Hi-media Announces the Acquisition of AdLINK Media, AdLINK Group’s Display Marketing Unit, and Becomes the European Leader in Advertising Network and Internet Micropayment

Hi-media, the online media group, (Code ISIN FR0000075988 – HIM, HIM.FR) announced the signature, on the 5th July 2009 of an agreement protocol with respect to the acquisition of AdLINK Media, the display advertising network of AdLINK Internet Media AG. The acquisition will make Hi-media the European leader in Internet audience monetization.

Cyril Zimmermann, founder and CEO of the group said: “With the acquisition of AdLINK Media, Hi-media becomes one of the major players in the European online advertising network market. For several years, we have been developing a unique model, building strong synergies between our advertising network and our micropayment platform, Allopass, whose deployment in Europe will be accelerated thanks to the acquisition. By generating new synergies, our consolidated position will benefit all of our ad network sites, those we publish as well as those of our clients. Through this opportunity, we welcome a new major shareholder along with IDI and BV capital, AdLINK Internet Media AG with c.11% of our capital, whose competences will be a further asset in pursuing our strategy and in achieving of our goals in terms of growth and profitability in the coming years.”

Stephane Cordier, CEO of AdLINK Internet Media AG, said: “By combining AdLINK Media, our display marketing business, into Hi-media, and becoming a major shareholder of the combined Hi-media Group, we are contributing to the consolidation of the market. We will, in addition, benefit from the significant synergies being created from economies of scale as well from cross-selling.”

About Hi-media Group :

Hi-media, the online media group, is one of the top Internet publisher in the world with more than 50 million unique visitors per month on its proprietary websites. Hi-media is also a leading European player in online advertising and electronic payment. Its business model relies thus on two different sources of revenues: online advertising via its dedicated ad network Hi-media Network and online content monetization via its micropayment platform Allopass. The group which operates in 6 European countries, China, USA and Brazil employs more than 370 people and posted in 2008 135 million euros in sales. Independent since its creation in 1996, the company is listed since 2000 on the Euronext Eurolist Paris (Eurolist C) and is included in the SBF 250, CAC IT and CAC Small 90. ISIN code: FR0000075988. Hi-media qualifies for FCPI as it received the OSEO label of “innovating company”.

Site : www.hi-media.com

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