IAC announces its plan to spin off Match Group

Key Points
  • IAC unveils its plans to spin off online dating services provider Match Group.
  • IAC says it will delay spinning off ANGI Homeservices until it completes the separation of Match.
Match Group's Tinder dating application is on an Apple iPhone.
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Tech holding company IAC/InterActiveCorp announced Friday it plans to spin off all of its shares of online dating company Match Group.

IAC had said in August it was exploring a spinoff of Match and ANGI Homeservices, which holds digital marketplace companies like Angie's List and Handy.

Now, the company says it has submitted a proposal to members of Match's board of directors that would result in the full separation of Match from IAC. It plans to delay the ANGI spinoff until it completes the separation of Match, CEO Joey Levin said in a statement.

"Today IAC proposed an important first step in the separation of Match Group from IAC," Levin said. "IAC is confident that the proposal communicated to the Match Group special committee provides strong footing for Match Group to begin its journey as a thriving, independent company."

Shares of IAC closed up 0.8% on Friday afternoon, while Match slid 2.5%. ANGI shares jumped 2.2%.

IAC, which owns 80% of Match and 83% of ANGI, has become known for incubating businesses and spinning them off into separate companies. Over the years, it's done the same with Expedia, HSN, Ticketmaster, Interval and LendingTree.

Match has carved out a foothold in the online dating market, largely due to solid growth in its youth-oriented dating app, Tinder. It also includes other dating services like Match, Hinge and OKCupid. Match's stock is up more than 70% this year and the company outperformed earnings expectations in the second quarter, with revenue climbing 18% year over year.

ANGI has underperformed expectations, with the stock down nearly 58% year to date. In a letter to shareholders, Levin said ANGI has struggled due to a "combination of issues around marketing and an increasingly tight supply of service professionals in certain categories."

Under the plan announced Friday, IAC stockholders would take ownership of the shares of Match held by IAC. The proposal also suggests eliminating Match's dual-class share structure in favor of adopting a single class.

The Match spinoff still needs approval of IAC's board, IAC and Match shareholders, among other stakeholders.

IAC CEO on the possible Match and Angie's List spin-off
IAC CEO on the possible Match and Angie's List spin-off