ATLANTA – October 12, 2006 – Internap Network Services Corporation (NASDAQ: INAP), a leading provider of performance network services over the Internet, today announced it has reached a definitive agreement to acquire VitalStream Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: VSTH). VitalStream is a leader in audio and video streaming services and a global provider of integrated rich media content delivery services that enable businesses to broadcast digital media content to worldwide audiences via the Internet.
“The marketplace for content delivery services is rapidly expanding as the needs for companies to integrate streaming audio and video into their Web presence become more critical and more complex. The combination of VitalStream’s content delivery services and our high performance intelligent route control solutions positions us to create the market leading platform for distribution of rich media content and advertising” said James P. DeBlasio, chief executive officer of Internap. “We will offer our combined customers a wider range of complementary products providing peak website performance, global scalability and new revenue opportunities including content monetization and on-line advertising. Together, we expect to become a formidable force in the rapidly growing streaming media and content delivery market.”
Under the terms of the transaction, Internap will issue approximately 11.9 million shares of common stock in respect of outstanding VitalStream common shares, which will represent approximately 26% of the combined company’s shares. This is an exchange ratio of 0.5132 Internap shares for every VitalStream share. In addition, Internap will assume VitalStream’s currently outstanding stock option plans. Based on the closing price of Internap’s stock on October 11, 2006, the transaction is valued at an aggregate purchase price of approximately $217 million. The acquisition is expected to close by the first quarter of 2007.Read the full press release here.