OTTAWA, Jan. 29, 2018 — betterU Education Corp. (TSX-V:BTRU) (FRANKFURT:5OGA), (the “Corporation” or “betterU”), is pleased to provide the following update regarding the proposed $1,250,000 equity investment by HT Overseas Pte. Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of HT Media Limited, (“HT”) for the purchase of 3,205,128 common shares of the Corporation at $0.39 per share (the “Private Placement”). The Private Placement and agreement with HT was previously announced on December 21, 2017.
HT has been working towards receiving all necessary approvals from India’s government authorities to complete the transfer of funds from India to Canada. The first of eight proposed tranches of Private Placement is expected to close on February 5, 2018.
About HT and HT Group
HT Group has built a Pan India reach via its various print, radio and digital properties. The combined reach is an astonishing ~10% of Indian population. In print alone, HT Group’s Hindustan Times (English medium); Hindustan (Hindi medium), Mint (English Business daily) give a combined readership of over 29.9 million. This readership is multiplied significantly through HT’s radio channels (104 Fever and 107.2 Nasha) which have a dedicated audience of over 21.7 million in Delhi, Kolkata, UP, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad and the Indo Gangetic belt. This is further complemented by HT’s digital presence including hindustantimes.com; livehindustan.com; livehindustan.com; desimartini.com and shine.com.
Geographically, HT Group has the following reach:
- In the West, HT is able to reach 7 million population in Mumbai through their highly recognised Brands in Print (HT/Mint), Radio (Fever/Nasha) & Digital.
- In the North, HT Group’s mediums directly touch “8 out of every 10” population in Delhi NCR. Print readership of around 4.3 million complemented by leading radio channels such as 104 Fever and 107.2 (giving an additional audience of 8.1 million) makes HT Group a clear leader in the Delhi NCR region.
Hindustan Times is an Indian English-language daily newspaper founded in 1924 and the flagship publication of HT Media. Hindustan Times is one of the largest newspapers in India, by circulation. According to the Audit Bureau of Circulations and it has a circulation of 1.16 million copies as of November 2015. HT is one of the top most widely read English newspapers in India. It is popular in North India, with simultaneous editions from New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Lucknow, Patna, Ranchi and Chandigarh.
betterU, a global education marketplace, aims to provide access to quality education from around the world to foster growth and opportunity to those who want to better their lives. The company plans to bridge the prevailing gap in the education and job industry and enhance the lives of its prospective learners by developing an integrated education-to-employment ecosystem. betterU’s offerings can be categorized into several broad functions: to compliment school programs with flexible KG-12 programs preparing children for next stage of education, to provide access to global educational opportunities from leading educators, to foster an exceptional educational environment by providing befitting skills that lead to a better career, to bridge the gap between one’s existing education and prospective job requirement by training them and lastly, to connect the end user to various job opportunities.
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