Bazaarvoice, Inc. Completes Acquisition of PowerReviews, Inc.
Bazaarvoice, Inc. a leading social software company, today announced that it has completed its acquisition of PowerReviews, Inc., paying approximately $31 million in cash and issuing approximately 6.4 million shares of common stock of Bazaarvoice as part of the transaction and assuming vested and unvested options to purchase the shares of common stock of PowerReviews equivalent to 1.6 million options to purchase the shares of common stock of Bazaarvoice. At the closing share price on June 12, 2012, the value of the transaction is $168.2 million, including the assumption of vested and unvested options but excluding the potential cash proceeds that may arise from the exercise of these assumed options.
The addition of the client base of PowerReviews expands the Bazaarvoice network to more than 1,800 clients globally, including nearly half of the Internet Retailer 500 ranking of top U.S. online retailers. The expanded network creates new opportunities for retailers and brands to syndicate authentic online word-of-mouth content to a greater number of consumers around the world, influencing purchases online, on mobile devices and in the store. It also enhances the ability of both brands and retailers to connect directly with their customers to generate new insights into consumer sentiment.
The acquisition, and resulting combination of technology platforms, allows Bazaarvoice to more effectively and efficiently serve all segments of the market irrespective of size and geography. The Bazaarvoice technology platform is highly customizable and focused on larger online retailers and global brands. The PowerReviews technology platform is oriented to mid-sized and smaller retailers and provides a self-service, turnkey and low cost of ownership technology solution that, when combined with the Bazaarvoice platform, gives Bazaarvoice options to expand quickly, such as into emerging markets around the world.
Bazaarvoice, a leading social software and data analytics company, brings the voice of customers to the center of business strategy for more than 700 global clients like Best Buy, Costco, Dell, Macy's, P&G, Panasonic, QVC, and USAA. Bazaarvoice helps clients create social communities on their brand websites and Facebook pages where customers can engage in conversations. These conversations can be syndicated across Bazaarvoice’s global network of client websites and mobile devices, which allows manufacturers to connect directly with customers. The social data derived from online word of mouth translates into actionable insights that improve marketing, sales, customer service, and product development. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, Bazaarvoice has offices in Amsterdam, London, Munich, New York City, Paris, Stockholm, and Sydney. For more information, visit www.bazaarvoice.com, read the blog at www.bazaarvoice.com/blog, and follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/bazaarvoice.
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