Knowledge First Foundation Announces the Completion of a Share Purchase Agreement to Sell Heritage Education Funds International to PROVEN Investments
TORONTO, April 15, 2021 – Knowledge First Foundation ("Knowledge First"), the parent company of Knowledge First Financial Inc., Canada's largest RESP company, has entered into a share purchase agreement to sell all of the issued and outstanding shares of Heritage Education Funds International Inc. ("Heritage International") to PROVEN Investments Limited ("PROVEN"), pending regulatory approval.
The transaction includes the distribution and management of the Heritage International Scholarship Trust Plan ("Heritage International Plan") and the member interests of the Heritage International Scholarship Trust Foundation. KPMG Corporate Finance acted as the exclusive financial advisor on the transaction.
Specializing in administering and managing education savings plans for customers in the Bahamas, Bermuda, Jamaica, and the British Virgin Islands, Heritage International has enrolled over 50,000 children in the Heritage International Plan since its inception in 1983 and oversees approximately US$150 million in assets under management.
Already operating in three of the four jurisdictions that Heritage International services, this transaction will allow PROVEN to further strengthen the Heritage business, bringing in a respected, local and agile organization that knows the region and is committed to investing in and growing operations.
"We strongly believe that this transaction will help Heritage International Scholarship Trust Plans thrive and grow within the Caribbean region, with a local and experienced wealth management leader at the helm, while allowing for focus and pace on advancing our Canadian strategies at home," said Carrie Russell, President and CEO, Knowledge First Foundation and Knowledge First Financial Inc.
"We at PROVEN see this acquisition as complementary to our current financial services offerings, and an opportunity to widen our presence in the wealth management space throughout the Caribbean. The Heritage Plan is very similar to the product offerings of our other wealth management subsidiaries, with operations in Jamaica, Cayman, Bermuda and BVI, and we look forward to welcoming the Heritage clients to the fold and offering them the same first-class service that is synonymous with the PROVEN brand," said Johann Heaven, Head of Banking and Wealth at PROVEN.
With an expected closing date later this year, Knowledge First and PROVEN will work together to ensure a smooth and seamless transition of the business. Completion of this transaction is subject to regulatory approval and other customary closing conditions.
About Knowledge First Financial
Knowledge First Financial Inc. is Canada's largest registered education savings plan company. With over $7.0 billion in assets under management and a network of over 1,750 sales representatives, Knowledge First Financial is committed to empowering students by giving them the resources they need to financially and mentally succeed along their academic journeys. As a wholly owned subsidiary of the Knowledge First Foundation, a not-for-profit Canadian corporation, the company manages over 600,000 RESPs for customers, helping approximately 60,000 students through post-secondary studies each year. Since 1965, the company has paid out approximately $8.2 billion to subscribers and students through their plans.
About Proven Wealth
PROVEN Investments Limited (PIL/PROVEN) is the Caribbean's premier "Income & Growth Strategy" Investment Company, built on the solid reputation of providing investors with safe and consistent returns on their investments. The company's main objective is to provide shareholders with consistent returns, through a diversified portfolio of regional and international investments spread across three main investment strategies. 1) PROVEN's core investments include a portfolio of banking and wealth management companies with operations throughout the Caribbean, mainly in Jamaica, Cayman, St. Lucia, Bermuda and the British Virgin Islands. 2) PROVEN has also created additional value and diversification for its shareholders by identifying and securing private and publicly traded, equity and debt positions in well established companies throughout the region and internationally which have the potential for enhanced levels of growth and return over the short to medium term. 3) PROVEN's Real Estate investments span both residential and commercial developments and are complimented by the consistent returns from our portfolio of commercial rental properties.
PROVEN Subsidiaries & Associated Companies: BOSLIL Bank Limited in St. Lucia with rep offices in Panama and Uruguay; International Financial Planning (Cayman) Limited (IFP); PROVEN Wealth Limited (now merged with PROVEN Fund Management Limited); PROVEN Real Estate Investment Trust (PREIT); Access Financial Services Limited; JMMB Group Limited; Dream Entertainment Limited.
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