AL Education Group (NYSE: XRS) (“TAL” or the “Company”), a leading K-12 after-school tutoring services provider in China, today announced a strategic investment of US$30 million in Phoenix E-Learning Corporation (“Phoenix E-Learning”), which operates zxxk.com, the largest online educational platform serving the public school system in China.
Founded in 2003, Phoenix E-Learning has built an national online education services network serving mostly primary and middle schools and their teachers and students. It offers a full range of online educational products and services to support an information-based educational environment, including databases for teaching and learning materials and data and software and cloud platforms.Zxxk.com is used in over 30,000 public schools and has accumulated more than 15 million registered users, 80% of whom are teachers. Upon completion of the investment, which is subject to filing with the relevant government authorities, TAL will hold 32%equity interest in Phoenix E-Learning.
“TAL’s investment in Phoenix E-Learning is an important step to enter the market of digitalizing public schools. We have achieved strong organic growth in our own business while proactively building an ecosystem for education through strategic investments and acquisitions. Through our direct investment in Phoenix E-Learning, we have the opportunity to enter a white space market with our advantages in proprietary content and tutoring services,” said the management of TAL.
“We welcome the strategic investment by TAL in the transformation of the public education system and digital education upgrading. Phoenix E-Learning and TAL are highly complementary in the field of education and we look forward to the two sides working together to open up the education market within the public school system to the outside,” said the management of Phoenix E-Learning.
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About TAL Education Group
TAL Education Group is a leading K-12 after-school tutoring services provider in China. The acronym “TAL” stands for “Tomorrow Advancing Life,” which reflects our vision to promote top learning opportunities for Chinese students through both high-quality teaching and content, as well as leading edge application of technology in the education experience. TAL Education Group offers comprehensive tutoring services to students from pre-school to the twelfth grade through three flexible class formats: small classes, personalized premium services, and online courses. Our tutoring services cover the core academic subjects in China’s school curriculum including mathematics, English, Chinese, physics, chemistry, and biology. The Company’s learning center network includes 303 physical learning centers as of May 31, 2015, located in 19 key cities in China: Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Tianjin,Wuhan, Xi`an, Chengdu, Nanjing, Hangzhou, Taiyuan, Zhengzhou, Chongqing, Suzhou, Shenyang, Jinan, Shijiazhuang, Qingdao andChangsha. We also operate www.jzb.com, a leading online education platform in China. Our ADSs trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “XRS.”