Will Education Management's IPO Score Well with Investors?

Sep.29.09 | About: Education Management (EDMC)

Education Management (NASDAQ:EDMC), a provider of campus-based and online post-secondary education programs, is expected to go public this week. The Pittsburgh-based company had been ready to price its IPO in December 2007 but nixed it once the markets soured.

Business Overview (from prospectus)

We are among the largest providers of post-secondary education in North America, with approximately 110,800 enrolled students as of October 2008. We offer academic programs to our students through campus-based and online instruction, or through a combination of both. We are committed to offering quality academic programs and continuously strive to improve the learning experience for our students. We target a large and diverse market as our educational institutions offer students the opportunity to earn undergraduate and graduate degrees, including doctoral degrees, and certain specialized non-degree diplomas in a broad range of disciplines. These disciplines include design, media arts, health sciences, psychology and behavioral sciences, culinary, fashion, business, legal, education and information technology. Each of our schools located in the United States is licensed in the state in which it is located, accredited by a national or regional accreditation agency and certified by the U.S. Department of Education, enabling students to access federal student loans, grants and other forms of public and private financial aid. Our academic programs are designed with an emphasis on applied content and are taught primarily by faculty members who, in addition to having appropriate academic credentials, offer practical and relevant professional experience in their respective fields. Our net revenues for fiscal 2009 were $2,011.5 million.

Offering: 20 million shares at $18- $20 per share. Net proceeds

Lead Underwriters: Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS), J.P. Morgan (NYSE:JPM), BofA Merrill Lynch (NYSE:BAC)

Financial Highlights:

Net revenues for fiscal 2009 increased 19.4% to $2,011.5 million, compared to $1,684.2 million in fiscal 2008...Educational services expenses increased by $166.4 million, or 18.5%, to $1,067.7 million in fiscal 2009 due primarily to the incremental costs incurred to support higher student enrollment... Net interest expense was $153.3 million in fiscal 2009, a decrease of $3.0 million from the prior fiscal year.


The post-secondary education market is highly fragmented and competitive. Our schools compete for students with traditional public and private two-year and four-year colleges and universities and other for-profit providers, including those that offer distance learning programs. Many public and private colleges and universities, as well as other for-profit providers, offer programs similar to those we offer. Public institutions receive substantial government subsidies, and both public and private institutions have access to government and foundation grants, tax-deductible contributions and other financial resources generally not available to for-profit providers. Accordingly, public and private institutions may have facilities and equipment superior to those in the for-profit sector and often can offer lower effective tuition prices. Some of our competitors in both the public and private sectors also have substantially greater financial and other resources than we do.

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