Airbnb has accomplished its acquisition of the last-minute lodge reserving software, HotelTonight, the corporate announced on Monday. The deal is Airbnb’s largest M&A transaction but and can speed up the home-sharing big’s progress because it gears up for an preliminary public providing.
Airbnb reportedly started talks to accumulate HotelTonight months in the past and eventually confirmed its intent to acquire the business in early March. Stories indicated a price ticket of over $400 million; we’ve reached out to Airbnb to verify these deal phrases.
As a part of the deal, HotelTonight co-founder and chief government officer Sam Shank will lead the boutique lodge class at Airbnb, one of many firm’s newer models meant to assist it scale past treehouses and quirky houses.
“Once we based HotelTonight, we sought to reimagine the lodge reserving expertise to be extra easy, quick and enjoyable, and to raised join vacationers with the world’s greatest boutique and unbiased motels,” Shank stated in a press release. “We're delighted to take this imaginative and prescient to new heights as a part of Airbnb.”
Shank launched the San Francisco-based firm in 2010. Most just lately, it was valued at $463 million with a $37 million Series E funding in 2017, in line with PitchBook. HotelTonight raised a complete of $131 million in fairness funding from enterprise capital companies together with Accel, Battery Ventures, Forerunner Ventures and First Spherical Capital.