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European private equity firm to buy Ancestry.com for about $1.6 billion

PROVO, Utah – The genealogy website Ancestry.com has agreed to be acquired by a group led by European private equity firm Permira Funds in a cash deal they value at about $1.6 billion.

The offered price of $32 per share is a nearly 10 per cent premium over Friday’s closing price of $29.18.

Ancestry.com says it is a 41 per cent premium over its closing price in early June or before reports surfaced that the company had retained a financial advisor for a possible sale.

Ancestry.com says it will remain headquartered in Provo, Utah, and it will continue to focus on investing in content, technology and expanding product offerings in areas like DNA.

CEO Tim Sullivan and Chief Financial Officer Howard Hochhauser will keep a majority of their equity stakes, and Spectrum Equity will remain an investor.

The company expects the deal to close early next year.