The following email was sent to our employees today:
Date: Mon, 2 Nov 2009
From: Tony Hsieh (CEO - Zappos.com)
To: All Zappos Employees
Subject: It's official!
Earlier this year, on July 22, we signed an agreement to join forces with Amazon. As I mentioned in my email to employees at the time, we plan to continue to run Zappos the way we have always run Zappos -- continuing to do what we believe is best for our brand, our culture, and our business.
You can read the email that I sent to employees here:
We've been spending the past few months obtaining all the proper government approvals, and I'm happy to say that we officially closed the deal at the split second between Halloween (10/31/09) and All Saints' Day (11/1/09). From a practical point of view, we've switched out our previous board of directors with a new management committee that is composed of people from Zappos as well as Amazon.
Our investors and other shareholders exchanged their Zappos.com shares for approximately 10 million Amazon.com shares. Given the closing price on Friday, 10/30/09, for Amazon stock, those shares were valued at approximately $1.2 billion at the time of close.
Alfred and I would once again like to thank our legal and finance teams, as well as our partners and advisors at Fenwick and West and Morgan Stanley, for working around the clock for the last few months to get this deal closed. We would also like to thank Amazon for investing in and believing in the future of the Zappos brand, culture and business.
Now that we're finally closed, the real work begins! It's been a bit strange sitting in a holding pattern the last few months. I'm just glad we're past that awkward stage and can start taking advantage of some of Amazon's resources and expertise to help us take Zappos to the next level.
I'm excited because Amazon supports us in continuing to grow our vision as an independent entity, under the Zappos brand and with our unique culture. Can't wait to see what we can accomplish!
- Tony Hsieh, CEO - Zappos.com
PS: Alfred and I are working on getting the Kindles and gift certificates that we are personally purchasing and giving to employees as closing gifts. We are expecting them to arrive in early December.
PPS: I finally sent the draft of my book, "Delivering Happiness", to my publisher. It should be out in stores sometime during the first half of next year!