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Participants
Ed Goodwin Vice President of Investor Relations
Christopher Paucek Co-Founder, Chief Executive Officer and Director
Catherine Graham Chief Financial Officer
Michael Nemeroff Crédit Suisse AG
Thomas Singlehurst Citigroup, Inc.
George Tong Goldman Sachs Group Inc.
Jason Celino KeyBanc Capital Markets Inc.
Michael Tarkan Compass Point Research & Trading, LLC
Brian Schwartz Oppenheimer & Co. Inc.
Kerrigan Rice Needham & Company, LLC
Corey Greendale First Analysis Securities Corporation
Christopher Howe Barrington Research Associates, Inc.
Henry Chien BMO Capital Markets Equity Research
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Operator

Good day, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to the 2U Inc. 2018 First Quarter Earnings Call. [Operator Instructions] I would now like to turn the conference over to Mr. Eddie Goodwin, Vice President of Investor Relations.

You may begin.

Ed Goodwin

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Christopher Paucek

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Catherine Graham

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only tracking, raising short with continue We expectations belief creating program excited GetSmarter we're that be the is up how program is we're segments segment graduate and Further, like and combined XXXX. are on launch very comfortable further course to reinforces we cadence that about very year both acquisition for revenue graduate full real how our outlook, value fact pleased short the the Chip? our We're in pipeline and course shaping significantly our the based for seeing. the company. our

Christopher Paucek

Cathy. Thanks,

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Operator

comes Instructions] Thank of Crédit question of Nemeroff from first Suisse. the [Operator line Michael The you.

line open. is Your

Michael Nemeroff

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Christopher Paucek

Michael. Thanks,

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Catherine Graham

Sure.

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cash little So is a that, it related why that's big flow change light. come in in a to the will bit

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a And so fourth significant pretty anything to if to the you items. step-up you're going see quarter, compare those in sequentially

Michael Nemeroff

any comments Chip, helpful. give That's particular can you us.

- the people? universities out DGP people of the the comments the courses of mind the read of at some the same on what leadership, as that As curious DGP I'm are - you some are the lead short they

Christopher Paucek

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lot still there's a So is on. going Pipeline lovely.

Michael Nemeroff

Thanks taking Congrats guys. question. my for

Operator

Thank you.

Singlehurst is of of Tom line Next from question Citi. the

Your line is open.

Thomas Singlehurst

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Christopher Paucek

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Thomas Singlehurst

Thank you.

Christopher Paucek

Tom. Thanks

Operator

line Tong question Sachs. next And of you. comes Thank from George the Goldman of

Your line is open.

George Tong

presentations Hi, the afternoon. for business. thanks. course course margins? And expand the of Good And courses? remainder you implications needed number what short the for in are to to What performance the In your the are short better-than-expected saw plan quarter, of you these increase year. incremental costs

Catherine Graham

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infrastructure the there. have already of most You

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George Tong

revenues have graduate obviously follow-up, and degree with seen programs significant Got it. per Very to respect a enrollments and helpful. your growth then And earlier as program. success

very your with your pipeline you are revenues Looking discuss Can enrollments program ahead, compare at performing? launches? how earlier strong And programs. they newer how you of per have launches average a and new

Christopher Paucek

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can you see the So historical numbers.

with the You releases. but the can cohort current the press obviously see you see can't current ones

able be get we're right So we enough to to give a on. thought to that sense you

Catherine Graham

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- around can arms put our that that And to our business. things at of drive trying that getting still to applying place all the are looking in marketing do to all market. capabilities We we

through get are, to we impacts as so steady-state start longer-term able better see to guys with And to a view that back what and of margin. you coming will be the be we

Christopher Paucek

short For courses.

Catherine Graham

short Yes, for courses.

George Tong

helpful, Very you. thank

Operator

Markets. question of Capital next the And line comes of you. Monika Thank KeyBanc Garg from

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Jason Celino

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Christopher Paucek

launch don't have program confidence. We we unless

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the Baylor love that opportunity present. we so And

Jason Celino

And awesome GetSmarter then thinking Okay. bit. little a kind of color. business That's the about Great.

about So you than let's growth previously we growth, talked with Or view? I know mid-XX%. we've it? higher are it that the DGP kind of comments, how think should of core maybe reiterating kind your call about

Catherine Graham

revenue and and split a the short if - said at at basically north to we pretty X, that look the step-up was is between much put think entirely we fact look I of business. So you in attribute the revenue figure almost line what million course you it our of in our could fact you $X and the out that

we're at is least that, rate because And XXXX, growth conclude for XX% that side giving you to have higher will is You have XX%, the rate the said core overall. growth that a that business. on in

revenue short by have higher definition, the there's in So almost a courses. you believe to growth rate

Jason Celino

we kind just of is should how the on years it that's And function... this think the about - forward Or going a to?

Catherine Graham

to I think come. should Yes. of some think you period for No, that

large to the about make law numbers. have of judgment do your you However,

Jason Celino

appreciate Great. last kind it. Okay. then around short And of courses. question I

the us seeing can I of of strength of of Give of You them talk some that kind kind what programs? chosen. are? some about good you've what what of characteristics mean some of pretty the makes programs type are good kind programs of you in kind types they -

Christopher Paucek

to course lot There's there's be going more. so not a over into We're going many. detail. get time, per And to

there of been historically, skill-based So of courses. There been confident emerging courses. sell all have been pretty them. courses. technology-related There are And have there sort that have we're technology-related opportunities to

the thrilled So of with short course heavy. It's - - are the growth segment. but is it we

Jason Celino

I Yeah, great. for appreciate questions. taking Okay, Thanks it. really my

Christopher Paucek

Okay.

Operator

you. Thank

Our the from line comes Point. Michael next of of Tarkan question Compass

Your line is open.

Michael Tarkan

you taking my for questions. Thank

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Christopher Paucek

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Michael Tarkan

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Michael Tarkan

Thank you, that's helpful.

Operator

Thank you.

Schwartz of the of is Brian from question Oppenheimer. line next Your

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Brian Schwartz

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Christopher Paucek

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Catherine Graham

That increase was investment. in the

Christopher Paucek

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Brian Schwartz

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Christopher Paucek

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Brian Schwartz

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Catherine Graham

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Brian Schwartz

it. Thanks clear. I for up me, appreciate Cathy, again clearing for That's that

Operator

Thank you.

Needham. next line Your Rice Kerry comes of the question of from

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Christian Rice

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Christian Rice

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Christopher Paucek

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Operator

you. Thank

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Unidentified Analyst

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Operator

you. Thank

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Corey Greendale

for thanks Hey, Thanks. taking questions. my

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Corey Greendale

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Corey Greendale

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Christopher Paucek

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Christopher Paucek

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Corey Greendale

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Operator

you. Thank

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open. Your line is

Christopher Howe

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Christopher Paucek

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Christopher Howe

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Christopher Howe

on Congrats Thank Chip. quarter. you, the

Christopher Paucek

Thank you.

Operator

And you. question of Thank next BMO. our is Silber from of the come Jeff line

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Henry Chien

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Christopher Paucek

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Henry Chien

it. Got

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Christopher Paucek

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Henry Chien

Got it.

so thanks much. Okay,

Operator

to at this time, And for questions. Chip Paucek, CEO, remarks. you. there back like call Thank turn Mr. closing the I'd over are further to no

Christopher Paucek

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Operator

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