Expedia To Acquire HomeAway, Inc.
"We have long had our eyes on the fast growing ~$100 billion alternative accommodations space and have been building on our partnership with HomeAway, a global leader in vacation rentals, for two years. Bringing HomeAway into the Expedia, Inc. family and adding its leading brands to our portfolio of the most trusted brands in travel is a logical next step," said Dara Khosrowshahi, Chief Executive Officer, Expedia, Inc. "We have tremendous respect for the HomeAway team and the business they have built. With our expertise in powering global transactional platforms and our industry-leading technology capabilities, we look forward to partnering with them to accelerate their shift from a classified marketplace to an online, transactional model to create even better experiences for HomeAway's global traveler audience and the owners and managers of its 1.2 million properties around the world."
"We could not be more excited about joining the Expedia family of leading travel brands and what this move means for our very bright future," said Brian Sharples, Chief Executive Officer of HomeAway, Inc., noting that the company has been moving toward a fully online bookable marketplace and closer to the type of transactional business model with which Expedia has tremendous experience. "We're eager to benefit from Expedia's distribution, technology and expertise, which will allow us to provide an even better product and service experience for our owners, property managers and travelers. In this way, I believe our combination with Expedia will turbocharge our growth and industry leadership for many years to come."
Conference Call to Discuss Transaction
Expedia, Inc., and HomeAway, Inc., will host a conference call to discuss the transaction on Wednesday, November 4, 2015 at 1:45 p.m. Pacific Time / 3:45 p.m. Central Time. Callers in the U.S. and Canadamay dial 877-741-4244 and use passcode 4111332. All other international callers may dial 719-325-4784 and use passcode 4111332. A live webcast of the conference call will be available to the public at http://ir.expediainc.com and http://investors.homeaway.com. A replay of the call is expected to be available for at least three months.
About Homeaway, Inc.
HomeAway, Inc. based in Austin, Texas, is the world leader in vacation rentals, with sites representing over one million paid listings of vacation rental homes in 190 countries. Through HomeAway, owners and property managers offer an extensive selection of vacation homes that provide travelers with memorable experiences and benefits, including more room to relax and added privacy, for less than the cost of traditional hotel accommodations. The company also makes it easy for vacation rental owners and property managers to advertise their properties and manage bookings online. The HomeAway portfolio includes the leading vacation rental websites HomeAway.com, VRBO.com and VacationRentals.com in the United States; HomeAway.co.uk and OwnersDirect.co.uk in the United Kingdom; HomeAway.de in Germany; Abritel.fr and Homelidays.com in France; HomeAway.es and Toprural.es in Spain; AlugueTemporada.com.br in Brazil; HomeAway.com.au and Stayz.com.au inAustralia; Bookabach.co.nz in New Zealand, and Asia Pacific short-term rental site, travelmob.com.
HomeAway also operates BedandBreakfast.com, the most comprehensive global site for finding bed-and-breakfast properties, providing travelers with another source for unique lodging alternatives to chain hotels. For more information about HomeAway, please visit www.HomeAway.com.
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About Expedia, Inc.
Expedia, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXPE) is the world"s largest online travel company, with an extensive brand portfolio that includes leading online travel brands.