Leeds Equity Partners Mergers and Acquisitions Summary

Private Equity Profile

In the last 3 years, Leeds Equity Partners has acquired 3 companies. It has also invested in 4 others.

Leeds Equity Partners’ most common sectors for investment are education (38%) and software (18%). The Firm’s most common investment types include buyout (lbo, mbo, mbi) (42%) and growth capital (14%). In total, Leeds Equity Partners has invested in 16 US states and 4 different countries. Its largest (disclosed) acquisition occurred in 2006 when it acquired Education Management for $3.4B.

In the last 3 years, Leeds Equity Partners has exited 4 companies. The Firm’s most common exit type is trade sale (48%). Leeds Equity Partners’ largest (disclosed) exit occurred in 2014 when it sold Seaton for $310M.

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M&A Summary

  • M&A Total Activity46
    • M&A Buy Activity29
    • M&A Sell Activity17
  • Total Sectors Invested 10
  • Total Countries Invested 4
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 19
  • M&A Advisors 8

Leeds Equity Partners

590 Madison Avenue, 41st Floor,
New York, New York 10022
United States
(212) 835-2000
www.leedsequity.com
info@leedsequity.com

Leeds Equity Partners is a specialist private equity firm that targets investments in middle-market companies operating in knowledge industries. Specific areas of interest include education (K-12, postsecondary, at-risk/special education, instruction materials, testing), training (corporate training, professional certification/continuing education, language training), and information/business services (b2b publishing, information databases/research, tradeshows/conferences, business process outsourcing, consulting, staffing, marketing). Leeds prefers investing in established companies that are leaders in their respective markets. Leeds Equity Partners was formed in 1993 and is based in New York, New York.


Investment Criteria

Sectors of Interest: Business Services, Education, Furniture, Information Services, Information Technology, Internet Software and Services, Marketing, Software, Staffing

Target Transaction Types: Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI), Divestiture, Going Private, Growth Capital, Secondary Buyout

Geographic Preferences: East US, Midwest US, South US, West US

Transaction Criteria Min Max
Target Revenue - -
Target EBITDA - -
Investment Size - -
Enterprise Value - -

M&A Summary

Buy vs Sell

Year ≤ '15 '16 '17 '18 '19 '20 T
Buy (1.8/yr) # 20 2 2 3 2 - 29
vol $3.5B $3.5B
Sell (1.0/yr) # 12 1 - 1 1 2 17
vol $1.3B $275M $1.6B
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Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
Campus Management Corp. 2020-01-16 - Secondary Buyout
Boca Raton, Florida · www.campusmanagement.com
Edcentric Holdings LLC 2020-01-16 - Secondary Buyout
, United States · www.edcentric.io
VitalSmarts LLC 2019-09-30 - Divestiture
Provo, Utah · www.vitalsmarts.com
Scaled Agile Inc. 2019-07-09 - Growth Capital
Boulder, Colorado · www.scaledagile.com
Project Management Academy 2019-06-18 - Secondary Buyout
West Lafayette, Indiana · www.projectmanagementacademy.net
LRN Corp. 2018-12-19 - Growth Capital
New York, New York · www.lrn.com
Exterro, Inc. 2018-06-13 - Growth Capital
Beaverton, Oregon · www.exterro.com
Fulcrum Financial Data LLC 2018-05-31 - Add-on Acquisition
New York, New York · www.fulcrumfinancialdata.com
Endeavor Schools LLC 2018-02-20 - Growth Capital
Miami, Florida · www.endeavorschools.com
Fusion Education Group 2017-12-11 - Secondary Buyout
Solana Beach, California · www.fusionacademy.com
View All >>

Portfolio M&A

Company Acquired Add-On/Sale Date #
BARBRI, Inc. 2011-04-25 Kaplan Altior 2019-12-02 3
Dallas, Texas · www.barbri.com Cardiff, United Kingdom · www.altior.co.uk
BARBRI, Inc. 2011-04-25 The Center for Legal Studies, Inc. 2019-06-13 2
Dallas, Texas · www.barbri.com Evergreen, Colorado · www.legalstudies.com
Simplify Compliance LLC 2016-12-08 Buyouts Insider 2019-04-08 1
Brentwood, Tennessee · www.simplifycompliance.com New York, New York
Simplify Compliance LLC 2016-12-08 BLR, Inc. (Business and Legal Resources) 2018-12-08 2
Brentwood, Tennessee · www.simplifycompliance.com Brentwood, Tennessee · www.blr.com
CeriFi LLC 2017-05-01 Edward Fleur Financial Education Corp. 2018-08-15 4
Suwanee, Georgia Greenwich, Connecticut · www.passperfect.com
Simplify Compliance LLC 2016-12-08 Bluepoint Leadership Development, Inc. 2018-04-17 1
Brentwood, Tennessee · www.simplifycompliance.com Milford, Ohio · www.bluepointleadership.com
CeriFi LLC 2017-05-01 Keir Educational Resources 2018-04-09 3
Suwanee, Georgia Middletown, Ohio · www.keirsuccess.com
Prosci, Inc. 2016-12-22 Being Human Pty Ltd. 2017-12-04 1
Poway, California · www.prosci-inc.com Rozelle, Australia · www.beinghuman.com.au
BARBRI, Inc. 2011-04-25 iLawVentures LLC 2017-07-10 1
Dallas, Texas · www.barbri.com Tuscaloosa, Alabama · www.ilawventures.com
CeriFi LLC 2017-05-01 Cobalt Financial Solutions, LLC 2017-07-10 2
Suwanee, Georgia Metairie, Louisiana · www.money-education.com

M&A by Sector

Sector Current # Value All-time # Value
Education 6 (46%) - 11 (38%) 3.4B (97%)
Software 1 (8%) - 5 (17%) -
Business Services 2 (15%) - 3 (10%) 89M (3%)
Internet Software and Services 2 (15%) - 3 (10%) -
Staffing - - 2 (7%) -
Furniture - - 1 (3%) -
Information Services - - 1 (3%) -
Information Technology 1 (8%) - 1 (3%) -
Life Science 1 (8%) - 1 (3%) -
Marketing - - 1 (3%) -
Total 13 - 29 $3.5B

Acquisitions By Geo

State/Country Current # Value All-time # Value
United States 12 (92%) - 26 (90%) 3.5B (100%)
  Texas 1 (8%) - 3 (10%) -
  Illinois - - 3 (10%) -
  Colorado 2 (15%) - 2 (7%) -
  California 2 (15%) - 2 (7%) -
  Oregon 1 (8%) - 2 (7%) 89M (3%)
  New York 1 (8%) - 2 (7%) -
  Florida 1 (8%) - 2 (7%) -
  Pennsylvania - - 2 (7%) 3.4B (97%)
  Utah 1 (8%) - 1 (3%) -
  Tennessee 1 (8%) - 1 (3%) -
  Kansas 1 (8%) - 1 (3%) -
  Georgia 1 (8%) - 1 (3%) -
  New Jersey - - 1 (3%) -
  Nevada - - 1 (3%) -
  Indiana - - 1 (3%) -
United Kingdom 1 (8%) - 1 (3%) -
Israel - - 1 (3%) -
Puerto Rico - - 1 (3%) -
Domestic 12 (92%) - 26 (90%) 3.5B (100%)
Cross-border 1 (8%) - 3 (10%) -
Total 13 - 29 $3.5B

Acquisitions by Deal Type

Type Current # Value All-time # Value
Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI) 3 (23%) - 12 (41%) -
Growth Capital 4 (31%) - 4 (14%) -
Secondary Buyout 1 (8%) - 4 (14%) -
Divestiture 2 (15%) - 3 (10%) 89M (3%)
Going Private - - 2 (7%) 3.4B (97%)
Consolidation 2 (15%) - 2 (7%) -
Recapitalization 1 (8%) - 1 (3%) -
Venture - - 1 (3%) -
Total 13 - 29 $3.5B

Exits by Deal Type

Type Total # Value
Trade Sale - Public Company 6 (35%) 657M (69%)
Secondary Sale 6 (35%) 300M (31%)
IPO 2 (12%) -
Trade Sale 2 (12%) -
Recapitalization 1 (6%) -
Total 17 $957M

Top M&A Advisors

Financial Deals
Credit Suisse Investment Banking
1
Goldman Sachs Investment Banking Division
1
Legal Deals
Latham & Watkins
3
Goodwin Procter LLP
2
Covington & Burling LLP
1

Deal Values

buy # Total
> $1B 1 $3.4B
< $100M 1 $89M
TOTAL $3.5B
Largest Education Management Corp.
$3.4B (2006-03-06)
sell # Total
$100M to $1B 5 $1.5B
< $100M 1 $72M
TOTAL $1.6B
Largest Seaton Corp.
$310M (2014-06-02)

M&A Connections

Deals %
Acquired from
PE Firm(s)
70%
7 70%
Strategic(s)
30%
3 30%
Exited to
PE Firm(s)
53%
9 53%
Strategic(s)
47%
8 47%

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