BBMA Is Acquired by Leeds Equity

Technology & Services

BBMA, a portfolio company of Avathon, sale to Leeds Equity


Big Blue Marble Academy, LLC (“BBMA” or the “Company”), a portfolio company of Avathon Capital (“Avathon”), has been acquired by Leeds Equity Partners (“Leeds Equity”). Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Baird served as financial advisor to BBMA on this transaction.


BBMA is a premium early childhood education (“ECE”) platform, providing high-quality early education to infants to four-year-olds through a robust, purpose-built curriculum that promotes kindergarten readiness. BBMA operates a network of 67 schools under a singular brand that have a consistent look and feel, while providing a best-in-class employee experience.

Leeds Equity is a private equity firm dedicated exclusively to partnering with management teams in the education, training and information and data management services industries (the "Knowledge Industries"). The firm was founded in 1993 and currently manages approximately $5 billion of capital across a broad spectrum of companies within the Knowledge Industries. Leeds Equity seeks to leverage its sector-focused expertise and market insights to create long-term value for its partner companies and investors.

Avathon Capital is a private equity firm that specializes in investing in growing lower middle market companies in the education and workforce markets. Avathon’s principals are curious, creative, determined and thoughtful investors. They show up prepared and ready to turn their relationships and experience into a competitive advantage for their partners. Avathon selectively targets opportunities where it can invest $20 to $50 million of equity capital and take a meaningful ownership position in companies with the potential to become enduring and strategically important businesses in their market.
Technology & Services

BBMA, a portfolio company of Avathon, sale to Leeds Equity

January 2024
Big Blue Marble Academy, LLC
M&A - Sellside
Technology & Services
Knowledge Solutions
Target Geography
North America
Acquiror Geography
North America