Ayala Proposes Merger of AC Education with iPeople

iPeople Inc. (PSE: IPO), the listed holding company for the education sector of House of Investments Inc. (PSE: HI), a member of the Yuchengco Group of Companies, and AC Education Inc. (AEI), the wholly-owned education arm of Ayala Corp. (PSE: AC), have executed a Non-Binding term sheet for their potential merger.

Under the Non-Binding term sheet, the parties agreed to an exclusivity period to complete due diligence, and to finalize the terms and conditions of the proposed merger within the first quarter of 2018. All terms and conditions of the proposed merger, including the involvement of House of Investments and Ayala in the management of the surviving entity, iPeople, shall be presented for approval by the parties’ respective boards of directors and merging parties’ stockholders, and the transaction will be subject to the requisite regulatory approvals as well.

The potential merger would bring together the educational institutions of House of Investments and Ayala (iPeople and AEI, respectively). The potential merger would include iPeople and its significant subsidiary, Malayan Education System Inc. (operating under the name of Mapua University), a leading private engineering and technical university in the country, a world ranked QS-3 star university and the school with the most CHED Centers of Excellence in Engineering, and its subsidiaries, Malayan Colleges Laguna, the best board exam performing private school in Calabarzon, and Malayan Colleges Mindanao, and AEI and its subsidiaries, the University of Nueva Caceres, one of the oldest and largest universities in Bicol, and APEC Schools, the largest stand-alone chain of private high schools in the country. Together, the combined population would be over 40,000 students.

“We are looking forward to this potential merger. Mapua’s reputation as a leading private engineering and technical university in the country, together with AEI’s ability to provide quality education leading to enhanced employability, at an affordable price, would enable the Yuchengco Group of Companies and Ayala Corporation to jointly contribute to the improvement of the quality of education in the Philippines, for the benefit of all sectors of society,” said Helen Y. Dee, Chairperson of House of Investments.

“We are very pleased about this opportunity to partner with the Yuchengco Group of Companies to help build our nation through education. Our belief is that the potential combination of iPeople and AEI would create significant synergies that would enable us to better equip students for compelling futures,” said Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala, Chairman and CEO of Ayala.

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