NEW YORK and LOS ANGELES, Aug. 4, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Fox Corporation (Nasdaq: FOXA, FOX) today announced the entry into a definitive merger agreement for the proposed acquisition of 67% of the equity in Credible Labs Inc. (CRD.AX) ("Credible"), a leading consumer finance marketplace in the U.S. The price per CHESS Depositary Interests of $AUD 2.21 in cash represents a 31% premium to Credible's closing price on the day prior to Fox's initial May 29 proposal. Following the equity purchase of approximately $USD 265 million, FOX will commit up to $USD 75 million of growth capital to Credible over approximately two years.
Credible delivers a differentiated and personalized experience that enables consumers to compare instant, accurate pre-qualified rates from multiple financial institutions across student loans, personal loans and mortgages, helping consumers save money and make better financial decisions.
Fox Corporation Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Lachlan Murdoch said: "The acquisition of Credible underscores Fox Corporation's innovative digital strategy that emphasizes direct interactions with our consumers to provide services they want and expand their engagement with us across platforms. Credible, which has tremendous synergy with core brands such as FOX Business and FOX Television Stations and will benefit from our audience reach and scale, will drive strategic growth, further develop our brand verticals and deepen consumer relationships."
As part of the transaction, and subject to certain approvals from the Australian Securities Exchange ("ASX"), Credible Founder and CEO, Mr. Stephen Dash, will exchange shares equal to 33% of Credible's outstanding common stock into units of a newly created FOX subsidiary. Mr. Dash will continue to serve as CEO of Credible.
Mr. Dash commented: "Fox Corporation's record of innovation and focus on audience engagement will further enhance Credible's position as a leading consumer finance marketplace in the United States, creating opportunities for organic growth and the expansion of the Credible platform. Credible's industry-leading user experience, combined with FOX, will provide greater impact and scale for consumers."
The transaction, which is expected to close in the fourth quarter of this year, is conditioned on the receipt of a majority vote of all Credible shareholders, as well as a majority vote of all shareholders other than Mr. Dash and his affiliates, and is subject to the receipt of regulatory approvals (including certain approvals from the ASX) and other customary closing conditions.
Credible joins Fox Corporation's diverse digital offerings that also include exclusive content via the popular FOX Nation service, the pay-per-view functionality on the FOX Sports app, live and on demand content on FOX Now, and leading news sources including FOXNews.com, FOXBusiness.com and the websites of local FOX Television Stations.
Kirkland & Ellis LLP and Herbert Smith Freehills are serving as U.S. and Australian legal counsel, respectively, to Fox Corporation.
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Credible (ARBN:621 866 813) is a U.S. company based in San Francisco which operates a consumer finance marketplace that helps consumers save money and make better financial decisions. Credible has developed a proprietary technology platform that is integrated with credit bureaus and financial institutions. Credible has developed a differentiated, and personalized user experience that enables consumers to compare instant, accurate pre-qualified rates from multiple financial institutions for student loans, personal loans and mortgages. For more information, please visit: www.credible.com
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