Square to Acquire Weebly
Addition of website-building company will enable sellers to easily start or grow an omnichannel business with one cohesive solution
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – April 26, 2018 – Square, Inc. (NYSE: SQ) has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Weebly. Square will pay a mix of cash and stock of approximately $365 million, which includes Square restricted stock units for Weebly’s founders and employees that will vest over four years subsequent to closing. This consideration includes Weebly’s estimated net cash. Weebly is a San Francisco–based technology company that provides customers with tools to easily build a professional website or online store.
Square and Weebly will give sellers one cohesive solution to start or grow an omnichannel business. Today, it is important that sellers can reach buyers as they move between channels (in person, online, in apps) during discovery, purchase and even returns and exchanges. An integrated suite of services will make critical business tasks like engaging with customers, managing orders, growing sales and making informed business decisions easier than ever for sellers.
'Square and Weebly share a passion for empowering and celebrating entrepreneurs,' said Jack Dorsey, CEO of Square. 'Square began its journey with in-person solutions while Weebly began its journey online. Since then, we’ve both been building services to bridge these channels and we can go even further and faster together.'
'Omnichannel commerce is our top focus area in 2018,' said Alyssa Henry, Seller Lead at Square. 'From managing orders, appointments and payments to building a website, running a business is complex and entrepreneurs around the world want powerful and intuitive tools. Whether they’re an artist, a winemaker or a hairdresser, with Square and Weebly sellers will have one cohesive solution to build their business.'
'Entrepreneurship gives an opportunity to people who were never given one,' said David Rusenko, CEO of Weebly. “Weebly has created technology that helps people bring their business idea to life online. Now, we will be expanding that vision to help entrepreneurs succeed beyond their website. I’m excited for Weebly to join Square and help build the future of commerce together.'
Weebly will expand Square’s customer base globally and add a new recurring revenue stream. Weebly has millions of customers and more than 625,000 paid subscribers. Square will provide Weebly customers with access to the company’s ecosystem of managed payments, hardware and software, which complement Weebly’s services, which include free website hosting, premium (paid) website design and hosting, online store and marketing tools. Nearly 40% of Weebly’s paid subscribers are outside the U.S., which will help accelerate Square’s global expansion.
Square will continue to provide an open platform to offer sellers the flexibility to select and integrate the third-party solutions that are best for their business. Square offers more than 100 partner integrations across a range of third-party apps, including points of sale, accounting software and other back-office systems.
The completion of this transaction is subject to customary closing conditions including regulatory approvals. The parties expect to close the transaction during the second quarter of 2018 and until close the two companies will continue to operate independently. Square was advised by Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati and Weebly was advised by Cooley LLP and Qatalyst Partners.
As a reminder, Square will release financial results for the first quarter of 2018 on 2 May 2018, after market close.
About Square, Inc.
Square, Inc. (NYSE:SQ) creates tools that help sellers start, run and grow their businesses. Square enables sellers to accept card payments and also provides reporting and analytics, next-day settlement and chargeback protection. Square’s point-of-sale software and other business services help sellers manage inventory, locations and employees; access financing; engage customers and grow sales. The Cash App is an easy way for businesses and individuals to send and receive money and Caviar is a food-ordering service for popular restaurants. Square was founded in 2009 and is headquartered in San Francisco, with offices in the United States, Canada, Japan, Australia, Ireland and the UK.
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