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Learning Light collaborates with IBIS Capital to produce a detailed e-learning market report

02-05-2013 03:10 PM CET | Business, Economy, Finances, Banking & Insurance

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IBIS Capital Limited, a specialist investment bank focused on the Media sector, has produced a 101 page report on the e-Learning sector – with market information and analysis from Learning Light, a consultancy with an in-depth knowledge and experience of the e-Learning marketplace and how to use e-Learning materials effectively.

Entitled, the ‘Global e-Learning Investment Review’, the report examines, among other things:
• Education trends and technology innovation
• Analysis of the structure of the industry (Content, Management Systems and Distribution)
• Valuation metrics along with a review of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity
• Overview of investor and strategic interest in the sector

The report sets out IBIS Capital’s ‘Lessons for the Future’ for would-be investors in this sector. These include:
• The rise in peer-to-peer platforms will result in large amounts of educational content becoming freely available. Business models will focus on delivering chargeable premium bespoke and ancillary services.
• Learning will become increasingly personalised with e-Learning harnessing big data analytics to provide interactive learning that is tailored to the meet the individual’s learning patterns and aptitude
• With the rise of mobile and tablet penetration, students will increasingly access content "anytime, anywhere". The classroom will become the arena for face-to-face tutoring of individual requirements and open discussion.
• The need to improve skills, meet regulatory requirements and manage training costs will result in e-Learning becoming part of the fabric of virtually every business.
• As the range of e-Learning offerings expand, the need for qualifications and standards to be recognised will become increasingly important. The accreditation will become unified over time and educational brands will reduce to a small number of global players.
• The education process will continue throughout an individual’s life. Individuals will maintain a live log of their learning experiences from the time they start their studies and then on through their working lives.

The report also sets out 47 significant Education M&A transactions, where 75% of these have been in the e-learning sector over the past two years, amounting to approximately $3.8bn by transaction value.

David Patterson, a director of Learning Light, commented: “We’ve been delighted to put our market knowledge at IBIS Capital’s disposal – to help put into context some of the events in the e-learning world over the past couple of years.

“While any company that wants to acquire companies in this sector – or which wants to be acquired – will be anxious to read this IBIS report, Learning Light would stress the need for taking expert professional consultancy advice when performing such tasks as ‘due diligence’ in the run-up to any further deals.”

Charles McIntyre, of IBIS Capital, said: “The e-learning sector has reached a tipping point where we now have the digital infrastructure, the mobile and tablet penetration, the software platforms and most importantly the consumer demand to see education innovation in the digital age become an integral part of teaching and corporate training.

"The IBIS report will provide a window onto this world for anybody seeking to invest or build businesses in the e-Learning sector.”

The IBIS Capital report, ‘Global e-Learning Investment Review’, is available, from Learning Light’s website,

About Learning Light Ltd
Sheffield-based Learning Light was founded, in 2005, as a centre of excellence in the use of e-Learning and learning technologies. Learning Light provides advice and help to organisations seeking to use e-Learning and learning technologies to improve their business performance.
It is one of the few organisations in Europe that publishes regular research on the e-Learning market. It has also delivered bespoke research projects for a number of organisations seeking to know more about this market. In particular, it publishes in-depth reports on the UK and European e-Learning markets, encompassing market size, growth projections and technology trends.
Learning Light’s research has been used widely by Governments to inform economic policy; by universities and education establishments; by journalists; by investors evaluating new opportunities and by other research organisations.
Learning Light provides support for clients at the ‘define and determine’, ‘design and develop’ and ‘deploy’ stages of an e-Learning project. It also offers ready-developed e-Learning courses in leadership and management, health & safety, health & social care as well as a range of courses for the engineering, manufacturing, waste management and recycling sectors. It is a WAMITAB Approved Centre to deliver qualifications.

About IBIS Capital

IBIS Capital is a specialist investment bank, based in London, focused on the media sector. The group is an advisor to European media companies seeking to build their businesses through organic expansion or acquisition. The group assists companies with both raising capital and M&A.

IBIS Capital, through the funds it advises and manages, also invests in media companies. Further information on IBIS Capital can be found at

Learning Light Ltd
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Tel +44 (0)114 223 2442; Web
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