Cadence Education, a portfolio company of Audax Group Inc, bought Next Generation Children’s Centers. Next Generation Children’s Centers is a Scottsdale, Arizona-based provider of early education and childcare services. Financial terms were not disclosed. Matrix Capital Markets Group Inc provided financial advice to NGCC.
CORRECTION: A prior version of this story said that MatrixCapital Markets Group Inc sold Cadence Education. It did not. Matrix served as a financial advisor on the deal. The story has been corrected.
RICHMOND, VA – February 23, 2016 – Matrix Capital Markets Group, Inc. (“Matrix”) announces the successful sale of Next Generation Children’s Centers (“NGCC” or the “Company”) to Cadence Education, Inc. (“Cadence”), a Scottsdale, AZ based portfolio company of Audax Group, Inc. Matrix served as exclusive financial advisor to NGCC. The transaction was led by David Keys, Head of Matrix’s Healthcare Group, along with David Endom and Brady Hill.
Next Generation Children’s Centers is a leading provider of early education and childcare services in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Founded by Donna Kelleher in 1993, the Company has grown from a single location to ten locations across the Boston metropolitan area and has an enrollment of more than 2,000 students. The Company has established a premier reputation for the quality of its educational programs and the depth of care it provides to students and families.
“It was an absolute pleasure to work with Donna and her team,” said Keys. “Donna’s focus on finding the right company to provide continuity to the NGCC educators and the families they serve was of primary importance and Cadence’s focus on maintaining the brand identity of acquired schools was an excellent fit. We are excited to watch the continued growth of Next Generation within the Cadence Education family of schools.”
“Matrix’s professionalism resulted in a positive outcome for all parties,” said Kelleher. “David, David, and Brady were focused on understanding our objectives and providing alternatives, gave sound advice, and did an outstanding job managing the process.”
Cadence Education is one of the ten largest providers of childcare services in the United States with a platform of more than 150 learning centers. The acquisition of NGCC marks Cadence’s entry into the Massachusetts market and will significantly expand Cadence’s presence in the Northeast.
Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky, and Popeo acted as legal advisor to NGCC on the transaction. Cadence was represented by Goulston & Storrs PC.
About Matrix’s Healthcare Group
Matrix’s Healthcare Group was founded to provide differentiated advisory services to lower middle market companies in the sectors of Health, Wellness, and Education. Our professionals have extensive experience as advisors, investors, and operators within these markets and understand the nuances and regulation that influence performance and market positioning. Team members have executed more than 25 advisory transactions with an aggregate deal value in excess of $2.5 billion. Since launching in December 2014, the Healthcare Group has closed four transactions, each of which were in its core sectors.
About Matrix Capital Markets Group, Inc.
Matrix Capital Markets Group, Inc. is an independent, advisory focused, privately-held investment bank headquartered in Richmond, VA, with additional offices in Baltimore, MD and Chicago, IL. Since 1988, Matrix has provided merger & acquisition and financial advisory services for privately-held, private-equity owned and publicly traded companies, including company sales, recapitalizations, asset divestitures, corporate recovery, management buyouts, capital raises of debt & equity, corporate valuations and fairness opinions. Matrix has served clients in a wide range of industries, including building products, business services, consumer products, downstream energy & retail, healthcare, education, industrial products, lumber and media & communications. For additional information or to contact our team members, please visit www.matrixcmg.com.