Permira acquires Ancestry.com for $1.6 billion

According to the Wall Streert Journal, European private-equity firm Permira is buying genealogy website Ancestry.com for $1.6 billion.

Ancestry.com has more than two million subscribers who pay at least $12.95 a month for its content and online tools. The purchase price is $32 a share and it includes vesting of outstanding options. The price is a 40 percent premium from the price when word of the company being offered for sale surfaced in June. As a result of the deal, Ancestry.com will carry  ”just under $1 billion” in debt.

The buyout group includes the private-equity firm’s co-investors; members of Ancestry.com’s management, including Chief Executive Tim Sullivan and Chief Financial Officer Howard Hochhauser; and Spectrum Equity, which owns about 30 percent of Ancestry.com.

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