Adds to Dominant Portfolio of Jewish Dating Products and Services
LOS ANGELES, CA, October 14, 2015 – Spark Networks Inc., (NYSE MKT: LOV), owner of JDate.com and a leader in creating communities that help individuals form life-long relationships, today announced the acquisition of Smooch Labs, the owner of the popular millennial Jewish dating app JSwipe.
Michael Egan, Chief Executive Officer of Spark Networks, stated, “We’re very excited to welcome the Smooch Labs team into Spark. They’ve created a fantastic mobile application that helps young Jews meet and form meaningful relationships, and together with JDate, our leading Jewish focused dating platform, Spark is now able to significantly build on its mission to strengthen the Jewish community through dating and marriage.”
JSwipe, which launched in April of 2014, has grown rapidly amongst the global Jewish community. It now boasts over 450,000 downloads worldwide and over 40 million messages between users. It plans to offer premium, paid features that will enhance its current free platform in the near future.
David Yarus, founder of JSwipe, stated, “When we first started, we recognized that there was a gap in the dating market for millennial Jews and we’ve successfully built a product that really resonates with this audience. In talking with the new management team at Spark it was clear that we share the same mission and our combined know-how will help us better serve the Jewish community into the future. Everyone at Smooch Labs is excited to join the Spark team, expand their capabilities, and work together to spark Jewish love across the world.”
Mr. Egan added, “In the online dating world, great products win and as we introduce a re-designed JDate in the coming weeks and bring JSwipe and the Smooch team into the company we believe we are becoming clear leaders in building and marketing products that truly help singles connect and find meaningful relationships. Specifically with our enlarged J-family of relationship-oriented products and services we can now help Jewish singles across the age spectrum.”
The transaction, which was approved by the boards of directors of both companies, closed on October 14, 2015 and the purchase price will be recorded in Spark’s fourth quarter 2015 financial statements. The additional details of the transaction will be disclosed in the Form 8-K filed with the SEC and available in the Investor Relations section of Spark Networks’ website. The founders of Smooch will join Spark Networks as a subsidiary of the company and will continue to play an active role in managing the JSwipe product.
Spark Networks and Smooch Labs had previously been in litigation and with this transaction both parties have mutually agreed to drop their respective cases.
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