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Pearson Buys Globalenglish For $90 Million, Sees Adjusted EPS Enhancing From 2013

LONDON -(Dow Jones)- Pearson PLC (PSON.LN), a provider of education, consumer publishing and business information services, Friday acquired GlobalEnglish Corporation from its current ownership group for $90 million in cash, and said the transaction is subject to approval by GlobalEnglish's shareholders. MAIN FACTS: -Pearson will be expensing integration costs relating to GlobalEnglish in 2012 and expects the acquisition to enhance adjusted earnings per share and to generate a return on invested capital above Pearson's weighted average cost of capital from 2013, its first full year. -GlobalEnglish is a provider of cloud-based, on-demand Business English learning, assessment and performance support software. -Pearson shares at 1228 GMT up 2 pence, or 0.2%, at GBP11.39, valuing the company at GBP9.28 billion. -By Razak Musah Baba, Dow Jones Newswires; 44-20-7842-9275; razak.baba@dowjones.com

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