NC-based Red Ventures, a digital consumer choice platform, has inked a deal to acquire Bankrate, an online publisher, aggregator, and distributor of personal finance content and a top credit card commissioned marketer.
Under the terms of the merger agreement, Bankrate shareholders will receive $14.00 per share in cash, which represents a premium of approximately 31% over Bankrate’s three-month average closing share price.
Red Ventures uses advanced analytics, data science and integrated technology to cultivate digital connections between brands and consumers across the financial services, home services and healthcare industries.
Bankrate’s platform and millions of users across multiple brands will deepen Red Ventures’ footprint in the financial services industry and enhance relationships between financial services providers and consumers looking for trusted, authoritative information when making decisions about their personal finances and senior care.
The combination will create a scaled and diversified digital platform of consumer marketplaces.
Founded in 2000, Red Ventures has more than 2,700 employees in offices across the Carolinas, Seattle, Washington, and Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Bankrate’s flagship sites CreditCards.com, Bankrate.com, and Caring.com are leading destinations in each of their respective verticals and connect their vast audiences with financial service and senior care providers and other contextually relevant advertisers. RATE also owns and operates a number of specialist sites, apps and social platforms, including NextAdvisor.com, The Points Guy, Interest.com, Quizzle.com and Walla.by.
Bankrate also develops and provides content, tools, web services and co-branded websites to over 100 online partners, including Yahoo!, CNBC and MarketWatch. In addition, Bankrate licenses editorial content to leading news organizations such as The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times.