ESS Is Acquired by Vistria

Technology & Services

ESS, a portfolio company of Nautic, sale to Vistria


Education Solution Services (“ESS”), a portfolio company of Nautic Partners (“Nautic”), has been acquired by The Vistria Group (“Vistria”). ESS shareholders and Nautic will retain minority equity stakes in the business. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Baird served as the lead financial advisor to Education Solution Services on this transaction.


ESS is one of the nation’s leading, scaled managed services companies dedicated to K-12 outsourced substitute, paraprofessional and in-classroom virtual teacher solutions. The Company acts as the exclusive outsourced substitute management provider to its growing base of client school districts across the country. The Company’s solutions include its flagship substitute management solution and a growing virtual teacher offering. The Company’s turn-key solutions offer districts, substitutes and students a more sustainable and effective alternative to in-house substitute management. ESS currently serves ~900 districts representing over 4 million students throughout the United States. ESS is headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Nautic is a middle-market private equity firm that focuses on three industries: healthcare, industrial products, and outsourced services. Nautic's strategy is to partner with management teams to accelerate the growth trajectory of its portfolio companies via add-on acquisitions, targeted operating initiatives and increased management team depth. Nautic is headquartered in Providence, Rhode Island.

The Vistria Group is a next generation private investment firm that operates at the intersection of purpose and profit. Vistria partners with middle-market businesses in Healthcare, Education and Financial Services that are passionate about growth and committed to the community. Vistria’s decision to invest in these areas is driven by their belief in companies producing scalable social value. Vistria's team is comprised of highly experienced operating partners and investment professionals with proven track records of working with management teams in building innovative, market-leading companies. The Vistria Group is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois.
Technology & Services

ESS, a portfolio company of Nautic, sale to Vistria

January 2022
Education Solution Services
M&A - Sellside
Technology & Services
Knowledge Solutions
Target Geography
North America
Acquiror Geography
North America