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eBay transfers control of Skype for $ 1.9 billion

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eBay transfers control of Skype for $ 1.9 billion



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The American giant of online commerce eBay announced Tuesday the sale of 65% of its Skype subsidiary, the operator of internet telecoms, to a consortium of investors led by Silver Lake Partners fund to $ 1.9 billion in cash.

Following the transaction, eBay will retain the remaining 35% of its subsidiary. The group will also receive an additional $ 125 million once completed assignment.

The deal values ​​Skype at a total $ 2.75 billion, according to eBay.

Besides the US fund Silver Lake, the buyers consortium is formed venture capital fund Andreessen Horowitz, created by the co-founder Marc Andreessen Nestscape, which is one of Skype administrators.

The London-based fund Index Ventures, which already owns Skype, and a Canadian pension funds, the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) Investment Board, also part of the operation.

eBay announced in April that he wanted to separate from Skype to focus on its two core businesses, e-commerce and its subsidiary PayPal payments on the Internet. He then said he wanted to introduce Skype Exchange.

Established in 2003, Skype, which allows free calls between users and cheap calls to third, was acquired in September 2005 by eBay for $ 2.6 billion. The original price was then inflated to $ 3.1 billion as bonuses for the founders of Skype. A quickly deemed too high prices that led eBay depreciate the value of the acquisition in these accounts in 2007 to bring $ 1.7 billion.

Skype this year was to reach a turnover of 600 million euros, after 551 million in 2008. The service had 405 million users in late December, a jump of 47% year on year.

According to eBay, Skype should cross the billion dollars in revenue in 2011.

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