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An Encore MasterClass™
On PE & Mezz Investing
In Education Companies
Private Equity Investing
In Education Companies --
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Bruce A. Eatroff, Partner
Featuring 20 Expert Speakers Including --
Featuring Lunch Time Table Hosts Including --
Thursday, January 13, 2011
8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Designed to Meet the Needs of GPs, LPs, & Managers of Buyout, Growth Equity, Mezzanine, & Lending Funds, as Well as Independent Sponsors, Operating Partners, Portfolio Company Managers, and the Bankers, Lawyers, Accountants, & Other Advisors Who Support Them
The mid-term election results were potentially kind to the for-profit education industry, and investors are continuing to pursue what is one of the standout sectors in today’s slow economy.
What’s more, this nearly $118 billion industry is setting the pace for how education is going to be delivered in the years ahead. In fact, it’s leading not-for-profit education providers in its application of technology -- to the point where most not-for-profit institutions are being forced to play catch up.
What truly distinguishes for-profit education is its ability to deliver the type of training that today’s students and corporate employees want. By being able to base its offerings on market demand -- paying swift attention to the careers and subject matter in high favor, and setting pricing according to economic conditions -- these providers are pioneering new ways to provide effective, interactive learning throughout all stages of the educational process.
While tighter government regulation has been the elephant in the room for the past year, the new reality of evolving changes and specificity is welcome news.
And education is not part of the push for limiting government spending -- both major political parties are in agreement that education is one of the most important items in the federal budget.
Investors are active in all three segments of the for-profit market -- K-12, post-secondary, and training/continuing education.
Currently, K-12 is the most active, with opportunities including enrichment programs, early childhood education, courseware, after-school tutoring, and private schools both in the U.S. and abroad. The U.S. Government’s Race to the Top program is pushing innovation and new business models in K-12. As example, software provider American Education Corp. was recently acquired by market leader K12 Inc.
In the post-secondary space, while traditional bellwether Apollo Group recently announced a decline in enrollments, this has been offset by strong performance among providers focusing on post-graduate master’s and doctoral programs such as Capella University, and providers offering the most attractive price points such as Bridgepoint Education.
Although “gainful employment” continues to be a potential obstacle in the post-secondary segment -- pairing the availability of government loan money with students’ ability to get a job to repay the loan -- it’s not insurmountable. And most recently, public pushback caused the U.S. Department of Education to remove its most onerous pending rule on approval for new programs.
And training/continuing education is on a roll as corporations are beginning to restore spending in such areas as professional certification and executive development. Vocational schools are also seeing increasing enrollment as an alternative to devalued public-institution associate degrees.
Quad Partners and Gemini Investors-backed Marinello Schools of Beauty were recently chosen by the National Association of Small Business Investment Companies as the 2010 Middle-Market Portfolio Company of the Year.
The buying opportunities are plentiful, as each subsector has positive momentum thanks to the impact of education on society and the administration’s own call for every American to have at least one year of higher education or career training by 2020. And over the longer term, both government and business are pressing for the U.S. to reclaim world leadership in college completion.
But it’s crucial that you understand current trends to know where to look, and how to position your current portfolio companies. Since our last Education MasterClass in July 2010, new technologies have emerged, new legislation has made its mark, and new self-regulatory efforts have taken center stage.
That’s why you’ll want to be at the head of the class by attending The Capital Roundtable’s full-day encore conference on private equity investing in education companies --
Private Equity Investing
In Education Companies --
Seizing Success in an Industry
This conference on Thursday, January 13, in New York, will bring you all-new content on the forecast and direction of for-profit education companies in 2011 and beyond. You’ll discover the strategies that many experts are employing, and the steps to success you can immediately put into place.
And just as promptness counts in turning in assignments, so does it reward our own attendees who register early. Sign up now, and you’ll receive our special Early Bird Discount -- a generous savings of $400!
Listen, Learn, and Prosper From 20 Education Industry Specialists.
Tailored for the year to come, this conference is completely new, and completely up to date on regulatory issues and future trends.
We’ll give you a comprehensive look at the companies that are succeeding throughout the industry -- not only education providers, but also the companies that serve them with such tools as course materials, technology applications, online supplements, and classroom innovations such as smart boards.
Traditional educational institutions as a whole have been slow to adapt to digital delivery, and many middle-market companies are prospering by helping fill the void.
The training subsector is also benefiting as employers recognize how effective the online modality has become, compared to the traditional conference room seminar. The companies that best deploy technology to meet the needs of their learners -- along with the suppliers that handle their back-end functions such as enrollment and CRM -- are among today’s best buying opportunities.
To sort everything out for you, we’re pleased to bring back one of today’s best-known private equity education industry experts as our chair -- Bruce Eatroff, partner at Halyard Capital in New York City. An often-quoted observer of the for-profit education investment scene, and a veteran of Wall Street dealmaking for more than twenty years, Bruce is exceptionally well‑qualified to lead this conference with his comprehensive knowledge, street smarts, and good humor.
Along with Bruce, our panel discussions will feature 20 recognized private equity experts in the education space, including GPs, portfolio company operating executives, investment bankers, lenders, consultants, and more. These knowledgeable professionals offer a wide breadth of real-world perspectives, including how they are presently sourcing and exiting deals and adding value to their present education holdings.
Register now for all the answers to the questions and concerns on investors’ minds --
Networking Opportunities As Robust As Our Content.
One of the hallmarks of The Capital Roundtable conferences is how we make your networking as productive as your learning. That’s why we build in plenty of time over the day when you can connect with fellow attendees and featured speakers, including session breaks and an open lunch.
This informal yet informative atmosphere is why our previous education conferences have quickly filled up, so be sure to register now while space is still available.
You should attend this conference if you are a --
Remember, register with our Early Bird Discount by December 3, 2010 and you’ll save $400 off our standard fee! Please make your reservation now so you’re not disappointed. We’ll be looking forward to greeting you.
For more information, please feel free to contact Dana DeMattia at 212-832-7333 ext. 102 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
This conference is being produced by The Capital Roundtable, America’s leading conference organization focusing on “need-to-know” information for professionals in the middle-market private equity community. For more information about The Capital Roundtable’s 20 annual MasterClasses and other events and programs, please visit www.capitalroundtable.com.
The Capital Roundtable thanks Dow Lohnes PLLC and Parthenon Group LLC for sponsoring this outstanding event. It’s due in great part to their collaboration and support that we have the resources to make this event so worthwhile for you.
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If the program is oversubscribed, we will notify you immediately and not charge your credit card. (If you need to cancel, please do so by Tuesday, January 6 at 5:00pm, and we will credit you for a future MasterClass.)
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