Local.com Corporation has acquired Screamin’ Media Group, Inc. (“SMG”), which operates Screamin’ Daily Deals (“SDD”), http://www.screamindailydeals.com, a daily deals business based in San Juan Capistrano, CA.
Local.com acquired SMG for $12.5 million in cash, stock and debt, with the opportunity for the SMG shareholders to earn up to an additional $20 million if certain financial performance criteria are met during the two-year period following the closing.
Founded in early 2010, SDD has approximately 60 employees serving subscribers with deals from local merchants in 14 markets throughout the U.S. including Los Angeles, Orange County, Salt Lake City and San Diego. SDD also recently launched travel deals at: http://getaways.screamindailydeals.com. SDD generated unaudited revenues of approximately $2.4 million in 2010 and $4.4 million during the first half of 2011.
SDD supports local communities with its School Rewards program, which allows consumers to donate 10 percent of SDD’s net proceeds from each deal to a school or non-profit organization chosen by the consumer. More than 700 local schools and non-profits benefit from this community program, which has donated over $400,000 to date.
SMG is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Local.com and will relocate to Local.com’s corporate headquarters in Irvine, Calif. Local.com’s social buying business, Spreebird, will absorb SDD’s operations and SDD will assume the Spreebird brand. SDD’s three co-founders, formerly president, CEO and COO, will become Spreebird’s vice presidents of sales and marketing, product and operations, respectively. Spreebird will continue to be led by Malcolm Lewis, Local.com’s senior vice president and general manager, social buying.
“The acquisition of SMG serves our mission of connecting brick-and-mortar merchants with online consumers by extending our reach directly to thousands of local merchants in 14 markets. This transaction diversifies our revenues and provides us with a new way to engage consumers,” said Heath Clarke, Local.com chairman and CEO. “School Rewards is a terrific program that allows us to develop a more meaningful relationship with merchants and consumers by enabling them to contribute financially to their local schools. We look forward to working with the SDD team to accelerate their rapid growth while expanding the School Rewards program.”
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