Rocket Fuel, a predictive marketing platform, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by Sizmek Inc., people-based creative optimization and data activation platform. Sizmek is an affiliate of Vector Capital.
Under the terms of the merger agreement with Sizmek, which has been unanimously approved by Rocket Fuel’s board of directors, an affiliate of Sizmek will commence a tender offer for all of the outstanding shares of Rocket Fuel’s common stock for $2.60 per share in cash. This represents an enterprise value for Rocket Fuel of approximately $145 million.
Combined, the two companies connect more than 20,000 advertisers and 3,600 agencies to audiences in over 70 countries around the globe, and service a client base comprised of an overwhelming majority of the world’s most recognized brands and agencies.
Under the terms of the merger agreement, Rocket Fuel has a go-shop right to solicit third party alternative acquisition proposals for the next 30 days.
Completion of the acquisition is subject to customary closing conditions, including a majority of the outstanding shares of Rocket Fuel’s common stock having been tendered in the tender offer and clearance under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976. The parties expect the transaction to be completed in third quarter of 2017.
Needham & Company, LLC is serving as financial advisor to Rocket Fuel. Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, Professional Corporation is acting as Rocket Fuel’s legal advisor. Kirkland & Ellis LLP is acting as Sizmek’s legal advisor.