SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., July 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — GoDaddy Inc. (GDDY), the world’s largest cloud platform dedicated to small, independent ventures, today announced it has signed a definitive agreement for the sale of the PlusServer business to funds advised by BC Partners, for an enterprise value of €397 million ($456 million USD). As part of the transaction, PlusServer will assume liabilities of €23 million and retain existing cash on the balance sheet of €12 million. Subject to regulatory approval, the deal is expected to close by the end of August.
The sale is consistent with the company’s stated intent to explore strategic alternatives for the PlusServer business, which GoDaddy acquired as part of the Host Europe Group (HEG) acquisition. PlusServer has been treated as an asset for sale since the HEG acquisition closed in April 2017.
GoDaddy intends to repay its €500 million bridge loan with the proceeds from the PlusServer sale and cash on hand.
Oakley Advisory acted as financial advisor to GoDaddy on the transaction. Heuking Kühn Lüer Wojtek were legal advisors. OC&C, Deloitte and Ernst & Young addressed commercial, financial and tax matters, respectively.
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