San Jose, California – (The Hosting News) – October 14, 2005 –
Online auction giant, eBay, has now completed its previously announced acquisition of Skype, a global Internet communications company.
In accordance with the terms of the acquisition agreement as announced on September 12, 2005, eBay acquired all of the outstanding shares of privately-held Skype for a total up-front consideration of approximately EUR 2.1 billion, or approximately $2.5 billion, plus potential performance-based consideration. The up-front consideration is comprised of approximately $1.3 billion in cash and the value of 32.8 million shares of eBay stock, which are subject to certain restrictions on resale.
The maximum amount potentially payable under the performance-based earn-out is approximately EUR 1.2 billion, or approximately $1.4 billion, and would be payable in cash or eBay stock, at eBay’s discretion, with expected payment to occur in 2008 and/or 2009. Skype shareholders were offered the choice between several consideration options for their shares. Shareholders representing approximately 42% of the Skype shares ultimately chose to receive a single payment in cash and eBay stock at the close of the transaction. Shareholders representing the remaining approximate 58% of the Skype shares chose to receive a reduced up-front payment in cash and eBay stock at the close plus potential future earn-out payments which are based on performance-based goals for active users, gross profit and revenue.
The above-mentioned dollar amounts are approximate, based on an October 12, 2005 exchange rate of EUR 1 to $1.20.
As previously indicated, eBay expects the acquisition to be dilutive to its Q4-05 pro forma and GAAP earnings per share by $0.01 and $0.04 respectively. For the full year 2006, eBay expects the transaction to be dilutive to pro forma and GAAP earnings per share by $0.04 and $0.12 respectively, with breakeven on a pro forma basis expected in the fourth quarter of 2006.
Pro forma earnings per share represents GAAP earnings per share adjusted to exclude certain items, primarily stock based compensation expense, amortization of acquired intangibles and income taxes related to these items.
To learn more about eBay Inc., please visit: www.ebay.com.
For further information on Skype, please visit: www.skype.com.