Even after you beat 'em you can still join 'em. LoopNet
CityFeet also operates The CityFeet Network, though. By broadcasting its listings through more than 100 online partners, it is the largest online distribution network. Although LoopNet has been able to secure third-party distributors for its listings -- it teams up with Dow Jones
It's a cheap deal. At just $15 million, with another $3 million tied to future performance incentives, it's not going to break the bank at LoopNet. LoopNet isn't divulging the financial performance at CityFeet, but it did claim that the company is profitable and that it will contribute approximately $1 million to LoopNet's top line for the balance of the year.
OK. We can work with that. Given the revenue contribution over the next five months, it's safe to say that CityFeet will generate roughly $2 million in revenues for the full year. So LoopNet is paying a little more than 7 times revenue for its acquisition. With LoopNet's $833 million market cap and expectations of roughly $68 million in revenue this year, LoopNet is trading at 12 times its top line. Back out the company's $105 million in cash and the multiple is just shy of 11.
LoopNet believes that it can get CityFeet's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) margins in line with its own, so the deal should eventually be accretive after the near-term, $0.02-per-share acquisition-related hit. Even if that doesn't happen, there is the greater potential here of cross-selling. LoopNet listings can pay up to be promoted through The CityFeet Network and vice-versa.
It's the first acquisition in LoopNet's tenure as a public company. That tenure has been a good one. The company has beaten analyst estimates in all five quarters as a public company. As a result, the stock has soared 70% since going public at $12 a share last summer.
With that kind of heady growth, maybe LoopNet is the one running with city feet.
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