LOS ANGELES, July 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- B. Riley Financial, Inc. (NASDAQ: RILY), a diversified provider of financial and business advisory services, has completed the acquisition of United Online, Inc. (NASDAQ: UNTD), an Internet access and services provider.
B. Riley Financial acquired United Online for $11.00 per share in a transaction valued at approximately $170 million.
As part of the transaction, Robert J. (Rusty) Taragan will be rejoining United Online as its CEO. Rusty previously spent 15 years at United Online, and its predecessor company NetZero, most recently as the President of its Communications Segment.
"The acquisition of United Online is consistent with our plan of making financially prudent acquisitions that provide outsized risk-adjusted returns," said Bryant Riley, Chairman and CEO of B. Riley Financial. "We look to benefit from the experience of United Online's seasoned employees and the company's ability to achieve predictable recurring revenue and EBITDA, while operating the business to maximize free cash flow for distribution to our shareholders."
"This acquisition represents an investment model we intend to replicate over the long term—namely, purchasing companies with complex business dynamics in challenging or mature industries and then implementing operational changes to generate attractive returns. By leveraging B. Riley Financial's broad platform of services and capabilities, we believe we are ideally positioned to capitalize on additional investment opportunities like United Online."
About United Online® United Online, Inc., through its operating subsidiaries, provides consumer subscription services and products, consisting of internet access services and devices, including dial-up, mobile broadband, DSL, e-mail, Internet security, and web hosting services, under the NetZero and Juno brands. United Online is headquartered in Woodland Hills, CA. For more information, visit www.unitedonline.net.
About B. Riley Financial, Inc. B. Riley Financial, Inc. (NASDAQ: RILY) provides collaborative financial services and solutions through several subsidiaries, including: B. Riley & Co. LLC, a leading investment bank which provides corporate finance, research, and sales & trading to corporate, institutional and high net worth individual clients; Great American Group, LLC, a leading provider of advisory and valuation services, and asset disposition and auction solutions; B. Riley Capital Management, LLC, an SEC registered Investment Advisor, which includes B. Riley Asset Management, a provider of investment products to institutional and high net worth investors, and B. Riley Wealth Management (formerly MK Capital Advisors), a multi-family office practice and wealth management firm focused on the needs of ultra-high net worth individuals and families; and Great American Capital Partners, a provider of senior secured loans and second lien secured loan facilities to middle market public and private U.S. companies.
B. Riley Financial is headquartered in Los Angeles with offices in major financial markets throughout the United States and Europe. For more information on B. Riley Financial, visit www.brileyfin.com.
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