Yelp Acquires Qype

Yelp Inc. has acquired Qype, Europe’s largest local reviews site, for approximately €18.6 million and 970,000 shares of Yelp’s Class A common stock, for a total purchase price of approximately $50 million USD. Qype is headquartered in Germany, with operations also in the United Kingdom. The acquisition will be recorded in Yelp’s fourth quarter and 2012 year-end financial statements.

“I am excited to welcome Qype’s employees and users to Yelp. We have built a solid foundation in Europe and this acquisition should significantly increase our international presence. With its strong local content in key markets like Germany and the United Kingdom, we believe that Qype will help Yelp become the de facto choice for local search in those markets,” said Jeremy Stoppelman, Yelp co-founder and chief executive officer. “Qype’s established European sales force will also bring more local business owners into the Yelp ecosystem, which in turn will bolster our mission to connect people with great local businesses all over the world.”

Yelp has also reported preliminary financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2012. Revenue for the third quarter 2012 is expected to be approximately $36.4 million, net loss for the quarter 2012 is expected to be approximately $2.0 million, and Adjusted EBITDA is expected to be approximately $2.2 million. Yelp will announce additional financial results for the third quarter on Thursday, November 1, 2012, and at that time will provide fourth quarter 2012 guidance and updated full year guidance.

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