New York, New York — July 24, 2007 — The Princeton Review, Inc. (Nasdaq: REVU), a leading provider of test preparation services and educational support services, today announced that it has reached a definitive agreement with Bain Capital Ventures and Prides Capital under which the two private investors have made a $60 million of preferred stock investment in the company. The preferred stock will be convertible into common stock at $6.00 a share and for four years will accrue a six percent annual dividend. Additionally, in connection with the agreement, the Company will retire its B-1 Convertible Preferred Stock.
The Princeton Review also announced that Michael J. Perik, former CEO of The Learning Company, will become the new Chief Executive Officer of the Princeton Review, effective immediately. He succeeds the company´s founder, John S. Katzman, who will remain as Executive Chairman.
"Over the past 25 years, we have created an unrivaled brand in learning, and helped millions of students in the United States and around the world pursue higher education," said Katzman. "Today´s changes take us to another level. Bain and Prides bring great track records, and their investment materially strengthens and simplifies our balance sheet; this will allow us to capitalize on a number of important opportunities in the industry, as we place a renewed emphasis on expanding the geographic and product footprint of our core franchise.
Katzman continued, "I have worked with Michael for five years, and am particularly pleased that he has accepted the invitation to lead our team. He is uniquely qualified to help us run a disciplined company that delivers both shareholder value and high growth."
Perik, 49, most recently served as Chairman of Houghton Mifflin Company´s Assessment Division. He was previously Chief Executive Officer of Achievement Technologies, which was sold to Houghton Mifflin in 2006. Before that, Perik was Chairman and CEO of The Learning Company.
"For a generation of American students, The Princeton Review has been synonymous with success and quality," said Michael Krupka, a Managing Director at Bain Capital Ventures. "When you combine this level of brand awareness with the opportunities presented in areas like online learning, we are certain the company can become a major international player in the educational marketplace. I am delighted to be joining The Princeton Review board of directors along with my colleague, Jeff Crisan. We believe we can bring valuable support and experience to the plans John and Michael have formulated to move the company forward."
"We first became investors in The Princeton Review almost three years ago, and we have closely monitored the company´s progress since that time," said Kevin Richardson, Managing Partner, Prides Capital. "In recent months we became convinced that, by strengthening the company´s balance sheet and by making a few key additions to the management team and board, the company could begin unlocking the full potential that we believed existed when we first became investors. We are extremely pleased to become strategic partners with the company at this important time, and we believe that John´s vision, coupled with Michael´s focus, will lead to long term increases in the value of this enterprise."
Stephen Cootey, from Prides Capital, will also join The Princeton Review board as an observer.
"I am enormously excited about working with John Katzman," Perik said. "We have worked together on various ventures in the K-12 marketplace over the years. I have always been struck by his absolute commitment to quality in all of the services and products he provides. I am also pleased to be able to work again with Bain Capital. First at The Learning Company, then at Houghton Mifflin, and now at The Princeton Review, I have been impressed by the firm´s ability to identify market leaders and its skill at building lasting value for all the stakeholders."
As an inducement to hiring Mr. Perik as CEO, the company granted him a stock option to purchase 1.7 million shares of the company´s common stock having an exercise price of $4.69 per share, the fair market value of the company´s common stock on the date preceding the grant. The option vests quarterly over the next four years beginning on October 31, 2007 and expires ten years from the date of grant.