Trade Sale of Career Partner GmbH to international education provider Apollo Global

Frankfurt, 11 December 2015. Apollo Education Group, Inc. (“Apollo Education Group”) announced its wholly-owned subsidiary Apollo Global, Inc. (“Apollo Global”) has acquired Career Partner GmbH (CPG) from AUCTUS Capital Partners (“AUCTUS”). CPG is a leading full service provider of private higher education in Germany. Apollo Global is a strategic investor with a high level of expertise in the global education market. Together with Apollo, CPG continues to pursue the digitization of the education sector. The transaction values CPG at approx. USD 117 million including a contingent cash payment of up to USD 12 million.


2015_12_career_partner_apollo_finalACXIT Capital Partners acted as the exclusive financial adviser to AUCTUS, the minority shareholder and CPG.

“We are pleased to join a strong network of world-class institutions of higher education. This partnership will generate tremendous value as we enrich our offerings and leverage a global network.”

Dr. Sven Schuett, CEO of Career Partner GmbH

“We are excited to be part of Apollo Global and Apollo’s worldwide network. Apollo shares our enthusiasm to further grow CPG and we are convinced that CPG will accelerate its development. This exciting outcome would not have been possible without the relentless effort and leadership from ACXIT Capital Partners.”

– Dr. Florian Schuetz, Chairman and Founder of Career Partner GmbH

“It is surely a fantastic outcome for everyone – for CPG, Apollo Group as well as for AUCTUS, as the majority shareholder of CPG. With Apollo we found the perfect partner for the future of CPG. We would also like to express that we are extremely pleased with the outstanding work by our financial advisor ACXIT Capital Partners and we would like to thank the team.”

– Dr. Ingo Krocke, CEO and Founder of Auctus Capital Partners

About Apollo Global

Apollo Global was formed in 2007 to make investments primarily in the international education services sector. Apollo Global provides business and technology management, consulting and training and operational services in the fields of higher education and education administration to its network of schools. Apollo Global is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Apollo Education Group. Its education network includes BPP University in the United Kingdom, Milpark Education in South Africa, Open Colleges Australia, Universidad Latinoamericana in Mexico, Universidad de Artes, Ciencias y Comunicación in Chile and Bridge School of Management in India, developed through a joint venture with HT Media Limited, an Indian media company.

About Apollo Education Group

Apollo Education Group, Inc. is one of the world’s largest private education providers, serving students since 1973. Through its subsidiaries, Apollo Education Group offers undergraduate, graduate, professional development and other non-degree educational programs and services, online and
on-campus predominantly to working learners. Its educational programs and services are offered throughout the United States and in Europe, Australia, Latin America, Africa and Asia, as well as online throughout the world. (www.apollo.edu)

About Career Partner GmbH

Career Partner GmbH is Germany’s leading provider of private education and personnel development. CPG offers academic state-approved study programs, certified trainings, and innovative continuous education programs for experts and managers of all industries. CPG is one of the largest e-learning providers in Germany offering a multitude of courses, distance learning modules, company-specific solutions, and services in the field of digital learning. (www.careerpartner.eu)

About AUCTUS Capital Partners

With more than 100 transactions realised since 2001, AUCTUS Capital Partners has established itself as the leading private equity firm for the German-speaking SME sector (“Mittelstand“). With assets under management of more than EUR 500 million, AUCTUS disposes of a loyal investor base of renowned financial institutions, successful entrepreneurs and family investment offices. (www.auctus.com)

About ACXIT Capital Partners

ACXIT Capital Partners is a leading international corporate finance and investment advisory firm for mid-market clients and entrepreneurs in Europe and beyond. Since 1998, we offer our clients comprehensive corporate finance advisory services including M&A and capital markets advisory as well as restructuring, debt and strategic advisory. As an independent, privately owned firm we maintain offices in Frankfurt, Berlin, Munich, Zurich, Vienna and Hong Kong as well as strong alliances in France, China, India and the USA.

To date, we have completed more than 350 transactions with a total deal/financing volume of approx. EUR 17bn. Our clients are corporations, family-owned businesses, entrepreneurs, financial sponsors and family offices. While our home market is in the German speaking region, most clients are international and transactions cross-border. (www.acxit.com)

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