MultiEmedia Adds to Growing Portfolio

Internet technology and application developer is spreading
its wings into the online marketing space, with the acquisition of local
market research and related services provider Brands Online.

Under the deal, Brands Online will become a wholly owned subsidiary of, said the latter’s co-founder and chairman Adrian
Ballintine. “In line with our strategy as a group to provide businesses with
services based on technology using Internet-based protocols, Brands Online
will provide with access to a new sector that, from a global
perspective, shows significant promise,” he said.

Brands Online will maintain its independence within the
group in the wake of the purchase, with the company’s staff and management
continuing to operate from Brands Online’s Melbourne base.

The one-year-old Brand Online provides consumer insights and similar
research to help clients build their brand in the Internet space. It
develops a community of consumers it leverages to provide market research
and similar services to its clients. The company also offers interactive
online brand promotions to suppliers of products and services.

Brands Online chief executive officer Joseph Ebbage said that the
acquisition would allow Brands Online to continue its emphasis on sales and
marketing services, and would be “drawing on the resources and capabilities
of an established technology company” to deliver these services. has been an active Internet industry player of late, with
the Brands Online acquisition following two purchases in February. started February by acquiring Internet banking solutions
developer and online financial services provider Moby 6, for a purchase
price that comprised the issue of 7.5 million ordinary shares in and a grant of the same number of options exercisable within
two years for 10 cents each.

Ballintine believed the acquisition would “greatly strengthen our
involvement in the financial services sector, and will enable us to leverage
our strategic position with the ANZ Banking Group, our largest

The company followed this acquisition with the purchase of Internet 3D
technology and applications developer, in which it increased
its stake from 30 per cent to 100 percent. This acquisition was motivated
by MultiEmedia.com9s desire to enhance its Web site creation applications,
“but also provide us with the opportunity to provide 3D capability to other
We site creators,” said Ballintine.

Like many of its online peers though, has endured fairly
erratic but generally falling stock prices since the Net stock crash last
April. Today the company’s share price on the Australian Stock Exchange
reached a high of 65 cents following the Brands Online announcement, before
settling on 53 cents at close of trading.

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