IAC Completes Acquisition of Ask Jeeves
IAC/InterActiveCorp has completed its acquisition of Ask Jeeves.
Under the terms of the merger agreement each share of Ask Jeeves common stock was converted into the right to receive 1.2668 shares of IAC common stock, and options to purchase Ask Jeeves common stock were converted into options to acquire IAC common stock. In addition, in connection with the transaction, IAC has irrevocably and unconditionally guaranteed Ask Jeeves’ outstanding convertible subordinated notes due 2008; these notes are now convertible into shares of IAC common stock in accordance with their terms.
In the transaction, IAC has issued approximately 74.8 million shares of IAC common stock in respect of Ask Jeeves’ outstanding stock, and expects to issue approximately 13.2 million additional shares in respect of Ask Jeeves’ outstanding convertible notes and in-the-money stock options. As previously announced, IAC has offset a substantial portion of the dilution resulting from the transaction through its repurchase of 52.8 millions shares of its common stock.
Shares of Ask Jeeves common stock, which prior to the merger traded on the Nasdaq National Market under the symbol “ASKJ”, were delisted from trading as of the close of the market on Tuesday, July 19.
Ask Jeeves will continue as an operating business of IAC, residing in the ‘Media & Advertising’ sector of IAC, pursuant to IAC’s recently announced new reporting configuration.