Stamps.Com to be Acquired by Thoma Bravo in $6.6 Billion Transaction
Stamps.com has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by Thoma Bravo, a leading software investment firm, in an all-cash transaction that values Stamps.com at approximately $6.6 billion.
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Under the terms of the agreement, Stamps.com stockholders will receive $330.00 per share in cash, representing a premium of 67 percent over the Company’s closing share price on July 8, 2021, the last full trading day prior to the transaction announcement.
The premium is 71 percent over the Company’s three-month volume-weighted average closing share price through July 8, 2021.
Upon completing the transaction, Stamps.com will become a private company with the flexibility and resources to continue providing best-in-class global eCommerce technology solutions.
Additionally, Stamps.com will benefit from the operating capabilities, capital support, and deep sector expertise of Thoma Bravo – one of the world’s most experienced and successful software and technology investors.
“Today’s announcement marks a significant milestone in the history of Stamps.com and will provide us with a new and exciting platform from which we can continue to execute our global strategy driven by best-in-class software and technology solutions.”Ken McBride, Stamps.com’s Chairman and CEO
“With the financial and operational support of Thoma Bravo, Stamps.com can continue to innovate and pursue growth opportunities to capture the expanding eCommerce shipping market and extend our position as the leading global multi-carrier eCommerce shipping software company. This transaction is a testament to the excellence and hard work of all of our employees and their relentless dedication to our customers and partners throughout the world,” added McBride.
“As the first company to introduce online postage and an early innovator in eCommerce shipping software, Stamps.com has established itself as a key technology solution in worldwide eCommerce,” said Holden Spaht, a Managing Partner at Thoma Bravo.
“With a highly-seasoned management team that has driven impressive growth for more than twenty years, an innovative suite of market-leading software solutions, and a large and growing customer base, Stamps.com is well positioned to capitalize on the strong secular tailwinds in eCommerce and we are excited to support the Company in its next chapter of growth.”
“We’ve been tracking the impressive growth of Stamps.com for many years and are excited to partner with the Stamps.com team to support the Company in continuing to drive cutting edge product innovation, expansion into new markets, and delivery of an even greater level of service and support to its impressive customer base,” said Brian Jaffee, a Principal at Thoma Bravo.
“The eCommerce landscape is rapidly evolving and we look forward to partnering with the Stamps.com team to continue building on the Company’s leading position in eCommerce shipping solutions.”
Stamps.com Transaction Details
Stamps.com’s Board of Directors (the “Board”) has unanimously approved the agreement with Thoma Bravo and recommends that Stamps.com stockholders vote in favor of the transaction at the Special Meeting of Stockholders to be called in connection with the transaction.
The agreement includes a 40-day “go-shop” period expiring August 18, 2021, allowing the Board and its advisors to actively initiate, solicit, and consider alternative acquisition proposals from third parties.
The Board will have the right to terminate the merger agreement to enter into a superior proposal subject to the terms and conditions of the merger agreement.
There can be no assurance that this “go-shop” will result in a superior proposal, and Stamps.com does not intend to disclose developments with respect to the solicitation process unless and until it determines such disclosure is appropriate or otherwise required.
The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of 2021, subject to customary closing conditions, including approval by Stamps.com stockholders and receipt of regulatory approvals.
Stamps.com also owns online shipping platforms, Endicia, ShipStation, ShippingEasy, ShipWorks, ShipEngine, GlobalPost and Metapack, which are included in the acquisition.
Upon closing of the transaction, the Company’s common stock will no longer be listed on any public market. The Company will continue to be headquartered in El Segundo, California.
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Editorial Note: This post is from a Company Press Release and may have been modified for clarity.