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Verizon to Acquire AOL for USD 4.4 Billion 2015.05.16

New York, USA - May 12, 2015 - Taking another significant step in building digital and video platforms to drive future growth, Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ) today announced the signing of an agreement to purchase AOL Inc. (NYSE: AOL) for USD 50 per share - an estimated total value of approximately USD 4.4 billion. Verizon's acquisition further drives its LTE wireless video and OTT (over-the-top video) strategy. The agreement will also support and connect to Verizon's IoT (Internet of Things) platforms, creating a growth platform from wireless to IoT for consumers and businesses. AOL is a leader in the digital content and advertising platforms space, and the combination of Verizon and AOL creates a scaled, mobile-first platform offering directly targeted at what eMarketer estimates is a nearly USD 600 billion global advertising industry.

Photo courtesy Verizon
 

New York, USA – May 12, 2015


• Deal Creates Unique and Scaled Digital Media Platforms for Consumers, Advertisers and Partners


Taking another significant step in building digital and video platforms to drive future growth, Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ) today announced the signing of an agreement to purchase AOL Inc. (NYSE: AOL) for $50 per share - an estimated total value of approximately $4.4 billion.

Verizon Fiber Solutions Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. 
Photo courtesy Verizon
 
Verizon’s acquisition further drives its LTE wireless video and OTT (over-the-top video) strategy.

The agreement will also support and connect to Verizon’s IoT (Internet of Things) platforms, creating a growth platform from wireless to IoT for consumers and businesses.

Verizon Fiber Solutions Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. 
Photo courtesy Verizon
 
AOL is a leader in the digital content and advertising platforms space, and the combination of Verizon and AOL creates a scaled, mobile-first platform offering directly targeted at what eMarketer estimates is a nearly $600 billion global advertising industry.

Photo courtesy Verizon
 
AOL’s key assets include its subscription business; its premium portfolio of global content brands, including The Huffington Post, TechCrunch, Engadget, MAKERS and AOL.com, as well as its millennial-focused OTT, Emmy-nominated original video content; and its programmatic advertising platforms
.

Photo courtesy Verizon
 
Lowell McAdam, Verizon chairman and CEO, said
:
“Verizon’s vision is to provide customers with a premium digital experience based on a global multiscreen network platform. This acquisition supports our strategy to provide a cross-screen connection for consumers, creators and advertisers to deliver that premium customer experience.”

Lowell McAdam, Verizon chairman and CEO.
Photo courtesy Verizon
 
He added
,
“AOL has once again become a digital trailblazer, and we are excited at the prospect of charting a new course together in the digitally connected world. At Verizon, we’ve been strategically investing in emerging technology, including Verizon Digital Media Services and OTT, that taps into the market shift to digital content and advertising. AOL’s advertising model aligns with this approach, and the advertising platform provides a key tool for us to develop future revenue streams.”

Lowell McAdam, Verizon chairman and CEO.
Photo courtesy Verizon
 
Tim Armstrong, AOL chairman and CEO, will continue to lead AOL operations after closing
.

Tim Armstrong, AOL chairman and CEO.
Photo courtesy AOL
 
Armstrong said
,
“Verizon is a leader in mobile and OTT connected platforms, and the combination of Verizon and AOL creates a unique and scaled mobile and OTT media platform for creators, consumers and advertisers. The visions of Verizon and AOL are shared; the companies have existing successful partnerships, and we are excited to work with the team at Verizon to create the next generation of media through mobile and video.”

 
 
The transaction will take the form of a tender offer followed by a merger, with AOL becoming a wholly owned subsidiary of Verizon upon completion.

Photo courtesy Verizon
 
The transaction is subject to customary regulatory approvals and closing conditions and is expected to close this summer.

Verizon expects to fund the transaction from cash on hand and commercial paper.

The company also continues to expect to return to pre-Vodafone transaction credit ratings in the 2018-2019 timeframe.

Verizon is one of the largest communication technology companies in the world.
We operate America’s largest 4G LTE wireless network and the nation’s premiere all-fiber broadband network.
Photo courtesy Verizon
 
Transaction advisers for Verizon were LionTree Advisors; Guggenheim Partners; and Weil, Gotshal & Manges.

AOL advisers were Allen & Company LLC and Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz.


Photo courtesy Verizon
 
The tender offer materials and the Solicitation/Recommendation Statement will be made available for free at the Securities and Exchange Commission website at
www.sec.gov 

Additional copies may be obtained for free at Verizon’s website at www.verizon.com/about/investors  

or by contacting Verizon Investor Relations
Verizon Communications Inc.
One Verizon Way
Basking Ridge
NJ 07920


 
 
Media Contacts

Bob Varettoni
Verizon Communications Inc.
Corporate & Finance
Phone: 908-559-6388
robert.a.varettoni@verizon.com  
twitter @bvar

Eoin Ryan
AOL
Phone: 212-206-5025
eoin.ryan@teamaol.com  


Source: Verizon Communications Inc.

http://www.verizon.com/  



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