Acquisition Underscores Web.com Group’s Global Growth Strategy
JACKSONVILLE, FL. — July 13, 2020 — Web.com Group, a leading web technology company helping millions of customers around the globe thrive in a connected world, today announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Webcentral Group (ASX:WCG), a leading provider of digital services for small and medium Australian businesses. Today’s deal extends Web.com Group’s strategic move into the Australian, New Zealand, and Southeast Asian markets with its acquisition of Dreamscape Networks last year.
Through its Netregistry, Melbourne IT, and WME brands, Webcentral serves approximately 330,000 customers with domain names, web hosting and digital marketing services.
Sharon Rowlands, CEO and president, Web.com Group, said, “The Webcentral acquisition further complements Web’s continued commitment to providing market-leading web presence solutions to customers across the globe. Now more than ever, companies need reliable online solutions and partners that deliver results to support ever-evolving business needs. Webcentral is a natural fit for our family of leading web technology brands and a proven long-standing partner to its customers.”
“Web.com Group and Webcentral share a common vision of providing technologies and digital growth solutions for small to medium enterprises. We partner with businesses to get online and unlock the potential of their digital footprint," said Andrew Reitzer, Chairman, Webcentral Group. "We're excited to join the Web.com Group family for the enhanced solutions for every step of their digital journey that the joint expertise will provide our customers.”
“Joining forces with Webcentral demonstrates our dedication to expanding in the region,” said Mark Evans, CEO of Dreamscape Networks. “Together, with the combined brands and resources of Web.com Group, Dreamscape Networks and Webcentral Group, we’re bringing more robust and innovative online solutions and a comprehensive product portfolio to the Australian market, while continuing to provide Best-in-World service.”
“We look forward to welcoming Webcentral to the Web.com Group,” said Tyler Sipprelle, principal at Siris Capital and director at Web.com Group. “As a global, multi-brand web technology business, we believe Web.com Group has much to offer businesses seeking an online presence strategic partner to support their next stage of profitable growth.”
The transaction is expected to close in late 2020 subject to the satisfaction of shareholder and regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions. Gilbert + Tobin are acting as legal adviser to Web.com Group. Macquarie Capital is acting as financial advisor and Herbert Smith Freehills is acting as legal advisor to Webcentral.
About Web.com Group
Web.com Group is a leading web technology company serving millions of customers around the world. Through our portfolio of brands – Network Solutions, Register.com, Web.com, Crazy Domains, Sitebeat and Vodien – we help customers of all sizes build an online presence that delivers results. Web has the breadth of capabilities and depth of knowledge to be your go-to partner in today’s always-on digital world. With our extensive product offerings and personalized support, we take pride in partnering with our customers to serve their online presence needs. Learn more at www.web.com.
About Webcentral Group
Webcentral Group, previously Arq Group and Melbourne IT Group, is a full-service digital services partner for small and medium businesses and has supported the growth of over 300,000 Australian businesses; from inception to acceleration – helping them establish their brand, business, and build a customer base online. Learn more at www.webcentralgroup.com.au.
About Siris Capital Group, LLC | Siris Capital
Siris is a leading private equity firm that invests primarily in mature technology and telecommunications companies with mission-critical products and services, facing industry changes or other significant transitions. Siris’ development of proprietary research to identify opportunities and its extensive collaboration with its Executive Partners are integral to its approach. Siris’ Executive Partners are experienced senior operating executives that actively participate in key aspects of the transaction lifecycle to help identify opportunities and drive strategic and operational value. Siris is based in New York and Silicon Valley and has raised nearly $6 billion in cumulative capital commitments. Learn more at www.siris.com.
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