Fourth quarter (April – June 2023)
Full year (July 2022 – June 2023)
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Comments from CEO Marcus Strömberg
In the 2022/23 financial year, AcadeMedia showed continued strong growth and a stable economic development despite many societal challenges. Thanks to investments in capacity and quality, the number of children and students in the school segments increased by 5.8 percent and net sales grew by 8.4 percent. The organic sales growth was 6.0 percent. The international business continued to grow and accounted for 23 percent (20) of AcadeMedia’s total net sales during the year.
Operating profit in the fourth quarter increased compared to last year as we are now seeing the results of previous actions and investments. Profitability in the Norwegian business improved as the cost increases of previous years have to some extent been compensated through the annual school voucher revision. In the Compulsory- and Upper Secondary School Segments, student numbers increased and tight cost control in a period of high inflation had a positive impact on profitability. In the Adult Education Segment, the number of participants in Municipal Adult Education continued to decline, while the Higher Vocational Education continues to perform well. We can summarise a year with continued high demand and stable economic development. This is a sign of strength that provides a very solid foundation for further progress.
Continued international expansion
For many years, AcadeMedia has maintained the strategy of offering all age groups – from young children to adults – a variety of programmes and pedagogical specialisations, a strategy that delivers a high degree of stability and flexibility. The same applies to our strategy of continuing to grow abroad, which enable us to make AcadeMedia even more robust. Today, 23 percent of our operations are located outside Sweden's borders: in Norway, Germany, and the Netherlands. The aim is to expand our international business and we have identified attractive opportunities, not only in countries where we are already established but also in other prioritised markets.
In Germany, new preschools are opening according to plan, and we now approach 100 units. After the fiscal year-end, our adult education business in Germany expanded through the acquisition of MediaDesign Academy, in Munich. Our current adult education programme, within FAWZ, is comparable to Sweden’s Komvux vocational training. The MediaDesign Academy is more comparable to Sweden’s Higher Vocational Education.
After the end of the reporting period, AcadeMedia acquired the Dutch company Winford consisting of ten compulsory- and upper secondary schools. As a result, we now operate in three of the four types of education in the Netherlands: preschool, compulsory school, and upper secondary school.
Adult education – leader in Higher Vocational Education
AcadeMedia’s Higher Vocational Education (HVE) continues to develop well, with net sales increasing 10 percent over the financial year. We are the market leader and as labour shortages increase, investments in HVE will continue. Just as applications to universities and colleges are rising to record levels for autumn 2023, interest in retraining in HVE is high and the level of applications is good. We will continue to strengthen our position.
Participation volumes in Municipal Adult Education were stable in the fourth quarter, but still lower than last year.
Demand for labour in certain sectors such as industry and transport are high. To address this demand, the Swedish government has set up an inquiry to review how vocational training in Komvux can be made more effective and better adapted to the needs of both labour market and individuals. A well-functioning vocational training programme for adults plays a pivotal role in business’ supply of skilled labour.
AcadeMedia is a market leader in Vocational training, and we see further good opportunities for growth and development, and thereby contribute to solving Sweden's labour market problems.
Long-term focus on grading and assessment has effect
One of the biggest challenges in all of Sweden's schools is the long-standing discrepancy between student´s grades and results in national tests. This has recently attracted much attention. AcadeMedia has focused on this issue for a long time. We have not only worked on our own organisation and governance, but also on addressing the underlying systemic failure, by setting out proposals that we believe would help solve the problem.
During the fiscal year, we commissioned an external party to review our work on grades and assessments in the Upper Secondary School Segment. The aim was to investigate whether there is pressure on teachers to award higher grades than is justified. One of the conclusions drawn by the external reviewers was that governance in AcadeMedia’s upper secondary schools does not create undue pressure to award higher grades than the students' level of knowledge. The full report is published on our website.
In order to reduce the discrepancies, we have introduced a package of measures and placed great emphasis on increased equivalence in assessment and grading. We can conclude that the proportion of students who received a higher grade than their performance in the national tests fell during the past academic year. Read more on pages 12 and 13.
Enrolment figures indicate more than 100,000 children and students for the autumn.
Preliminary student numbers for autumn 2023 show an overall average growth of approximately five percent and we now exceed 100,000 (95,834) children and students at our three school segments. More than 16,000 of these are in the first year of upper secondary school.
Four anniversaries celebrated
Looking at the full year 2023, we can see that no less than four of our organisations celebrate their anniversaries. The oldest is our adult education programme Hermods, which was founded in 1898 by Hans Svensson Hermod in Malmö. His vision was that all Swedes, including those living in rural areas, should be able to take courses that suited them. That formulation is a bit dated, but the idea behind it can still be applied to AcadeMedia as a whole. We want everyone to be able to find an education with us that suits them. Other anniversaries include Vittra compulsory schools, and the upper secondary schools LBS Kreativa Gymnasiet and Rytmus, all of which are celebrating 30 years.
I would like to conclude by expressing my sincere thank you to the nearly 20,000 employees in AcadeMedia in Sweden, Norway, Germany and the Netherlands
President and CEO
AcadeMedia AB (publ)
Presentation of the report
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AcadeMedia creates opportunities for people to develop. The 19,400 employees at our 730 preschools, compulsory schools, upper secondary schools and adult education centres share a common focus on quality and development. Our 198,000 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, Germany, and Netherlands. 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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