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Interesting web buy for Dun & Bradstreet Corp

Today Dun & Bradstreet Corp., a major business information company, said it has bought for $55 million in all cash deal.

Based on this the company subsequently raised its 2008 revenue outlook to account for the acquisition.

Dun & Bradstreet bought the online media and e-commerce company in an effort to expand its Internet business and presence. The purchase will have no effect on the company’s 2007 financial guidance, but AllBusiness is expected to generate about $10 million of incremental revenue in 2008. Dun & Bradstreet expects the acquisition to add to earnings in 2009.

Dun & Bradstreet raised its guidance for core revenue growth in 2008 to between 8 percent and 10 percent, before the effect of foreign exchange, from previous guidance of 7 percent to 9 percent growth.

The company also reaffirmed earnings-per-share growth, before non-core gains and charges, of 11 percent to 14 percent in 2008.

Shares rose 15 cents to close at $90.03, and continued to gain in aftermarket trading, jumping $2.37, or 2.6 percent, to $92.40. is an online media and e-commerce company that operates one of the premier business sites on the Web. The site has received critical acclaim and notoriety from The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Business 2.0, Fortune, The New York Times, US News & World Report, USA Today, and other publications. helps business professionals save time and money by addressing real-world business questions and presenting practical solutions. The site offers resources including how-to articles, business forms, contracts and agreements, expert advice, blogs, business news, business directory listings, product comparisons, business guides, a business association and more.

Business professionals can access’s content and services through a number of channels, including the Web site; RSS feeds and email newsletters; and through its partnerships with leading Web properties.

Their content, products and services are featured on a number of sites, including: BusinessWeek, CBSNews, NYTimes,, Washington Post, and Yahoo!. AllBusiness content also appears in the print edition of the San Francisco Chronicle as part of their business advisor program.

AllBusiness is based in San Francisco, California and backed by VantagePoint Venture Partners, Sutter Hill Ventures and Reed Elsevier Ventures. Kathy Yates is the CEO of

AllBusiness is said to generate high-quality traffic (perhaps business heavy) by publishing rich content on the Web and leverages its expertise in search engine optimization to generate higher listings of its content on each search inquiry. The company is reaching more than 2 million unique monthly visitors, and it monetizes its traffic through online display advertising by national advertisers. The AllBusiness acquisition also provides a platform to generate cross-selling opportunities for D&B products aimed at small business professionals, which is the key online market that D&B serves today.

2 million uniques per month web site sells for $55M is not a bad deal after all if we offset the fact it was earlier bought for $225M in 2000. The acquisition deal is probably also including the brand name and web site maturity (launched in 1999) as well as the library of content rich articles and business information.

If anything its evidence that there’s not a web 2.0 bubble, valuations now are much more sensible then during Web 1.0 (Buying in 2000 for $225M  and selling in 2007 for $55M).

D&B (listed on NYSE:DNB) is the world’s leading source of commercial information and insight on businesses, enabling companies to Decide with Confidence  for over 165 years. D&B’s global commercial database contains more than 115 million business records. The database is enhanced by D&B’s proprietary DUNSRight’s Quality Process, which provides the customers with quality business information. This quality information is the foundation of D&B’s global solutions that customers rely on to make critical business decisions.

In s similar deal, a couple of months ago, was bought by R.H. Donnelley for $345M off its slightly over 5M unique visitors per month and about $15 Million dollars a year in revenue. The Dow Jones and the New York Times were both bidding on the company.


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