Quad Partners Mergers and Acquisitions Summary

Private Equity Profile

In the last 3 years, Quad Partners has acquired 1 company. It has also invested in 3 others.

Quad Partners’ most common sectors for investment are education (73%) and software (12%). The Firm’s most common investment types include buyout (lbo, mbo, mbi) (34%) and growth capital (23%). In total, Quad Partners has invested in 10 US states and 2 different countries.

In the last 3 years, Quad Partners has exited 1 company. The Firm’s most common exit type is trade sale (40%). Quad Partners’ largest (disclosed) exit occurred in 2008 when it sold Cranium for $78M.

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M&A Summary

  • M&A Total Activity27
    • M&A Buy Activity17
    • M&A Sell Activity10
  • Total Sectors Invested 5
  • Total Countries Invested 2
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 9
  • M&A Advisors 1

Quad Partners LLC

570 Lexington Avenue, 36th floor,
New York, New York 10022
United States
(212) 724-2200
www.quadpartners.com
quad@quadpartners.com

Quad Partners is a specialist private investment firm that makes investments in the education industry. Quad will invest in a broad range of transactions; including buyouts, growth capital financings, recapitalizations, and refinancings. Prospective businesses are typically growth oriented and cash-flow positive. Specific areas of interest include postsecondary schools, K-12 proprietary schools, childcare, tutoring, educational products and services, professional education and journals, corporate training, and online journals. Quad Partners was formed in 2000 and is based in New York City.


Investment Criteria

Sectors of Interest: Business Services, Consumer Products, Digital Media, Education, Franchising, Information Technology, Internet Software and Services, Software

Target Transaction Types: Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI), Divestiture, Growth Capital, Recapitalization, Secondary Buyout, Stake Purchase

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

Transaction Criteria Min Max
Target Revenue - -
Target EBITDA - -
Investment Size 10 50
Enterprise Value - -
values in millions of USD

M&A Summary

Buy vs Sell

Year ≤ '15 '16 '17 '18 '19 '20 T
Buy (1.0/yr) # 12 1 1 1 2 - 17
Sell (0.2/yr) # 9 - - - - 1 10
vol $78M $78M
  27

Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
Cayuse, Inc. 2020-08-27 - Secondary Buyout
Portland, Oregon · www.cayuse.com
TGS Holdings LLC 2019-10-02 - Growth Capital
Franklin, Tennessee · www.thegardnerschool.com
SchoolAdmin LLC 2019-02-19 - Growth Capital
Austin, Texas · www.schooladmin.com
Accelerate Learning, Inc. 2018-12-10 - Growth Capital
Houston, Tennessee · www.3p.stemscopes.science
Cayuse, Inc. 2017-07-13 - Divestiture
Portland, Oregon · www.cayuse.com
Watermark 2016-08-02 - Growth Capital
New York, New York · www.watermarkinsights.com
Inside Higher Ed, Inc. 2014-11-01 - Secondary Buyout
Washington, District of Columbia · www.insidehighered.com
ILSC Education Group 2014-10-21 - Recapitalization
Vancouver, British Columbia · www.ilsc.com
Noel-Levitz, Inc. 2014-08-21 - Add-on Acquisition
Coralville, Iowa · www.noellevitz.com
Ruffalo Noel Levitz LLC 2013-05-30 - Secondary Buyout
Cedar Rapids, Iowa · www.ruffalonl.com
View All >>

Portfolio M&A

Company Acquired Add-On/Sale Date #
Ruffalo Noel Levitz LLC 2013-05-30 QuadWrangle, Inc. 2019-11-20 3
Cedar Rapids, Iowa · www.ruffalonl.com Boston, Massachusetts · www.quadwrangle.com
Ruffalo Noel Levitz LLC 2013-05-30 Converge Consulting 2019-05-02 2
Cedar Rapids, Iowa · www.ruffalonl.com Cedar Rapids, Iowa · www.convergeconsulting.org
Ruffalo Noel Levitz LLC 2013-05-30 Noel-Levitz, Inc. 2014-08-21 1
Cedar Rapids, Iowa · www.ruffalonl.com Coralville, Iowa · www.noellevitz.com

M&A by Sector

Sector Current # Value All-time # Value
Education 8 (73%) - 13 (72%) -
Software 1 (9%) - 2 (11%) -
Business Services 1 (9%) - 1 (6%) -
Digital Media 1 (9%) - 1 (6%) -
Information Technology - - 1 (6%) -
Total 11 - 18 -

Acquisitions By Geo

State/Country Current # Value All-time # Value
United States 10 (91%) - 17 (94%) -
  California 1 (9%) - 5 (28%) -
  Tennessee 2 (18%) - 2 (11%) -
  New York 2 (18%) - 2 (11%) -
  District of Columbia 1 (9%) - 2 (11%) -
  Texas 1 (9%) - 1 (6%) -
  Louisiana 1 (9%) - 1 (6%) -
  Kentucky 1 (9%) - 1 (6%) -
  Iowa 1 (9%) - 1 (6%) -
  Oregon - - 1 (6%) -
  New Jersey - - 1 (6%) -
Canada 1 (9%) - 1 (6%) -
  British Columbia 1 (9%) - 1 (6%) -
Domestic 10 (91%) - 17 (94%) -
Cross-border 1 (9%) - 1 (6%) -
Total 11 - 18 -

Acquisitions by Deal Type

Type Current # Value All-time # Value
Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI) 3 (27%) - 6 (33%) -
Growth Capital 4 (36%) - 4 (22%) -
Secondary Buyout 2 (18%) - 3 (17%) -
Stake Purchase 1 (9%) - 2 (11%) -
Divestiture - - 1 (6%) -
Recapitalization 1 (9%) - 1 (6%) -
Venture - - 1 (6%) -
Total 11 - 18 -

Exits by Deal Type

Type Total # Value
Secondary Sale 4 (40%) -
Trade Sale 3 (30%) -
Trade Sale - Public Company 1 (10%) 78M (100%)
Bankruptcy 1 (10%) -
Merger 1 (10%) -
Total 10 $78M

Top M&A Advisors

Legal Deals
Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP
2

Deal Values

sell # Total
< $100M 1 $78M
TOTAL $78M
Largest Cranium, Inc.
$78M (2008-01-04)

M&A Connections

Deals %
Acquired from
PE Firm(s)
83%
5 83%
Strategic(s)
17%
1 17%
Exited to
PE Firm(s)
50%
5 50%
Strategic(s)
50%
5 50%

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