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CGI Holding Corporation d/b/a Think Partnership Inc. ("THK") (AMEX:THK - News; the Company) today announced that the Company has entered into a letter of intent to acquire privately held Web Diversity LLC, ("Web Diversity") (see www.webdiversity.co.uk), a London-based leader in paid search management and organic search. Web Diversity uses proprietary technology for online advertising campaign management and has extensive worldwide multiple-language campaign experience.
The letter of intent contemplates that THK will acquire Web Diversity for an upfront consideration of $1 million in cash and $1 million in common stock of the Company priced at 120% of the closing price per share on the last five trading days prior to the closing, plus certain earnout payments based upon the aggregate pre-tax earnings of Web Diversity during the first twelve full calendar quarters following the closing.
The $1 million of common stock of the Company will be subject to a dollar-for-dollar forfeiture if Web Diversity does not earn an aggregate pre-tax income of at least $1 million during the first 8 quarters
The Company expects the pre-tax income of Web Diversity for the twelve months following the closing to approach $500,000
What do you think of the valuation? A SEO company is worth 2 years pre-tax profit? Also, in case of acquisitions like this, what does THP get? Clients, people and the SEO processes used by the company?
I am looking forward to Shanghai immensely and only wish it didn't clash with PubCon as it's hard to be in two places at once, and I wanted to be there as well, but as you can see from the press release Asia is a big deal for us, and timing is important.
I am actually heading to Hong Kong for 4 days first 10th thru 14th and have some spare time over the weekend. If there are any WebmasterWorld members who are around and about that weekend (i.e. not going to PubCon) would love to hook up for a beer or three (on me) and to pick your brains.
We actually turned 5 years old as a company yesterday, so the timing was great, and we looked at a lot of different scenarios before opting for this one. The opportunity is great, people are great and the ethos of what is trying to be achieved is 100% consistent with ours, so it made perfect sense.
Once again thanks for your comments, means a lot coming from my extended family! It's partly for working on this that I have been slightly absent from posting etc.