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  • 1. HYDE PARK CAPITALIntegrity | Expertise | Results Investment Banking | Mergers & Acquisitions | Capital RaisingJohn HillSenior Managing Directorhill@hydeparkcapital.com Education(813) 383-0205John McDonald Industry UpdateSenior Managing Directormcdonald@hydeparkcapital.com March 2012(813) 383-0206Keith HodgdonSenior Vice Presidenthodgdon@hydeparkcapital.com(813) 383-0208Jeffrey BridgeVice Presidentbridge@hydeparkcapital.com(813) 383-0204Michael MarianiAssociatemariani@hydeparkcapital.com(813) 597-2649 Hyde Park Capital Advisors, LLC 701 N. Franklin Street Tampa, FL 33602 Tel: 813-383-0202 www.hydeparkcapital.com Member FINRA/SIPC
  • 2. Education – Industry Update Commentary Stock Price Performance (LTM) 140%  As of March 6, 2012 the performance of the Education industry’s sectors: eLearning & Technology (down 27%), Education Services 130% (down 15%), and Publishing (up 14%), varied in their public 120% market performance over the trailing 12-month period. 13.7% 110%  Current valuation multiples, defined as Enterprise Value over LTM 2.5% 100% EBITDA, remain attractive for the eLearning & Technology and Publishing sectors at 8.6x and 8.2x, respectively. 90% 14.9% 80%  As shown in the table below and on the following pages, investment and M&A activity remained strong throughout the 70% 27.0% Education industry, highlighted by PLATO Learning’s recently 60% proposed acquisition of Archipelago Learning (Nasdaq:ARCL) for Mar-11 Jun-11 Sep-11 Dec-11 Mar-12 approximately $305 million (profiled on the following page). S&P 500 eLearning & Technology Index Education Services Index Publishing Index Select Private Placements – Education Trading Multiples (Enterprise Value / EBITDA) Transaction 25.0xClosed Date Target Education Sector Buyer / Investor Value 21.2xPending . MyEdu Corp. . Education Services . The University of Texas System . $10 20.0xDec-11 . DreamBox Learning, Inc. . eLearning . GSV Capital Corp. . $11Oct-11 . ConnectEdu, Inc. . Education Services . Allen & Co. . $10 Enterprise Value / EBITDA 14.9x 15.0xOct-11 . Inquisitive Minds, Inc. . eLearning . HTC Corporation . $13 12.8xOct-11 . Knewton, Inc. . eLearning . Accel Management Co. . $33 10.3x 9.7x 9.8x 9.2x 10.0x 8.9x 8.6x 8.6xAug-11 . VectorLearning.com, Inc. . eLearning . LLR Partners . $24 7.7x 8.0x 8.1x 8.1x 8.0x 8.2xJul-11 . C2 Education Centers, Inc. . Education Services . Serent Capital . $30 7.4x 7.7x 7.0x 6.5x 5.0x 5.1xMay-11 . Edleun Group, Inc. . Education Services . Vision Capital Corp. . $25 4.3x 4.3x 4.2x 4.2x 4.6x 4.0xApr-11 . K12, Inc. . eLearning . Technology Crossover Ventures . $126 0.0x Q1 10 Q2 10 Q3 10 Q4 10 Q1 11 Q2 11 Q3 11 Q4 11 March 12*Feb-11 . Cambium Learning Group, Inc. . Education Services . Undisclosed . $174 eLearning & Technology Education Services PublishingSource: S&P Capital IQ *As of 3/6/2012 HYDE PARK CAPITAL 2 Investment Banking | Mergers & Acquisitions | Capital Raising
  • 3. Education – Recent M&A Transaction Profiled Archipelago Learning, Inc. (Nasdaq: ARCL) Transaction Details Archipelago Learning, Inc. is a leading subscription-based, Archipelago Learning, Inc. (Nasdaq:ARCL) to be acquired by PLATO Learning, Inc. Announced Date: March 5, 2012 software-as-a-service provider of education products used by over Financial Profile Transaction Analysis 14.6 million students in nearly 39,100 schools throughout the ($ in millions) LTM United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. Income Statement 12/31/11 Purchase Price (Equity) $294.6 On March 5, 2012 Archipelago Learning entered into a definitive Revenue $73.3 Net Debt $10.3 agreement to be acquired for $11.10 per share of common stock EBITDA $25.6 by PLATO Learning, Inc., a portfolio company of Thoma Bravo, in Net Income $11.9 Implied Enterprise Value $304.9 an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $305 million, including the assumption of debt. As of Balance Sheet 12/31/11 Implied LTM Purchase Multiples The offer represents a 23% premium over the closing price of Cash $64.6 Revenue 4.2x $9.04 per share on March 2, 2012, the day before Archipelago Debt $74.9 EBITDA 11.9x Learning publicly announced it was evaluating strategic Net Debt $10.3 Net Income 24.7x alternatives. The transaction is expected to close in Q2 2012. According to PLATO Learning’s CEO, Vin Riera, the acquisition Premium Analysis allows the combined entity to “cover the entire spectrum of Share Price Premium Share Price Premium learning needs from pre-K through postsecondary, as well as reach 52-Week Average $9.49 17.0% One Day Prior $9.04 22.8% a broader group of students and educators with a product 52-Week High $10.91 1.7% One Week Prior $9.46 17.3% portfolio that sets a rigorous standard in online education.” 52-Week Low $7.90 40.5% One Month Prior $10.60 4.7%Source: S&P Capital IQ, PLATO Learning, Inc. press release. HYDE PARK CAPITAL 3 Investment Banking | Mergers & Acquisitions | Capital Raising
  • 4. eLearning & Technology Public Company Analysis Enterprise Value / Closing Price % of 52 Equity Enterprise LTM LTM Margins LTMCompany Ticker 3/6/12 Week High Value Value Revenue Gross Profit EBITDA Gross Profit EBITDA Revenue EBITDAK12, Inc. LRN $20.85 52% $721 $643 $618 $254 $60 41.1% 9.6% 1.0x 10.8xSmart Technologies, Inc. TSX:SMA $3.20 30% $396 $605 $765 $356 $122 46.5% 15.9% 0.8x 5.0xAmerican Public Education, Inc. APEI $38.24 78% $700 $581 $260 $165 $72 63.4% 27.7% 2.2x 8.1xLeapFrog Enterprises, Inc. LF $6.88 87% $456 $385 $455 $186 $35 41.0% 7.7% 0.8x 10.9xArchipelago Learning, Inc. ARCL $11.04 98% $293 $303 $73 $67 $26 91.0% 41.8% 4.1x 11.8xPromethean World Plc LSE:PRW $1.17 87% $236 $202 $347 $149 $41 42.9% 11.7% 0.6x 5.0xRosetta Stone, Inc. RST $9.51 59% $198 $81 $268 $219 ($20) 81.7% NM 0.3x NMLearning Tree International, Inc. LTRE $5.88 56% $79 $34 $133 $72 $10 53.8% 7.2% 0.3x 3.6x Average 68% $385 $354 $365 $184 $43 57.7% 17.4% 1.3x 7.9x Median 68% $345 $344 $308 $176 $38 50.2% 11.7% 0.8x 8.1x Stock Price Performance (LTM) Select M&A Transactions – eLearning & Technology Enterprise EV / EV /130% Closed Date Target Buyer / Investor Value Revenue EBITDA Pending . Super Star Learning, Inc. . AppTech Corp. . NA . NA . NA120% Pending . Educational Options, Inc. . PLATO Learning, Inc. . NA . NA . NA110% Pending . Learning House, Inc. . Weld North . NA NA . NA 2.5% Pending . Connections Education, LLC . Pearson plc $400 NA . NA100% Jan-12 . SunGard Higher Education, Inc. . Datatel, Inc. . $1,775 NA . NA90% Dec-11 . iPal Interactive Learning, Inc. . The Knightsbridge Human Capital . NA . NA . NA Management, Inc.80% Oct-11 . Renaissance Learning, Inc. . Permira Advisers, Ltd. . $446 . 3.3x . 11.3x 27.0% Oct-11 . Element K Corp. . SkillSoft Corp. . $110 . 1.3x . NA70% Oct-11 . Blackboard, Inc. . Providence Equity Partners . $1,776 . 3.8x . 21.3x60% Oct-11 . Edline Holdings, Inc. . Blackboard, Inc. . NA . NA . NA Sep-11 . ilinc Communications, Inc. . BroadSoft, Inc. . $11 . NA . NA50% Mar-11 Jun-11 Sep-11 Dec-11 Mar-12 Jun-11 . Plateau Systems, Ltd. . SuccessFactors, Inc. . $290 . NA . NA S&P 500 eLearning & Technology May-11 . Schoolnet, Inc. . Pearson plc . $230 . NA . NA Apr-11 Barbri Leeds Equity Partners NA NA NA Source: S&P Capital IQ HYDE PARK CAPITAL 4 Investment Banking | Mergers & Acquisitions | Capital Raising
  • 5. Education Services Public Company Analysis Enterprise Value / Closing Price % of 52 Equity Enterprise LTM LTM Margins LTMCompany Ticker 3/6/12 Week High Value Value Revenue Gross Profit EBITDA Gross Profit EBITDA Revenue EBITDAApollo Group, Inc. APOL $42.03 72% $5,792 $4,706 $4,585 $2,810 $1,220 61.3% 26.6% 1.0x 3.9xEducation Management Corp. EDMC $16.64 56% $2,199 $3,401 $2,869 $1,551 $600 54.1% 20.9% 1.2x 5.7xDeVry, Inc. DV $34.09 51% $2,365 $2,085 $2,153 $1,206 $491 56.0% 22.8% 1.0x 4.2xITT Educational Services, Inc. ESI $63.05 66% $1,744 $1,516 $1,500 $995 $535 66.3% 35.7% 1.0x 2.8xStrayer Education, Inc. STRA $96.19 58% $1,149 $1,210 $627 $335 $201 53.5% 32.0% 1.9x 6.0xBridgepoint Education, Inc. BPI $23.39 76% $1,336 $1,049 $933 $674 $286 72.2% 30.7% 1.1x 3.7xGrand Canyon Education, Inc. LOPE $16.69 90% $753 $755 $427 $232 $100 54.4% 23.4% 1.8x 7.6xCorinthian Colleges, Inc. COCO $4.19 68% $355 $452 $1,716 $656 $125 38.2% 7.3% 0.3x 3.6xCapella Education Co. CPLA $37.50 64% $574 $448 $430 $258 $93 60.0% 21.6% 1.0x 4.8xUniversal Technical Institute, Inc. UTI $12.71 56% $315 $210 $441 $259 $58 58.7% 13.1% 0.5x 3.6x Average 66% $1,658 $1,583 $1,568 $898 $371 57.5% 23.4% 1.1x 4.6x Median 65% $1,243 $1,129 $1,217 $665 $244 57.4% 23.1% 1.0x 4.1x Stock Price Performance (LTM) Select Transactions – Education Services Enterprise EV / EV /130% Closed Date Target Buyer / Investor Value Revenue EBITDA Pending . Cortiva Group, Inc. . Steiner Leisure, Ltd. . $33 . 1.3x . NA120% Pending . Education Development International . Pearson plc . $168 . 3.5x . 10.1x110% Feb-12 . Emergency Training Services, Inc. . International Education Corp. . NA . NA . NA 2.5% Nov-11 . Crisis Prevention Institute, Inc. . Brockway Moran & Partners, Inc. . NA . NA . NA100% Oct-11 . Envision EMI, LLC . Gryphon Investors . NA . NA . NA90% Oct-11 . Global Knowledge, Inc. . MidOcean Partners . NA . NA . NA80% 14.9% Oct-11 . Schweser Study Program . Sircon Corp. . NA . NA . NA Oct-11 . LaSalle Computer Learning Center . Florida Technical College . NA . NA . NA70% Oct-11 . Literacy First, Inc. . Catapult Learning, LLC . NA . NA . NA60% Sep-11 . Carnegie Learning, Inc. . Apollo Group, Inc. . $74 . NA . NA Sep-11 . Drake Beam Morin, Inc. . Lee Hecht Harrison, LLC . $216 . 1.8x . NA50% Mar-11 Jun-11 Sep-11 Dec-11 Mar-12 Aug-11 . Nobel Learning Communities, Inc. . Leeds Equity Partners . $145 . 0.6x . 8.4x American University of the Caribbean S&P 500 Education Services Aug-11 . . DeVry, Inc. . $235 . NA . NA and Medical Education Services, Inc. Source: S&P Capital IQ Apr-11 . Youth and Family Centered Services . Acadia Healthcare Company, LLC . $259 . 1.4x . 8.1x HYDE PARK CAPITAL 5 Investment Banking | Mergers & Acquisitions | Capital Raising
  • 6. Education Publishing Public Company Analysis Enterprise Value / Closing Price % of 52 Equity Enterprise LTM LTM Margins LTMCompany Ticker 3/6/12 Week High Value Value Revenue Gross Profit EBITDA Gross Profit EBITDA Revenue EBITDAPearson plc NYSE:PSO $18.75 94% $15,036 $16,117 $9,124 $5,040 $1,620 55.2% 17.8% 1.8x 9.9xThe McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. MHP $45.75 96% $13,908 $14,209 $6,246 $3,846 $1,672 61.6% 26.8% 2.3x 8.5xJohn Wiley & Sons, Inc. JW.A $44.63 84% $2,753 $3,181 $1,770 $1,233 $301 69.7% 17.0% 1.8x 10.6xScholastic Corp. SCHL $30.15 94% $951 $1,052 $1,951 $1,060 $189 54.3% 9.7% 0.5x 5.6xSchool Specialty, Inc. SCHS $3.12 19% $59 $324 $740 $286 $44 38.6% 5.9% 0.4x 7.4x Average 77% $6,541 $6,977 $3,966 $2,293 $765 55.9% 15.4% 1.4x 8.4x Median 94% $2,753 $3,181 $1,951 $1,233 $301 55.2% 17.0% 1.8x 8.5x Stock Price Performance (LTM) Select Transactions – Education Publishing Enterprise EV / EV /140% Closed Date Target Buyer / Investor Value Revenue EBITDA Pending . Neal-Schuman Publishers, Inc. . American Library Association . NA . NA . NA130% Pending . Thomas Nelson, Inc. . HarperCollins Publishers, LLC . NA . NA . NA Feb-12 . Inscape Publishing, Inc. . John Wiley & Sons, Inc. . $85 . NA . NA120% 13.7% Feb-12 . Teaching Strategies, Inc. . Chicago Growth Partners . NA . NA . NA110% Jan-12 . Modern Publishing, Inc. . Kappa Books Publishers, LLC . NA . NA . NA 2.5% Dec-11 . Carus Publishing Co. . ePals Corp. . $25 . NA . NA100% Dec-11 . Stalla Seminars, Inc. . Schweser Study Program . NA NA . NA National Geographic School90% Aug-11 . . Cengage Learning, Inc. . NA . NA . NA Publishing, Inc. Jun-11 . The HW Wilson Co., Inc. . EBSCO Publishing, Inc. . NA . NA . NA80% May-11 . Nolo, Inc. . Internet Brands, Inc. . NA NA . NA May-11 . Physicians Education Resource, LLC . ArcMesa Educators, LLC . NA NA . NA70% Mar-11 Jun-11 Sep-11 Dec-11 Mar-12 Apr-11 . Key Education Publishing Co., LLC . Carson-Dellosa Publishing, LLC . NA NA . NA S&P 500 Publishing Mar-11 . FrogDogMedia, LLC . Zuuka! GmbH . NA . NA . NA Source: S&P Capital IQ HYDE PARK CAPITAL 6 Investment Banking | Mergers & Acquisitions | Capital Raising
  • 7. HYDE PARK CAPITALIntegrity | Expertise | Results Investment Banking | Mergers & Acquisitions | Capital Raising Recent TransactionsJohn HillSenior Managing Directorhill@hydeparkcapital.com(813) 383-0205 has been acquired by has been recapitalized by has been acquired by has been acquired by has acquiredJohn McDonaldSenior Managing Directormcdonald@hydeparkcapital.com ADG Acquisition(813) 383-0206 Harbert Mezzanine Partners Holdings, LLCKeith HodgdonSenior Vice Presidenthodgdon@hydeparkcapital.com(813) 383-0208Jeffrey Bridge has been acquired by has been acquired by has been acquired by has been recapitalized by has merged withVice Presidentbridge@hydeparkcapital.com(813) 383-0204Michael MarianiAssociatemariani@hydeparkcapital.com(813) 597-2649 has been recapitalized by has acquired has been recapitalized by has been acquired by has been acquired by Hyde Park Capital Advisors, LLC Sage Compliance 701 N. Franklin Street Services, Inc. Tampa, FL 33602 Tel: 813-383-0202 www.hydeparkcapital.com HYDE PARK CAPITAL Member FINRA/SIPC Investment Banking | Mergers & Acquisitions | Capital Raising

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