Dice Holdings, Inc. Acquires OilCareers

Advances the Company's Position as the Leading Global Player in Online Energy Recruiting

Mar 19, 2014, 09:00 ET from Dice Holdings, Inc.

NEW YORK, March 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Dice Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: DHX) announced today it has acquired OilCareers, the leading recruitment site for oil and gas professionals in Europe.  The acquisition strengthens the Company's position in online energy recruiting, which it currently serves through Rigzone, the market leader in the oil and gas industry delivering content, data, advertising and career services.

"The growth prospects are very promising for our energy vertical and the addition of OilCareers will help us capitalize faster on that opportunity," said Michael Durney, President and CEO, Dice Holdings, Inc.  "Our energy vertical has grown to more than double its size from our acquisition of the businesses three years ago.  This acquisition is an opportunity to move forward in Europe.  OilCareers is a good strategic fit and provides critical mass for both brands to leverage."

OilCareers was founded in Aberdeen, Scotland in 1999 and currently has about 800,000 unique monthly visitors and an extensive CV database.  OilCareers' focused approach to connecting oil and gas professionals with the industry's premier employers complements Rigzone's position as a global provider of information, market intelligence and career management services for the industry.

"OilCareers is a real Aberdeen success story.  As a true cornerstone in the local market, they've built the business by helping the oil and gas community meet their professional goals and talent needs," said Paul Caplan, President of Rigzone.  "OilCareers is an exceptional brand and will be even better equipped to serve the community as part of Dice Holdings."

Dice Holdings, Inc. is purchasing OilCareers from the Daily Mail and General Trust PLC (LON:  DMGT) for $26 million in cash.  OilCareers had trailing 12 months revenues of approximately $8 million, with the majority generated in the United Kingdom. 

About Dice Holdings, Inc.

Dice Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: DHX) is a leading provider of specialized websites for professional communities, including technology and engineering, financial services, energy, healthcare, hospitality and security clearance. Our mission is to help our customers source and hire the most qualified professionals in select and highly skilled occupations, and to help those professionals find the best job opportunities in their respective fields and further their careers. For more than 20 years, we have built our company by providing our customers with quick and easy access to high-quality, unique professional communities and offering those communities access to highly relevant career opportunities and information. Today, we serve multiple markets primarily in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.

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