Company summary

Pearson is the global leader in education, providing print and digital learning materials and services used by millions of students every year, principally in North America but also Europe, Asia and Latin America. The Company's education related revenues top $6.5bn. The Company also owns The Financial Times Group, which has an international network of business and financial newspapers and online services and Penguin Group, which is one of the pre-eminent names in consumer publishing.

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Pearson Shares Drop on Plans to Accelerate the Expansion of Digital and Key Developing Markets

01 March 2013 - Pearson’s shares fell on the release of its 2012 results. Despite a 7% increase in the dividend, the Company now expects its earnings in 2013 to remain broadly level with 2012. Additionally, the Company announced a £200m restructuring programme for 2013 and 2014. more →

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Pearson Shares Drop on Plans to Accelerate the Expansion of Digital and Key Developing Markets

25 February 2013 - Pearson’s shares fell on the release of its 2012 results. Despite a 7% increase in the dividend, the Company now expects its earnings in 2013 to remain broadly level with 2012. Additionally, the Company announced a £200m restructuring programme for 2013 and 2014. more →

Pearson Cautions Market but Expects to Meet Market Expectations on Earnings in 2012

28 January 2013 - Pearson cautioned the market in its regular January trading update last week. It continues to face tough market conditions and structural industry change, although it believes it continues to gain share in key markets and to benefit from its investments in digital services and developing economies. more →

Pearson Announces Plans to Exit its Adult Training Business, Pearson In Practice

07 January 2013 - Pearson's 2010 acquisition of Melorio plc does not pay off as it announces plans to exit Pearson in Practice. more →

Pearson Announces Strategic Investment in Nook Media

28 December 2012 - Pearson has announced it is to invest in Barnes & Noble's Nook media more →

Pearson Sales Up 5% but Profits Down at Q3

29 October 2012 - Pearson reiterates its full year outlook of growth in sales and operating profits with margins reflecting acquisition integration costs and the FTSE sale. more →

Pearson and Bertelsmann Agree JV

29 October 2012 - Pearson has reached an agreement with Bertelsmann to merge Penguin and Random House. The combination brings together two of the world's leading English language publishers. more →

Pearson Acquires EmbanetCompass for $650m

16 October 2012 - Pearson, the world's leading learning company, has announced the acquisition of EmbanetCompass from an investor group led by Technology Crossover Ventures and Knowledge Universe, for $650m in cash. more →

AEC Education Sells Educational Resources To Pearson for £2.5 Million

04 October 2012 - AEC Education plc, a higher eductation, vocational training and English language business, has agreed to sell its non-core examinations subsidiary, Educational Resources Pte Ltd, or ER, to Pearson Education South Asia Pte. Ltd. for £2.5 million in cash. more →

John Fallon to Succeed Marjorie Scardino as Pearson’s CEO

03 October 2012 - ​Pearson has announced that Marjorie Scardino has decided to step down as Pearson's chief executive at the end of 2012. John Fallon will succeed her as chief executive on 1 January 2013, and joins the Pearson board with immediate effect. more →

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Equity Strategies originates £3.2m acquisition of leading veterinary CPD & training provider

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Equity Strategies advises on £41m deals in aquaculture breeding and genetics

02 March 2015 - Equity Strategies advised Benchmark Holdings plc on two strategic acquisitions in aquaculture breeding and genetics valued at £41m.

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