New Oriental Announces Tencent's Investment in Xun Cheng and Xun Cheng's Proposed IPO in China

Feb 01, 2016, 03:00 ET from New Oriental Education and Technology Group Inc.

BEIJING, Feb. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- New Oriental Education and Technology Group Inc. (the "Company" or "New Oriental") (NYSE: EDU), the largest provider of private educational services in China, today announced that an affiliate of Tencent Holdings Limited ("Tencent," SEHK stock code: 00700), a leading provider of Internet value-added services in China, has agreed to invest RMB320 million (US$50 million) in Beijing New Oriental Xuncheng Network Technology Co., Ltd. ("Xun Cheng"), which operates the Company's online education platform, Koolearn.com. This investment is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2016. After the completion of the Tencent investment, Xun Cheng will remain as a majority controlled affiliate of New Oriental.

New Oriental also announced that Xun Cheng intends to conduct an initial public offering ("IPO") and listing of its common shares on a major stock exchange in China. Xun Cheng's IPO will be subject to capital markets conditions, and its application with the relevant PRC authorities in compliance with applicable laws and regulations and obtaining the requisite regulatory approval. While the number of common shares to be offered and sold in the IPO has yet to be determined, New Oriental plans to continue to control and consolidate Xun Cheng after Xun Cheng's IPO.

This press release is not intended to, and does not, constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of an offer to purchase any securities, in the United States or elsewhere, and it is not intended to, and does not, constitute an offer, solicitation or sale of any securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such an offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful.

About New Oriental

New Oriental is the largest provider of private educational services in China based on the number of program offerings, total student enrollments and geographic presence. New Oriental offers a wide range of educational programs, services and products consisting primarily of English and other foreign language training, test preparation courses for major admissions and assessment tests in the United States, the PRC and Commonwealth countries, primary and secondary school education, development and distribution of educational content, software and other technology, and online education. New Oriental's ADSs, each of which represents one common share, currently trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "EDU."

For more information about New Oriental, please visit http://english.neworiental.org.

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Contacts

For investor and media inquiries, please contact:

In China:

Ms. Cara O'Brien
FTI Consulting
Tel: +852-3768-4537
Email: cara.obrien@fticonsulting.com  

Ms. Sisi Zhao
New Oriental Education and Technology Group Inc.
Tel: +86-10-6260-5568
Email: zhaosisi@xdf.cn

 

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