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EBay Pursues Buyout Deal in Korea

Online auction giant eBay plans to shell out approximately $41 million in cash to buyout the remaining shares in Korea's Internet Auction Co. (IAC) that it does not already own.

EBay announced the filing of a cash tender offer in Korea to acquire the remaining publicly held shares from a group of institutional investors.

The tender period is expected to start on Sept. 14 and run through Oct. 5, the company said.

In January 2001, eBay spent $120 million to acquire a majority stake in Internet Auction Co. Ltd., which is Korea's largest auction-style Web site.

Earlier this month, eBay bought another chunk of Internet Auction's shares, bringing its stake up to about 97 percent.

Once the tender offer closes, eBay plans to have IAC voluntarily delist from South Korea's Kosdaq exchange in accordance with legal and regulatory requirements.

eBay said it does not expect the latest transaction to affect its financial guidance for the third quarter of 2004 or the full year 2004.

The IAC buyout comes on the heels of an acquisition binge by eBay, which operates an online auction platform that powers millions of sales of items globally.

Last month, the company spent $50 million to acquire India's Bazee.com and bought a minority stake in Craigslist, the popular online trading site that lets users find anything from jobs to event tickets to dates.

Before that, eBay closed a buyout deal for German auto classifieds site mobile.de for $149 million, and it shelled out a total of $180 million to gobble up China e-commerce play EachNet.