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ReachLocal Gets Acquired by Gannett the Owners of USA Today Newspaper

FILE - In this July 14, 2010 file photo, he sign for Gannett headquarters is displayed in McLean, Va. Gannett Co. is reporting a rise in third-quarter earnings Friday, Oct. 15, 2010, helped by a jump in broadcasting revenue. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, file) Reachlocal

, USA TODAY – June 27, 2016

Gannett, which owns USA TODAY and more than 100 other media properties in the U.S., said Monday that it had reached an agreement to acquire online local marketing firm ReachLocal for about $156 million.

The deal values Woodland Hills, Calif.-based ReachLocal (RLOC) at $4.60 per share, representing a 188% premium over the stock’s closing price on Friday, June 24.

“The acquisition of ReachLocal accelerates Gannett’s digital growth strategy, adding more than $320 million of annual digital revenue, the best digital marketing solutions technology in the market, and an outstanding and well-respected management team to Gannett’s digital business,” Gannett CEO Robert Dickey said in a statement.

ReachLocal, founded in 2004, provides online marketing solutions for local businesses in North America, Latin America, Asia-Pacific and Europe, connecting them with major tech brands including Google and Facebook.

The transaction has been unanimously approved by the boards of directors of both companies and is expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2016.

Other recent acquisitions by Gannett (GCI) include the Milwaukee-based Journal Media Group, which includes 15 daily newspapers and their online assets.

In June 2015, Gannet completed the acquisition of the remaining 59.36% interest in the Texas-New Mexico Newspapers Partnership that it did not own from Digital First Media. Also in 2015, the Gannett U.K. Limited-owned Newsquest acquired Romanes Media Group,  a local news publishing business operating in Scotland, Berkshire and Northern Ireland.

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