Pearson Mergers and Acquisitions Summary

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Pearson has acquired 29 companies, including 6 in the last 5 years. A total of 9 acquisitions came from private equity firms. It has also divested 15 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 8 countries. The Company’s most targeted sectors include education (47%) and internet software and services (25%).

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M&A Summary

  • M&A Total Activity43
    • M&A Buy Activity28
    • M&A Sell Activity15
  • Total Sectors Invested 7
  • Total Countries Invested 8
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 26
  • M&A Advisors 8

Pearson

Pearson Plc

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

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.


M&A Summary

Buy vs Sell

Year ≤ '17 '18 '19 '20 '21 '22 T
Buy (1.2/yr) # 22 - 1 1 2 2 28
vol $6.1B $29M $25M $200M $6.4B
Sell (1.2/yr) # 9 - 3 - - 3 15
vol $2.6B $250M $2.9B
  43

Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
Editions du renouveau pedagogique, Inc. 2022-06-13 - Divestiture
Montreal, Quebec · www.pearsonerpi.com
ATI Studios SRL 2022-04-29 - Add-on Acquisition
Brasov, Romania · www.mondly.com
Mentes do Amanhã 2022-02-03 - Divestiture
, Brazil
Pearson Global School 2022-02-03 - Divestiture
, Brazil · www.bilingue.pearson.com.br
Credly, Inc. 2022-01-31 200M USD Add-on Acquisition
New York, New York · www.Credly.com
Faethm Holdings Pty Ltd. 2021-09-07 - Add-on Acquisition
Sydney, Australia · www.faethm.ai
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
View All >>

Business Unit M&A

Company Acquired Add-On/Sale Date #
Pearson Education, Inc.    - Wall Street English 2017-11-27 2
Upper Saddle River, New Jersey · www.pearsonschool.com Qingdao,, China · www.wsi.com.cn
Pearson Education, Inc.    - Fronter AS 2015-11-10 1
Upper Saddle River, New Jersey · www.pearsonschool.com Oslo, Norway · www.fronter.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 13 (46%) 2.5B (38%) 4 (27%) 250M (9%)
Internet Software and Services 7 (25%) 3.6B (56%) 3 (20%) -
Publishing 3 (11%) 116M (2%) 4 (27%) 46M (2%)
Business Services 1 (4%) 42M (1%) 2 (13%) 686M (24%)
Information Technology 2 (7%) 25M (< 1%) - -
Information Services 1 (4%) 192M (3%) 1 (7%) 588M (20%)
Consumer Services 1 (4%) - - -
Media - - 1 (7%) 1.3B (45%)
Total 28 $6.4B 15 $2.9B

By Geo

State/Country Buy Value Sell Value
United States 16 4.5B 7 982M
  Massachusetts 3 100M 1 -
  New York 3 430M - -
  California 2 90M 1 -
  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
Brazil 1 777M 2 -
Australia 2 25M - -
Canada 1 650M 1 -
  Ontario 1 650M - -
  Quebec - - 1 -
India 1 127M 1 -
Germany 1 - - -
Romania 1 - - -
Domestic 5 (18%) 345M (5%) 4 (27%) 1.9B (66%)
Cross-border 23 (82%) 6.0B (95%) 11 (73%) 982M (34%)
Total 28 $6.4B 15 $2.9B

Top M&A Advisors

Financial Deals
Citigroup Investment Banking
2
Goldman Sachs Investment Banking Division
2
Evercore Group LLC
2
Legal Deals
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
1
Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP
1
K&L Gates LLP
1

Deal Values

buy # Total
> $1B 1 $2.6B
$100M to $1B 9 $3.4B
< $100M 6 $378M
TOTAL $6.4B
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)
29%
8 (29%)
Strategic(s)
11%
3 (11%)
Divested to
Investor(s)
20%
3 (20%)
Strategic(s)
80%
12 (80%)

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