20 Dec. 2010

EBAY TO ACQUIRE BRANDS4FRIENDS

In order to strengthen its position as a leading European online fashion destination, eBay Inc today announced that it has reached a definitive agreement to acquire all of the shares of brands4friends, Germany’s largest online shopping club for fashion and lifestyle. The transaction value is said to amount to approximately US$200 million (EUR150 million). As part of the deal, eBay will assume brands4friends’ equity interests in UK shopping club SecretSales.com and in Japan, brands4friends.jp. The acquisition, which is subject to regulatory approval among other conditions, is expected to close in the first quarter of 2011.

“We want to give our customers the best possible fashion experience online,” said Doug McCallum, Senior Vice President for eBay in Europe. “With the acquisition of brands4friends, we will enter the online shopping club market with an established and dynamic partner who has the expertise, relationships and passion to match our own ambition. We expect many eBay customers will enjoy great deals on international fashion brands by joining the brands4friends community.”

“eBay is the perfect partner for us,” said Sergio Dias, Chief Executive Officer of brands4friends. “We are able to bring our retail and brand competence and industry knowledge to eBay, and we can expect to benefit from eBay’s traffic and ecommerce experience to accelerate the growth of our shopping community.”

Germany’s largest online shopping club, brands4friends sells high-quality goods from renowned fashion and lifestyle brands at significantly reduced prices to members through limited special offers on a daily basis. Founded in 2007, brands4friends has approximately 3.5 million members in Germany, and has held a wide variety of campaigns with more than 600 top brands, including international fashion brands such as Buffalo, Calvin Klein and Diesel. The company, which employs approximately 200 people, is headquartered in Berlin.

Susannah Carey

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