IAC Announces Plan to Spin-Off Vimeo to IAC Shareholders-
NEW YORK, Dec. 22, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- IAC (NASDAQ: IAC) announced today its Board of Directors has approved a plan to spin-off its full stake in Vimeo, the world's leading video software company, to IAC shareholders. Upon completion, Vimeo will become an independent, separately-traded public company, the 11th such company to emerge from IAC and its predecessors. IAC plans to hold a stockholder meeting in the first quarter of 2021 to review and approve a proposal to implement the spin-off, which, if approved, is expected to occur in the second quarter of 2021.
The transaction is anticipated to take the form of a reclassification of IAC shares, with the effect of IAC stockholders receiving a proportionate amount of Vimeo stock. The proposed transaction is intended to qualify as tax-free to IAC and its stockholders for US federal income tax purposes. Further details will be provided in a registration statement on Form S-4 relating to the transaction, which IAC and the new Vimeo holding company will soon file with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
"The combination of Vimeo's remarkable growth, solid leadership position, and enormous market opportunity have made clear its future," said Joey Levin, CEO, IAC. "It's time for Vimeo to spread its wings and become a great independent public company."
The separation is expected to afford numerous benefits, such as the creation of "pure-play" Vimeo equity currency through which the company could more effectively raise capital as it aims to invest further in product, technology, enterprise sales and international expansion and pursue strategic acquisitions.
"We have long believed in the power of video to advance human expression and transform businesses," said Anjali Sud, CEO of Vimeo. "Today we have a rare opportunity to help every team and organization in the world integrate video throughout their operations, across all the ways they communicate and collaborate. Our all-in-one solution radically lowers the barriers of time, cost, and complexity that previously made professional-quality video unattainable. We're ready for this next chapter and focused on making video far easier and more effective than ever before."
The proposed transaction is subject to a number of conditions including final approval by IAC's Board of Directors, approval of the separation proposal by IAC stockholders, and receipt of a tax opinion.
Vimeo is the world's leading all-in-one video software solution. Our platform enables any professional, team, and organization to unlock the power of video to create, collaborate and communicate. We proudly serve our growing community of over 200 million users — from creatives to entrepreneurs to the world's largest companies. Learn more at www.vimeo.com.
IAC (NASDAQ: IAC) builds companies. We are guided by curiosity, a questioning of the status quo, and a desire to invent or acquire new products and brands. From the single seed that started as IAC over two decades ago have emerged 10 public companies and generations of exceptional leaders. We will always evolve, but our basic principles of financially-disciplined opportunism will never change. IAC today operates Vimeo, Dotdash and Care.com, among many others, and has majority ownership of ANGI Homeservices, which includes HomeAdvisor, Angie's List and Handy. The Company is headquartered in New York City and has business operations and satellite offices worldwide.
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This communication is being made in respect of a proposed separation of Vimeo, Inc. ("Vimeo") from the remaining businesses of IAC through the spin-off (the "Spin-off") of a new Vimeo holding company, Vimeo Holdings, Inc. ("Holdings"), and a merger of Vimeo with a subsidiary of Holdings (the "Merger"). In connection with the Spin-off and the Merger, IAC and Holdings intend to file relevant materials with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"), including a joint registration statement on Form S-4 that will include a preliminary proxy statement of IAC and a preliminary consent solicitation statement of Vimeo. The information in the preliminary proxy statement/consent solicitation statement/prospectus will not be complete and may be changed. IAC will deliver the definitive proxy statement and Vimeo will deliver the definitive consent solicitation statement to their respective stockholders as required by applicable law. This communication is not a substitute for any proxy statement, consent solicitation statement or any other document that may be filed with the SEC in connection with the Spin-off or the Merger.
INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS OF IAC AND VIMEO ARE URGED TO READ THE DEFINITIVE PROXY STATEMENT/CONSENT SOLICITATION STATEMENT/PROSPECTUS AND OTHER DOCUMENTS FILED WITH THE SEC CAREFULLY AND IN THEIR ENTIRETY WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROPOSED SPIN-OFF AND MERGER.
Investors and security holders will be able to obtain these materials (when they are available) and other documents filed with the SEC free of charge at the SEC's website, www.sec.gov. Copies of documents filed with the SEC by IAC (when they become available) may be obtained free of charge on IAC's website at www.iac.com.
Participants in the Solicitation
IAC, Vimeo, Holdings and IAC's directors and executive officers may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from IAC's stockholders in favor of the proposed Spin-off and the solicitation of consents from Vimeo's stockholders in favor of the proposed Merger under the rules of the SEC. Information about IAC's directors and executive officers is available in the Registration Statement on Form S-4 which was filed with the SEC by IAC on April 28, 2020. Additional information regarding participants in the solicitations and a description of their direct and indirect interests will be included in the proxy statement/consent solicitation statement/prospectus and the other relevant documents filed with the SEC when they become available.