Blackbaud, Inc. (NASDAQ:BLKB), the leading provider of software and services for the worldwide philanthropic community, today announced it has signed an agreement to acquire Smart Tuition, a leading provider of payment software and services for private schools and parents. This acquisition expands Blackbaud’s footprint into the tuition management market and positions the company to offer more comprehensive solutions to K-12 private schools.
Under the purchase agreement for the transaction, Blackbaud will acquire all of the outstanding equity interests of Smart Tuition for an aggregate purchase price of $190 million. The closing of the transaction is expected to occur within 90 days, subject to certain closing conditions, including the expiration or termination of the applicable waiting periods under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvement Act of 1976, as amended. Blackbaud expects to finance the acquisition with cash on hand and borrowings under its existing credit facility.
“The acquisition of Smart Tuition allows Blackbaud to better and more completely serve the K-12 private school community with innovative solutions that help them manage and connect information, streamline internal processes and improve the family experience,” said Blackbaud President and CEO Mike Gianoni. “This also expands Blackbaud’s addressable market into the high-demand tuition management area, which includes payments beyond our traditional solutions and typically accounts for more than 80% of a private school’s revenue.”
For more than 25 years, Smart Tuition has focused exclusively on financial solutions that help schools improve back office processes, enhance communication with parents and eliminate inefficiencies with easy to use, anywhere-accessible solutions that support tuition and financial aid management. The company’s product suite, which includes Smart Tuition, Smart Aid and Smart for Dioceses, serves thousands of schools and over 300,000 families.
“We see tremendous possibilities for our clients as we join Blackbaud,”
said Smart Tuition President and CEO, Matt Knapp. “By bringing together Smart Tuition and Blackbaud’s rich legacy of innovation and expertise, the entire K-12 private school community can enjoy the easy to use, elegant mobile and reporting solutions they need to perform all of their critical functions, while providing the best user experience possible to staff, students and families.”
This announcement comes 14 months after Blackbaud’s acquisition of WhippleHill, further underscoring the company’s commitment to investing in and empowering the K-12 private school community with innovative, cloud-based, and mobile-ready solutions.
Kevin Mooney, Blackbaud executive vice president and president of General Markets added “K-12 private schools now have a single, trusted partner to help them create a fully connected school–from enrollment, to student information, student billing and tuition management, learning and content management, and more. Blackbaud has invested more than 30 years in helping the education community excel, and today’s announcement is one more example of ways we’re working to constantly improve the convenience and capability of our solutions for schools and families alike.”
Smart Tuition is headquartered in Woodbridge, NJ. Sagent Advisors, LLC served as financial advisor to Blackbaud for this transaction.