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Item 8.01. Other Information
On July 11, 2018, LendingTree, LLC (“Buyer”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of LendingTree, Inc. (the “Company”), entered into a Stock Purchase Agreement with Student Loan Hero, Inc., a Delaware corporation (“Student Loan Hero”), all of the shareholders of Student Loan Hero (collectively, the “Sellers”), Max Spiegel, and Fortis Advisors, LLC as the Securityholder Representative. Student Loan Hero operates a personal finance website dedicated to helping student loan borrowers manage their student debt.
Subject to the terms and conditions of the Stock Purchase Agreement, at the closing of the transaction, Buyer will pay $60 million of cash consideration to the Sellers, subject to adjustments for working capital and transaction expenses, in exchange for all of the equity interests of Student Loan Hero. A portion of such cash consideration will be deposited into escrow to secure the Sellers’ obligations under the Stock Purchase Agreement to make certain indemnification and purchase price adjustment payments. The closing of the transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including the receipt of certain third party consents.
The Company issued a press release announcing the Stock Purchase Agreement on July 13, 2018, a copy of which is attached as Exhibit 99.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K and is incorporated herein by reference.
Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
Date: July 17, 2018
/s/ Katharine Pierce
Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary
LendingTree, Inc. Announces Agreement to Acquire Student Loan Hero
LendingTree enters agreement to acquire a leading online resource for student loan borrowers
CHARLOTTE, N.C., July 13, 2018 -- LendingTree, Inc. (NASDAQ: TREE) announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Student Loan Hero, Inc., a personal finance website dedicated to helping student loan borrowers manage their student debt. Student Loan Hero offers current and former students in-depth financial comparison tools, educational resources, and unbiased, personalized advice.
"The acquisition of Student Loan Hero is a strategic transaction that will allow LendingTree to quickly scale our Student Loan business,” said Doug Lebda, founder and CEO of LendingTree. “On top of that, LendingTree and Student Loan Hero share a common goal of providing consumers with the tools and resources to better understand their personal finances and make smarter financial decisions. We’re excited to welcome Student Loan Hero to the LendingTree team and are confident this will enable LendingTree to expand our reach in the student loan space.”
"We are incredibly excited to join the
LendingTree team," said Andy Josuweit, founder and CEO of Student Loan Hero. "Given LendingTree's emphasis on consumer empowerment and transparency, we feel confident that this is the right platform for Student Loan Hero to engage more consumers and help them reach their financial goals.”
LendingTree will acquire Student Loan Hero for a total consideration of $60 million in cash to be paid upon closing. The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of 2018, subject to third party consents and other customary closing conditions.
About Student Loan Hero
Student Loan Hero combines easy-to-use tools with financial education to help the millions of Americans living with student loan debt manage and pay off their loans. Student Loan Hero has helped more than 200,000 borrowers manage and eliminate over $3.5 billion in student loan debt since 2012 and assists over 3.5 million people in becoming more financially healthy every year.
Student Loan Hero offers both current and former students free loan calculators and unbiased, personalized advice.
Founded in 2012 by CEO Andrew Josuweit, who himself had over $100,000 in student loans, Student Loan Hero operates on the belief that all loan help and recommendations should come with honesty and no hidden agenda.
For more information, visit www.studentloanhero.com.
About LendingTree, Inc.
LendingTree, Inc. (NASDAQ: TREE) operates the nation's leading online loan marketplace and provides consumers with an array of online tools and information to help them find the best loans for their needs. LendingTree's online marketplace connects consumers with multiple lenders that compete for their business, empowering consumers as they comparison-shop across a full suite of loans and credit-based offerings. Since its inception, LendingTree has facilitated more than 65 million loan requests. LendingTree provides access to its network of over 500 lenders offering home loans, home equity loans/lines of credit, reverse mortgages, personal loans, auto loans, small business loans, credit cards, student loans, and more.
LendingTree, Inc. is headquartered in Charlotte, NC and maintains operations solely in the United States. For more information, please visit www.lendingtree.com.
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The matters contained in the discussion above may be considered to be "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Those statements include statements regarding the intent, belief or current expectations or anticipations of LendingTree and members of our management team regarding the expected benefits from the acquisition. Factors currently known to management that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in forward-looking statements include the following: the potential failure to obtain third party consents or satisfy other closing conditions; the retention of key employees of Student Loan Hero and the ability of the Company to successfully integrate Student Loan Hero to achieve expected benefits; ability to maintain brand recognition for both the Company and Student Loan Hero and to effectively leverage the LendingTree brand with the Student Loan Hero brand; ability to develop new products and services and enhance existing ones; competition; the potential effects of
existing and new laws, rules or regulations; failure to maintain the integrity of systems and infrastructure through integration; and failure to adequately protect intellectual property rights or allegations of infringement of intellectual property rights. These and additional factors to be considered are set forth under "Risk Factors" in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the period ended December 31, 2017 and in our other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. LendingTree undertakes no obligation to update or revise forward-looking statements to reflect changed assumptions, the occurrence of unanticipated events or changes to future operating results or expectations.