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What’s the strategic rationale for this transaction?

This combination offers the potential to accelerate TechTarget’s strategic roadmap for creating a leader in data-driven go-to-market intelligence.

Informa PLC is a FTSE-50 UK Group with a leading position in international B2B events, digital services and academic knowledge. The digital businesses joining with TechTarget include industry leading digital media brands in key enterprise tech categories and the fourth largest technology research firm.

This transaction is expected to allow TechTarget to expand its current addressable market, enhance its scale, increase its product diversification, accelerate expansion opportunities in technology-enabled B2B markets, and build a stronger TechTarget for the long-term.

Why is Informa PLC the right partner for TechTarget?

Our combination creates a leader in data-driven go-to-market intelligence.

Informa PLC is a FTSE-50 UK Group with a leading position in international B2B events, digital services and academic knowledge. The digital businesses joining with TechTarget include leading digital media brands in key enterprise tech categories and the fourth largest technology research firm.

Importantly, we believe this transaction will bring great benefits for our customers. At the highest level, our business will double in size with an expanded product suite, and our increased footprint around the world will drive even more opportunity and value for our customers.

We will be able to offer an end-to-end solution that will support all phases of the go-to-market – from strategy, messaging and content to awareness, influence and demand generation to activation and sales enablement. This powerful combination fueled by first-party audiences and purchase intent data will enable New TechTarget’s customers to better grow their revenue.

Which businesses are joining with TechTarget?

The following Informa Tech digital businesses will be joining with TechTarget:
  • Omdia, the fourth largest technology research firm;
  • Industry Dive, a leading provider of specialist content to decision makers with 37 websites across vertical B2B markets;
  • A portfolio of specialist industry-leading digital media brands, including InformationWeek, Light Reading, Dark Reading, Network Computing and AI Business;
  • NetLine, a leading intent driven Lead Generation Platform; and
  • Access to IIRIS, Informa PLC’s proprietary B2B data platform, taking New TechTarget’s total B2B audience to ~50 million.
Informa Tech’s current portfolio of over 20 live and on-demand B2B events franchises will remain part of Informa PLC within its Informa Connect Division. However, New TechTarget will gain exclusive access to first-party purchase intent data from these leading events.

Why now?

The growing importance of permission-based audiences and first-party data.

This combination positions New TechTarget to capitalize on these impactful trends by increasing its first-party intent signals, archive of original content, traffic footprint and size of its permission-based audience.

Following a robust evaluation by the TechTarget Board of strategic alternatives focused on enhancing shareholder value, TechTarget’s Board unanimously believes the proposed transaction is highly attractive to its shareholders and now is the right time to combine these highly complementary businesses.

Does this signal a change in TechTarget’s strategy?

No. This combination offers the potential to accelerate TechTarget’s strategic roadmap for creating a leader in data-driven go-to-market intelligence.

We remain laser-focused on continuing to innovate leading products, offer customers an end-to-end solution that will support all phases of the go-to-market and grow profitably, and create a platform to complete meaningful strategic acquisitions.

What are the next steps in the process? When is the transaction expected to close?

This announcement is the first step in a months-long process to close the transaction, which we expect to happen in the second half of 2024, subject to approval by TechTarget shareholders, regulatory approvals, and the satisfaction of other customary closing conditions.

In the meantime, we encourage you to read through this transaction microsite for additional details.

Information contained in this website is current as of January 10, 2024.

Additional Information and Where to Find It

In connection with the proposed transaction (the “proposed transaction”), among TechTarget, Inc. (“TechTarget”) Toro CombineCo, Inc. (“CombineCo”), Toro Acquisition Sub, LLC, Informa plc (“Informa”), Informa US Holdings Limited and Informa Intrepid Holdings Inc. (“Informa Tech”), TechTarget will prepare and file relevant materials with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), including a registration statement on Form S-4 that will contain a proxy statement of TechTarget that also constitutes a prospectus of CombineCo (the “Proxy Statement/Prospectus”). A definitive Proxy Statement/Prospectus will be mailed to stockholders of TechTarget. TechTarget and CombineCo may also file other documents with the SEC regarding the proposed transaction. This communication is not a substitute for any proxy statement, registration statement or prospectus, or any other document that TechTarget or CombineCo (as applicable) may file with the SEC in connection with the proposed transaction. BEFORE MAKING ANY VOTING OR INVESTMENT DECISION, INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS OF TECHTARGET ARE URGED TO READ CAREFULLY AND IN THEIR ENTIRETY THE PROXY STATEMENT/PROSPECTUS WHEN IT BECOMES AVAILABLE AND ANY OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS THAT ARE FILED OR WILL BE FILED BY TECHTARGET OR COMBINECO WITH THE SEC, AS WELL AS ANY AMENDMENTS OR SUPPLEMENTS TO THESE DOCUMENTS, IN CONNECTION WITH THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION, WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THESE DOCUMENTS CONTAIN OR WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROPOSED TRANSACTION AND RELATED MATTERS. TechTarget investors and security holders will be able to obtain free copies of the Proxy Statement/Prospectus (when they become available), as well as other filings containing important information about TechTarget, CombineCo, and other parties to the proposed transaction (including Informa), without charge through the website maintained by the SEC at www.sec.gov. Copies of the documents filed with the SEC by TechTarget will be available free of charge under the tab “Financials” on the “Investor Relations” page of TechTarget’s internet website at https://investor.techtarget.com or by contacting TechTarget’s Investor Relations Department at gmann@techtarget.com.

Participants in the Solicitation

Informa, TechTarget, CombineCo, and their respective directors and certain of their respective executive officers and employees may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from TechTarget’s stockholders in connection with the proposed transaction. Information regarding the directors of Informa is contained in Informa’s annual reports and accounts available on Informa's website at www.informa.com/investors/ and in the National Storage Mechanism at data.fca.org.uk/#/nsm/nationalstoragemechanism. Information regarding the directors and executive officers of TechTarget is contained in TechTarget’s proxy statement for its 2023 annual meeting of stockholders, filed with the SEC on April 19, 2023, and in other documents subsequently filed with the SEC. Additional information regarding the participants in the proxy solicitations and a description of their direct or indirect interests, by security holdings or otherwise, will be contained in the Proxy Statement/Prospectus and other relevant materials filed with the SEC (when they become available). These documents can be obtained free of charge from the sources indicated above.

No Offer or Solicitation

This communication is for informational purposes only and is not intended to and does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities, or a solicitation of any vote or approval, nor shall there be any offer, solicitation or sale of securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction. No offer of securities shall be made except by means of a prospectus meeting the requirements of Section 10 of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This communication contains “forward-looking” statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 that involve substantial risks and uncertainties. All statements, other than historical facts, are forward-looking statements, including: statements regarding the expected timing and structure of the proposed transaction; the ability of the parties to complete the proposed transaction considering the various closing conditions; the expected benefits of the proposed transaction, such as improved operations, enhanced revenues and cash flow, synergies, growth potential, market profile, business plans, expanded portfolio and financial strength; the competitive ability and position of CombineCo following completion of the proposed transaction; legal, economic, and regulatory conditions; and any assumptions underlying any of the foregoing. Forward-looking statements concern future circumstances and results and other statements that are not historical facts and are sometimes identified by the words “may,” “will,” “should,” “potential,” “intend,” “expect,” “endeavor,” “seek,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “overestimate,” “underestimate,” “believe,” “plan,” “could,” “would,” “project,” “predict,” “continue,” “target,” or the negatives of these words or other similar terms or expressions that concern TechTarget’s or CombineCo’s expectations, strategy, priorities, plans, or intentions. Forward-looking statements are based upon current plans, estimates, and expectations that are subject to risks, uncertainties, and assumptions. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those indicated or anticipated by such forward-looking statements. We can give no assurance that such plans, estimates, or expectations will be achieved, and therefore, actual results may differ materially from any plans, estimates, or expectations in such forward-looking statements.

Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from such plans, estimates, or expectations include, among others: that one or more closing conditions to the proposed transaction, including certain regulatory approvals, may not be satisfied or waived, on a timely basis or otherwise, including that a governmental entity may prohibit, delay, or refuse to grant approval for the consummation of the proposed transaction, may require conditions, limitations, or restrictions in connection with such approvals or that the required approval by the shareholders of TechTarget may not be obtained; the risk that the proposed transaction may not be completed in the time frame expected by Informa, TechTarget, or CombineCo, or at all; unexpected costs, charges, or expenses resulting from the proposed transaction; uncertainty of the expected financial performance of CombineCo following completion of the proposed transaction; failure to realize the anticipated benefits of the proposed transaction, including as a result of delay in completing the proposed transaction or integrating the relevant portion of the Informa Tech business with the business of TechTarget; the ability of Informa to implement its business strategy; difficulties and delays in achieving revenue and cost synergies of Informa; the occurrence of any event that could give rise to termination of the proposed transaction; potential litigation in connection with the proposed transaction or other settlements or investigations that may affect the timing or occurrence of the proposed transaction or result in significant costs of defense, indemnification, and liability; evolving legal, regulatory, and tax regimes; changes in economic, financial, political, and regulatory conditions, in the United States and elsewhere, and other factors that contribute to uncertainty and volatility, natural and man-made disasters, civil unrest, pandemics, geopolitical uncertainty, and conditions that may result from legislative, regulatory, trade, and policy changes associated with the current or subsequent U.S. administration; risks related to disruption of management time from ongoing business operations due to the proposed transaction; certain restrictions during the pendency of the proposed transaction that may impact TechTarget’s ability to pursue certain business opportunities or strategic transactions; Informa’s, TechTarget’s, and CombineCo's ability to meet expectations regarding the accounting and tax treatments of the proposed transaction; the risk that any announcements relating to the proposed transaction could have adverse effects on the market price of TechTarget’s common stock; the risk that the proposed transaction and its announcement could have an adverse effect on the ability of TechTarget to retain customers and retain and hire key personnel and maintain relationships with customers, suppliers, employees, stockholders, strategic partners and other business relationships and on its operating results and business generally; market acceptance of TechTarget’s and the relevant portion of the Informa Tech business’s products and services; the impact of pandemics and future health epidemics and any related economic downturns on TechTarget’s business and the markets in which it and its customers operate; changes in economic or regulatory conditions or other trends affecting the internet, internet advertising and information technology industries; data privacy and artificial intelligence laws, rules, and regulations; the impact of foreign currency exchange rates; certain macroeconomic factors facing the global economy, including instability in the regional banking sector, disruptions in the capital markets, economic sanctions and economic slowdowns or recessions, rising inflation and interest rate fluctuations on TechTarget’s and the relevant portion of the Informa Tech business’s results; and other matters included in TechTarget’s filings with the SEC, including in Item 1A of its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2022 and its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2023. These risks, as well as other risks associated with the proposed transaction, will be more fully discussed in the Proxy Statement/Prospectus that will be included in the registration statement on Form S-4 that will be filed with the SEC in connection with the proposed transaction. While the list of factors presented here is, and the list of factors to be presented in registration statement on Form S-4 will be, considered representative, no such list should be considered to be a complete statement of all potential risks and uncertainties. Unlisted factors may present significant additional obstacles to the realization of forward-looking statements. 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