Ancestry.com Announces Stockholder Approval of Acquisition by Permira
PROVO, Utah, Dec. 27, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Ancestry.com (Nasdaq:ACOM), the
world's largest online family history resource, today announced that the
Ancestry.com stockholders have approved the previously announced merger
agreement pursuant to which a company owned by Permira funds and co-investors,
will acquire the Company.
Based on the preliminary tabulation of the stockholder vote, approximately 99%
of the total votes cast, which represents approximately 75% of the total
shares outstanding of Ancestry.com as of the November 30, 2012 record date,
were voted in favor of adopting the merger agreement.
"We are very pleased with the outcome of today's vote," said Tim Sullivan,
President and Chief Executive Officer of Ancestry.com and a member of the
Company's Board of Directors. "On behalf of Ancestry.com, I want to thank our
stockholders for their support throughout this process. We look forward to
closing the merger by year-end."
Qatalyst Partners LP is acting as financial advisor and Wachtell, Lipton,
Rosen & Katz is acting as legal counsel to Ancestry.com.
Ancestry.com Inc. is the world's largest online family history resource, with
approximately 2 million paying subscribers. More than 11 billion records have
been added to the site in the past 16 years. Ancestry users have created more
than 41 million family trees containing approximately 4 billion profiles. In
addition to its flagship site, Ancestry.com offers several localized Web sites
designed to empower people to discover, preserve and share their family
The Ancestry.com, Inc. logo is available at
Permira is a European private equity firm with global reach. The Permira
funds, raised from pension funds and other institutions, make long-term
investments in companies with the ambition of transforming their performance
and driving sustainable growth.
Founded in 1985, the firm advises funds with a total committed capital of
approximately $30 billion. Over the past 26 years the Permira funds have made
nearly 200 private equity investments, over 30% of which have been in the core
sector of Technology, Media & Telecom ("TMT").
For more information visit: www.permira.com
Statements about the expected timing, completion and effects of the proposed
merger and all other statements in this document, other than historical facts,
constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the safe harbor
provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Readers
are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements
and any such forward-looking statements are qualified in their entirety by
reference to the following cautionary statements. All forward-looking
statements speak only as of the date hereof and are based on current
expectations and involve a number of assumptions, risks and uncertainties that
could cause the actual results to differ materially from such forward-looking
statements. The Company may not be able to complete the proposed merger on the
terms described above or other acceptable terms or at all because of a number
of factors, including the failure to satisfy the proposed merger's closing
conditions. Factors that may affect the business or financial results of the
Company are described in the risk factors included in the Company's filings
with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the Company's 2011
Annual Report on Form 10-K and later filed quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and
Current Reports on Form 8-K, which factors are incorporated herein by
reference. The Company expressly disclaims a duty to provide updates to
forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future
events or other occurrences.
Additional Information and Where to Find It
In connection with the proposed merger transaction, the Company has filed with
the SEC and furnished to the Company's stockholders a definitive proxy
statement dated November 30, 2012. Stockholders are urged to read the proxy
statement because it contains important information about the proposed
transaction. Investors and security holders may obtain a free copy of
documents filed by Ancestry.com with the SEC at the SEC's website at
http://www.sec.gov. In addition, investors and security holders may obtain a
free copy of Ancestry.com's filings with the SEC from Ancestry.com's website
at ir.ancestry.com.com/sec.cfm or by directing a request to: Ancestry.com 360
West 4800 North, Provo, Utah 84604, Attn: Investor Relations, (801) 705-7942.
CONTACT: Ancestry.com Contact Information
Noemie de Andia
+44 20 7632 1159
Brooke Gordon / Nathaniel Garnick
Sard Verbinnen & Co
(212) 687 8080
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