Pearson Mergers and Acquisitions Summary

Publishing Company

Pearson has acquired 26 companies, including 3 in the last 5 years. A total of 9 acquisitions came from private equity firms. It has also divested 12 assets.

Pearson’s largest acquisition to date was in 2000, when it acquired National Computer Systems for $2.6B. It’s largest disclosed sale occurred in 2015, when it sold Financial Times Group to Nikkei for $1.3B. Pearson has acquired in 11 different US states, and 7 countries. The Company’s most targeted sectors include education (48%) and internet software and services (24%).

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M&A Summary

  • M&A Total Activity37
    • M&A Buy Activity25
    • M&A Sell Activity12
  • Total Sectors Invested 7
  • Total Countries Invested 7
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 24
  • M&A Advisors 7

Pearson Plc (Pearson)

80 Strand,
London, WC2R 0RL
United Kingdom,
+ 44 (0)20 7010 2000
www.pearson.com

Pearson PLC 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.


M&A Summary

Buy vs Sell

Year ≤ '16 '17 '18 '19 '20 '21 T
Buy (0.6/yr) # 22 - - 1 1 1 25
vol $6.1B $29M $25M $6.2B
Sell (0.8/yr) # 8 1 - 3 - - 12
vol $2.6B $250M $2.9B
  37

Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
Opinion Interactive LLC 2021-02-26 - Add-on Acquisition
Davis, California · www.spotlight-education.com
Smart Sparrow - Interactive Learning Technology 2020-01-16 25M USD Divestiture
Sydney, Australia
Pearson PLC - Immersive Learning Group 2019-12-18 - Divestiture
London, United Kingdom
Lumerit Education 2019-11-04 29M USD Add-on Acquisition
San Antonio, Texas · www.lumerit.com
GlobalEnglish Corp. 2019-04-17 - Divestiture
Brisbane, California · www.globalenglish.com
Savvas Learning Company LLC 2019-02-18 250M USD Divestiture
Paramus, New Jersey · www.savvas.com
TutorVista Global Pvt. Ltd. 2017-07-03 - Divestiture
Bengaluru, India · www.tutorvista.co.in
The Economist Group 2015-08-12 - Stake Purchase
London, United Kingdom · www.economistgroup.com
Financial Times Group Ltd. 2015-07-23 1.3B GBP Divestiture
London, United Kingdom · www.ft.com
Family Education Network, Inc. 2015-05-21 - Divestiture
Boston, Massachusetts
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Business Unit M&A

Company Acquired Add-On/Sale Date #
Pearson Education, Inc.    - Wall Street English 2017-11-27 3
Upper Saddle River, New Jersey · www.pearsonschool.com Qingdao,, China · www.wsi.com.cn
Pearson Education, Inc.    - Fronter AS 2015-11-10 2
Upper Saddle River, New Jersey · www.pearsonschool.com Oslo, Norway · www.fronter.com
Pearson Education, Inc.    - PowerSchool, Inc. 2015-06-17 1
Upper Saddle River, New Jersey · www.pearsonschool.com Folsom, California · www.powerschool.com
Pearson Education, Inc.    - America's Choice School Design, Inc. 2010-09-07 10
Upper Saddle River, New Jersey · www.pearsonschool.com Washington, District of Columbia · www.americaschoice.org
Pearson Education, Inc.    - SEB’s School Learning Systems Business 2010-07-22 9
Upper Saddle River, New Jersey · www.pearsonschool.com , Brazil
Pearson Education, Inc.    - eCollege.com, Inc. 2007-07-31 8
Upper Saddle River, New Jersey · www.pearsonschool.com Denver, Colorado · www.ecollege.com
Pearson Education, Inc.    - AGS Publishing 2005-06-23 7
Upper Saddle River, New Jersey · www.pearsonschool.com Circle Pines, Minnesota

M&A by Sector

Sector Buy # Value Sell # Value
Education 12 (48%) 2.5B (40%) 2 (17%) 250M (9%)
Internet Software and Services 6 (24%) 3.4B (54%) 3 (25%) -
Publishing 3 (12%) 116M (2%) 3 (25%) 46M (2%)
Business Services 1 (4%) 42M (1%) 2 (17%) 686M (24%)
Information Services 1 (4%) 192M (3%) 1 (8%) 588M (20%)
Consumer Services 1 (4%) - - -
Information Technology 1 (4%) 25M (< 1%) - -
Media - - 1 (8%) 1.3B (45%)
Total 25 $6.2B 12 $2.9B

By Geo

State/Country Buy Value Sell Value
United States 15 4.3B 7 982M
  Massachusetts 3 100M 1 -
  California 2 90M 1 -
  New York 2 230M - -
  Virginia - - 2 600M
  Texas 1 29M - -
  Missouri 1 - - -
  Minnesota 1 2.6B - -
  Maryland 1 92M - -
  Indiana 1 116M - -
  Illinois 1 42M - -
  District of Columbia 1 - - -
  New Jersey - - 1 250M
United Kingdom 5 345M 4 1.9B
India 1 127M 1 -
Australia 1 25M - -
Brazil 1 777M - -
Canada 1 650M - -
  Ontario 1 650M - -
Germany 1 - - -
Domestic 5 (20%) 345M (6%) 4 (33%) 1.9B (66%)
Cross-border 20 (80%) 5.8B (94%) 8 (67%) 982M (34%)
Total 25 $6.2B 12 $2.9B

Top M&A Advisors

Financial Deals
Goldman Sachs Investment Banking Division
2
Evercore Group LLC
2
J.P. Morgan Securities LLC
2
Legal Deals
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
1
Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP
1

Deal Values

buy # Total
> $1B 1 $2.6B
$100M to $1B 8 $3.2B
< $100M 6 $378M
TOTAL $6.2B
Largest National Computer Systems, Inc.
$2.6B (2000-07-31)
sell # Total
> $1B 1 $1.3B
$100M to $1B 3 $1.4B
< $100M 2 $132M
TOTAL $2.9B
Largest Financial Times Group Ltd.
$1.3B (2015-07-23)

M&A Connections

Deals
Acquired from
Investor(s)
32%
8 (32%)
Strategic(s)
12%
3 (12%)
Divested to
Investor(s)
25%
3 (25%)
Strategic(s)
75%
9 (75%)

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