DALLAS, 10. Dezember 2014: Alliance Data Systems Corporation (NYSE: ADS), weltweit führender Anbieter von datengetriebenem Marketing und Lösungen zur Kundenbindung, gab heute bekannt, dass die Akquisition von Conversant, Inc. ("Conversant") gemäß den Bedingungen der zuvor bekanntgegebenen Vereinbarung und des Plans zum Unternehmenszusammenschluss vom 11. September 2014 („Merger Agreement“) von und zwischen Alliance Data, Conversant und Amber Sub LLC, einer Kapital- und hundertprozentigen Tochtergesellschaft von Alliance Data aus Delaware („Merger Sub“), abgeschlossen wurde. Am 10. Dezember 2014 fusionierten Conversant und die Merger Sub, wobei die Merger Sub als Einheit und direkte hundertprozentige Tochtergesellschaft von Alliance Data („Merger“) verbleibt. Gleichzeitig mit dem Abschluss des Mergers, änderte die Merger Sub ihren Namen in Conversant LLC. Die Beteiligten haben festgelegt, dass der Zusammenschluß aus steuerlichen Gründen als Vorwärts-Fusion („Forward Merger“) aufgebaut wird.

Bei der Fusionierung zahlte Alliance Data eine Gesamtsumme von rund 991,5 Millionen US-Dollar in bar und gab zirka 4.608.630 Stammaktien von Alliance Data an die ehemaligen Aktionäre von Conversant aus. Darüber hinaus gewährt Alliance Data Bezugsrechte für zirka 231.354 seiner Stammaktien, indem die Conversant-Bezugsrechte bei der Fusion in Alliance Data-Bezugsrechte umgewandelt werden. Die Bargeld-Komponente der Fusion wurde von Alliance Data mit Hilfe von Fremdkapital aus dem Kreditvertrag finanziert.

Conversant, das künftig unter Epsilon operiert, etabliert sich als Unternehmen mit einzigartigem durchgängigem Marketing Service, welches seinen Kunden ermöglicht, Konsumenten über alle Kanäle effektiver anzusprechen. Die Akquisition soll die bestehenden Geschäftsbereiche von Alliance Data ergänzen. Die Lösungen und Leistungen von Conversant sollen den Bestand aus On- und Offlinedaten von Epsilon erweitern und zielorientiertere Marketing Programme über ein breiteres Distributionsnetzwerk ermöglichen. Vor allem aber liefert der Zusammenschluss der beiden Unternehmen Reichweite in den schnell wachsenden Digitalkanälen Display, Mobile, Video und Social sowie erweitert die Digital Messaging Platform von Epsilon, Agility Harmony™, um wichtige Funktionalitäten.

 

About Alliance Data

Alliance Data® (NYSE: ADS) and its combined businesses is a leading global provider of data-driven marketing and loyalty solutions serving large, consumer-based industries. The Company creates and deploys customized solutions, enhancing the critical customer marketing experience; the result is measurably changing consumer behavior while driving business growth and profitability for some of today's most recognizable brands. Alliance Data helps its clients create and increase customer loyalty through solutions that engage millions of customers each day

An S&P 500 company headquartered in Dallas, Alliance Data and its three businesses employ more than 15,000 associates at approximately 100 locations worldwide. Alliance Data was named to FORTUNE magazine's 2014 list of World's Most Admired Companies.

Alliance Data consists of three businesses: Alliance Data Retail Services, a leading provider of marketing-driven credit solutions; Epsilon®, a leading provider of multichannel, data-driven technologies and marketing services; and LoyaltyOne®, which owns and operates the AIR MILES® Reward Program, Canada's premier coalition loyalty program. For more information about the company, visit our website, www.alliancedata.com, or follow us on Twitter via @AllianceData.

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If one or more of these or other risks or uncertainties materialize, or if our underlying assumptions prove to be incorrect, actual results may vary materially from what we projected. Any forward-looking statements contained in this presentation reflect our current views with respect to future events and are subject to these and other risks, uncertainties and assumptions relating to our operations, results of operations, pending acquisition, growth strategy and liquidity. We have no intention, and disclaim any obligation, to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future results or otherwise, except as required by law.

"Safe Harbor" Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: Statements in this presentation regarding Alliance Data Systems Corporation's business which are not historical facts are "forward-looking statements" that involve risks and uncertainties. For a discussion of such risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements, see "Risk Factors" in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the most recently ended fiscal year. Risk factors may be updated in Item 1A in each of the Company's Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q for each quarterly period subsequent to the Company's most recent Form 10-K.

Contact:

Investors/Analysts
Tiffany Louder
Alliance Data
214-494-3048
Tiffany.Louder@AllianceData.com

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Alliance Data
214-494-3811
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