2022-02-24 - Add-on Acquisition
Cleveland, Missouri · www.applebuscompany.com
Autobus Campeau, Inc. - Campeau Bus Lines 2020-01-20 - Divestiture
Brownsburg-Chatham, Quebec
View All >>

M&A by Sector

Sector Buy # Value Sell # Value
Transportation 4 (100%) - - -
Total 4 - - -

By Geo

State/Country Buy Value Sell Value
Canada 2 - - -
  Quebec 2 - - -
United States 2 - - -
  New York 1 - - -
  Missouri 1 - - -
Domestic 2 (50%) - - -
Cross-border 2 (50%) - - -
Total 4 - - -

Top M&A Advisors

Financial Deals
Barclays Investment Bank
1
Legal Deals
Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
1

M&A Connections

Deals
Acquired from
Investor(s)
25%
1 (25%)
Strategic(s)
25%
1 (25%)

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