MONTREAL, March 17 /CNW Telbec/ - BRANCHEZ-VOUS! (TSX Venture: BZV) is
pleased to announce the acquisition Fanatique.ca (www.fanatique.ca), the first
independent sports site in Québec, and HumourQuebec.com
(www.humourquebec.com), the first Quebec humour site.
Fanatique.ca covers all sports - including hockey - news, thanks to an
active community of passionate users. Over 250,000 Canadians visit it on a
monthly basis and, in monthly reach, it is the third most visited sports site
in French Canada(*).
HumourQuebec.com is the home of fun for Quebecers on the Web. In addition
to tons of jokes, it offers a venue to young and aspiring artists, many of
which maintain their own blog on the site. Over 100,000 Canadians visit it on
a monthly basis and, in monthly reach, it is the most visited Quebec-based
humour site in French Canada(*).
"Fanatique.ca will be a perfect complement to the BRANCHEZ-VOUS.com
information portal, which should soon include the Matin.qc.ca news site", says
Carl Charest, BRANCHEZ-VOUS! Content director. "As for HumourQuebec.com, it
will join a new group of entertainment sites anchored by Showbizz.net."
The founding publisher of Fanatique.ca and HumourQuebec.com, Emile
Girard, joins the BRANCHEZ-VOUS! team as Producer, in charge of communities,
to oversee the growth of the sites and develop new community-based sites.
"Teaming up with BRANCHEZ-VOUS!, Fanatique.ca and its members will be
better recognized and more widely promoted", says Emile Girard. "I am
delighted to join the main independent web publisher to help Internet users
participate in developing a new information pole complementing large media
A portion of the purchase price of one of these web sites is payable in
treasury common shares of the corporation. Thus, BRANCHEZ-VOUS! will issue
143,488 common shares at a price of $0.453 per share.
((*) comScore MediaMetrix, total audience, December 2007)
BRANCHEZ-VOUS! is a leading Montreal-based Internet media company, active
in Internet content and advertising.
"BRANCHEZ-VOUS! Advertising" sells Internet advertising space. It
commercializes the BRANCHEZ-VOUS! Network, the largest French-language
Internet advertising network in Canada with over 200 French-language web
sites, approximately 50 of which are represented on an exclusive basis; these
include GlobeTrotter.net, LeDevoir.com, JeuxVideo.com and the French version
of Canada411.ca. The BRANCHEZ-VOUS! Network reaches approximately 3 million
French Canadians each month. BRANCHEZ-VOUS! Advertising also represents the
myTELUS.com portal in Quebec.
"BRANCHEZ-VOUS! Content" produces, publishes and commercializes
French-language Internet content. It operates BRANCHEZ-VOUS.com, the largest
independent portal in Quebec, which primarily targets an audience of active
adults working in and/or interested by technology and reaches over
500,000 users each month.
BRANCHEZ-VOUS! is listed on the TSX Venture exchange under the symbol BZV
and has approximately 29.3 million shares outstanding. Additional information
on the Corporation can be obtained on SEDAR and at
www.branchez-vous.com/inc/english . The TSX Venture exchange has neither
approved nor disapproved the contents of this press release.
For further information:
For further information: Patrick Pierra, President and CEO,
BRANCHEZ-VOUS!, (514) 842-3838 ext.249; Nicholas Powell, Investor Relations
consultant, (514) 904-0084; http://www.branchez-vous.com/contacts/