Kahoot acquires Clever Inc. for an enterprise value of $500 million

The partnership will provide improved learning solutions and offerings to U.S. schools

OSLO: Kahoot! announced the acquisition of Clever Inc., a widely-used digital learning platforms used by U.S. K-12 schools.

Kahoot! Group (OTCMKTS: KHOTF) will acquire 100% of the shares in Clever Inc., for an enterprise value (EV) of USD 435 – 500 million on a cash and debt-free basis, including a performance-based element for 2021-2022. The consideration will consist of a combination of cash and Kahoot! shares.

The partnership between two of the most popular platforms in education, with distinct and highly complementary offerings, will provide improved learning solutions and offerings to U.S. schools, while accelerating the global expansion of Clever’s solutions.

The company will be wholly-owned by the Kahoot! Group upon closing of the transaction. Clever will remain an open platform and continue to operate under the Clever brand. Clever Inc. will operate as an independent company in the Kahoot! Group, led by its strong management team.

Market-leading Platform for Learning Community and App Partners

Founded in 2012, Clever’s market-leading and open platform brings schools, teachers, students and application developers together in a single-sign-on education network that simplifies accessible learning and provides an easy go-to solution for all users. The shift to digital learning and rapid adoption in recent years of K-12 EdTech has created immense usability challenges for K-12 students, teachers, parents and application developers.

Clever seamlessly integrates student and teacher workflow through a marketplace, portal, API-based user management and single-sign-on experience, consistent with Kahoot!’s content-agnostic, digital-first education approach.

With Clever, students get a digital classroom with all the resources they need to login and start learning. Teachers create personalized and organized digital classrooms and can see which students are participating, and instantly reach out to students who need help—all without leaving the platform.

Clever offers their platform free of charge to schools and school districts and, in 2020, served 50% of all U.S. students in over 89,000 schools, representing 65% of the 13,000+ school districts, and engaged over 20 million students monthly, delivering 5.6 billion learning sessions.

Clever has partnered with 600 application developers, including many of the leading U.S and global learning providers, like Khan Academy, McGraw Hill, Zoom, and also recently announced its new partnership with Google Classroom.

Clever expects to reach USD 44 million in billed revenues for 2021 from its U.S. ecosystem partners, following an annual revenue growth rate of approximately 25% CAGR in the last three years, running the business on a cash flow neutral basis, redeploying all cash into development of its offerings. With offices in San Francisco, CA and Durham, NC, Clever employs a talent force of over 175 with deep education and technology expertise.

Making Learning Awesome

“Today’s announcement marks a milestone in Kahoot!’s mission to make learning awesome. Clever and Kahoot! are two purpose-led organizations that are equally passionate about education and unleashing the potential within every learner,” said Eilert Hanoa, CEO at Kahoot!.

“Through this acquisition we see considerable potential to collaborate on education innovation to better service all our users – schools, teachers, students, parents and lifelong learners – and leveraging our global scale to offer Clever’s unique platform worldwide. I’m excited to welcome Tyler and his team to the Kahoot! family.

“In the same way as we are improving our offerings with Kahoot! at Work towards enterprises with Kahoot! Spirit and our acquisitions of Actimo and Motimate, the acquisition of Clever will strengthen our offerings towards schools, districts and families in Kahoot! at School and Kahoot! at Home”, said Hanoa.

Unlocking New Ways to Learn for All Students

“We founded Clever because we believed that technology can be a powerful lever to make learning more joyful and engaging – and no one embodies that more than Kahoot!,” said Tyler Bosmeny, CEO and co-founder of Clever.

“Being part of the Kahoot! family will give us the opportunity to not only continue our mission, but to accelerate our plans to serve international markets. We are inspired to be a part of Kahoot! Group and excited to work with Eilert and the team to unlock the opportunities ahead for schools around the globe.”

Uniquely Positioned Offering for U.S. Market

The continued rapid expansion and complexity of the U.S. EdTech ecosystem increases the need to offer students, teachers, parents and school districts a single-source platform to easily access the universe of value-add learning solutions.

The proposed partnership between Kahoot! and Clever will provide complementary digital solutions that make learning more efficient, effective and awesome for everyone. Clever will also integrate Kahoot!´s family of learning apps onto its platform, enhancing distribution channels for Kahoot! and enabling efficient implementation via Clever APIs to millions of students and teachers in U.S. K-12 schools.

Both companies possess powerful but different capabilities. Kahoot! is a leading educational platform for user- and partner-generated content, including its broad suite of family-friendly learning apps, rapidly growing viral distribution model and global scale.

Clever offers a popular and ubiquitous single-sign on platform, trusted ecosystem, loyal partners, and deep relationships in the education system. In partnership, the companies expect to offer a compelling marketplace proposition for all learning applications, as well as simplification of access and a steadily improved offering of learning tools to all users.

The acquisition will add value to Kahoot!’s already strong presence in the U.S. education sector and will provide the opportunity to extend Clever’s platform across Kahoot!’s existing reach of over 200 countries, providing application partners a springboard into international markets.

Kahoot! Group (OTCMKTS: KHOTF) will acquire 100% of the shares in Clever Inc. for a total consideration reflecting an Enterprise Value (EV) of USD 435 – 500 million, on a cash and debt free basis, including an up to USD 65 million 2021-2022 performance-based element.

The consideration will be settled by a combination of approximately 82% cash and 18% Kahoot! shares.

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6 May, 2:01 pm GMT-4 · Disclaimer

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