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Here’s Why Shares of Apollo Education Are Jumping

February 8, 2016, 1:26 PM UTC
Education Stocks Plunge As Apollo Withdraws Forecast
The logo for the University of Phoenix, part of Apollo Group Inc., is displayed on a sign in Phoenix, Arizona, U.S., on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2010. Education stocks plunged after Apollo Group Inc., the biggest education company by enrollment and operator of the University of Phoenix, withdrew its forecast for fiscal 2011 citing regulatory scrutiny and a possible 40 percent decline in new students. Photographer: Joshua Lott/Bloomberg
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For-profit education provider Apollo Education Group (APOL), the owner of the University of Phoenix, said on Monday it would be taken private by a consortium in a deal valued at $1.1 billion.

The offer price of $9.50 per share is a 36.7% premium to Apollo stock’s Friday’s close.

Apollo Education’s shares jumped almost 30% in premarket trading. The company had a market value of $754.4 million as of Friday’s close.

The consortium includes the Vistria Group funds affiliated with Apollo Global Management and private investment firm Najafi Companies.

Apollo Education said in January it was considering selling itself after years of declining student enrollments.

Apollo Education and rivals such as DeVry Education Group (DV) and ITT Educational Services (ESI) have faced tougher regulation since a series of government investigations in 2010 revealed low graduation rates and poor job prospects for graduates, who were also burdened with high student debt.


Barclays, Credit Suisse and Evercore acted as financial advisers to Apollo Education, while Sullivan & Cromwell served as its legal adviser. Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison was the legal adviser to the consortium.