Quad Partners Mergers and Acquisitions Summary

Private Equity Firm Profile

In the last 3 years, Quad Partners has invested in 6 companies.

Quad Partners’ most common sectors for investment areeducation (60%) and software (19%) . The Firm’s most common investment types include growth capital (37%) and buyout (lbo, mbo, mbi) (28%). In total, Quad Partners has invested in 12 US states and 3 different countries.

In the last 3 years, Quad Partners has exited 4 companies. The Firm’s most common exit type is trade sale (54%). Quad Partners’ largest (disclosed) exit occurred in 2008 when it sold Cranium for $78M.

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M&A Summary

  • M&A Total Activity34
    • M&A Buy Activity21
    • M&A Sell Activity13
  • Total Sectors Invested 5
  • Total Countries Invested 3
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 12
  • M&A Advisors 2

Quad Partners

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 15 75
Enterprise Value - -
values in millions of USD

M&A Summary

Buy vs Sell

Year ≤ '17 '18 '19 '20 '21 '22 T
Buy (1.4/yr) # 14 1 2 - 3 1 21
Sell (0.8/yr) # 9 - - 2 1 1 13
vol $78M $78M
  34

Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
Inside Higher Ed, Inc. 2022-01-10 - Add-on Acquisition
Washington, District of Columbia · www.insidehighered.com
eSpark, Inc. 2022-01-05 - Growth Capital
Chicago, Illinois · www.esparklearning.com
Vivi International Pty Ltd 2021-12-21 - Growth Capital
South Yarra, Australia · www.vivi.io
QuantumIT Pty Ltd. 2021-04-07 - Growth Capital
Melbourne, Australia · www.inplacesoftware.com
AmplioSpeech Inc. 2021-04-05 - Growth Capital
Rockville, Maryland · www.ampliolearning.com
SchoolAdmin LLC 2021-03-10 - Add-on Acquisition
Austin, Texas · www.schooladmin.com
TargetX.com LLC 2020-10-05 - Add-on Acquisition
Conshohocken, Pennsylvania · www.targetx.com
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
View All >>

Portfolio M&A

Company Acquired Add-On/Sale Date #
Ruffalo Noel Levitz LLC 2013-05-30 Noel-Levitz, Inc. 2014-08-21 4
Cedar Rapids, Iowa · www.ruffalonl.com Coralville, Iowa · www.noellevitz.com

M&A by Sector

Sector Current # Value All-time # Value
Education 7 (54%) - 13 (59%) -
Software 3 (23%) - 4 (18%) -
Internet Software and Services 3 (23%) - 3 (14%) -
Digital Media - - 1 (5%) -
Information Technology - - 1 (5%) -
Total 13 - 22 -

Acquisitions By Geo

State/Country Current # Value All-time # Value
United States 10 (77%) - 19 (86%) -
  California 1 (8%) - 5 (23%) -
  Tennessee 2 (15%) - 2 (9%) -
  New York 2 (15%) - 2 (9%) -
  District of Columbia - - 2 (9%) -
  Maryland 1 (8%) - 1 (5%) -
  Louisiana 1 (8%) - 1 (5%) -
  Kentucky 1 (8%) - 1 (5%) -
  Iowa 1 (8%) - 1 (5%) -
  Illinois 1 (8%) - 1 (5%) -
  Texas - - 1 (5%) -
  Oregon - - 1 (5%) -
  New Jersey - - 1 (5%) -
Australia 2 (15%) - 2 (9%) -
Canada 1 (8%) - 1 (5%) -
  British Columbia 1 (8%) - 1 (5%) -
Domestic 10 (77%) - 19 (86%) -
Cross-border 3 (23%) - 3 (14%) -
Total 13 - 22 -

Acquisitions by Deal Type

Type Current # Value All-time # Value
Growth Capital 7 (54%) - 8 (36%) -
Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI) 3 (23%) - 6 (27%) -
Secondary Buyout 1 (8%) - 3 (14%) -
Stake Purchase 1 (8%) - 2 (9%) -
Divestiture - - 1 (5%) -
Recapitalization 1 (8%) - 1 (5%) -
Venture - - 1 (5%) -
Total 13 - 22 -

Exits by Deal Type

Type Total # Value
Trade Sale 6 (46%) -
Secondary Sale 4 (31%) -
Trade Sale - Public Company 1 (8%) 78M (100%)
Bankruptcy 1 (8%) -
Merger 1 (8%) -
Total 13 $78M

Top M&A Advisors

Legal Deals
Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP
3
Minter Ellison
1

Deal Values

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

M&A Connections

Deals
Acquired from
Investor(s)
14%
3 (14%)
Strategic(s)
5%
1 (5%)
Exited to
Investor(s)
31%
4 (31%)
Strategic(s)
62%
8 (62%)

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