Starcrest Education The Belt & Road Limited to acquire National Training Company

LONDON, UK: Starcrest Education The Belt & Road Limited (OBOR) has signed non-legally binding heads of terms for the acquisition of up to 80% of the issued share capital of National Training Company Limited (NTC).

The NTC group has over 200 employees and over 10 years of experience of delivering training and apprenticeships, with more than 30 programmes across various sectors of delivery. The NTC group has over 400 active clients.

Under the Heads of Terms, the Company has agreed to put options to require it to purchase the remaining 20% of the issued share capital of the Target.

The Proposed Transaction is subject to the agreement and signature by the parties to a legally binding share purchase agreement.

At the time of this announcement, the Proposed Transaction is subject to, amongst other things, legal and financial due diligence, therefore the Company is unable to provide further information at this stage about the terms of the Proposed Transaction. If the Proposed Transaction is successful, it will amount to a reverse takeover under the Listing Rules.

Since the Company is currently unable to provide detailed information on the Target, its listing will remain suspended. Listing of the Company’s ordinary shares will remain suspended until such time as the Company either publishes a prospectus relating to the Proposed Transaction or submits a restoration request for approval by the FCA.

The Proposed Transaction follows the announcement of the Company’s decision to no longer proceed with the Company’s previously stated intention to acquire 60% of the issued share capital of The London School of Science and Technology Limited (LSST), a private management school that offers an open and inclusive education experience in London and the midlands, as announced on 18 September 2019.

Uncertainties as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic were a major contributory factor behind the Company’s decision to no longer proceed with acquiring LSST.

Costs relating to the due diligence of the proposed acquisition of LSST amounted to £1.2m and have been written off by the Company. 

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