Pearson, the world’s learning company, today announced the acquisition of industry-leading digital learning technology from Smart Sparrow, an ed tech innovator based in Sydney, Australia. The deal values Smart Sparrow’s assets at US $25 million. The technology being acquired will enhance Pearson’s current capabilities in adaptive learning significantly, and will help accelerate the roll-out of Pearson’s Global Learning Platform (GLP). The GLP is an engine that enables Pearson and its partners to launch breakthrough personalized learning experiences for students more quickly and with better outcomes.
Gap Inc. has entered into an agreement to sell Intermix, a leading omni-channel fashion boutique for customers seeking a highly curated shopping experience, to private equity firm Altamont Capital Partners. Altamont Capital Partners intends to acquire the entire Intermix business, including all store leases, e-commerce and assets.
This transaction is another milestone as Gap Inc. continues to execute against its Power Plan 2023, with acute focus on growing its purpose-led, billion-dollar lifestyle brands by leveraging the power of its portfolio and its platform. In April, Gap Inc. completed a transaction to sell Janie and Jack, a leader in premium children’s apparel and accessories, to Go Global Retail.
Gap Inc. Head of Strategy, Sally Gilligan, commented, “We are committed to driving long-term, profitable growth for our shareholders and employees, while delivering unique product and experiences for our customers at scale. The sale of Janie and Jack and planned transaction of Intermix demonstrate how we are prioritizing our strategic focus and resources behind the growth and potential of Old Navy, Gap, Banana Republic and Athleta.”
BofA Securities, Inc. acted as exclusive financial advisor to Gap Inc. on the transaction. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. Gap Inc. acquired Intermix in 2012 and today the brand has 31 store locations in the United States and an e-commerce business.