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Education Management LLC and Education Management Finance Corp. Announce Extension of Consent Solicitation

PITTSBURGH, Sept. 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Education Management LLC and Education Management Finance Corp. (together, the "Issuers"), each wholly-owned subsidiaries of Education Management Corporation (together with its subsidiaries, the "Company") (NASDAQ: EDMC), announced today that they have extended until 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on September 4, 2014 (such date and time, the "New Expiration Time") their solicitation of consents (the "Consent Solicitation") to amend (the "Proposed Amendments") the indenture (the "Indenture") governing their Senior Cash Pay/PIK Notes due 2018 (the "Notes"). The Consent Solicitation had previously been scheduled to expire on September 3, 2014 at 5:00 p.m., New York City time.

Holders of the Notes ("Holders") who have previously delivered valid consents do not need to redeliver such consents or take any other action in response to this announcement in order to consent or receive the Consent Payment (as defined in the Consent Solicitation Statement) following the successful conclusion of the Consent Solicitation. Holders are referred to the Consent Solicitation Statement, dated August 27, 2014 (the "Consent Solicitation Statement"), and the related Master Consent (together with the Consent Solicitation Statement, the "Consent Solicitation Documents") for the detailed terms and conditions of the Consent Solicitation, all of which remain unchanged except as set forth in this press release.

Requests for copies of the Consent Solicitation Documents and other related materials should be directed to D.F. King & Co., Inc., the Information and Tabulation Agent for the Consent Solicitation, at (212) 269-5550 (banks and brokers) or (888) 567-1626 (toll-free).

This press release is neither an offer to purchase nor a solicitation of an offer to sell any securities. The Consent Solicitation is being made only by, and pursuant to the terms of, the Consent Solicitation Documents, and the information in this press release is qualified by reference to the Consent Solicitation Documents. Each Holder must make its own decision as to whether to give its consent to the Proposed Amendments. The Consent Solicitation is not being made in any jurisdiction in which the making thereof would not be in compliance with the applicable laws of such jurisdiction. None of the Company, the trustee under the Indenture or the Information and Tabulation Agent makes any recommendation in connection with the Consent Solicitation.

The Issuers reserve the right, subject to applicable law, in their sole discretion, to waive any of the conditions of the Consent Solicitation, in whole or in part, at any time and from time to time. They also reserve the right, subject to applicable law, in their sole discretion, (i) to terminate or withdraw the Consent Solicitation, provided the New Expiration Time has not occurred; (ii) to extend the New Expiration Time or (iii) otherwise to amend the Consent Solicitation in any respect.

About the Company

The Company (www.edmc.edu), with approximately 125,560 students as of October 2013, is among the largest providers of post-secondary education in North America, based on student enrollment and revenue, with a total of 110 locations in 32 U.S. states and Canada. The Company offers academic programs to students through campus-based and online instruction, or through a combination of both. The Company is committed to offering quality academic programs and strives to improve the learning experience for its students. Its educational institutions offer students the opportunity to earn undergraduate and graduate degrees and certain specialized non-degree diplomas in a broad range of disciplines, including media arts, health sciences, design, psychology and behavioral sciences, culinary, business, fashion, legal, education and information technology.

Cautionary Statements

This press release includes information that could constitute forward-looking statements with the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements typically contain words such as "anticipates," "believes," "estimates," "expects," "intends" or similar words indicating that future outcomes are not known with certainty and are subject to risk factors that could cause these outcomes to differ significantly from those projected. Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements related to the company's future operating and financial performance, and include statements regarding expected enrollment, revenue, expense levels, capital expenditures and earnings. Any such forward-looking statements involve risk and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from any future results encompassed within the forward-looking statements. Some of the factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include, but are not limited to: changes in the overall U.S. or global economy; changes in enrollment or student mix; student retention; our ability to maintain eligibility to participate in Title IV programs; changes in government spending; increased or unanticipated legal and regulatory costs; success of cost-cutting initiatives and growth strategies; changes in accreditation standards; the implementation of new operating procedures for our fully online programs; government and regulatory changes including revised interpretations of regulatory requirements that affect the postsecondary education industry; new programs and operational changes implemented in response to the "gainful employment" financial metrics; the potential impact of the draft "gainful employment" regulation expected to be issued by the U.S. Department of Education; and other factors discussed in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including those identified in the "Risk Factors" section of our Annual Report on Form 10-K and our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. Past results of the Company are not necessarily indicative of its future results. The Company does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statements, except as required by securities laws.

Investor Contact:
John Iannone
Director of Investor Relations
(412) 995-7727

Media Contact:
Chris Hardman
VP of Communications
(412) 995-7187

SOURCE Education Management LLC