TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Sept. 18, 2013) - Loyalist Group Limited ("Loyalist") (TSX VENTURE:LOY) is pleased to announce that, on September 17, 2013, it has completed the acquisition of KGIC Language College (2010) Corp. ("KGIC"), an accredited and licensed English-as-a-second-language (ESL) school, and KGIC Business College (2010) Corp. ("KGIBC"), a registered career college, in Toronto, Vancouver, and Victoria from CIBT Education Group Inc. and CIBT School of Business & Technology Corp. KGIC and KGIBC have a total of 8 campuses across Canada, in Halifax, Toronto, Vancouver and Victoria. This transaction represents the largest acquisition Loyalist has completed to date.
KGIC's trailing 12-month revenues to the end of August 2013, are expected to be over $25 million, with adjusted earnings before interest, taxes and depreciation and amortization of $2.7 million. The total purchase price for KGIC and KGIBC was $13.5 million, of which $9.5 million, subject to certain closing adjustments, was allocated in cash at closing. The remaining $4.0 million of the total purchase price, subject to certain post-closing adjustments, is payable by Loyalist by way of a non-interest bearing, secured, subordinated promissory note due March 17, 2014.
"This acquisition almost doubles our revenue and EBITDA," commented Loyalist CEO Andrew Ryu. "It also offers organic growth as it allows us to attract significantly more student business from Asia and strengthens the Loyalist brand as a dominant ESL player in Canada. We are pleased to welcome KGIC's talented management and staff to the Loyalist team."
About KGIC and KGIBC
KGIC and KGIBC consists of three education brands and currently operates 8 campuses in Canada with a trained staff of over 230. KGIC and KGIBC are committed to providing the highest level of academic training and customer service possible. Since 1996, KGIC and KGIBC have grown to become one of the largest and most reputable private language schools and career colleges in Canada.
Loyalist owns and operates private education schools in Toronto, Vancouver, and Victoria offering (i) ESL 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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