Norwegian firm Adevinta buys eBay classifieds unit in £7.25bn deal

EBay is selling its classifieds business to Norway’s Adevinta in a deal worth 9.2 billion dollars (£7.25 billion) that will create the world’s largest online classifieds group, the companies have said.

The US company will get 2.5 billion dollars (£1.97 billion) in cash and become the largest shareholder in Adevinta, with a 44% equity stake and a third of the voting rights.

The combined company will have classified ad websites in 20 countries, covering a billion people and receiving about three billion monthly visits.

“With the acquisition of eBay Classifieds Group, Adevinta becomes the largest online classifieds company globally, with a unique portfolio of leading marketplace brands,” Adevinta chief executive Rolv Erik Ryssdal said.

EBay’s classified brands include Gumtree in the UK and Australia, Marktplaats in the Netherlands, Mobile.de in Germany, Vivanuncios in Mexico and Canada’s Kijii.

Adevinta owns Leboncoin, France’s biggest online classifieds site, and classified businesses in more than a dozen other countries in Europe, North Africa and Latin America.

It was spun off last year from Norwegian media company Schibsted.

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