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eBay Completes Acquisition of Australian Classifieds Sites

eBay Completes Acquisition of Australian Classifieds Sites

eBay completed the acquisition of Cox Australia, it said this week after announcing its intentions in December.

Cox Australia owns CarsGuide.com.au and Autotrader.com.au and will join eBay’s Gumtree business. The deal will create an attractive car-buying platform for Australian consumers, eBay said.

“By harnessing their collective strengths, the acquisition will create a comprehensive automotive ecosystem for dealers providing more reach, insights and tools. The three brands will maintain their own, unique buyer-facing experience and the joint proposition will deliver a seamless car buying experience for consumers and more value for our dealer partners.”

The Gumtree Australia business is a part of the eBay Classifieds Group (eCG) portfolio.

Activist investors have pressured eBay to sell its classifieds business, and eBay’s Scott Schenkel had told Wall Street analysts at the end of April that the company was in active discussions with multiple parties “exploring value creating alternatives.”

Schenkel said eBay would provide an update by its second-quarter earnings call in the middle of the year.

You can find the announcement on the eBay corporate blog.

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One thought on “eBay Completes Acquisition of Australian Classifieds Sites”

  1. I’m sure Elliot will be pissed at fleecebay for this waste of money

    well fleecebay said they were trying to sell classifieds.

    fooled you elliot

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