Education Management Corporation Reports Fiscal 2013 Third Quarter Results

PITTSBURGH, May 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Education Management Corporation (the "Company")  (NASDAQ: EDMC), one of the largest providers of post-secondary education in North America, today reported its financial results for the three months ended March 31, 2013.  Net revenues during the quarter were $638.9 million and, as a result of certain charges further described below, including non-cash asset impairment charges of $323.7 million, the Company reported a net loss of $284.0 million, or $2.28 per diluted share.  Excluding these charges, net income would have been $30.5 million or $0.24 per diluted share.

"We are pleased with this quarter's results as we made progress across multiple objectives," said Edward H. West, Education Management's President and Chief Executive Officer.  "In addition to the sequential improvement in new student enrollment trends during the quarter, we also experienced improvements in retention as a result of the commitment and efforts made by faculty and staff across our colleges and universities.  Our students are at the core of what we do, and we are passionate about helping them achieve their career goals through education that is aligned with real opportunities in the American workforce."

Mr. West added, "During the quarter, we made good progress on other fronts, including the debt exchange that reduces our outstanding debt and extends our maturity schedule.  We also strengthened our executive management team with the additions of Carol DiBattiste and Joan Walker to lead our legal and compliance and corporate communications functions, respectively, and Mick Beekhuizen as our new Chief Financial Officer.  It is a testament to our mission and position as an industry leader that we were able to attract these accomplished individuals to EDMC."

Due primarily to the Company's equity market capitalization being below book value at March 31, 2013, the Company performed impairment reviews of the carrying value of goodwill and indefinite-lived intangible assets at each of its four reporting units at March 31, 2013.  The reviews resulted in a non-cash goodwill impairment of $294.5 million and a non-cash indefinite-lived intangible asset impairment of $28.0 million at The Art Institutes reporting unit.  Goodwill and indefinite-lived intangible asset impairments were not indicated at the Company's other three reporting units, which are Argosy University, Brown Mackie Colleges and South University.   In addition, the Company recorded a $1.2 million non-cash impairment charge related to fixed assets at one of its schools. 

Financial Highlights

  • Financial highlights for the third quarter of fiscal 2013 included the following:
    • Net revenues were $638.9 million, a decrease of 9.1% from $702.5 million recorded in the third quarter of fiscal 2012, primarily due to an 11.4% decline in average enrolled student body for the three months ended March 31, 2013 compared to the prior year quarter.
    • The Company recorded a net loss of $284.0 million, or $2.28 per diluted share, compared to a net loss of $417.1 million, or $3.31 per diluted share, for the prior year quarter.  The prior year quarter included a goodwill impairment charge of $495.4 million.
    • As noted in the table below, the Company incurred long-lived asset impairments, a loss on debt refinancing, and a reversal of an uncertain tax position liability in both the current quarter and the prior year quarter, as well as a restructuring charge in the prior year quarter.  After adjusting for these expenses, net income would have been $30.5 million, or $0.24 per diluted share, in the current quarter compared to net income of $41.6 million, or $0.33 per diluted share, in the prior year quarter.
    • Earnings before interest, taxes and depreciation and amortization ("EBITDA") was a loss of $206.9 million compared to a loss of $376.3 million in the prior year quarter.  After adjusting for  impairment charges, a debt refinancing charge and restructuring charges described below, EBITDA would have been $122.0 million in the current quarter compared to $134.5 million in the prior year quarter.

 


(dollars in millions except per share data)

For the Three Months

Ended March 31,


2013


2012

EBITDA

$

(206.9)



$

(376.3)


Long-lived asset impairments

323.7



495.4


Loss on debt refinancing

5.2



9.5


Restructuring



5.9


EBITDA excluding certain expenses

122.0



134.5






Net loss

(284.0)



(417.1)


Long-lived asset impairments, loss on debt

refinancing and restructuring, net of tax

315.2



459.4


Reversal of uncertain tax position liability

(0.7)



(0.7)


Net income excluding certain expenses

$

30.5



$

41.6






Diluted loss per share

$

(2.28)



$

(3.31)


Diluted earnings per share, excluding certain expenses

$

0.24



$

0.33


  • On March 5, 2013, the Company completed an offer to exchange the 8.75% Senior Notes due June 1, 2014 ("Old Notes") for new Senior Cash Pay/PIK Notes due July 1, 2018 ("New Notes") and cash.  In connection with this exchange offer and a simultaneous private exchange on the same terms, the Company issued $203.0 million of New Notes and paid down $162.3 million of Old Notes with cash on hand.  The remaining $9.7 million of Old Notes not tendered were extinguished in April 2013 at par.  A loss on debt refinancing of $5.2 million was reported in the fiscal third quarter, which represents fees paid to third parties in connection with this exchange offer. 
  • Despite lower operating performance in the current period, cash flows provided by operating activities for the nine months ended March 31, 2013 were $286.2 million compared to $152.7 million in the nine months ended March 31, 2012.  Current year operating cash flows were comparatively higher primarily due to a transfer of $210.0 million to restricted cash in the prior year quarter in connection with the issuance of letters of credit under the Company's cash secured letter of credit facilities, which reduced the prior year period's cash flow from operating activities. The cash secured letter of credit facilities are being used to help satisfy the Company's previously disclosed letter of credit requirement with the U.S. Department of Education.
  • At March 31, 2013, cash and cash equivalents were $183.6 million, compared to $287.5 million at March 31, 2012. 
  • On a cash basis, capital expenditures were $64.6 million, or 3.4% of net revenues, for the nine months ended March 31, 2013 compared to $64.7 million, or 3.0% of net revenues, in the same period in the prior year.

New Student Enrollment 


For the Three Months Ended March 31,


2013


2012


% Change

The Art Institutes

11,200


12,100


(7.3)%

Argosy University

5,100


4,300


18.1%

Brown Mackie Colleges

4,100


4,000


3.7%

South University (1)

4,100


6,700


(39.0)%

Total EDMC (1)

24,500


27,100


(9.5)%

The new student enrollment data shown above includes the number of new students who enrolled in fully-online programs at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Argosy University and South University.  Total new students who enrolled in fully-online programs for the three months ended March 31, 2013 were approximately 7,700 as compared to 10,300 in three months ended March 31, 2012.


(1)

The reduction in new student enrollment reflects the impact of the actions taken last summer related to South University's fully-online programs.  When excluding South University's fully-online programs, "total EDMC" new student enrollment increased 2.0%.

 

Average Enrolled Student Body


For the Three Months Ended March 31,


2013


2012


% Change

The Art Institutes

67,000


75,300


(11.1)%

Argosy University

25,300


28,400


(10.9)%

Brown Mackie Colleges

17,000


18,600


(8.3)%

South University

19,000


22,500


(15.6)%

Total EDMC

128,300


144,800


(11.4)%

Average enrolled student body is the three month average of the unique students who met attendance requirements within a month of the quarter.  The data above includes the number of students enrolled in fully-online programs at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Argosy University and South University.  The average enrolled student body in fully-online programs was approximately 31,800 for the three months ended March 31, 2013 as compared to 39,300 in the three months ended March 31, 2012.

Starting Student Enrollment


April


April




2013


2012


% Change

The Art Institutes

63,700


70,500


(9.8)%

Argosy University

24,500


26,100


(6.2)%

Brown Mackie Colleges

16,700


18,200


(8.1)%

South University

17,600


20,100


(12.3)%

Total EDMC

122,500


134,900


(9.2)%

The starting student enrollment data shown above includes the number of students enrolled in fully-online programs at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Argosy University and South University.  Starting students enrolled in fully-online programs were approximately 29,500 as of April 2013 as compared to 34,200 as of April 2012.  Fully-online enrollment is measured based on the number of students meeting attendance requirements over a two-week period near the start of the fiscal quarter.


Fiscal 2013 Guidance
The following discussion of the Company's fiscal 2013 guidance includes information that could constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  As more fully described below under the heading "Cautionary Statement," these and other forward-looking statements are based on information currently available to management and involve estimates, assumptions, risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially and unpredictably from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements.  

For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2013, capital expenditures are projected to be approximately 3.5% of net revenues, compared to 3.4% of net revenues in the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012.  The following fourth quarter and annual guidance for fiscal 2013 excludes the impact of asset impairments, restructuring and other special charges. 

 

Reconciliation of Fiscal Year 2013 Fourth Quarter and Annual Guidance of Net Income to EBITDA
(Dollars in millions, except earnings per share) (Unaudited)


Fiscal 2013 Guidance 4th Quarter:


For the Three Months Ending June 30, 2013



Low


High

Loss per diluted share


$

(0.05)


$

(0.02)






Net loss


$

(6)


$

(3)

Net interest expense


32


32

Income tax benefit


(4)


(2)

Depreciation and amortization


40


40

EBITDA


$

62


$

67







Fiscal Year 2013 Guidance Annual:


For the Twelve Months Ending

June 30, 2013



Low


High

Loss per diluted share


$

(2.18)


$

(2.16)

Earnings per diluted share excluding expenses related to long-lived asset impairments, loss on debt refinancing, restructuring and other charges


$

0.41


$

0.43






Net loss


$

(272)


$

(269)

Expenses related to long-lived asset impairments, loss on debt refinancing, restructuring and other charges, net of tax


323


323

Net income excluding expenses


$

51


$

54






  Net interest expense


$

125


$

125

Income tax expense


35


37

Depreciation and amortization


159


159

EBITDA excluding expenses


$

370


$

375








Our quarterly revenues and income fluctuate primarily as a result of the pattern of student enrollments, and our first fiscal quarter is typically the lowest revenue quarter of the fiscal year due to student vacations.  However, the seasonality of our business has decreased over the last several years, primarily due to the percentage of students enrolling in online programs, which generally experience less seasonal fluctuation than campus-based programs.

The presentation of EBITDA, as well as the presentations excluding certain expenses, do not comply with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP").  For an explanation of EBITDA and EBITDA and net income excluding certain expenses, together with a reconciliation to net income, which is the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure, see the Non-GAAP Financial Measures disclosure in the financial tables section below.

Conference Call and Webcast
Education Management Corporation will host a conference call to discuss its fiscal 2013 third quarter results on Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. (Eastern Time).  Those wishing to participate in this call should dial 412-317-6789 approximately 10 minutes prior to the start of the call.  A listen-only audio of the conference call will also be broadcast live over the Internet at www.edmc.edu.  A replay of the conference call will be available at www.edmc.edu for up to one year.


 

EDUCATION MANAGEMENT CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (Unaudited)
(In thousands, except per share amounts)






For the Three Months Ended

March 31,



For the Nine Months Ended 

March 31,


2013


2012


% Change


2013


2012


% Change

Net revenues

$

638,903



$

702,499


(9.1)%


$

1,903,363


$

2,121,782


(10.3)%

Costs and expenses:












Educational services (1) (2)

350,134



382,204


(8.4)%


1,091,808


1,132,421


(3.6)%

General and administrative (1)

166,814



191,747


(13.0)%


512,496


581,608


(11.9)%

Depreciation and amortization

40,266



40,610


(0.8)%


123,667


118,694


4.2%

Long-lived asset impairments (3)

323,690



495,380


(34.7)%


323,690


495,380


(34.7)%

Total costs and expenses

880,904



1,109,941


(20.6)%


2,051,661


2,328,103


(11.9)%

Loss before interest and income taxes

(242,001)



(407,442)


(40.6)%


(148,298)


(206,321)


(28.1)%

Interest expense, net

30,464



25,424


19.8%


92,924


79,139


17.4%

Loss on debt refinancing

5,232



9,474


(44.8)%


5,232


9,474


(44.8)%

Loss before income taxes

(277,697)



(442,340)


(37.2)%


(246,454)


(294,934)


(16.4)%

Income tax expense (benefit)

6,297



(25,224)


N/M


19,489


32,101


(39.3)%

Net loss

$

(283,994)



$

(417,116)


(31.9)%


$

(265,943)


$

(327,035)


(18.7)%

Loss per share:












Basic

$

(2.28)



$

(3.31)




$

(2.14)


$

(2.57)



Diluted

$

(2.28)



$

(3.31)




$

(2.14)


$

(2.57)



Weighted average number of shares outstanding:












Basic

124,602



126,005




124,546


127,224



Diluted

124,602



126,005




124,546


127,224







(1)

Certain reclassifications of fiscal 2012 data have been made to conform to the fiscal 2013 presentation.  These reclassifications did not materially change any of the previously reported amounts. 





(2)

Includes bad debt expense of $39.9 million and $41.2 million in the three months ended March 31, 2013 and 2012, respectively and $129.7 million and $117.7 million in the nine months ended March 31, 2013 and 2012, respectively. 





(3)

The current quarter includes a $294.5 million goodwill impairment and a $28.0 million indefinite-lived intangible asset impairment each recorded at The Art Institutes and $1.2 million of an impairment charge related to fixed assets at one of the Company's schools.  The prior year quarter includes goodwill impairment charges at Argosy University, Brown Mackie Colleges and South University.

 

 

EDUCATION MANAGEMENT CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (In thousands)



March 31, 2013


June 30, 2012


March 31, 2012

Assets

(Unaudited)



(Unaudited)

Current assets:






Cash and cash equivalents

$

183,614


$

191,008


$

287,503

Restricted cash

272,029


267,880


284,053

Total cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash

455,643


458,888


571,556

Student receivables, net of allowances of $177,802,

$225,657 and $214,140

153,069


203,341


144,495

Notes, advances and other receivables

27,509


22,174


20,768

Inventories

7,000


8,382


10,035

Deferred income taxes

102,793


102,668


76,674

Prepaid income taxes


6,796


7,406

Other current assets

33,547


40,399


40,009

Total current assets

779,561


842,648


870,943

Property and equipment, net

543,731


651,797


653,888

Other long-term assets

55,878


51,071


47,176

Intangible assets, net

301,039


330,029


458,844

Goodwill

669,090


963,550


2,086,619

Total assets

$

2,349,299


$

2,839,095


$

4,117,470

Liabilities and shareholders' equity






Current liabilities:






Current portion of long-term debt

$

12,076


$

12,076


$

12,076

Revolving credit facility


111,300


Accounts payable

20,955


54,834


31,735

Accrued liabilities

148,782


137,348


169,838

Accrued income taxes

3,174



Unearned tuition

78,473


116,277


80,046

Advance payments

222,942


102,170


261,260

Total current liabilities

486,402


534,005


554,955

Long-term debt, less current portion

1,283,344


1,453,468


1,456,352

Deferred income taxes

88,216


111,767


171,498

Deferred rent

206,847


197,758


195,494

Other long-term liabilities

39,250


45,533


45,766

Shareholders' equity:






Common stock, at par

1,435


1,434


1,434

Additional paid-in capital

1,789,672


1,777,732


1,774,634

Treasury stock, at cost

(328,605)


(328,605)


(317,888)

(Accumulated deficit) Retained earnings

(1,201,903)


(935,960)


252,746

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(15,359)


(18,037)


(17,521)

Total shareholders' equity

245,240


496,564


1,693,405

Total liabilities and shareholders' equity

$

2,349,299


$

2,839,095


$

4,117,470

 

 


EDUCATION MANAGEMENT CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS (Unaudited)
(In thousands)




For the Nine Months Ended March 31,

Cash flows from operating activities:

2013


2012

Net loss

$

(265,943)


$

(327,035)

Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash flows from operating activities:




Depreciation and amortization of property and equipment

118,814


112,936

Amortization of intangible assets

4,853


5,758

Bad debt expense

129,659


117,695

Long-lived asset impairments

323,690


495,380

Loss on debt refinancing

5,232


9,474

Share-based compensation

11,937


10,171

Non cash adjustments related to deferred rent

(12,610)


(9,300)

Amortization of deferred gains on sale-leaseback transactions

(1,012)


Restricted cash

(4,149)


(236,540)

Receivables

(91,473)


(105,089)

Reimbursements for tenant improvements

7,102


14,248

Inventory

1,383


(447)

Other assets

8,667


(9,444)

Accounts payable

(29,792)


(20,922)

Accrued liabilities

(3,095)


6,632

Unearned tuition

(37,804)


(60,104)

Advance payments

120,743


149,263

Total adjustments

552,145


479,711

Net cash flows provided by operating activities

286,202


152,676

Cash flows from investing activities:




Expenditures for long-lived assets

(64,586)


(64,679)

Proceeds from sales of fixed assets

65,065


Reimbursements for tenant improvements

(7,102)


(14,248)

Net cash flows used in investing activities

(6,623)


(78,927)

Cash flows from financing activities:




Payments under revolving credit facility

(111,300)


(79,000)

Principal payment on senior notes

(162,246)


Issuance of common stock

3


2,618

Common stock repurchased for treasury


(92,756)

Principal payments on long-term debt

(9,117)


(8,141)

Debt issuance costs and other

(4,436)


(11,928)

Net cash flows used in financing activities

(287,096)


(189,207)

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents

123


(263)

Net change in cash and cash equivalents

(7,394)


(115,721)

Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period

191,008


403,224

Cash and cash equivalents, end of period

$

183,614


$

287,503

Cash paid during the period for:




Interest (including swap settlement)

$

89,705


$

77,736

Income taxes, net of refunds

34,960


74,328


As of March 31,

Noncash investing activities:

2013


2012

Capital expenditures in current liabilities

$

7,756


$

7,580

 

EDUCATION MANAGEMENT CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES (Unaudited)

The Company reports results in four segments - The Art Institutes, Argosy University, Brown Mackie Colleges and South University.  The Company evaluates segment performance based on EBITDA excluding certain expenses.  Adjustments to reconcile segment results to consolidated results are included under the caption "Corporate and Other," which primarily includes unallocated corporate activity.

EBITDA, a measure used by management to measure operating performance, is defined as net income before net interest expense, provision for income taxes and depreciation and amortization. EBITDA is not a recognized term under GAAP and does not purport to be an alternative to net income as a measure of operating performance or to cash flows from operating activities as a measure of liquidity. Additionally, EBITDA is not intended to be a measure of free cash flow available for management's discretionary use, as it does not consider certain cash requirements such as interest payments, tax payments and debt service requirements. Management believes EBITDA is helpful in highlighting trends because EBITDA excludes the results of decisions that are outside the control of operating management and can differ significantly from company to company depending on long-term strategic decisions regarding capital structure, the tax jurisdictions in which companies operate and capital investments. We also present diluted earnings per share, weighted average number of diluted shares outstanding, net income and EBITDA after adjusting for certain expenses, which also are non-GAAP financial measures. Management believes this presentation is also helpful in highlighting trends in our business because it excludes certain expenses management believes are not indicative of ongoing operations. Management compensates for the limitations of using non-GAAP financial measures by using them to supplement GAAP results to provide a more complete understanding of the factors and trends affecting the business than GAAP results alone. Because not all companies use identical calculations, this presentation of EBITDA may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies.  A reconciliation of EBITDA excluding certain expenses by segment to consolidated net loss to consolidated net income, excluding certain expenses is detailed below:

 


Segment Information and Reconciliation of EBITDA to Net Loss to
Net Income Excluding Certain Expenses
(In thousands, except per share amounts) (Unaudited)



For the Three Months Ended

March 31,


 

For the Nine Months Ended

March 31,


2013


2012


% Change


2013


2012


% Change

Net revenues:












The Art Institutes

$

393,560


$

442,842


(11.1)%


$

1,185,232


$

1,341,344


(11.6)%

Argosy University

94,430


104,781


(9.9)%


268,663


308,995


(13.1)%

Brown Mackie Colleges

73,876


77,949


(5.2)%


226,122


240,617


(6.0)%

South University

77,037


76,927


0.1%


223,346


230,826


(3.2)%

Total EDMC

638,903


702,499


(9.1)%


1,903,363


2,121,782


(10.3)%













EBITDA excluding certain expenses:











The Art Institutes

100,527


124,611


(19.3)%


280,714


386,688


(27.4)%

Argosy University

16,373


19,202


(14.7)%


33,363


50,580


(34.0)%

Brown Mackie Colleges

8,436


14,521


(41.9)%


28,798


50,733


(43.2)%

South University

15,410


(1,980)


N/M


30,670


1,320


N/M

Corporate and other

(18,791)


(21,898)


14.2%


(65,341)


(68,993)


5.3%

Total EDMC

121,955


134,456


(9.3)%


308,204


420,328


(26.7)%













Reconciliation to EBITDA:












Long-lived asset impairments

323,690


495,380


(34.7%)


323,690


495,380


(34.7%)

Loss on debt refinancing

5,232


9,474


(44.8)%


5,232


9,474


(44.8)%

Restructuring


5,908


N/M


9,145


12,575


(27.3)%

EBITDA

(206,967)


(376,306)


(45.0%)


(29,863)


(97,101)


(69.2%)













Reconciliation to net loss:











Depreciation and amortization

40,266


40,610


(0.8%)


123,667


118,694


4.2%

Net interest expense

30,464


25,424


19.8%


92,924


79,139


17.4%

Income tax expense (benefit)

6,297


(25,224)


N/M


19,489


32,101


(39.3)%

Net loss

$

(283,994)


$

(417,116)


(31.9)%


$

(265,943)


$

(327,035)


(18.7)%













Long-lived asset impairments, net of

tax

$

311,998


$

450,000


(30.7)%


$

311,998


$

450,000


(30.7)%

Loss on debt refinancing, net of tax

3,139


5,779


(45.7)%


3,139


5,779


(45.7)%

Restructuring, net of tax


3,674


N/M


5,488


7,674


(28.5)%

Software-related charge, net of tax



N/M


2,753



N/M

Reversal of uncertain tax position liability

(691)


(749)


(7.7)%


(691)


(749)


(7.7)%

Net income, excluding certain expenses

$

30,452


$

41,588


(26.8)%


$

56,744


$

135,669


(58.2)%













Diluted loss per share

$

(2.28)


$

(3.31)




$

(2.14)


$

(2.57)



Diluted earnings per share, excluding certain expenses

$

0.24


$

0.33




$

0.45


$

1.07



Weighted average number of diluted shares outstanding, excluding certain expenses

125,167


126,005




124,802


127,224



 

About Education Management Corporation
Education Management Corporation (www.edmc.edu), with approximately 132,000 students as of October 2012, is among the largest providers of post-secondary education in North America, based on student enrollment and revenue, with a total of 110 locations in 32 U.S. states and Canada.  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 strive to improve the learning experience for our students.  Our educational institutions offer students the opportunity to earn undergraduate and graduate degrees and certain specialized non-degree diplomas in a broad range of disciplines, including media arts, health sciences, design, psychology and behavioral sciences, culinary, business, fashion, legal, education and information technology.

Cautionary Statement
This press release includes information that could constitute forward-looking statements with the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  These statements, which are based on information currently available to management, concern the Company's strategy, plans, intentions or expectations and typically contain words such as "anticipates," "believes," "estimates," "expects," "intends," "may," "will," "should," "seeks," "approximately," or "plans" or similar words, although the absence of such words does not mean that any particular statement is not forward-looking.  All of the statements included in this press release that relate to estimated and projected earnings, margins, costs, expenditures, cash flows, growth rates and financial results, including the fourth quarter and annual guidance for fiscal 2013, and including statements regarding expected enrollment, revenue, expense levels, capital expenditures and earnings, are forward-looking statements, as are any statements concerning the Company's expected future operations and performance and other future developments.  These and other forward-looking statements involve estimates, assumptions, known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially and unpredictably from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements.  The Company derives many of its forward-looking statements from its operating budgets and forecasts, which are based upon many detailed assumptions, and the Company cautions that it is very difficult to predict the impact of unknown factors, and impossible to anticipate all factors, that could affect its actual results.  Some of the factors that the Company believes could affect its results and that could cause actual results to differ materially from expectations include, but are not limited to: the timing and magnitude of student enrollment and changes in student mix, including the relative proportions of campus-based and online students enrolled in its programs; changes in average registered credits taken by students; the Company's ability to maintain eligibility to participate in Title IV programs; other changes in its students' ability to access federal and state financial aid, as well as obtain loans from third-party lenders; difficulties the Company may face in opening new schools, growing its academic programs and otherwise implementing its growth strategy; increased or unanticipated legal and regulatory costs; the results of program reviews and audits; changes in accreditation standards; the implementation of new operating procedures for the Company's fully online programs; the implementation of program initiatives in response to the U.S. Department of Education's new gainful employment regulations; adjustments to the Company's programmatic offerings to comply with the 90/10 rule; its high degree of leverage and ability to generate sufficient cash to service all of its debt obligations and other liquidity needs; market and credit risks associated with the post-secondary education industry, adverse media coverage of the industry and the overall condition of the industry; changes in the overall U.S. or global economies and access to credit and capital markets; the effects of war, terrorism, natural disasters or other catastrophic events and other risks affecting the Company, including but not limited to those described in its periodic reports filed with the Securities Exchange Commission pursuant to the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.    

Education Management Corporation

COMPANY CONTACT:

John Iannone

Director of Investor Relations

(412) 995-7727

SOURCE Education Management Corporation



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