BEIJING, July 20, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- TAL Education Group (NYSE: XRS) ("TAL" or the "Company"), a leading K-12 after-school tutoring services provider in China, today announced it has signed agreements with a real estate developer to purchase approximately 7,500 square meters of office space in Beijing for a total cash consideration of RMB386.5 million. The Company plans to expand the acquired space, including office and other ancillary areas, to over 12,000 square meters. The premises are expected to be ready to house TAL's corporate headquarters in the second quarter of fiscal year 2013.
"After careful consideration, we came to the conclusion that purchasing new office space in Beijing was critical to accommodate the continued development of our headquarters functions that will be necessary for our business expansion," commented Mr. Bangxin Zhang, TAL's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "The prime location of the new offices in Haidian district, where many of China's highest ranked schools and universities are based, will be advantageous for our continued ability to attract and retain top quality teachers, content developers, and other key staff. We also expect the purchase of this office space to improve our operational efficiency as currently our headquarters operations are spread out over multiple locations."
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About TAL Education Group
TAL Education Group, which operates under the brand "Xueersi," is a leading K-12 after-school tutoring service provider in China associated with high teaching quality and outstanding student academic performance. Its tutoring services cover the core subjects in China's school curriculum, including mathematics, English, Chinese, physics, chemistry and biology, and are delivered through three formats: small class, one-on-one, and online courses. The Company's network includes 132 physical learning centers as of February 28, 2011, located in six key cities in China: Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Tianjin and Wuhan. It also operates www.eduu.com, a leading online education platform in China. The Company's ADSs trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "XRS."
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