New York, June 21, 2006 — Berkery, Noyes & Co., LLC announced today that it represented English Language Learning and Instruction System, Inc. (ELLIS), in its sale to Pearson Digital Learning, a unit of Pearson Education. ELLIS is one of the nation’s leading developers of interactive learning software for teaching the English language to non-English speakers.
ELLIS, founded in 1990, is recognized as a pioneer and industry leader in the ESL (English as a second language), EFL (English as a foreign language) and LEP/ELL (Limited English Proficient/English Language Learners) segments, a large and rapidly growing worldwide market. The Company’s solutions serve elementary, middle, high schools, university students, and adults. ELLIS products are research-based and designed to build in-depth language skills to help students function effectively in academic, social, and business environments.
Said Rohit Patel, CEO of ELLIS Inc., “The quality and effectiveness of the ELLIS products have been validated by the success of our customers around the world. Now with the strength of the Pearson Digital Learning name and sales force behind us, we can make ELLIS’ highly effective English Language programs available to a much wider audience world-wide.”
Pearson Digital Learning is the leader in proven, comprehensive technologies for preK-12 education. Pearson Digital Learning provides innovative, research-based digital learning solutions to more than 20 million students annually. Pearson Digital Learning is part of Pearson Education, the world’s leading integrated education company, which in turn is part of Pearson (NYSE: PSO), the international media company.
About Berkery, Noyes & Co., LLC
Berkery, Noyes is one of the pre-eminent merger and acquisition firms serving the information industry, having completed more than 400 transactions since inception. Among the most recent transactions completed by Berkery, Noyes are the acquisition of Questar Educational Systems, Inc. by TASA, The Hampton Brown Company by National Geographic, Delta Education LLC by School Specialty, Inc, ProQuest Company’s acquisition of Voyager Expanded Learning, the sale of Facts on File to Veronis Suhler Stevenson, Wicks Medical Information’s acquisition of DesignWrite, the sale of Kurzweil Educational Systems to Cambium Learning, the acquisition by WebMD Health of Conceptis Technologies, and Dominie Press to Pearson Inc. Berkery, Noyes’ clients include private companies seeking a buyer, most of the major international information companies, and private equity firms who use the firm’s expertise in locating, analyzing and negotiating with acquisition candidates and in managing divestitures. The firm operates with a staff of thirty-six professionals serving the information and publishing industry.