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NetObjects Adds to Small Business Arsenal

In an effort to target small business clients, NetObjects, Inc. Tuesday acquired e-commerce company Sitematic Corp. for approximately $14.7 million.

Sitematic is a leading small business online site building and e-commerce company that allows small businesses to create a Web site, e-commerce catalogs and stores, and include web site hosting, domain name and search engine registration, customer management and promotion resources.

NetObjects (NETO) will acquire 100 percent of Sitematic in exchange for 2 million shares of common stock and $1.5 million in cash, for an approximate total value of $14.7 million. The acquisition is expected to close this month.

"With the acquisition, NetObjects becomes the first company to offer online and desktop Web site applications to bring small businesses online," said Samir Arora, chief executive officer and president of NetObjects. "The combination of our two companies will revolutionize the way small businesses get online and do business online."

NetObjects is a leading provider of e-business software and services that enable small businesses as well as large-scale enterprises to build, deploy and maintain Web sites on the Internet and corporate intranets. The NetObjects product family includes NetObjects Fusion and NetObjects Authoring Server Suite.