(This news release was issued in Latin America on June 23, but was not released in the U.S. nor on EBay’s corporate website, http://ebayinc.com. We received it today [July 12] after requesting it from the company.)
23-June-2011 – EBay Classifieds Group today announces its expansion into Latin America with the acquisition of alaMaula, an online classifieds site with a presence across all major markets in Central and South America. The addition of alaMaula provides EBay Classifieds Group with a fast and effective entry point into Latin America, with an existing and well-recognised local brand.
Launched in February 2010 and based in Cordoba, Argentina, alaMaula ( www.alamaula.com and its sister sites) further strengthens EBay Classifieds Group’s world-leading portfolio of local online classified sites including BilBasen, dba.dk, EBay Classifieds (EBay Anuncios, EBay Annunci, EBay Kleinanzeigen), Gumtree, Kijiji, Marktplaats, Mobile.de and Rent.com. The group, which focuses on offering a tailored, local experience on its online classifieds sites, now has a presence in more than 25 countries and 1,000 cities.
“AlaMaula is a promising start-up with a fantastic local team whom we are excited to welcome into the EBay Global Classifieds portfolio,” said Pat Kolek, Vice President of Finance and Operations for EBay Classifieds Group. “There is significant untapped potential for online commerce in Latin America and we’re confident by applying the collective experience within our portfolio we can build our next success story.”
Kolek, who led the acquisition, continued, “AlaMaula is already showing impressive organic traffic levels, with over 5 million visits per month. We plan to invest in the continued growth of AlaMaula and are committed to providing the leading classifieds platform for consumers across Latin America – helping them to connect locally.”
AlaMaula’s General Manager, Diego Noriega , said: “We see this as an invaluable opportunity to take our business to the next level and the whole team is really looking forward to becoming part of the eBay Classifieds Group network and benefitting from their expertise in the classifieds market.”
Noriega will head EBay Classifieds Group’s business in Latin America, working closely with the global EBay Classifieds group teams to integrate AlaMaula into the portfolio. EBay Classifieds Group plans to use its experience in building online communities around the world to increase traffic to the site and will focus on key Spanish and Portuguese markets.
EBay Classifieds Group held a press event today in Buenos Aires at 11 a.m. to discuss this announcement.
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*About AlaMaula * AlaMaula is a network of local online classifieds sites for Spanish and Portuguese users in Latin America. Founded in late 2009 in Cordoba, Argentina, alaMaula started as one site, but rapidly expanded over the following 18 months to include country, city and vertical classifieds sites in 10 countries. alaMaula sites across Latin America are a destination for people to connect and find what they need locally – goods, services, cars and more.
*About eBay Classifieds Group* EBay Classifieds Group is the global leader in online classifieds and one of the fastest growing business units within EBay Inc. EBay Classifieds Group includes nine major brands: AlaMaula, BilBasen, Den Bla Avis, EBay Classifieds (EBay Annunci, EBay Anuncios, EBay Kleinanzeigen), Gumtree, Kijiji, Marktplaats, Mobile.de and Rent.com. With a global presence in more than 25 countries and in more than 1,000 cities, the business unit has grown significantly since its inception in 2004. Its sites help people find whatever they’re looking for in their local communities — whether it’s a job, an apartment, a sofa, a car, a concert ticket, financial services or a nanny. To learn more: http://ebayclassifiedsgroup.com/
*About EBay Inc.*
Founded in 1995 in San Jose, Calif., EBay Inc. (Nasdaq: EBAY) connects hundreds of millions of buyers and sellers globally through eBay, the world’s largest online marketplace, and PayPal, which enables individuals and businesses to securely, easily and quickly send and receive online payments. We also reach millions through specialized marketplaces such as StubHub, the world’s largest ticket marketplace, and eBay classifieds sites, which together have a presence in more than 1,000 cities around the world. For more information about the company and our global portfolio of online brands, visit www.ebayinc.com.