AutoWeb to be acquired by conglomerate One Planet Group

Dealership advertising corporation AutoWeb Inc., immediately after this spring revealing uncertainties about its means to go on as a heading issue, stated Monday it has agreed to be acquired by A single Earth Team, a self-described hybrid technologies business led by 1 of AutoWeb’s founders.

A single World Team will pay back AutoWeb shareholders 39 cents per share, in accordance to a regulatory filing made up of the transaction settlement. The submitting does not point out the total buy price tag for AutoWeb but states the corporation has just much more than 14 million superb shares. That would translate to a buy price of nearly $5.5 million.

AutoWeb CEO Jared Rowe, 48, will leave the business immediately after the transaction closes and will be paid $1.75 million in installments, with the payout to be done by March 15. One particular Planet Team CEO Payam Zamani, 51, will replace him, in accordance to a news launch. AutoWeb, of Tampa, Fla., stated it envisioned the offer to close by Sept. 16.

“Not several founders get the possibility to return to a organization that they assisted produce,” Zamani stated in a assertion. “AutoWeb has been a pioneer in the on-line automotive field and in quite a few approaches directly motivated its evolution. It is now time for the enterprise to expertise an evolution to put together for the troubles and the chances in the automotive marketplace of tomorrow.”

Zamani beforehand advised Automotive Information that he and his brother Frank co-started AutoWeb, an on the web auto-getting services, in 1994. Zamani, in an electronic mail to Automotive Information, declined more comment about the deal.

AutoWeb’s heritage is intertwined with that of Autobytel Inc., a different 1990s online car-acquiring undertaking.

Pete Ellis established Autobytel, which had its initial general public giving in March 1999. In 2015, Autobytel acquired AutoWeb for its analytics capabilities. In 2017, Autobytel improved its corporate name to AutoWeb and its stock ticker from “ABTL” to “Automobile.”

In Might, AutoWeb introduced its board of administrators would examine strategic alternate options for the corporation — like a potential sale or restructuring — since “considerable question” existed about its skill to keep on as a going issue.

At the time, AutoWeb mentioned its hard cash and liquidity predicament led administration to make that willpower following the enterprise posted a web loss of $4.3 million for the to start with quarter. A particular board committee was developed to assess possibilities for the corporation, such as obtaining new personal debt or fairness funding promoting the company or assets and restructuring, which include through federal personal bankruptcy security.

The board committee proposed the acquisition by A single Planet Group, and AutoWeb’s board of directors authorized the transaction, according to the news launch.

The acquisition will get the sort of a two-stage merger. Just one World Group will initially issue a tender provide for issued and fantastic AutoWeb shares. That will be offered by Aug. 1, according to the launch.

The firm will then go forward with the second step, in which AutoWeb shares not tendered in the tender present “would be converted into the right to obtain the same funds selling price for every share as stockholders who tendered in the tendered provide.”

AutoWeb shares dropped 14 % to 38 cents at the 4 p.m. close of trading Monday.