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eBay Forced to Sell Some UK Units to Let Classifieds Deal Go Forward

eBay Forced to Sell UK Units to Let Classifieds Deal Go Forward

eBay’s sale of its Classifieds Group to Adevinta hit a snag last month due to regulators in the UK. The two companies agreed this week to sell three of their UK units – Shpock, Gumtree (UK), and Motors.co.uk – in order to meet with regulatory approval.

eBay said it remained “excited” about the proposed combination of Adevinta and eBay Classifieds Group.

On Monday, eBay said that in 2019, eBay Classifieds Group’s UK business accounted for less than 10% of its consolidated revenues, and Adevinta’s UK business accounted for 1% of its consolidated revenues. On a combined basis, the UK would represent less than 5% of total consolidated revenues.

The companies now expect the transaction to close in the second quarter of 2021 (April – June), subject to final ratification of the remedies execution plan by the UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) and receipt of outstanding regulatory approval in Austria.

eBay had announced the deal with Adevinta in July for a total consideration valued at approximately $9.2 billion. It said at the time that the combined group would have solid market positions across 20 markets, covering 1 billion people with 3 billion monthly visits. eBay did not update the statistic this week based on the divestiture of the UK units.

You can find eBay’s announcement on the eBay corporate website.

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Ina Steiner is co-founder and Editor of EcommerceBytes and has been reporting on ecommerce since 1999. She's a widely cited authority on marketplace selling and is author of "Turn eBay Data Into Dollars" (McGraw-Hill 2006). Her blog was featured in the book, "Blogging Heroes" (Wiley 2008). She is a member of the Online News Association (Sep 2005 - present) and Investigative Reporters and Editors (Mar 2006 - present). Follow her on Twitter at @ecommercebytes and send news tips to ina@ecommercebytes.com. See disclosure at EcommerceBytes.com/disclosure/.