Kenexa's acquisition of Salary.com almost complete

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Kenexa Corporation has acquired Salary.com for $80 million.

Kenexa, a global provider of business solutions for HR, expects to complete the cash tender offer and close the transaction during the fourth quarter of 2010. The completion of the transaction is subject to a majority of the outstanding Salary.com shares being tendered, as well as satisfactory completion of other customary closing conditions, including certain regulatory approvals.

Kenexa expects to finance the deal through a combination of its cash balances and borrowings against its credit facility, which was recently put in place. The agreement has been unanimously approved by the board of directors of both companies, and Salary.com’s board intends to recommend that the Salary.com stockholders tender their shares in the offer.

Kenexa’s CEO, Rudy Karsan, said: "We are very excited to announce the acquisition of Salary.com, which provides Kenexa with significant domain expertise and a strong leadership position in the area of on-demand compensation management solutions. Salary.com’s value proposition spans both software and proprietary content, similar to Kenexa, and their compensation management solutions are highly synergistic with our broad suite of talent acquisition and retention solutions. We believe Kenexa is increasingly being recognised in the marketplace as having the broadest and deepest suite of talent management solutions, and the addition of Salary.com’s solutions and customer base will further strengthen our competitive position.

"We believe there is a tremendous opportunity to take Salary.com’s best-in-class compensation management solutions to Kenexa’s customer base, which includes some of the largest corporations in the world. In addition, Salary.com has several thousand customers that provide a fertile opportunity for Kenexa to deliver our suite of software, services and content. We believe Salary.com’s acquisition by Kenexa is a major positive for both of our respective companies, employees, partners, customers and prospects."   

Salary.com provides on-demand compensation software that helps businesses and individuals manage pay and performance.The company is the industry leader in market pricing and compensation analysis software that helps customers benchmark, compensate and reward its employees.  Salary.com’s compensation solutions were designed by Certified Compensation Professionals (CCP) and enable corporations to analyse pay competitiveness, simplify cumbersome survey participation and automate market pricing all in a single, web-based solution. Salary.com also provides companies with access to a wealth of employer reported compensation data that spans thousands of jobs.

Salary.com’s interim chief executive officer, Paul Daoust, said: "Over the past several quarters, Salary.com has executed an aggressive restructuring plan to enable the company to focus on our core businesses and areas of competitive advantage. We believe Salary.com’s acquisition by Kenexa will enable us to capitalize on our market leading software and data in compensation, talent management and consumer offerings. 

"Salary.com will now have access to a much larger global sales and services organisation, greater R&D resources and overall financial strength to provide our customers with confidence that we will be able to meet their needs from a long-term perspective. We believe that the combination of Salary.com and Kenexa will provide a unique, end-to-end value proposition that positions our combined organisation very well in front of an eventual improvement in the economy and hiring environment."

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