NEW YORK, Nov. 11, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- IAC/InterActiveCorp (Nasdaq: IACI) today announced that it has proposed to acquire all of the outstanding shares of Angie's List, Inc. (Nasdaq: ANGI) common stock for $8.75 per share. The transaction proposed to the Angie's List Board of Directors would be structured as an all-cash deal; however, IAC has indicated its willingness to consider a combination of Angie's List with IAC's HomeAdvisor business through a tax-free stock-for-stock exchange.
The IAC all-cash proposal represents a premium of greater than 50% over the unaffected price of Angie's List common stock as of October 12, 2015, the day immediately preceding disclosure of TCS Capital's letter to the Angie's List Board of Directors advocating pursuit of a strategic transaction between Angie's List and HomeAdvisor and over the trailing 90 day average trading price for the stock.
"The combination of the Angie's List brand, highly trafficked website and its network of paying service professionals with our HomeAdvisor business, the category leader which has seen eight consecutive quarters of accelerating growth in its core U.S. business, would cement our position as the premier home services platform," said Joey Levin, CEO of IAC/InterActiveCorp. "We are fully committed to this transaction and are confident that both Angie's List stockholders and our stockholders will recognize the value of our proposal."
Financial and Strategic Benefits of the Proposal
- The all-cash offer represents a compelling premium of 50% over the Angie's List unaffected share price, as well as the trailing 90-day average trading price for the stock.
- The combination of Angie's List with HomeAdvisor would create the premier platform in the home services market with over $700 million of revenue and an unparalleled network of active and high quality service professionals capable of delivering consumers a best-in-class experience.
- The combined company would have more than $35 billion in gross transaction value and over an estimated 15 million unique visitors per month.
- The combination of Angie's List's nationally recognized brand and directory monetization model with HomeAdvisor's performance based on demand monetization (including Instant Booking, Instant Connect and Market Matching products) will provide the best experience to the largest number of consumers and service providers alike.
IAC delivered its proposal to the Angie's List Board of Directors today. Below is the text of the letter that was sent to the Angie's List Board of Directors:
November 11, 2015
Board of Directors
Angie's List, Inc.
1030 E. Washington Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202
Dear Ladies and Gentlemen:
We very much appreciated Scott Durchslag and Thomas Fox taking the time to meet with us on October 23. We were disappointed to hear that the Board is not interested in further engaging with us regarding a strategic transaction involving Angie's List. We continue to believe a transaction involving our companies has a compelling strategic rationale, and we are confident we are well-positioned to swiftly consummate a transaction that will be in the best interests of Angie's List stockholders. In an effort to demonstrate our strong commitment to bringing our two companies together, outlined below is an updated proposal for the Board's consideration.
We propose to acquire 100% of the outstanding capital stock of Angie's List for a price of $8.75 per share in cash, representing a compelling premium of greater than 50% over the unaffected price of Angie's List common stock as of October 12, 2015, the day immediately preceding disclosure of TCS Capital's letter to the Angie's List Board advocating pursuit of a strategic transaction, and over the trailing 90 day average trading price for the stock. Our price represents a greater than 18x multiple of the midpoint of your forecasted EBITDA range for this year – a very rich multiple for a business currently growing revenue at 7% year over year on a standalone basis.
While we see many benefits of a clear, high-premium, all-cash offer that would deliver immediate liquidity and certain value to your stockholders, we are also prepared to discuss a combination of Angie's List with our HomeAdvisor business. This could be structured as a tax-free exchange for Angie's List stockholders and would allow Angie's List stockholders to participate in the upside resulting from the opportunities available to the combined company.
A combined HomeAdvisor-Angie's List would have unparalleled consumer reach and an incomparable network of paid service professionals. It would have the ability to deploy technological innovations across an enormous footprint, creating an unmatched ability to deliver the best experience to the largest number of consumers and service providers alike. We are confident that the operating outlook for Angie's List in a combination scenario would be substantially improved over its standalone prospects.
We believe the work required to finalize a mutually agreeable transaction would be quick, and we can manage it efficiently so as not to disrupt the Angie's List day-to-day operations. The definitive terms of our proposal could be agreed in the course of a week and completed within a few months, as promptly as the regulatory processes permit. Our proposal is not conditioned on the receipt of financing.
Our strong preference would have been to work with you on a confidential and cooperative basis. However, we have been unable to develop any meaningful dialogue with you for many months now and were disappointed by your unwillingness to continue discussions with us following our meeting. Further, in light of the increase in the Angie's List share price during the days that followed our October 5 letter to the Board expressing an interest in discussions, and further increases following our October 23 meeting and acquisition proposal, we determined it was advisable to publicly release the text of this letter concurrent with its delivery to the Board to ensure that your stockholders are fully apprised of the significant value afforded by our proposed transaction.
This letter does not represent or create any legally binding or enforceable obligations. No such obligations will be imposed on any party unless and until a definitive agreement is executed.
I assure you that this transaction has the highest priority for IAC. We look forward to working towards a transaction that creates value for all of our stockholders and, as we have indicated previously, we are prepared to meet with you immediately to discuss the same.
Chief Executive Officer
IAC (NASDAQ: IACI) is a leading media and Internet company. It is organized into four segments: Match Group, which includes dating and education businesses with brands such as Match, OkCupid, Tinder and The Princeton Review; Search & Applications, which includes brands such as About.com, Ask.com, Dictionary.com and Investopedia; Media, which consists of businesses such as Vimeo, Electus, The Daily Beast and CollegeHumor; and eCommerce, which includes HomeAdvisor and ShoeBuy. IAC's brands and products are among the most recognized in the world reaching users in over 200 countries. IAC is headquartered in New York City and has offices worldwide.
HomeAdvisor.com is a local home services marketplace providing homeowners the tools and resources for home repair, maintenance, and improvement projects. HomeAdvisor's marketplace lets homeowners view average project costs coast-to-coast, find local pre-screened home professionals, and instantly book appointments online. Access to all of HomeAdvisor's resources is free for homeowners, with no membership or fees required. HomeAdvisor is based in Golden, Colo., and is an operating business of IAC (NASDAQ: IACI)
Important Additional Information
This communication does not constitute an offer to buy or solicitation of an offer to sell any securities, nor shall there be any sale of securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction. No offering of securities shall be made except by means of a prospectus meeting the requirements of Section 10 of the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended.
Subject to future developments, IAC may file a registration statement and/or tender offer documents with the SEC in connection with a possible transaction with Angie's List. IAC and Angie's List stockholders should read those filings, and any other filings made by IAC with the SEC in connection with a possible transaction, as they will contain important information. Those documents, if and when filed, as well as IAC's other public filings with the SEC, may be obtained without charge at the SEC's website at www.sec.gov and at IAC's website at www.iac.com/investor-relations.
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