Blackboard to Acquire ANGEL Learning, Inc.

Pues nada, aquí tenéis la noticia: Blackboard adquiere a Angel Learning, otra de los líderes del software educativo... primero fué WebCT y ahora Angel Learning... la próxima será?

Algunos datos...extraidos de reuters uk

* Says to buy Angel Learning for $95 mln

* Q1 earnings of 27 cents beat estimates by 2 cents

* Sees FY 09 adj EPS $1.21-$1.38

* Sees FY 09 rev $365.5-$374.5 mln

* Shares down 10 pct

En fin, aquí tenéis los inicios de la nota de prensa de Blackboard:

Blackboard to Acquire ANGEL Learning, Inc.

Combined Company to Accelerate Innovation, Interoperability in e-Learning

WASHINGTON, May 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Blackboard Inc. (Nasdaq: BBBB), a global leader in education technology today announced a definitive agreement to acquire privately-held ANGEL Learning, Inc., a leading developer of e-learning software to the U.S. education industry.

The acquisition combines ANGEL's record of innovation and client service with Blackboard's own innovation, financial strength and industry leadership to create a stronger, more flexible supporter of teaching, learning and student engagement. The combined company aims to accelerate the pace of innovation and interoperability in e-learning, and will continue to invest in solutions to more effectively support teachers and learners. The acquisition will also enable Blackboard to incorporate ANGEL's client-first culture that has translated into consistently excellent experiences and high retention of ANGEL Learning clients.

Under terms of the agreement, Blackboard will acquire ANGEL Learning for approximately $95 million, net of cash acquired and excluding transaction costs. Both companies' boards of directors as well as ANGEL Learning's shareholders have approved the transaction and closing is expected in May 2009.

"Blackboard is committed to bringing together the best ideas, innovations and practices in e-learning today," said Michael Chasen, Blackboard's President and Chief Executive Officer. "With ANGEL Learning, we bring on board a premier education technology company with a tremendous reputation for innovation and e-learning leadership. Independently we've each led the way in many areas of the industry. Now we can put the strengths of Blackboard and ANGEL together for the benefit of students in our effort to create a more flexible and engaging teaching and learning platform."(leer más...)

Fuente: [blackboard]