FIMALAC : FIMALAC : Exclusive negotiations to acquire a majority stake in the capital of WEBEDIA Group

FIMALAC : FIMALAC : Exclusive negotiations to acquire a majority stake in the
                           capital of WEBEDIA Group

Paris, 17 May 2013 - Today, FIMALAC has announced that it is going to  acquire 
the majority of the capital of the digital media group Webedia, which it  will 
consolidate  with  the  company  TFco  (  and  TFco's  advisory 
structures), previously transferred.

FIMALAC will then arrange for financing of  €20 million to be provided to  the 
new unit to speed up its development in France and internationally.

WEBEDIA was formed in 2008  and is the 10^th  largest French media company  on 
the internet, combining leading companies in their respective sectors, such as,, and the  more recently launched 
and WEBEDIA's sites have a constantly increasing audience,  now 
amounting to 10 million unique visitors  per month. WEBEDIA has also  recently 
launched its sites in Russia and Brazil, where the business is developing very
rapidly. It achieved revenues of nearly  €20 million in 2012, growing by  more 
than 60% in the first months of 2013.

By combining the audiences and expertise  of WEBEDIA and TerraFemina, the  new 
WEBEDIA will  effectively be  positioned  as the  new  co-leader in  terms  of 
women's targets.  Its  business, apart  from  the publication  of  theme-based 
sites, will  be structured  around four  business lines:  special  advertising 
operations, canvassing  for e-traders,  consultancy, delegated  production  of 
content and the  management of  communities for brands  and companies  ("brand 

The new  unit will  be  managed by  a  management board  comprising  Veronique 
Morali, Chairman,  and  Cédric Sire  and  Guillaume Multrier,  co-founders  of 
WEBEDIA. Marc de Lacharrière will be  the Chairman of the Group's  Supervisory 

FIMALAC is  thus  reinforcing its  position  in the  media  and  entertainment 
sectors in which it has already developed many businesses in the production of
artists and shows and in the distribution of shows.

Commenting on  the operation,  Marc de  Lacharrière, the  Chairman and  Chief 
Executive Officer  of FIMALAC,  said: "The  acquisition de  WEBEDIA, which  in 
barely 5 years has  succeeded in positioning itself  among the leading  French 
digital  media  companies,  will  provide  us  with  unique  know-how  in  the 
information and  digital  domain.  The  Group will  benefit  from  a  presence 
throughout the value chain: production, distribution, and now sale, as well as
the advertising and promotion  of entertainments thanks  to the expertise  and 
digital know-how of WEBEDIA, whose sites deal daily with artists' news."

For Cédric Siré and Guillaume Multrier, the founders of "the acquisition of a
majority of  the  capital  of our  Group  by  FIMALAC, whose  ambition  is  to 
integrate the  whole  media  and  entertainment value  chain,  and  which  has 
substantial financial  resources,  represents an  exceptional  opportunity  to 
speed up  our  development. Thanks  to  this operation,  we  will be  able  to 
strengthen WEBEDIA's position as a leader among digital media companies and to
continue with the Group's development both in France and internationally".

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