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University of Phoenix Affiliation Agreement Extended, Talks Continue

June 28, 2024

MOSCOW, Idaho — Today, University of Idaho Board of Regents approved University of Idaho’s request to extend the Asset Purchase Agreement for the University of Phoenix transaction through June 10, 2025. This allows time to continue conversations with legislators and stakeholders and incorporate feedback from legislators and other Idaho stakeholders into the transaction and make amendments based on the feedback.

There is no commitment to a closing at this time, rather any amended transaction must go to the Regents for consideration and approval in an open public meeting.

“The merits of this affiliation have never been stronger,” U of I President Scott Green said. “The value to Idaho’s educational system, adult learners and Idaho’s industries is transformational. The affiliation also diversifies revenue streams and strengthens our financial future.”

The extension includes several other measures:

  • Non-exclusivity, allowing other potential buyers to be considered by the owners.
  • In return for the ability of the University of Phoenix owners to entertain other offers, University of Idaho will receive $5 million upon signing of the extension agreement.
  • If the deal is not closed by June 10, 2025, U of I will receive an additional $5 million (for a total of $10 million).
  • If University of Phoenix sells to another entity, U of I will receive $15 million (for a total of $20 million).

The business and educational merits of the affiliation remain strong. University of Phoenix continues to show strong enrollment growth, at 8% and continues to improve retention and graduation rates. Its adjusted EBITDA is well in excess of the $150 million forecasted a year ago and its free cash flow for the last year is well over $200 million. The value to Idaho's adult learners and businesses also remains strong. This affiliation will provide more opportunities to Idaho's place-bound adult learners to earn more money and help Idaho industries by adding to Idaho's educated workforce.

“We have a state-wide mission to serve all of Idaho as its land grant institution. We must lead new ways of delivering education to our citizens,” Green said. "The needs of adult learners are growing, and we need to be diligent in our efforts to meet that demand."

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