Verizon Completes Acquisition of AOL
NEW YORK – Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ) and AOL Inc. (formerly NYSE: AOL) today announced the successful completion of Verizon’s tender offer to purchase all outstanding shares of AOL for $50.00 per share in cash. The tender offer expired at 11:59 p.m. (New York City time) on June 22, 2015.
Verizon subsequently completed the acquisition of the remaining eligible AOL shares not acquired in the tender offer through a merger pursuant to Section 251(h) of the General Corporate Law of the State of Delaware. As a result, AOL shares will no longer be traded on the NYSE, and AOL is now a wholly owned subsidiary of Verizon.
As of the expiration of the tender offer, approximately 47,522,501 shares were validly tendered and not withdrawn in the tender offer, representing 60.37 percent of AOL’s outstanding shares, according to the depositary for the tender offer. Notices of Guaranteed Delivery were delivered with respect to 2,767,607 additional shares, representing approximately 3.52 percent of AOL’s shares, according to the depositary. Verizon has accepted for payment and will promptly pay for all validly tendered (and not withdrawn) shares.
All eligible AOL shares that were not validly tendered have been converted into the right to receive $50.00 per share in cash, without interest and less any applicable withholding taxes — the same price paid in the tender offer.
In an expanded role, AOL CEO Tim Armstrong continues to lead AOL operations after the closing, and Bob Toohey, president of Verizon Digital Media Services, will report to Armstrong. Verizon Digital Media Services uses world-class technology to help companies prepare, deliver and display digital media content including video, web pages, applications, mobile ads and live events on any screen. Armstrong will report to Marni Walden, Verizon executive vice president and president of Product Innovation and New Businesses.
AOL is a media technology company with a mission to simplify the internet for consumers and creators by unleashing the world’s best builders of culture and code. As one of the largest online properties in the U.S., with approximately 200 million monthly consumers of its premium brands, AOL is at the center of disruption of how content is being produced, distributed, consumed and monetized by connecting publishers with advertisers on its global, programmatic content and advertising platforms. AOL’s opportunity lies in shaping the future of the digitally connected world for decades to come.