GSI Is Acquired by Sycamore Partners

Technology & Services
Consumer

GSI, a portfolio company of Wind River, acquired by Sycamore Partners


Summary

Goddard Systems, Inc. (“GSI” or “the Company”), the franchisor of The Goddard School and a portfolio company of Wind River Holdings (“Wind River”), has agreed to be acquired by Sycamore Partners. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Baird served as exclusive financial advisor to Goddard Systems, Inc. on this transaction.

About

Established in 1988, GSI is the acknowledged leader in the premium early childcare and education (ECE) market segment, with nearly 600 Goddard School franchises serving more than 80,000 students across 37 states and Washington, D.C. GSI has been consistently named one of the top childcare franchises in the United States by Entrepreneur magazine and one of the Top 200 Franchise Systems (in worldwide sales) by Franchise Times. The Company is based in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania.

Wind River Holdings manages businesses in manufacturing, services, and franchising. Wind River’s business planning processes ensure the individual portfolio companies develop long term growth strategies. Wind River provides access to capital, intercompany transfer of best practices and management support to help deliver the individual company’s long-term objectives. Wind River Holdings is based in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania.

Sycamore Partners is a private equity firm that specializes in retail, consumer, and distribution-related investments and partners with management teams to improve the operating profitability and strategic value of their business. With approximately $10 billion of aggregate committed capital raised since its inception in 2011, Sycamore Partners' investors include leading endowments, financial institutions, family offices, pension plans and sovereign wealth funds. Sycamore Partners is based in New York, New York.
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Technology & Services
Consumer

GSI, a portfolio company of Wind River, acquired by Sycamore Partners

Date
July 2022
Company
Goddard Systems, Inc.
Transaction
M&A - Sellside
Sectors
Technology & Services
Consumer
Verticals
Knowledge Solutions
Target Location
North America
Acquiror Location
North America

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