CommerceHub to Acquire ChannelAdvisor for $23.10 per share
CommerceHub, an industry-leading commerce network connecting supply, demand and delivery for the world’s leading retailers and brands, and ChannelAdvisor Corporation ( NYSE: ECOM), a leading provider of cloud-based e-commerce solutions that enable brands and retailers to increase global sales, today announced they have entered into a definitive agreement for CommerceHub to acquire the outstanding shares of ChannelAdvisor in a transaction led by global software investor and current shareholder of CommerceHub, Insight Partners. Under the terms of the agreement, ChannelAdvisor stockholders will receive $23.10 per share in cash, representing a premium of approximately 57% over the company’s closing stock price on September 2, 2022, the last full trading day prior to this announcement. The boards of directors of both companies have unanimously approved the transaction.
The complementary combination of CommerceHub and ChannelAdvisor expands capabilities for brands and retailers:
Brands will be able to manage their public and private marketplaces alongside their retailer connections with a single vendor, improving efficiency by unifying first-party, dropship, and third-party integrations.
Retailers will be able to access an even larger pool of brands, with over 18,000 customers transacting more than $50 billion in gross merchandise value (GMV) and more than $500 million in digital marketing and retail media ad spend annually across the combined network.
Companies across the network will be able to save on delivery costs and improve delivery experiences with Delivery Suite, and improve their consumer experience with Shoppable Media and Brand Analytics.
“CommerceHub and ChannelAdvisor have both established themselves as leading solutions for different segments of online retailers and brands. By coming together, we can provide an even broader network, enabling our combined customers to grow their businesses by discovering new products, new brands, and new channels,” said Bryan Dove, CEO, CommerceHub.
“This is a tremendous opportunity for our customers, for our team members and our shareholders. This transaction positions the combined company to accelerate innovation and help shape the future of commerce,” said David Spitz, CEO, ChannelAdvisor.
Investors that participated in this transaction include Insight Partners, GTCR, Sycamore Partners, and Goldman Sachs Asset Management. Financing for the transaction is being provided by Sixth Street and Golub Capital LLC (the “Financing Sources”).
The proposed transaction is not subject to a financing condition and is expected to close in 2022. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including receipt of regulatory approvals and approval by ChannelAdvisor’s stockholders. The companies will operate independently until the proposed transaction is finalized.
Upon completion of the transaction, ChannelAdvisor will become a privately held company and shares of ChannelAdvisor common stock will no longer be listed on any public market.
Baird is serving as financial advisor to ChannelAdvisor and Cooley LLP is acting as legal counsel to ChannelAdvisor.
Stifel and District Capital Partners are serving as financial advisors to CommerceHub. Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP is acting as legal advisor to CommerceHub and Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP are acting as debt financing legal advisor to CommerceHub. Kirkland & Ellis LLP served as legal advisor to GTCR and Sycamore Partners and Simpson Thacher & Barlett LLP served as legal advisor to Goldman Sachs Asset Management.
Latham & Watkins LLP are acting as legal advisors to the Financing Sources.
CommerceHub is a Software as a Service (SaaS) provider with a commerce network connecting the world’s leading retailers and brands with drop ship, marketplace, and delivery solutions. Since 1997, CommerceHub has helped the largest retailers expand their online businesses to expand selection, meet consumer demand, and improve margins. For more information visit www.commercehub.com.
ChannelAdvisor ( NYSE: ECOM) is a leading multichannel commerce platform whose mission is to connect and optimize the world’s commerce. For over two decades, ChannelAdvisor has helped brands and retailers worldwide improve their online performance by expanding sales channels, connecting with consumers across the entire buying cycle, optimizing their operations for peak performance, and providing actionable analytics to improve competitiveness. Thousands of customers depend on ChannelAdvisor to securely power their e-commerce operations on channels such as Amazon, eBay, Google, Facebook, Walmart, and hundreds more. For more information, visit www.channeladvisor.com.