August 24, 2020

Kiddie Academy Financing Forecast

For years, the Kiddie Academy Finance Department has been there to provide guidance to Franchisees who are seeking funding for their Academies. Even with the challenges presented by this year’s pandemic, the team has been hard at work helping Franchisees navigate the financing landscape.

Kevin Shaffer, our Vice President of Finance, reports that while credit markets have tightened in response to the pandemic, financing continues to be available to Kiddie Academy Franchisees interested in opening an Academy. He says Franchisee financing remains available through Small Business Administration (SBA) loans from national and regional lenders. Kevin notes that these lenders appreciate Kiddie Academy’s brand longevity, our Academy operating model stability and our history of strong systemwide Bank Credit Reports and Fund Reports.

Here’s a quick glimpse of how the Finance team helps. Franchisees prepare a lender financing package for each individual Academy. Based upon Franchisee borrowing preferences, the Finance team then provides introductions to a variety of interested lenders – including over a dozen preferred lenders. During 2020, Kiddie Academy Franchisees have received lender approval on 15 Academy loans and have funded nine Academy loans. The steady stream of new Academy financings has continued throughout the pandemic with 12 loan approvals received and six Academy loans funded since COVID-related restrictions were implemented in March.

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Kiddie Academy Support

The Finance Department is just one part of the corporate support network we offer Franchisees. In addition, we have real estate professionals who use sophisticated data analytics and site selection strategies, as well as in-market and on-the-ground site tours and inspections to help the Franchisee select the best site possible. Our corporate construction team also supports our Franchisee’s site development efforts. We assist with architectural plans, zoning, permits, construction specifications and child care licensing requirements. And our marketing team works with Franchisee’s to help build Academy enrollment.

Highlights of Recent Growth

We’ve had a lot of activity the past couple of months. Some of the highlights include:

    We completed real estate deals at Creekside at The Woodlands outside Houston, and in Urbandale, Iowa. The Urbandale Academy will be our first in Iowa and in the Des Moines metro area. The Franchisees there bought the land and will build a 12,300-square foot facility that will include an indoor play area.

The following new Academies opened for business:

  • Chatham Hills in Westfield, Indiana, our first new location in Indianapolis since 2010.
  • Hawthorne Woods, Illinois, our 20th Academy in Greater Chicago. We have eight other Academies in that area in various stages of development.
  • Winter Garden, Florida, opened with more than 60 children enrolled on day one.
  • Cedar Knolls, New Jersey received its license, making it the 26th in the Garden State. We have four more Academies in development there.
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