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IAC Creates Match Group

Is Match getting ready to spin out of IAC? Today’s announcement seems to point in that direction.

  • InterActiveCorp (IACI) CEO Greg Blatt is stepping down from his current position to become chairman of the Match Group, a new IAC operating unit containing the company’s Match (online dating) businesses, as well as and workout program site DailyBurn. (PR)
  • No replacement CEO will be named. Instead, Blatt and the heads of IAC’s Search & Applications (, and Vimeo (online video) businesses will each directly report to chairman Barry Diller. Sam Yagan, CEO of the Match businesses, has been named CEO of the Match Group.
  • Investors like the shakeup, and may be betting it will pave the way for a spinoff. The Match businesses, which depend more on subscriptions than advertising, had Q3 revenue of $201.1M and op. income of $68.4M, and Search & Applications had Q3 revenue of $407.3M and op. income of $96M.

Prior to 2010 Blatt served as the Chief Executive Officer of IAC’s Match segment, where he was responsible for overseeing,, People Media, Singlesnet as well as Match’s international investments.

“Greg Blatt has performed superbly as CEO of IAC for the last three years,” said Mr. Diller.  “During that period, we’ve essentially doubled our stock price and increased our operating profit by over 180%.

Break out of IAC, buy Spark Networks/POF/Jiayuan/few more large free and mobile sites and Match is going to be unstoppable. People complain about “old growth” dating sites all the time, but  there is a dearth of new sites truly improving on the model. Interesting stuff in mobile for sure, but game-changing the paradigm? That happens with better matching algorithms.

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  1. What is your comment about the likelihood of a purchase of Spark Networks? There seems to be some sort of typo in your last paragraph.

  2. Fernando Ardenghi says:

    Surprise…. Surprise….

    Fake profiles in Online Dating sites will be a hot topic for lawyers this busy season in the Online Dating Industry (20th Dec 2013 to 20th Feb 2014)

    My bet: The IAC had understood they are not going to win the “Yuliana Avalos and others against IAC (Match and others) collective lawsuit”
    They had opened the umbrella before it rains.
    They know during 2014 a NEW Legislation for Online Dating Sites will force them to disclose how many active members they have (Premium members: paid or with gift subscriptions)
    And also force them to conduct ID verification ? A variety of new laws, or new interpretations of existing laws, could subject dating sites to claims or otherwise harm their business. (extracted from IAC SEC filing)

    ALL Online Dating Industry companies operating Worldwide, are under the scrutiny of consumers and lawyers now!!!

    Free/Freemium online dating sites like OKCupid and PlentyOfFish (POF) are going to be inviable if Legislation applies to them.

    • No surprise that you are talking about lawsuits completely off topic, that has absolutely nothing to do with the post, but then again you have a pretty limited understanding of the challenges facing the industry, so there’s that. Legislation seems to be your new topic du jour, zzzzz.

      $100 says no nationwide legislation in 2014 (not including the state stuff).

  3. That is huge some of money..

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