Tiger Media, a Shanghai-based media company, is to acquire The Best One, Inc., parent company of U.S.-based data solutions provider Interactive Data, LLC. Interactive Data is headquartered in Atlanta, GA and has its primary technology office in Seattle, WA.
Interactive Data’s recently expanded management team has been executing on an aggressive growth plan in a multi-billion dollar market of risk management and marketing data solutions.
Commenting on the Acquisition, Robert Fried, Chairman of Tiger Media stated, “We are excited to acquire TBO. We were looking for a U.S. partner who would also be able to expand our China operations. We believe this Acquisition with TBO will give our shareholders an excellent opportunity to realize increased value on their investment.”
Under the terms of the merger agreement, current shareholders of Tiger Media and TBO will own approximately 34% and 66% of the combined company, respectively, following the Acquisition. Approximately 65% of the shares to be issued to TBO shareholders in the Acquisition will be non-voting preferred stock, and 30% of those shares will only be issued upon achievement of certain revenue targets. The Acquisition is expected to close in the first quarter of 2015, is subject to customary conditions to closing as detailed in the merger agreement, as well as the affirmative vote of a majority of the outstanding shares of Tiger Media entitled to vote.
In connection with the Acquisition, Tiger Media will be redomesticating as a Delaware company. The affirmative vote of 2/3 of the votes cast at the Tiger Media meeting will be required for domestication in Delaware. The structure of the transaction will be in the form of an acquisition with TBO merging into a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tiger Media, with the Tiger Media subsidiary as the surviving corporation that will now be headquartered in Atlanta, GA.
Following the Acquisition, Derek Dubner, CEO of TBO, will join Tiger Media as Co-CEO along with Peter Tan, current CEO of Tiger Media. Robert Fried will remain Chairman of the Board. Also, following the Acquisition, Derek Dubner and Daniel MacLachlan will join the Tiger Media Board, increasing the Tiger Media Board from five members to seven members.
Cassel Salpeter is acting as financial advisor and Akerman LLP is acting as legal counsel to Tiger Media. Nason Yeager is acting as legal counsel to TBO.
Shanghai & USA, Atlanta, GA
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