Loyalist Group Limited

Loyalist Group Limited

February 09, 2015 07:00 ET

Loyalist to Spin-Off Housing Business

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Feb. 9, 2015) - Loyalist Group Limited ("Loyalist", the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:LOY) announced today that its board of directors has approved a strategic plan to spin-off its student housing business into a separate entity. The Company is confident that transitioning the housing business into a stand-alone entity will better position it to capitalize on market opportunities and enhance shareholder value, while at the same time allowing Loyalist to focus on its fast-growing ESL, Career-College and Agency businesses.

"After a year-long pilot program we've grown our housing business into a small but profitable revenue-generating operation. Of far greater importance, we've learned how best to grow it substantially and rapidly, and to that end we feel it necessary to spin it off and raise capital separately. Our recent acquisitions of two overseas agencies will allow us not only to significantly grow our education business but also our housing subsidiary," said Chief Executive Officer Andrew Ryu.

"After a year of study we have come to realize that the growth opportunities in student housing are significant, from catering not only to Loyalist's large and fast-growing student body but also those of other schools, not limited to the ESL space. We believe that a large presence in the lucrative student housing market will deliver significant returns to our shareholders and I'm very eager to ramp up our efforts."

Completion of the transaction is subject to customary conditions for a transaction of this nature including, but not limited to, the receipt of all required corporate, regulatory and other third-party approvals. Loyalist intends to maintain an interest in the new housing entity post-spinoff.

About Loyalist

Loyalist Group Limited owns and operates private English as a Second Language (ESL) Schools, Career Colleges and Community Colleges in Toronto, Vancouver, Victoria and Halifax.

Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

Forward-Looking Statements

This news release includes certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Canadian securities laws. Such forward-looking information and statements are not representative of historical facts or information or current condition, but instead represent only the Company's beliefs regarding future events, plans or objectives, many of which, by their nature, are inherently uncertain and outside of the Company's control. Generally, such forward-looking information or statements can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "plans", "expects" or "does not expect", "is expected", "budget", "scheduled", "estimates", "forecasts", "intends", "anticipates" or "does not anticipate", or "believes", or variations of such words and phrases or may contain statements that certain actions, events or results "may", "could", "would", "might" or "will be taken, "will continue", "will occur" or "will be achieved".
The forward-looking information contained herein includes information relating to the Company's proposed spin-off of its student housing business and the financial impact of the transaction, if completed, on the Company and the spun-off housing business. By identifying such information and statements in this manner, the Company is alerting the reader that such information and statements are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results, level of activity, performance or achievements of the Company to be materially different from those expressed or implied by such information and statements. Any number of important factors could cause actual results to differ materially from these forward-looking statements as well as future results, including but not limited to: risks related to any of the Company's announced or proposed acquisitions or other transactions, including the transaction referenced in this news release, failing to close or becoming delayed before closing; the Company's reliance on its South Korean contract; carrying on business and activities in international jurisdiction where Canadian laws do not apply; the Company's ability to service its outstanding indebtedness and the impact of that indebtedness on the Company's ability to raise additional capital, fund operations or meet business objectives; any loss of certain key personnel; levels of student enrolment; delays in rolling out the online education programs; competition in the educational services market; and currency fluctuations.
Although the Company has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking information and statements, there may be other factors that cause results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended. Although the Company believes that the assumptions and factors used in preparing, and the expectations contained in, the forward-looking information and statements are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on such information and statements, and no assurance or guarantee can be given that such forward-looking information and statements will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such information and statements. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on any forward-looking information or statements contained in this press release. The forward-looking information contained in this press release is made as of the date hereof, and the Company does not undertake to update any forward-looking information that is contained or referenced herein, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except in accordance with applicable securities laws. All subsequent written and oral forward looking information and statements attributable to the Company or persons acting on its behalf is expressly qualified in its entirety by this notice.

Contact Information