Aug 21, 2014

    SPH stakes $12m on MindChamps

    SINGAPORE Press Holdings (SPH) has bought a stake in pre-school and enrichment provider MindChamps Holdings.

    This marks the media company's first investment into the education business.

    SPH told the Singapore Exchange in a statement yesterday that its unit has paid around $12 million in cash for 110,000 shares in MindChamps Preschool (Worldwide).

    That works out to a 22 per cent stake in the firm, which operates and franchises early-childhood education and enrichment programmes, SPH said.

    Since it started in 2008, MindChamps has opened more than 20 pre-school outlets across the island.

    Its rapid expansion has been helped by its franchise business model which lets independent operators - or "franchisees" - open their own centres under the MindChamps brand.

    The company was named Singapore's Franchisor of the Year by the Franchising and Licensing Association (Singapore) in October.

    SPH previously bought car portal sgCarMart in April last year for about $60 million. It also invested in restaurant booking website Chope in March last year.

    SPH shares closed a cent higher at $4.14.