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Amazon.com to buy parent company of Diapers.com, Soap.com

SEATTLE Amazon.com announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire Quidsi, which operates Diapers.com, an online baby care specialty site, and Soap.com, an online site for everyday essentials.

Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon.com, said, “This acquisition brings together two companies who are committed to providing great prices and fast delivery to parents, making one of the chores of being a parent a little easier and less expensive.”

Under the terms of the agreement, which has been approved by Quidsi’s stockholders, Amazon will acquire all of the outstanding shares of Quidsi for approximately $500 million in cash, as adjusted for the assumption of options and warrants, and also assume approximately $45 million in debt and similar obligations. Subject to various closing conditions, the acquisition is expected to close in December.

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