Orlando, FL, July 11, 2011 — IZEA Holdings, Inc. (IZEA:OTCBB), a world leader in social media sponsorships, today announced the completion of a merger transaction and the commencement of electronic its stock trading under the symbol “IZEA” on the OTC Bulletin Board.
In connection with the merger, the Company raised $3,300,000 through the sale of common stock and warrants completed May 12, 2011. The private placement was priced at $10,000 per unit, with each unit consisting of 30,303 shares of common stock and a warrant to purchase of 18,182 shares of common stock at an exercise price of $0.50 per share. The warrants are exercisable for a period of five years from the date of issuance. After accounting for the merger and financings, the Company currently has 44,939,384 shares of common stock outstanding.
“This represents a major milestone for our company”, said Ted Murphy, CEO of IZEA. “I am pleased to have completed this transaction, as it enables us to broaden our investor base and create a liquid market for our stock. As a publicly-traded company, we believe that we will be in a better position to take advantage of the growing opportunities emerging in our industry.”
The financing will be used primarily for expansion of IZEA’s outside sales and marketing operations in target markets. “We have spent the last few years focused on the development of our technology platforms and building our publisher network. The company is now in a position to more aggressively expand our strategic sales efforts with agencies and brands,” said Murphy.
Rodman & Renshaw, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Rodman & Renshaw Capital Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: RODM), acted as financial advisor in connection with the private placement.
This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy nor will there be any sale of these securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of such state or jurisdiction.
IZEA has filed a Current Report on Form 8-K with the Securities and Exchange Commission describing in more detail the terms of the share exchange agreement and the private placement.
IZEA Holdings, Inc., (“IZEA”) is a world leader in social media sponsorship, operating multiple marketplaces including WeReward, SponsoredTweets, and SocialSpark. IZEA connects advertisers with social media publishers, helping them monetize their social media presence. The company has completed over 2,000,000 social media sponsorships for customers ranging from small local businesses to Fortune 50 organizations. For more information about IZEA, visit www.izea.com.
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