Fitbit has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by Google for $7.35 per share in cash, valuing the company at a fully diluted equity value of approximately $2.1 billion. A press release reports that Fitbit pioneered the wearables category by delivering innovative, affordable and engaging devices and services. It adds that Fitbit has sold more than 100 million devices and supports an engaged global community of millions of active users.
The transaction is expected to close in 2020, subject to customary closing conditions, including approval by Fitbit’s stockholders and regulatory approvals. Qatalyst Partners LLP acted as financial advisor to Fitbit, and Fenwick & West LLP acted as legal advisor.
According to the press release, consumer trust is paramount to Fitbit. Strong privacy and security guidelines have been part of Fitbit’s DNA since day one, and this will not change. Fitbit will continue to put users in control of their data and will remain transparent about the data it collects and why. The company never sells personal information, and Fitbit health and wellness data will not be used for Google ads.
James Park, co-founder and CEO of Fitbit, says: “More than 12 years ago, we set an audacious company vision—to make everyone in the world healthier. Today, I am incredibly proud of what we have achieved towards reaching that goal. We have built a trusted brand that supports more than 28 million active users around the globe who rely on our products to live a healthier, more active life. Google is an ideal partner to advance our mission. With Google’s resources and global platform, Fitbit will be able to accelerate innovation in the wearables category, scale faster, and make health even more accessible to everyone. I could not be more excited for what lies ahead.”
Rick Osterloh, senior vice president, Devices & Services at Google, says: “Fitbit has been a true pioneer in the industry and has created terrific products, experiences and a vibrant community of users. We are looking forward to working with the incredible talent at Fitbit, and bringing together the best hardware, software and artificial intelligence (AI), to build wearables to help even more people around the world.”