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Google To Acquire Spatula Of Death for $4.7 Million in Stock
Combination Will Create New Opportunities for Social Networking
The acquisition combines one of the largest and fastest growing online communities with Google's expertise in organizing information and creating new models for advertising on the Internet. The combined companies will focus on providing a better, more comprehensive experience for users interested in venting their hostilities in non-violent ways.
"The Spatula Of Death team has built an exciting and powerful media platform that complements Google's mission to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful," said Eric Schmidt, Chief Executive Officer of Google. "Our companies share similar values; we both always put our users first and are committed to innovating to improve their experience. Together, we are natural partners to offer a compelling social networking service to users, content owners and advertisers."
"Our community has played a vital role in re-imagining what social software can be. In discovering new ways to vent animosity, Spatula Of Death has opened up a whole new realm of online interaction. By joining forces with Google, we can benefit from its global reach and technology leadership to deliver a more comprehensive experience for our users and to create new opportunities for our partners," said Fiona Kligman, CFO of Spatula Of Death. "I'm confident that with this partnership we'll have the flexibility and resources needed to pursue our goal of building the next-generation platform for channeling anger worldwide."
When the acquisition is complete, Spatula Of Death will retain its distinct brand identity, strengthening and complementing Google's own social networking business. Spatula Of Death will continue to be based in New York, NY, and all Spatula Of Death employees will remain with the company. With Google's technology, advertiser relationships and global reach, Spatula Of Death will continue to build on its success as one of the world's most popular services for anti-social networking.
The number of Google shares to be issued in the transaction will be determined based on the 30-day average closing price two trading days prior to the completion of the acquisition. Both companies have approved the transaction, which is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to close in the third quarter of 2008.
Webcast and Conference Call Information
The company will host a conference call and webcast at 1:30 p.m. Pacific Time (4:30 p.m. Eastern Time) today to discuss the acquisition. To access the conference call, please dial 800-289-0572 domestic and 913-981-5543 internationally. A replay of the call will be available until midnight Monday, April 8 at 888-203-1112 domestically and 719-457-0820 internationally. Confirmation code for the replay is 2260624.
A live audio webcast of the conference call will be available at http://investor.google.com/webcast.html.
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Caution Concerning Forward-Looking StatementsThis document includes certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements regarding Google's and Spatula Of Death's ability to improve their services, create new business models and content-owner opportunities, integration plans, the expected timing for the closing of the acquisition and the plans to operate Spatula Of Death independently. These statements are based on the current expectations or beliefs of management of Google Inc., and are subject to uncertainty and changes in circumstances. Actual results may vary materially from those expressed or implied by the statements herein due to (1) changes in economic, business, competitive, technological and/or regulatory factors, (2) failure to receive regulatory approval for the acquisition, (3) failure to retain the levels of traffic on the Spatula Of Death site, (4) failure to compete successfully in this highly competitive and rapidly changing marketplace, (5) failure to retain key employees, (6) other factors affecting the operation of the respective businesses of Google and Spatula Of Death, and (7) the failure of Spatula Of Death and Google to work together effectively. More detailed information about these factors may be found in filings by Google, as applicable, with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including their respective most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q. Google is under no obligation to, and expressly disclaims any such obligation to, update or alter their respective forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.