Investment funds managed by Morgan Stanley Global Private Equity (collectively, “MSPE”) announced today that they have completed an investment in Cadence Education, Inc. (“Cadence Education” or the “Company”). Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
Cadence Education, headquartered in Scottsdale, AZ, is one of the United States’ leading providers of early childhood education, focusing on the care and curriculum-based education of children between the ages of six weeks and twelve years old. The Company’s national platform of more than 150 schools has the capacity to serve more than 20,000 students across 20 different states.
Aaron Sack, Co-Head of Morgan Stanley Global Private Equity, said, “We are excited to invest in Cadence Education, which is a leading provider of high quality early childhood education in the U.S. We look forward to supporting the talented management team during the coming years of organic and acquisition-fueled growth.”
Jim Howland, Managing Director and Operating Partner of Morgan Stanley Global Private Equity, added, “We are delighted to partner with a management team committed to providing an exceptional educational experience for children and peace of mind for parents. As with our prior investments in education, we look forward to supporting management as they further strengthen the company and its educational offering through investing in sophisticated marketing, technology and educational capabilities.”
Dave Goldberg, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cadence Education, said, “We are excited to partner with Morgan Stanley Global Private Equity and enter a new phase of growth. We are proud of the accomplishments of the entire Cadence Education team and expect this new partnership to help us continue to deliver the highest quality care and education to families. We expect this partnership to help us to deliver on our brand promise and continue our mission of becoming the leading provider of early childhood education.”
BMO Capital Markets acted as financial advisor to MSPE, and Debevoise & Plimpton LLP served as legal counsel.
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