REDWOOD CITY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Eastman Kodak Company (NYSE:EK) and Shutterfly, Inc. (NASDAQ:SFLY), a leading Internet-based social expression and personal publishing service, today announced that there were no competing bidders to Shutterfly’s $23.8 million stalking horse bid to purchase certain assets of Kodak’s Kodak Gallery online photo services business. Following final approval by the bankruptcy court, the parties will contemplate promptly closing the acquisition. Following the closing, Shutterfly will work with Kodak to transfer Kodak Gallery’s U.S. and Canadian customers and images onto the Shutterfly platform.
“I’m excited to welcome Kodak Gallery’s customers to Shutterfly and look forward to working with the Kodak team to provide a smooth transition for their customers and offering them industry-leading products and customer service that will enhance the way they share and preserve everyday memories,” said Jeffrey Housenbold, Shutterfly’s president and chief executive officer. In commenting on what the acquisition means for Shutterfly’s business, Housenbold added, “Our acquisition of Kodak Gallery is a perfect example of the consolidation that we believe will play an important role in helping Shutterfly solidify our leadership position in the social expression and personal publishing category. Moving forward, we will continue to expand our market position through organic growth and disciplined acquisitions that leverage our scale and scope economies, vertical integration, solid balance sheet and profitable business model."
Shutterfly will discuss this transaction as part of its Q1 2012 financial results conference call on April 30, 2012 at 2:00 PM PT (5:00 PM ET).
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Founded in 1999, Shutterfly, Inc. is an Internet-based social expression and personal publishing company and operates Shutterfly.com, Tiny Prints.com, Weddingpaperdivas.com and Treat.com. Shutterfly provides high quality products and world class services that make it easy, convenient and fun for consumers to preserve their digital photos in a creative and thoughtful manner. Shutterfly's flagship product is its award-winning photo book line, which helps consumers celebrate memories and tell their stories in professionally bound coffee table books. Shutterfly was recently named one of the top 25 Best Midsized Companies to Work For by the Great Place to Work Institute. More information about Shutterfly (NASDAQ:SFLY) is available at http://www.shutterfly.com.