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J2 Global Acquires Ziff Davis, Inc.

Stocks in this article: JCOM

j2 Global, Inc. (NasdaqGS: JCOM), the provider of business cloud services, today announced that it has acquired Ziff Davis, Inc., a leading media company in the technology market. The acquisition provides j2 a series of world-class web properties, including PCMag.com, ComputerShopper, ExtremeTech, Toolbox.com and Geek.com.

The purchase price was approximately $167 million, net of certain post-closing adjustments, and was funded out of j2’s cash on hand. The transaction is anticipated to be immediately accretive and to contribute approximately $60 million to 2013 revenues. After giving effect to this transaction, j2 has over $300 million in cash and investments.

“We have years of experience and significant interest in the digital media and online marketing space, both as a large scale consumer of advertising (~$50M per year) and as a seller of advertising on our ad supported properties (e.g. eFax Free) and a provider of marketing and advertising services through Campaigner®,” said Hemi Zucker, j2’s chief executive officer. “This acquisition brings scale to this effort with a top leadership team deeply committed to building the business through organic growth, which we expect to continue. This is our 40 th acquisition and we plan to grow the business in the same way we have our others - through a combination of internal growth and acquisitions.”

As a result of this transaction, j2 anticipates that its revenues for 2012 will exceed the top end of its previous estimate of between $345 million and $365 million. In addition, j2 reaffirms that its 2012 non-GAAP earnings per diluted share will exceed that of 2011.

About j2

Founded in 1995, j2 Global, Inc. provides cloud services to individuals and businesses around the world. j2's network spans 49 countries on six continents. The Company offers Internet fax, virtual phone, hosted email, email marketing, online backup, unified communications and customer relationship management solutions. j2 markets its services principally under the brand names eFax ®, Onebox ®, eVoice ®, Campaigner ®, Fusemail ®, KeepItSafe ® and CampaignerCRM™. As of December 31, 2011, j2 Global had achieved 16 consecutive fiscal years of revenue growth. For more information about j2, please visit www.j2global.com.

About Ziff Davis

Ziff Davis, Inc. is a leading digital media company specializing in the technology market, reaching over 50 million in-market buyers every month. Ziff Davis sites feature trusted reviews of the newest and hottest tech products, news, commentary, tech deals and much more. Our portfolio includes our flagship PCMag.com, ComputerShopper, ExtremeTech, Geek.com, Toolbox.com and LogicBUY.com. Ziff Davis also helps marketers drive sales with its latest product, BuyerBase™, an advanced ad targeting platform focused 100% on in-market tech buyers. Ziff Davis B2B is a leading provider of online research to enterprise buyers and serves IT and cloud services vendors.

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