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ICG Company Channel Intelligence To Be Acquired By Google

RADNOR, Pa., Feb. 6, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- ICG Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:ICGE) ("ICG") is pleased to announce that one of its consolidated companies, Channel Intelligence, Inc. ("CI"), has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by Google Inc. (Nasdaq:GOOG) for $125 million in cash. The transaction, which is subject to customary closing conditions, is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2013. 

ICG is expected to realize approximately $60.5 million in connection with the transaction.  A portion of ICG's proceeds will be held in escrow and will be subject to potential identification claims. ICG does not expect to owe any income taxes in connection with the transaction. 

"Building upon the perseverance and strong foundation laid by CI's founder Rob Wight, I am extremely proud of the work we accomplished at CI," said Doug Alexander, CEO of CI and President of ICG.  "With the talent and hard work of the entire CI team, we successfully navigated a very complex marketplace, ending a record year that culminated in this very exciting acquisition."

"The sale of CI to Google is a testament to the quality of its technology and its strong team led by ICG President, Doug Alexander, who positioned the company to succeed in the rapidly growing e-marketing industry," said Walter Buckley, CEO of ICG.  "As drivers and architects of CI's growth and success, we are very pleased with this outcome." 

"I am thrilled to see the recognition of value for what this company has accomplished," said Rob Wight, Founder and Chairman of CI.  "Our vision for CI started with the desire to simplify the online shopping experience.   Under the leadership of Doug and ICG, CI greatly enhanced its value proposition to its customers and partners.  I am very proud to see our vision executed to this great outcome."

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