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Renaissance Learning, Inc.

Shane Van Dalsem
May 1, 2017
North America
Strategy & General Management
16 pages
education budgets, offer, merger, ownership, budget
Student Price: 
$4.00 (€3.36)
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Judi and Terry Paul, the founders and principal owners of Renaissance Learning (“RLRN”), were vocal in their objections of the potential sale of RLRN to Plato Learning, Inc. (“Plato”). A bidding war had erupted between Plato and Permira Advisers (“Permira”) in response to the announcement on August 15, 2011 that Permira had made an offer to purchase RLRN. On September 10th, 2011, RLRN announced that a special meeting of RLRN’s board of directors had been scheduled for Monday, October 17th to vote on the most recent offer from Permira. This announcement resulted in a bid by Plato on October 7th that could have provided a higher price to both the Pauls and the minority shareholders of RLRN than the bid made by Permira. Over the weekend of October 8th and 9th , 2011, Permira Advisers (“Permira”) received a request by Renaissance Learning, Inc. (“RLRN”) to increase the previous bid that Permira had made to purchase RLRN. The request was potentially made to forestall litigation against RLRN by some of its minority shareholders for not accepting Plato’s higher offer. Representatives from Permira informed RLRN that they would need authorization from Permira’s investment committee to accept the increase and that they would meet with the investment committee on Monday, October 10th to discuss the offer (Renaissance Learning, 2011c).

Learning Outcomes: 
  1. Determine if the price offered for the acquisition of a firm should reflect the value
    based on the existing WACC and capital structure of the firm or the one proposed by
    the acquisition.
  2. Use dividend discount and free cash flow models to determine the value of a firm.
  3. Explain which valuation model provides the appropriate approach to valuing the subject
  4. Evaluate how a controlling shareholder impacts the value of a firm.
  5. Identify firm-specific risks that may impact the value of the firm.