April 2014

Wiley Signs Definitive Agreement to Acquire CrossKnowledge

John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (NYSE: JWa and JWb), a global provider of knowledge and knowledge-enabled solutions that improve outcomes in research, professional practice, and education, announced today that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire CrossKnowledge, a learning provider focused on leadership and managerial skills development, for $175 million in cash. The deal is expected to close on May 1.

CrossKnowledge is a privately-held company based in France with over 200 employees. It offers subscription-based, digital learning solutions for multi-national corporations, universities, and small and medium-sized enterprises.

CrossKnowledge solutions, which include managerial and leadership skills assessment, courses, certifications, content, and executive training programs are delivered on a cloud-based platform providing over 20000 learning objects in 17 languages. Solutions can be readily customized for each individual client, providing employees with access to relevant learning and development resources in a tailored online experience. CrossKnowledge generated $37 million of revenue in its fiscal year ending June 30, 2013.

Steve Smith, President and CEO, of Wiley said: “The addition of CrossKnowledge, combined with our recent acquisition of Profiles International, a pre-hire assessment provider, as well as our current post-hire assessment platform and leadership content, positions us as a leader in the rapidly growing area of enterprise talent management. In today’s knowledge-based economy, organizations of all different shapes and sizes are looking to address talent gaps, invest in their current workforce before hiring additional resources, and create dynamic learning environments to improve overall productivity and job satisfaction. At the same time, they are moving from face-to-face training to e-learning solutions that offer individualized assessment and prescriptive learning. Wiley and CrossKnowledge are at the forefront of this trend.”

CrossKnowledge brings to Wiley a valued brand, global footprint and talented leadership team. Together with other recent acquisitions, including Profiles International, Inscape and Deltak, CrossKnowledge accelerates our strategy to provide customers with a suite of services from education through employment, enabling individuals to fulfill their career ambitions and corporations to maximize their talent.” said Mark Allin, Wiley’s SVP, Professional Development.

Mickael Ohana, CEO of CrossKnowledge, commented: “CrossKnowledge has gained excellent momentum in this shift to digital learning for professionals. CrossKnowledge is delivering solid growth in Europe, its largest region, and has recently launched its important entry into the Americas. We now have five million end-users in over 80 countries. With Wiley’s scale, content, author base, and distribution network, CrossKnowledge is now poised to accelerate its growth strategies and reach new markets.

Earlier this month, Wiley acquired Profiles International, a provider of pre-hire assessment solutions. In 2012, the Company acquired Inscape, a provider of post-hire assessment solutions.


 

About Wiley

Wiley is a global provider of knowledge and knowledge-enabled services that improve outcomes in areas of research, professional practice and education. Through the Research segment, the Company provides digital and print scientific, technical, medical, and scholarly journals, reference works, books, database services, and advertising. The Professional Development segment provides digital and print books, online assessment and training services, and test prep and certification. In Education, Wiley provides print and digital content, and education solutions including online program management services for higher education institutions and course management tools for instructors and students.

 

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