June 2019 has already seen the world's largest education IPO in China East Education with a market cap of $3B and the $1.5B Navitas Takeover approved by shareholders. Both public and private capital are critical to supporting the social and economic objectives of education. As governments struggle to fund education at historic levels and as more learning occurs outside formal systems, private capital is playing an increasing role in funding access and outcomes.
Innovation requires capital and compared with other sectors, education is critically undercapitalized. Governments are struggling to fund education at historic levels and education is not attracting enough private capital to fund the innovation that’s needed. Public-Private Partnerships and private capital will be required for education to deliver on its social and economic objectives.
Education IPO Growth
The number of education IPOs has steadily grown over the past 5 years, with 19 listings in 2018 and June 2019 seeing the largest global education IPO event ever with China East Education raising $625m and trading with a market cap of around $3B.
Globally, there are 250 Education Stocks with a total market cap of $190B, generating $80B of revenue and $10B of EBITDA powered by 668,000 teachers and professionals.
2018 saw 11 Chinese education companies IPO. Pluralsight was the only US education company to IPO in 2018 and Brazil saw Arco list on the NASDAQ in September. The only European activity was the EdTechX SPAC listing on the NASDAQ and VR Education listing on the LSE. EduLAB listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange late in the year as well.