$140M Certiport Buy Stretches Pearson's Assessment Arm

Law360, New York (May 16, 2012, 4:40 PM EDT) -- Pearson PLC, the world's biggest testing and education publishing company, has paid $140 million to Spire Capital Partners LLC for online certification exam provider Certiport Inc. in a bid to further expand Pearson's already-global reach, the learning company said Wednesday.

The acquisition will augment Pearson's computer-based testing arm, Pearson VUE, and help the company crack into emerging markets abroad. Certiport offers certification exams at its 12,000 test centers and last year generated more than 60 percent of its $48 million in revenues outside North America, with...
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