Tina Reed Staff Reporter | Washington Business Journal
Analysts following D.C.-based The Advisory Board Co. say a potential sale of its health division to UnitedHealthcare and higher education division to private equity firm Vista Equity Partners, as reported last week by Bloomberg, seems likely. It makes sense for Advisory Board (NASDAQ: ABCO) — which has publicly been courting an acquisition since February— to break its two major consulting divisions as part of any future deal, several analysts told me Monday. The higher education division is smaller but has been growing faster than the underperforming health care consultancy, they said. According to Bloomberg, Vista Equity Partners would acquire Advisory Board’s education business for up to $1.5 billion.