Record Quarter Results

20/07/2006


p> BALTIMORE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 20, 2006--Laureate Education, Inc. (NASDAQ:LAUR), the world's leading international provider of higher education, announced record financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2006.

 -- Second quarter 2006 revenues increased 34% to $303.1 million, compared to $227.0 million in the second quarter of 2005. -- Laureate Education reported income from continuing operations of $40.7 million or $0.77 per diluted share, an increase of 28% over second quarter 2005. Excluding the ($0.02) impact of stock option expense and the $0.04 net impact of the continued liquidation of Sylvan Ventures, income from continuing operations would have been $39.6 million or $0.75 per diluted share, an increase of 25% over the second quarter of 2005. -- The Company's campus-based institutions reported second quarter total student enrollment increased 34% to 199,377 students. -- Laureate Online Education reported a 23% increase in new student enrollment and a 27% increase in total student enrollment to 29,134 students. -- The Company believes that it will achieve earnings of between $0.19 and $0.21 per diluted share for the quarter ending September 30, 2006, excluding estimated stock option expense of ($0.02) to ($0.03) per diluted share. -- Laureate Education reiterates its full-year 2006 earnings outlook of between $2.05 and $2.15 per diluted share, an increase of 23% or more over full-year 2005. This excludes estimated stock option expense of ($0.10) to ($0.12) per diluted share. -- The Company introduces a full-year 2007 earnings outlook of between $2.59 and $2.67 per diluted share, an increase of 20% or more over full-year 2006. This excludes estimated stock option expense of ($0.12) to ($0.14) per diluted share. Full-year 2007 Earnings Outlook including SFAS123R expense is $2.45 to $2.55 per diluted share. 

Douglas Becker, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Laureate Education stated, "The strong financial results for the first six months of this year give us confidence that we are on track to achieve our stated goals for 2006. As indicated by our 2007 earnings outlook, we remain confident in our five year plan that calls for 25% average annual growth in earnings between 2006 and 2010."

"We will continue to invest in our future while delivering strong enrollment and earnings growth. Investments associated with increasing management capacity, opening new campuses, developing new products, and entering new countries are designed to extend Laureate's leadership position and growth rates even beyond the current five year plan," added Mr. Becker.

Laureate Education operates 24 institutions of higher education in 15 countries, offering academic programs to 228,511 students through 53 campuses and online.

Financial Results

All financial information for the prior year 2005 has been restated to reflect a preferential change in accounting for tuition revenue.

Total revenues for the second quarter of 2006 were $303.1 million, an increase of 34% compared to total revenues of $227.0 million in the second quarter of 2005. Total operating income for the second quarter 2006 increased to $57.0 million, versus operating income of $44.6 million in the second quarter of 2005. The Company reported income from continuing operations of $40.7 million or $0.77 per diluted share. Excluding the ($0.02) impact of stock option expense and the $0.04 net impact of the continued liquidation of Sylvan Ventures, income from continuing operations would have been $39.6 million or $0.75 per diluted share. (For details see Reg G Reconciliation in the investor relations section of www.laureate-inc.com)

In the second quarter of 2006, the Company recorded a non-operating gain of $9.3 million from the sale of Chancery Software Ltd., a former Sylvan Ventures investment. Additionally, the Company generated a net tax expense of $7.0 million related to this gain and the continued liquidation of Sylvan Ventures.

For the six-month period ended June 30, 2006, total revenues were $538.2 million, an increase of 33% compared to total revenues of $405.6 million in the same period of 2005. Total operating income for the six-month period increased to $57.0 million, versus operating income of $46.3 million in the same period of 2005. Income from continuing operations for the six-month period ended June 30, 2006 was $39.9 million or $0.75 per diluted share, an increase of 22% over the same period of 2005.

Total cash and marketable securities at June 30, 2006 were approximately $119.1 million, while total company debt was approximately $226.7 million.

Revenue Growth - Organic and Acquisition ---------------------------------------- For three months ended June 30th % Growth Revenue Amount Constant (In Thousands) 2006 2005 in USD Currency --------- --------- ------ -------- Central America(1) $ 65,260 $ 52,623 24% 25% South America(2) 97,190 78,528 24% 14% Europe 53,632 50,241 7% 10% Online 55,017 45,577 21% 21% --------- --------- Subtotal 271,099 226,969 19% Acquisitions(3) 32,020 NA --------- --------- Total $ 303,119 $ 226,969 34% ========= ========= (1) Central America includes Mexico, Costa Rica and Panama. (2) South America includes Chile, Ecuador and Peru. (3) Acquisitions include: Honduras (UNITEC), Brazil (Anhembi Morumbi) and Cyprus (Cyprus College). Revenue Growth - Organic and Acquisition ---------------------------------------- For six months ended June 30th % Growth Revenue Amount Constant (In Thousands) 2006 2005 in USD Currency --------- --------- ------ -------- Central America(1) $ 141,149 $ 115,553 22% 19% South America(2) 122,498 98,570 24% 15% Europe 108,375 106,484 2% 10% Online 107,723 85,039 27% 27% --------- --------- Subtotal 479,745 405,646 18% Acquisitions(3) 58,484 NA --------- --------- Total $ 538,229 $ 405,646 33% ========= ========= (1) Central America includes Mexico, Costa Rica and Panama. (2) South America includes Chile, Ecuador and Peru. (3) Acquisitions include: Honduras (UNITEC), Brazil (Anhembi Morumbi) and Cyprus (Cyprus College). Student Enrollment ------------------ As of June 30, 2006 New Student Enrollment(1) 2006 2005 % Change ------ ------ -------- Online 11,906 9,702 23% Total Student Enrollment(2) 2006 2005 ------ ------ Central America 77,696 67,290 15% South America 75,489 66,558 13% Europe 16,046 15,364 4% ------- ------- Total Campus Based 169,231 149,212 13% Total Student Enrollment at Acquired Schools(3) 30,146 -- ------- ------- Subtotal 199,377 149,212 34% Online 29,134 22,904 27% Total Student Enrollment with Acquisitions 228,511 172,116 33% ======= ======= (1) 2006 and 2005 New Student Enrollment is YTD, reported as of 6/30/2006 and 6/30/2005, respectively. There are no major enrollment intakes at campus-based institutions during the second quarter. (2) 2006 and 2005 Total Student Enrollment is census, reported as of 6/30/2006 and 6/30/2005, respectively. (3) Acquisitions (less than 1 year) include the following: UNITEC (Honduras), Cyprus College and Anhembi Morumbi (Brazil). 

Management Appointments

As part of Laureate's continuing efforts to develop and recruit exceptional executive talent for its rapidly growing network of universities, the Company announced the following appointments and promotions:

 -- Ralf Peters, formerly the Chief Operating Officer of Universidad del Valle de Mexico ("UVM"), was selected to lead the growth of the newly acquired Universidade Anhembi Morumbi in Sao Paulo, Brazil. As Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Peters will lead the continued implementation of processes and techniques that helped UVM become one of the largest universities in Mexico. -- Luis Lopez, formerly Vice President of Business Development for Latin America, will join UVM as the Chief Operating Officer as Ralf Peters transfers to Brazil. Mr. Lopez will bring extensive operating experience and enhanced business development capability to the UVM team. -- Dr. Barbara Heller, Ed.D., R.N., F.A.A.N., has been hired as Vice President of Strategic Initiatives for Nursing and Health Science. Dr. Heller has over 40 years of academic and leadership experience in the Nursing and Health Services fields. From 1990 to 2002, she served as Dean of the University of Maryland School of Nursing - one of the oldest schools of nursing in the nation and ranked among the top 10 nursing schools by U.S. News & World Reports. Financial Outlook 

The following statements are based on current expectations. These statements are forward-looking and actual results may differ materially.

 Third Quarter 2006: -- For its campus-based and online businesses, Laureate Education anticipates total revenue of $240 to $265 million for the third quarter 2006. -- The Company anticipates Campus-Based revenue of $185 to $205 million for the third quarter 2006, with operating margins between 8% and 9%. Latin America revenue is expected to be between $155 and $170 million with operating margins of 20% to 21%. Europe revenue is expected to be between $30 and $35 million with operating margins of (38%) to (39%). Most of Laureate's institutions in Europe are out of session for periods during the third quarter. General and administrative expenses for the Campus-Based division are expected to be approximately $5 million. -- The Company anticipates Online revenue of $55 to $60 million for the third quarter 2006, with operating margins between 20% and 22%. -- Corporate general and administrative expenses are expected to be approximately $10 million in the third quarter 2006. -- The Company currently believes that it will achieve earnings of between $0.19 and $0.21 per diluted share for the third quarter 2006, excluding estimated stock option expense of ($0.02) to ($0.03) per diluted share. -- Fully-diluted weighted average shares outstanding is expected to be approximately 53.3 million for the quarter ending September 30, 2006. Full-Year 2006: -- Laureate Education reiterates its full-year 2006 earnings outlook of between $2.05 and $2.15 per diluted share, an increase of 23% or more over full-year 2005. This excludes estimated stock option expense of ($0.10) to ($0.12) per diluted share. Full-Year 2007: -- The Company introduces a full-year 2007 earnings outlook of between $2.59 and $2.67 per diluted share, an increase of 20% or more over full-year 2006. This excludes estimated stock option expense of ($0.12) to ($0.14) per diluted share. Full-year 2007 Earnings Outlook including SFAS123R expense is $2.45 to $2.55 per diluted share. -- For the full-year 2007, Laureate Education anticipates total student enrollment at its campus-based and online institutions combined to increase by between 13% and 15%. Additionally, the Company expects total revenue of between $1.275 billion and $1.375 billion and operating margins to increase by 50-100 basis points. 

Presentation materials for today's conference call with the financial community will be available to listeners through the investor relations section of the Company's website, www.laureate-inc.com. The live webcast of Laureate's second quarter conference call will be broadcast at 5:00 p.m. eastern time today.

About Laureate Education, Inc.

Laureate Education, Inc. (NASDAQ: LAUR) is focused on providing a superior university experience to over 228,000 students through the leading global network of accredited campus-based and online universities. Addressing the rapidly growing global demand for higher education, Laureate offers a broad range of career-oriented undergraduate and graduate programs through campus-based universities located in Latin America, Europe, and Asia. Through online universities, Laureate offers the growing population of non-traditional, working-adult students the convenience and flexibility of distance learning to pursue undergraduate, master's and doctorate degree programs in major career fields including engineering, education, business, and healthcare. For more information, please visit our website, www.laureate-inc.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This release includes information that could constitute forward-looking statements made pursuant to the safe harbor provision of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Any such forward-looking statements may involve risk and uncertainties. Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are based upon reasonable assumptions, the Company's actual results could differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements.

 The following factors might cause such a difference: -- The Company's operations can be materially affected by competition in its target markets and by overall market conditions, among other factors. -- The Company's foreign operations, in particular, are subject to political, economic, legal, regulatory and currency-related risks. 

Additional information regarding these risk factors and uncertainties is detailed from time to time in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including but not limited to our most recent Forms 10-K and 10-Q, available for viewing on our website. (To access this information on our website, www.laureate-inc.com, please click on "Investor Relations", "SEC Filings").

Laureate Education, Inc. & Subsidiaries Consolidated Statements of Operations (Amounts in thousands, except per share data) Three Months Ended June 30, --------------------------------------- $ % 2006 2005 Variance Variance --------------------------------------- Revenues (restated) Central America (a) $67,714 $52,623 $15,091 29% South America (b) 123,091 78,528 44,563 57% --------- --------- --------- --------- Campus Based - Latin America 190,805 131,151 59,654 45% Mediterranean Region (c) 32,607 27,924 4,683 17% Hospitality 12,788 10,770 2,018 19% France 11,902 11,547 355 3% --------- --------- --------- --------- Campus Based - Europe 57,297 50,241 7,056 14% --------- --------- --------- --------- Campus Based Total 248,102 181,392 66,710 37% --------- --------- --------- --------- Laureate Online Education 55,017 45,577 9,440 21% --------- --------- --------- --------- Total revenues 303,119 226,969 76,150 34% --------- --------- --------- --------- Core operating expenses 234,718 176,559 58,159 33% General and administrative expenses 11,420 5,800 5,620 97% --------- --------- --------- --------- Total operating expenses 246,138 182,359 63,779 35% --------- --------- --------- --------- Operating income 56,981 44,610 12,371 28% Non-operating items Gain on sale of Chancery Software, Ltd. 9,322 - 9,322 N/A Interest and other income 4,282 3,273 1,009 31% Interest expense (3,142) (2,703) (439) -16% Foreign exchange loss (203) (936) 733 78% --------- --------- --------- --------- Total non-operating items 10,259 (366) 10,625 N/A --------- --------- --------- --------- Income from continuing operations before minority interest, equity in net income (loss) of affiliates, and income taxes 67,240 44,244 22,996 52% Minority interest in income of consolidated subsidiaries, net of income tax (14,345) (7,865) (6,480) -82% Equity in net loss of affiliates, net of income tax (102) (114) 12 11% Income tax expense (12,134) (4,955) (7,179) -145% --------- --------- --------- --------- Income from continuing operations 40,659 31,310 9,349 30% (Loss) income from discontinued operations, net of income tax (d) (1,504) 3 (1,507) N/A Loss on disposal of discontinued operations, net of income tax (1,182) (9,751) 8,569 88% --------- --------- --------- --------- Net income $37,973 $21,562 $16,411 76% ========= ========= ========= ========= Weighted average shares (basic) 51,429 49,566 Weighted average shares (diluted) 53,098 51,944 EPS-Net income (basic) $0.74 $0.44 EPS-Net income (diluted) $0.72 $0.42 EPS- Income from continuing operations (basic) $0.79 $0.63 EPS- Income from continuing operations (diluted) $0.77 $0.60 Segment operating profit (loss): Campus Based - Latin America $59,063 $41,573 $17,490 42% Campus Based - Europe 7,100 6,650 450 7% Campus Based - Overhead (5,908) (3,154) (2,754) -87% --------- --------- --------- --------- Campus Based - Total $60,255 $45,069 $15,186 34% --------- --------- --------- --------- Laureate Online $8,146 $5,341 $2,805 53% --------- --------- --------- --------- a) Central America includes Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama and Honduras. b) South America includes Chile, Brazil, Ecuador and Peru. c) The Mediterranean region includes Spain and Cyprus. d) The 2006 and 2005 operating results present the WSI and India business units as well as a nonstrategic European business as discontinued operations. Six Months Ended June 30, --------------------------------------- $ % 2006 2005 Variance Variance --------------------------------------- Revenues (restated) Central America (a) $146,957 $115,553 $31,404 27% South America (b) 166,349 98,570 67,779 69% --------- --------- --------- --------- Campus Based - Latin America 313,306 214,123 99,183 46% Mediterranean Region (c) 65,809 57,064 8,745 15% Hospitality 27,683 25,371 2,312 9% France 23,708 24,049 (341) -1% --------- --------- --------- --------- Campus Based - Europe 117,200 106,484 10,716 10% --------- --------- --------- --------- Campus Based Total 430,506 320,607 109,899 34% --------- --------- --------- --------- Laureate Online Education 107,723 85,039 22,684 27% --------- --------- --------- --------- Total revenues 538,229 405,646 132,583 33% --------- --------- --------- --------- Core operating expenses 459,950 346,806 113,144 33% General and administrative expenses 21,271 12,496 8,775 70% --------- --------- --------- --------- Total operating expenses 481,221 359,302 121,919 34% --------- --------- --------- --------- Operating income 57,008 46,344 10,664 23% Non-operating items Gain on sale of Chancery Software, Ltd. 9,322 - 9,322 N/A Interest and other income 8,004 5,689 2,315 41% Interest expense (6,748) (5,076) (1,672) -33% Foreign exchange loss (314) (687) 373 54% --------- --------- --------- --------- Total non-operating items 10,264 (74) 10,338 N/A --------- --------- --------- --------- Income from continuing operations before minority interest, equity in net income (loss) of affiliates, and income taxes 67,272 46,270 21,002 45% Minority interest in income of consolidated subsidiaries, net of income tax (14,802) (8,246) (6,556) -80% Equity in net loss of affiliates, net of income tax (211) (204) (7) -3% Income tax expense (12,367) (5,182) (7,185) -139% --------- --------- --------- --------- Income from continuing operations 39,892 32,638 7,254 22% (Loss) income from discontinued operations, net of income tax (d) (1,673) 615 (2,288) N/A Loss on disposal of discontinued operations, net of income tax (921) (9,751) 8,830 91% --------- --------- --------- --------- Net income $37,298 $23,502 $13,796 59% ========= ========= ========= ========= Weighted average shares (basic) 50,940 49,402 Weighted average shares (diluted) 52,883 51,880 EPS-Net income (basic) $0.73 $0.48 EPS-Net income (diluted) $0.71 $0.45 EPS- Income from continuing operations (basic) $0.78 $0.66 EPS- Income from continuing operations (diluted) $0.75 $0.63 Segment operating profit (loss): Campus Based - Latin America $56,753 $41,275 $15,478 37% Campus Based - Europe 19,635 17,054 2,581 15% Campus Based - Overhead (10,575) (5,998) (4,577) -76% --------- --------- --------- --------- Campus Based - Total $65,813 $52,331 $13,482 26% --------- --------- --------- --------- Laureate Online $12,466 $6,509 $5,957 92% --------- --------- --------- --------- a) Central America includes Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama and Honduras. b) South America includes Chile, Brazil, Ecuador and Peru. c) The Mediterranean region includes Spain and Cyprus. d) The 2006 and 2005 operating results present the WSI and India business units as well as a nonstrategic European business as discontinued operations. 

CONTACT: Laureate Education, Inc.
Rosemarie Mecca, 410-843-8070
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