BEIJING, March 28, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — China Distance Education Holdings Limited (NYSE: DL) (“CDEL”, or the “Company”), a leading provider of online education in China focusing on professional education, today announced that it signed a definitive agreement on March 23, 2016 to acquire an 80% equity interest in Xiamen NetinNet Software Co., Ltd. (“Xiamen NetinNet”) for a total consideration of RMB212 million (US$32.6 million). Xiamen NetinNet is a leading learning simulation software provider specializing in practical accounting-related learning solutions for China’s college market. The acquisition is an all-cash transaction, and is expected to close in CDEL’s third quarter of fiscal 2016, subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions. While Xiamen NetinNet is profitable, CDEL expects the transaction to be dilutive to its fiscal 2016 financial results, due to the seasonality of Xiamen NetinNet’s business and amortization of intangibles attributable to the acquisition, yet slightly accretive to the Company’s fiscal 2017 financial results, based on CDEL’s preliminary assessment.
“We are delighted to announce the acquisition of Xiamen NetinNet,” said Mr. Zhengdong Zhu, Chairman and CEO of CDEL. “This acquisition is highly complementary to our business, as it will immediately bolster our growing College Cooperation Program by enabling CDEL to better help college students master critical accounting skills through practical learning, and to prepare students for their future accounting careers. In addition to enhancing our College Cooperation Program’s learning solution set, the acquisition of Xiamen NetinNet provides both of us with unique cross-selling opportunities to further develop and strengthen our business relationships with college partners. While our strategy focuses on organic growth and internally developed programs, we diligently evaluate acquisition opportunities, and will use our resources for that purpose when a company meets our financial and strategic criteria. Xiamen NetinNet represents a perfect fit for our development of the college market.”
Mr. Sida Zhang, Chairman of Xiamen NetinNet commented, “We are excited to join the CDEL team, and believe our focus on China’s college market, together with our expertise in simulation technology and practical accounting-related learning, will be a valuable addition to CDEL.”
About Xiamen NetinNet Software Co., Ltd.
Founded in 2005, Xiamen NetinNet Software Co., Ltd. (“Xiamen NetinNet”) provides learning simulation software tailored for China’s college market, and offers a suite of accounting-related learning products. With more than 1,300 college customers across China utilizing its simulation learning platform, Xiamen NetinNet is one of the leading providers of practical accounting-related learning solutions in China’s college market. Among Xiamen NetinNet’s college customers are leading Chinese universities, including Peking University, Renmin University of China, Xiamen University, Dongbei University of Finance & Economics, and Sun Yat-Sen University.
About China Distance Education Holdings Limited
China Distance Education Holdings Limited is a leading provider of online education in China focusing on professional education. The courses offered by the Company through its websites are designed to help professionals seeking to obtain and maintain professional licenses and to enhance their job skills through our professional development courses in China in the areas of accounting, health-care, engineering & construction, and other industries. The Company also offers other professional education courses for the national judicial examination, online test preparation courses for self-taught learners pursuing higher education diplomas or degrees, test preparation courses for university students intending to take the nationwide graduate school entrance exam, and online language courses. We also offer third-party developed online courses through our Online Open Learning Platform, a proprietary education platform that allows people to share their educational content or deliver live courses online. For further information, please visit http://ir.cdeledu.com.
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