BELLEVUE, Wash. and DUSSELDORF, Germany, March 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Expedia, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXPE) today announced completion of its acquisition of 61.6% of the fully-diluted equity of trivago GmbH, a leading hotel metasearch company, paying approximately €434 million in cash (approximately US$564 million based on March 8, 2013 exchange rates) and agreeing to issue a total of 875,200 shares of Expedia, Inc. common stock over five years. trivago will continue to operate independently from its headquarters in Dusseldorf, Germany.
"Metasearch is an incredibly popular product because it enables consumers to find their ideal hotel at the lowest possible rate. The trivago team built one of the best hotel search user experiences and gained tremendous brand recognition in Europe. We are thrilled to officially welcome them to the Expedia, Inc. family," said Dara Khosrowshahi, Expedia, Inc. President and Chief Executive Officer.
"Our focus remains on rapidly growing revenue as we expand globally," said Rolf Schromgens, trivago co-founder and Managing Director. "The ability to leverage Expedia's knowledge of and experience with global scale operations will be invaluable to profitably achieve this goal," added Schromgens.
Forward-looking StatementsThis release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements relating to trivago's future revenues, profitability, global expansion, achievement of operational benefits, or the importance of metasearch as a traffic acquisition channel. These statements are not guarantees of future performance. These forward-looking statements are based on management's expectations as of March 12, 2013 and assumptions which are inherently subject to uncertainties, risks and changes in circumstances that are difficult to predict. Actual results and the timing and outcome of events may differ materially from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements for a variety of reasons, including, among others: the ability of trivago to successfully implement its plans, or meet its forecasts and other expectations, as well as other risks detailed in Expedia, Inc.'s public filings with the SEC, including Expedia, Inc.'s annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012. Except as required by law, we undertake no obligation to update any forward-looking or other statements in this release, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.About the Expedia groupThe Expedia group is the largest online travel business in the world, with an extensive brand portfolio that includes some of the world's leading online travel brands, including:
- Expedia.com®, the world's largest full service online travel agency, with localized sites in 30 countries
- Hotels.com®, the hotel specialist with sites in more than 60 countries
- Hotwire®, a leading discount travel site that offers opaque deals in 11 countries on its 10 sites in North America, Europe and Asia
- Egencia®, the world's fifth largest corporate travel management company
- eLong™, the second largest online travel company in China
- Venere.com®, the online hotel reservation specialist in Europe
- Expedia Local Expert®, a provider of in-market concierge services, activities and experiences in 18 markets worldwide
- Classic Vacations®, a top luxury travel specialist
- Expedia® CruiseShipCenters®, one of North America's leading retail cruise vacation experts