Background

  • Skill & You is the #1 distance vocational learning player in France, offering more than 200 courses across a broad range of verticals, through 12 online schools
  • Benefiting from its academic expertise and digital know-how, the Company has developed an innovative online learning system enriched by a high-quality educational content to provide some 100,000 students with a unique learning experience
  • Owned by a consortium of financial investors led by 21 Centrale Partners and the management team, the Company has established itself as the unrivalled leader in vocational e-learning in France, combining both organic and external growth to build a scalable platform perfectly poised for continued expansion in new verticals and geographies, in a fragmented market offering consolidation potential

Process and outcome:

  • In January 2018, DC Advisory was appointed by the shareholders of Skill & You for the considered divestment of the Company
  • As exclusive M&A advisor to the shareholders, DC Advisory has conducted a global competitive auction process involving both investment funds and corporate buyers, as well as an in-depth lender education process, allowing investment funds to quickly secure their acquisition debt
  • Under the impulse of the current management team, Andera Partners will allow Skill & You to pursue its development with numerous opportunities for organic and external growth, therefore expanding its courses offering and geographical coverage
  • This transaction illustrates DC Advisory’s expertise in the digital and education sectors