Ask Jeeves StockHolder Suing IAC Over Purchase

    March 24, 2005

According to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, an Ask Jeeves shareholder is obviously a little disappointed in the valuation IAC has placed on Ask Jeeves.

Ask Jeeves shareholder Richard Wiltsie said in a suit filed yesterday in Delaware Chancery Court in Wilmington that company directors agreed to the deal “without fulfilling their most basic obligation to conduct a full and fair sale process” to get the best price.

…IAC’s offer was a 17 percent premium over Ask Jeeves’ closing stock price March 18, yet is below last year’s $44.05 share price high, reached April 26. Analysts said Ask Jeeves is one of the last independent search engines with its own technology and could be attractive to other companies.

A second bidder may outpace IAC with a 20 percent to 25 percent premium, Credit Suisse First Boston analyst Heath Terry said in a research report issued Tuesday. Terry said he believed IAC is buying “a quality asset cheap.”

From the Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Via InsideGoogle.

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