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The First Marblehead Corporation


is acquiring


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's Tuition Management Systems from for $47,250,000 in cash.

TMS will be acquired by a wholly owned subsidiary of First Marblehead and will retain its identity, management and operations under the transaction, according to a company statement. The deal is expected to close before January 1, 2011.

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TMS processes approximately $3.7 billion in tuition. The First Marblehead Corp. expects the acquisition to add $31 million in total revenues, to be cashflow positive during the first year and accretive to earnings in two years, the statement adds.

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