Industry Reports

Published on: 02/11/2021
Capstone Headwaters, in collaboration with its international member firm IMAP, has published its 2021 Global Education & Training report, available for download below. The report takes an in-depth look into the Education & Training industry, concentrating on four of the key sub-sectors:
Published on: 10/20/2020
Early into 2019, the Post-Secondary Education (PSE) industry has already seen a significant rise in merger and acquisition (M&A) activity. Year-to-date (YTD), 24 transactions have been announced or closed—roughly double that of YTD 2018. The uptick in M&A reinforces the fact that the PSE market is finally reaching a healthy state where buyers are coming back to the table.
Published on: 08/19/2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has ignited a transformation in the Education industry by necessitating the widespread adoption of technological tools and validating the crucial role that education technology must play in both the short and long-term.  Operators in the space have also sought to fulfill the immediate needs of the evolving market.  Many education technology companies have offered online courses to assist the needs of the remote workforce and to provide training for teachers using distance learning methods and platforms.
Published on: 05/28/2020
Capstone Headwaters has released its Q2 eLearning, Corporate, & Professional Training Coverage Report, the report discusses how COVID-19 has accelerated the demand for online learning and highlights how leading public players Cornerstone (Nasdaq:CSOD), Pluralsight (Nasdaq:PS), and GP Strategies (NYSE:GPX) have been impacted by the pandemic.
Published on: 03/02/2020
Capstone Headwaters has published its 2019 Year in Review of the eLearning, Corporate & Professional Training industry.  Amid the tight U.S. job market, retaining and developing individuals within an organization remains a top priority and buyers are most frequently targeting companies that offer talent management solutions including employee development and/or coaching.  
Published on: 01/09/2020
Heightened merger and acquisition (M&A) activity has been fueled by persistent demand for disruptive and scalable technology as industry operators seek to expand product offerings and market share. 
Published on: 11/06/2019
Merger and acquisition (M&A) activity has been strong in the industry both domestically and internationally, as buyers seek to consolidate the market and become premium cross-border education service providers. Notably, both Chinese company Bright Scholar Education Holdings Limited (NYSE:BEDU) and U.K.-based Busy Bees Childcare Limited expanded into new geographic territories this year including the U.S.
Published on: 06/13/2019
Through the beginning of June, 17 mergers and acquisitions (M&A) have been announced or completed in the Primary & Secondary Education industry. This included seven acquisitions by private equity firms (41.2%), seven acquisitions by educational institutions (41.2%) and three acquisitions by strategic companies (17.6%). Notably, iEducation Group (backed by Leeds Equity Partner) acquired California-based Futures Academy in May for an undisclosed amount.
Published on: 06/07/2019
Following a year of unprecedented merger and acquisition (M&A) volume, the Education Technology (EdTech) industry has kept pace with 2018 activity with 57 deals announced or closed in the US and Canada year-to-date. Private equity groups (PEGs) remain very active buyers and have accounted for 54% of deal volume to-date. 
Published on: 05/09/2019
Early into 2019, the Post-Secondary Education (PSE) industry has already seen a significant rise in merger and acquisition (M&A) activity. Year-to-date (YTD), 24 transactions have been announced or closed—roughly double that of YTD 2018. The uptick in M&A reinforces the fact that the PSE market is finally reaching a healthy state where buyers are coming back to the table.

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