M&A Deal Summary

Pearson Acquires Acuris

On July 26, 2006, Pearson acquired information services company Acuris from Core Capital Partners for 192M USD

Acquisition Highlights
  • This is Pearson’s 1st transaction in the Information Services sector.
  • This is Pearson’s 7th largest (disclosed) transaction.
  • This is Pearson’s 3rd transaction in the United Kingdom.
Investment Fate
  • Acuris was divested to a consortium of buyers in 2013 for 382M GBP.
  • Acuris was sold to a strategic buyer in 2019.

M&A Deal Summary

Date 2006-07-26
Target Acuris
Sector Information Services
Buyer(s) Pearson
Sellers(s) Core Capital Partners
Deal Type Add-on Acquisition
Deal Value 192M USD
Advisor(s) Canaccord Genuity Corp. (Financial)

Target

Acuris

London, United Kingdom
website
Acuris is a provider of global corporate financial news, intelligence, and analysis to advisory firms, investments banks, law firms, hedge funds, private equity firms and corporations operating in 65 countries. Acuris was formed in 2000 and is based in London, United Kingdom.

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Buyer(S) 1

Buyer

Pearson

London, United Kingdom

website


Category Company
Founded 1844
Sector Publishing
Employees20,000
Revenue 3.4B GBP (2020)
DESCRIPTION
Pearson office in Bloomington, Minnesota.
Pearson office in Bloomington, Minnesota.

Pearson is a multinational publishing and education company. Pearson combines educational content and assessment, powered by services and technology, to enable more effective teaching and personalized learning at scale. Pearson was founded in 1844 and is based in London, the United Kingdom.


DEAL STATS #
Overall 8 of 29
Sector (Information Services) 1 of 1
Type (Add-on Acquisition) 6 of 24
Country (United Kingdom) 3 of 5
Year (2006) 3 of 3
Size (of disclosed) 7 of 17
PREVIOUS DEAL
DATE TARGET DEAL TYPE VALUE
2006-04-25 National Evaluation Systems

Ballston, New York, United States

National Evaluation Systems, Inc. (NES(R)) is an educational testing company that develops and administers customized teacher certification testing programs and other assessment programs in higher education.

Buy -
FOLLOWING DEAL
DATE TARGET DEAL TYPE VALUE
2007-02-15 Vangent

Arlington, Virginia, United States

Vangent, Inc. is a premier provider of Consulting, Systems Integration, Human Capital Management and Business Process Outsourcing services to the U.S. federal and international governments, higher education institutions, student financial aid entities and corporations.

Sell $600M

Seller(S) 1

SELLER
DESCRIPTION

Core Capital Partners is a lower middle-market private equity firm focused on investing in UK-based companies. The Firm is a generalist investor and has experience in the healthcare, IT, business services, leisure, consumer, technology, and media sectors. Core generally seeks to commit £10 to £25 million per investment and will consider a variety of transaction situations including buyouts, growth capital financings, add-on acquisitions, recapitalizations, and distressed situations. Core Capital was formed in 2005 and is headquartered in London.


DEAL STATS #
Overall 4 of 14
Sector (Information Services) 1 of 2
Type (Add-on Acquisition) 1 of 6
Country (United Kingdom) 4 of 12
Year (2006) 1 of 1
Size (of disclosed) 1 of 4
PREVIOUS DEAL
DATE TARGET DEAL TYPE VALUE
2006-06-01 Adapt Services

London, United Kingdom

Adapt Services Ltd. is a UK managed cloud services provider and integrator, enabling customers’ digital evolution.

Buy -
FOLLOWING DEAL
DATE TARGET DEAL TYPE VALUE
2006-11-28 Kelway

London, United Kingdom

Kelway Ltd. provides IT Services, Supply and Solutions provider focused on the SME market.

Buy -