ADvTECH ends discussions with Curro

AA – The Board of ADvTECH have announced that it has reached a unanimous decision not to take forward the conditional proposal it received from Curro.

“Having spent a considerable amount of time evaluating the proposal and following protracted discussions with Curro and its advisors, ADvTECH’s Board has unanimously concluded it is not in the best interests of the company to take this forward. We can now return our full attention to implementing the group’s exciting growth strategy which is showing excellent results already,” said Chris Boulle, ADvTECH’s lead independent director.

Accordingly ADvTECH has ended discussions with Curro and informed shareholders that the cautionary statements issued on 25th June and 15th July are withdrawn.

Mr Boulle said that in line with the board’s fiduciary duty to act in the best interests of the company, it would consider any substantive proposal based on whether it would, inter alia :

  • Secure sustainable value for the company and all its stakeholders
  • Maintain the integrity and reputation of its education brands
  • Ensure support for the business model and growth strategy
  • Have acceptable implementation risk

Giving further detail on ADvTECH’s decision, CEO Frank Thompson said: “The draft proposal received was not a firm offer as it was hedged with a number of unacceptable pre-conditions including the furnishing of confidential information to a competitor. It could also have led to a situation where ADvTECH was unable to pursue its exciting growth strategy for a protracted period while waiting for implementation of the proposed transaction, which the board considered unlikely to succeed. ”

Mr Thompson said that ADvTECH has delivered and will continue to build on its ambitious growth and investment strategy, including impressive and sustained growth in revenue and profit. In its trading update of 8 July 2015, ADvTECH stated that for the six months ended 30 June 2015, both basic earnings per share (EPS) and headline earnings per share (HEPS) will be between 20% and 30% higher compared with the six months ended 30 June 2014. This is due to strong performance across all ADvTECH’s divisions (namely the schools, tertiary and recruitment divisions), driven by organic growth augmented by the benefits of the successfully implemented investment programme of the past few years.

Mr Thompson concluded. ” ADvTECH has strong foundations in place. We have an enviable reputation for quality and student achievement. Our investors are buying into our strategy – they know that they will continue to reap the benefits of our ambitious yet considered growth strategy. As always, the interests of our students, their parents and our colleagues remain a priority. We will continue delivering our promise to learners and our clients while pursuing growth and excellence.”

The ADvTECH share price trend has risen consistently over the past twelve months, growing 37%.

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