FreeRealTime Gets Back to its Roots

BEA Systems + Softport
Systems
, FreeRealTime.com + RedChip.com, IFX
do Brasil + Mr. Help Informatica, Ludix Internet
, Internet Pictures + TBI Imaging, Opticom, On2.com + Eight Cylinder Studios, Trader.com +
epublik













































 Trader.com (TRDR) acquires epublik

 

  
* 
Amount:
        
Undisclosed

 

  
* 
Terms:
           
n/a

 

  
* 
Premium:
        n/a

 

  
* 
Industry:
        E-tailers

 

  
* 
Scorecard:
      C+

 



    PARIS, June 7–Trader.com , owner of the
    French classified ads paper and Web site La Centrale, announced that it has
    acquired epublik S.A., a leading French auction site. Trader.com will integrate epublik’s site into the La Centrale
    platform to reinforce its online auction presence in France. Terms of the
    transaction were not disclosed.


     

 
































 IFX do Brasil acquires Mr. Help Informatica,
Ludix Internet

 

  
* 
Amount:
        
Undisclosed

 

  
* 
Terms:
           
n/a

 

  
* 
Premium:
        n/a

 

  
* 
Industry:
        Internet
services

 

  
* 
Scorecard:
      C+

 



    SAO PAULO, Brazil, June 7–IFX do Brasil, a wholly-owned
    Brazilian subsidiary of the IFX Corporation – a
    leading Latin American Internet access provider – has acquired Mr. Help
    Informatica
    , a Web hosting company, and Ludix Internet, an ISP
    focused on corporate services. Both acquisitions position IFX as one of Brazil’s leading ISPs for
    corporate clients. Mr. Help was founded
    in 1994 and today is one of Brazil’s three largest Web hosting companies,
    while Ludix Internet is one of the strongest corporate ISPs in Brazil’s
    Santa Catarina State.


     

 
































 Internet Pictures (IPIX) to acquire TBI Imaging,
Opticom unit

 

  
* 
Amount:
         $10
million

 

  
* 
Terms:
           
100% stock

 

  
* 
Premium:
        n/a

 

  
* 
Industry:
        Internet
services

 

  
* 
Scorecard:
      B+

 



    OAK RIDGE, Tenn., June 7–Internet Pictures , a provider of technology that allows people to take three
    dimensional online real estate tours, said it would buy TBI Imaging
    and part of Opticom, privately held companies that provide flat
    pictures for the real estate market, for $10 million in stock. Under terms
    of the agreement, iPIX will acquire all
    of TBI imaging and that portion of Opticom that serves the flat imaging
    needs of the real estate market.


     

 
































 BEA Systems (BEAS) acquires Softport
Systems

 

  
* 
Amount:
        
Undisclosed

 

  
* 
Terms:
           
n/a

 

  
* 
Premium:
        n/a

 

  
* 
Industry:
        E-commerce
enablers

 

  
* 
Scorecard:
      B

 



    SAN JOSE, June 7–BEA Systems , The
    E-Commerce Transactions Company, announced that it has acquired Softport
    Systems
    , a privately held systems integration firm based in New York,
    NY. Softport specializes in
    the development of mission-critical business systems that utilize
    multi-tier architecture and object-based de

    sign. With this agreement, BEA will integrate Softport’s 20-plus
    employees into the BEA E-Commerce Services Division. Financial terms of the
    agreement were not disclosed.


     

 
































 FreeRealTime.com (FRTI) to merge with
RedChip.com

 

  
* 
Amount:
         $16
million

 

  
* 
Terms:
           
4 million shares

 

  
* 
Premium:
        n/a

 

  
* 
Industry:
        Financial
services

 

  
* 
Scorecard:
      A-

 



    IRVINE, June 7–FreeRealTime.com , a
    leading Web provider of real-time stock market data, financial services and
    analytical tools, and privately held RedChip.com, a leading
    independent research company devoted to “Discovering Tomorrow’s Blue Chips
    Today” jointly announced today a definitive merger agreement to create the
    Internet’s premier vertical finance portal providing “real-time actionable
    insight” to independent and institutional investors. Under the proposed
    merger, FreeRealTime.com will
    issue 4 million shares to the RedChip.com shareholders who, on a pro
    forma basis, will own approximately one-third of the combined company.


     

 
































 On2.com (ONT) to acquire Eight Cylinder
Studios

 

  
* 
Amount:
  &nbs

p;     
Undisclosed

 

  
* 
Terms:
           
n/a

 

  
* 
Premium:
        n/a

 

  
* 
Industry:
       
Speed/Bandwidth

 

  
* 
Scorecard:
      C+

 



    SAN FRANCISCO, June 7–New York-based On2.com , a leader in broadband technology and content delivery over the
    Internet, announced that it has signed a letter of intent to acquire
    Eight Cylinder Studios of San Francisco. Eight Cylinders has developed the
    Web’s premier broadband-specific technology platform, delivering
    high-quality 3D sound, 3D animation, and 3D interactive content to the
    broadband market, and will make On2.com’s
    range of solutions more attractive to content-rich companies who want to
    migrate their content assets to broadband. Terms of the acquisition were
    not disclosed.


     

 

News Around the Web