Fourth quarter (April – June 2022)
Full year (July 2021 – June 2022)
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Comments from CEO Marcus Strömberg
The 2021/22 financial year can be summarized as one of our strongest ever. The number of children and students in the school segments increased by 5.4 percent and net sales grew by 7.5 percent, even though the Adult Education Segment was affected by a return to more normal participant volumes. Organic sales growth during the year was just over 5 percent.
Operating profit in the fourth quarter remained stable and in line with last year despite lower participant volumes in the Adult Education Segment and lower profitability in our Norwegian preschool operations. Student numbers in the Compulsory and Upper Secondary School Segments continued to show good growth. After two years of the pandemic, over 100,000 parents and relatives of students at AcadeMedia schools were finally able to attend normal end-of-school celebrations. And never before have so many children and students celebrated this milestone with us. We are now summing up a year in which our business has developed well and the demand for our services has never been higher.
Investment in new campuses and vocational education
AcadeMedia has a leading position in upper secondary education. Our extensive investment and focus on vocational training and the breadth of our educational profiles have created a high level of attractiveness. In August, we celebrated the opening of two new campuses in Stockholm with room for over 4,000 students in state-of-the-art facilities. This unique venture, in the SEK billion class, was made possible by AcadeMedia’s size.
Demand for places at our upper secondary schools remains high. With a strong and broad portfolio, we are well positioned to fill both our established and new upper secondary schools this autumn.
16 new units opened in Germany
The need and thus the demand for new preschool places in Germany is expected to remain high. During the year, we opened 16 new preschools, and decisions have been taken on 37 additional units, which will take us from the current 73 to 110 units within three years. Around 15 of these are planned for 2022/23. Decisions on further new establishments are taken on an ongoing basis.
We are also very pleased that during the quarter we added a fourth country, the Netherlands, to our map. Two preschools outside Rotterdam are the foundation for our continued expansion.
Economic cycles affect adult education
The strong demand for labour after the pandemic has affected adult education in the spring. Many students are gaining employment, which is positive, and we are now approaching normal participation levels in adult education. Our operations have adjusted to the new levels during the spring, and we expect demand to remain stable this autumn. Rising inflation and interest rates could lead to a recession, which in turn would increase demand for adult education. We have a leading position in higher vocational education and the demand for vocational training remains high. We anticipate continued allocation of national resources to vocational education.
A leading educator in game development
After the end of the quarter, AcadeMedia entered into an agreement to acquire Futuregames, which is ranked as one of the best gaming education providers in the world. Together we will be the leading player in Sweden and probably the leading international player. With this acquisition, we have the opportunity for further international establishment, as Futuregames has a number of international initiatives. Creating different educational profiles with the foundation in our Swedish operations and then building on that internationally is one of the strategies that AcadeMedia is working on going forward.
Our highest admissions figures to date
Preliminary numbers for autumn 2022 show an overall average growth in student numbers of approximately five percent for our three school segments to approximately 96,000 (91,431) children and students. More than 16,000 of these are in the first year of upper secondary school. We look forward to following them all through their schooling.
The independent school sector is larger than ever
There has been a heated debate in Sweden about independent schools in connection with this year's election campaign. The independent school sector has grown large and affects many people. The proposals presented for decision in Parliament have been voted down as they have lacked majority. Swedish independent schools have contributed and will continue to contribute to development and with resources to the Swedish school system. At the same time, we agree that a new independent school reform needs to be put in place. Over the years, we have put forward several proposals to reform and develop the independent school sector for the future. The proposals include ideas on school choice and school vouchers.
As we sum up one of our strongest years ever, we would like to express our gratitude to our staff and also to all the parents who place their trust in us to educate their children for a better future.
President and CEO
AcadeMedia AB (publ)
Presentation of the report
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AcadeMedia creates opportunities for people to develop. The 18,100 employees at our 680 preschools, compulsory schools, upper secondary schools and adult education centres share a common focus on quality and development. Our 188,000 children and students are provided with a high-quality education, giving them the best conditions to attain both learning objectives and their full potential as individuals. AcadeMedia is Northern Europe ́s largest education company, with locations/facilities/presence in Sweden, Norway and Germany. Our size gives us the capacity to be a robust, long term partner to the communities we serve. More information about AcadeMedia is available on www.academedia.se.
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