Loyalist Group Limited

Loyalist Group Limited

September 03, 2013 08:30 ET

Loyalist Signs Definitive Agreement to Acquire King George International College

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Sept. 3, 2013) - Loyalist Group Limited ("Loyalist") (TSX VENTURE:LOY) is pleased to announce that it has entered into a definitive agreement for the acquisition of King George International College ("KGIC") and King George International Business College ("KGIBC"), an accredited English-as-a-second-language (ESL) school and a career college with 8 campuses in Toronto, Vancouver, Victoria, and Halifax in Canada.

KGIC has revenues of $25.0 million in the most recent 12-month period. Loyalist will pay $13.5 million for KGIC, of which $9.5 million, subject to certain adjustments is due in cash at closing and $4,000,000 subject to certain defined post-closing adjustments, is payable by way of a non-interest bearing promissory note due on or about March 12, 2014. The acquisition is expected to close on or about September 12, 2013. Loyalist has sufficient cash to close this acquisition and therefore at this time no financing is required.

"This is more than our biggest acquisition to date, it's a transformative event for our company," said CEO Andrew Ryu. "First, it increases our revenue by approximately 40% and takes us to a size that cements our position as a preferred destination for international students that also attracts a bigger investor base. Second, this acquisition will demonstrate the scalability of our business model along with the ability to create both revenue and cost synergies. Now that our platform is strong enough to support big increases in revenues, we expect to see progressive and accretive profit growth as KGIC and subsequent acquisitions are integrated into the Loyalist platform. We expect this acquisition to more than double net income immediately as a starting point without taking into account implementing cost synergies and the anticipated acceleration of organic growth as a result of the size of this acquisition."

About KGIC

KGIC consists of three education brands and currently operates 8 campuses in Canada with a trained staff of over 230. King George International College ("KGIC") is committed to providing the highest level of academic training and customer service possible. Since 1996, KGIC has grown to become one of the largest and most reputable private language schools in Canada.

About Loyalist

Loyalist owns and operates private education schools in Toronto, Vancouver, and Victoria offering (i) English as a Second Language Courses for international students; (ii) Training programs for teachers, commonly known as TESL; (iii) Professional Development Courses; and (iv) Corporate English for Professionals.

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