Form 8-K Zovio Inc

Current report, items 8.01 and 9.01

Published: 2019-10-07 07:32:52
Submitted: 2019-10-07
Period Ending In: 2019-10-07
a8-kxitem801deptofedoct2019.htm FORM 8-K


Washington, D.C. 20549 
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 Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported):  October 7, 2019
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1811 E. Northrop Blvd.
Chandler, Arizona
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 (858) 668-2586
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Item 8.01.     Other Events.
U.S. Department of Education Abbreviated Preacquisition Review Letter
Zovio Inc (the “Company”) owns and operates Ashford University, a regionally-accredited university accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, or WASC Senior College and University Commission, and is eligible for, and receives, Title IV student financial aid funding from the U.S. Department of Education (the “Department”).
In connection with the potential change of ownership and conversion of Ashford University to a nonprofit California public benefit corporation (the “Conversion Transaction”), the Department has provided a response (the “Abbreviated Preacquisition Review Letter”) to the request for review made on July 15, 2019. The request for an abbreviated preacquisition review was made in accordance with Department procedures pursuant to which the Department provides information about conditions it intends to impose in connection with the continued participation in federal Title IV student financial aid programs by the applicant following a change in ownership.
In the Abbreviated Preacquisition Review Letter, along with other conditions, the Department indicated that it would require the posting of an irrevocable letter of credit with the Department within ten days of the Conversion Transaction for approximately $103 million, representing the Department’s determination of 25% of the Title IV funding in fiscal year 2018 (the “25% LOC”). This letter of credit would require coverage until March 31, 2021 unless extended or replaced as determined by the Department.
We continue to evaluate our potential courses of action. Related to the possible 25% LOC, we are considering various financial and insurance instruments that will allow the Company’s cash on the balance sheet to remain unrestricted. Once finalized, we may continue to pursue the Conversion Transaction with Ashford University. We are also exploring other strategic opportunities regarding Ashford University, including the possible sale of the university to another institution where we would enter into an education technology services agreement with the acquirer. Such an arrangement may likely not require the posting of the 25% LOC with the Department. It may also likely not require the Company to make a substantial cash contribution to Ashford University which is currently contemplated by the Conversion Transaction.

Item 9.01.     Financial Statements and Exhibits.
Exhibit No.

 Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
Date: October 7, 2019
Zovio Inc
/s/ Diane L. Thompson
Name:  Diane L. Thompson
Title: Executive Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel

ex991pressreleasedeptofedo.htm EXHIBIT 99.1


News Release
Contact: Nolan Sundrud
866.475.0317 x11636

Zovio Outlines Response from the U.S. Department of Education Regarding
Proposed Change in Ownership of Ashford University

CHANDLER, Ariz. (October 7, 2019) - Zovio (Nasdaq: ZVO), an education technology services company, announced that, the U.S. Department of Education (“The Department”) has responded to Zovio’s request with an abbreviated preacquisition review letter for the proposed change in ownership of Ashford University.

Zovio asked the The Department to conduct an abbreviated preacquisition review of its proposed change in ownership of Ashford and its conversion to nonprofit status. The Department’s abbreviated preacquisition review letter indicated that within ten days of the change in ownership, it would require Ashford to post an irrevocable letter of credit for approximately 25 percent of the Title IV funding amount during fiscal year 2018. This letter of credit would expire on March 31, 2021, unless extended or replaced as determined by The Department. Zovio continues to evaluate potential courses of action, which includes the possible sale of Ashford to other institutions.

“Zovio’s management team and board of directors are evaluating options to best position both Zovio and Ashford University for future success,” said Andrew Clark, Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of Zovio. “In addition to pursuing the previously announced conversion transaction with Ashford University, we have been exploring the sale of the university to other institutions, where we would enter into an education technology services agreement with the acquirer. During this process, our priorities remain the same; ensuring Ashford University has a strong foundation to support its long-term sustainability and its students are positioned for success, and equally important, driving long-term value creation for all of our stakeholders.”

About Zovio
Zovio (Nasdaq: ZVO) is an education technology services company that partners with higher education institutions and employers to deliver innovative, personalized solutions to help learners and leaders achieve their aspirations. Zovio leverages its core strengths and applies its technology and capabilities to priority market needs. Using advanced data and analytics, Zovio identifies the most meaningful ways to enhance the learner experience and deliver strong outcomes for higher education institutions, employers, and learners. Zovio's purpose is to help everyone be in a class of their own. For more information, visit


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