BOSTON – April 17, 2023 – Cengage Group, a global edtech company, today announced it has signed a definitive agreement with funds (the “Apollo Funds”) managed by affiliates of Apollo Global Management, Inc. (NYSE: APO) whereby Apollo Funds will purchase $500 million of a new series of convertible preferred stock of Cengage Group, subject to certain adjustments. The transaction is expected to close by June 30, 2023, subject to customary closing conditions.
“This investment is a strong affirmation of our performance and strategy by an investor who has deep knowledge of our industry and a track record of value creation,” said Michael E. Hansen, CEO, Cengage Group. “By replacing debt with equity capital from Apollo Funds, we are meaningfully reducing outstanding debt giving us optionality to invest in our portfolio of growing businesses.”
Apollo Private Equity Partner Itai Wallach said, “We are thrilled to be working with the Cengage Group management team and its Board as the Company continues to execute against its business plan. We believe our deep experience in the education sector will help to further accelerate the Company’s transformation from print to digital and drive further growth across its business.”
With more than a century of experience in the education sector, Cengage Group has evolved from a traditional print publisher to an edtech portfolio company that supports all students, from middle school through graduate school and skills education, with quality content and technology. In the past year, Cengage Group has acquired Infosec, a leading provider of cybersecurity education and training, and launched Ready to Hire, a dynamic new solution to close skilled labor gaps and expand access to quality training. With the investment from the Apollo Funds, Cengage Group intends to continue its focus on Education for Employment by investing in products and services that help millions of students leverage education to gain the skills and competencies needed to be job ready.
Terms of the Transaction
For additional information regarding terms of the transaction, please visit www.cengagegroup.com/investors to view the Current Report.
Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz is serving as legal counsel to Cengage Group.
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP is serving as legal counsel to the Apollo Funds.
KKR Capital Markets is serving as capital markets advisor and lead arranger for the transaction on behalf of Cengage Group.
Apollo Capital Solutions is also serving as a capital markets advisor.
About Cengage Group
With more than 100 years serving learners, Cengage Group is a global edtech company that enables student choice. No matter how, where, when or why someone wants to learn, our portfolio of education businesses supports all students, from middle school through graduate school and skills education, with quality content and technology. Collectively, our three business units – Cengage Academic, Cengage Work and Cengage Select – help millions of students each year in more than 125 countries achieve their education and career goals and lead choice-filled lives. Visit us at www.cengagegroup.com or find us on LinkedIn and Twitter.
Apollo is a high-growth, global alternative asset manager. In our asset management business, we seek to provide our clients excess return at every point along the risk-reward spectrum from investment grade to private equity with a focus on three investing strategies: yield, hybrid, and equity. For more than three decades, our investing expertise across our fully integrated platform has served the financial return needs of our clients and provided businesses with innovative capital solutions for growth. Through Athene, our retirement services business, we specialize in helping clients achieve financial security by providing a suite of retirement savings products and acting as a solutions provider to institutions. Our patient, creative, and knowledgeable approach to investing aligns our clients, businesses we invest in, our employees, and the communities we impact, to expand opportunity and achieve positive outcomes. As of December 31, 2022, Apollo had approximately $548 billion of assets under management. To learn more, please visit www.apollo.com.
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Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statement
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