IAC/InterActiveCorp Completes eLong Transaction-
IAC/InterActiveCorp (NASDAQ: IACI) today announced the successful completion of its investment in eLong, Inc., a privately held online travel provider based in Beijing that operates the websites http://www.elong.com/ and http://www.elong.net/. As part of the $60 million transaction, IAC acquired warrants, which if exercised, will increase IAC's ownership of eLong to 51%. IAC's investment in eLong will be managed by IAC Travel, which operates the other travel assets of IAC, including Expedia, Hotels.com, Hotwire and Expedia's private-label business WWTE.
IAC operates leading and diversified businesses in sectors being transformed by the internet, online and offline ... our mission is to harness the power of interactivity to make daily life easier and more productive for people all over the world.
IAC consists of IAC Travel, which includes Expedia, Hotels.com, Hotwire, Interval International and TV Travel Shop; HSN; Ticketmaster, which oversees ReserveAmerica; Match.com; LendingTree; Precision Response Corporation; IAC Local and Media Services, which includes Citysearch, Evite, Entertainment Publications and TripAdvisor; and IAC Interactive Development which includes ZeroDegrees. IAC has entered into an agreement to acquire ServiceMagic, which is expected to close during the third quarter of 2004. http://www.iac.com/
Co-founded in 1999 by Justin Tang, eLong is one of China's leading independent travel service companies. Headquartered in Beijing, the company has a national presence across China. The company provides consumers with access to hotel reservations at discounted rates at more than 2,000 hotels in major cities across China. The company also provides airline ticketing services.
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