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  • Systemax's Global Industrial Business Signs Definitive Agreement to Acquire North American...
  • Beijing Court Rules in Favor of eLong in Dispute with Qunar



    Systemax's Global Industrial Business Signs Definitive Agreement to Acquire North American Business-to-Business MRO Supplier

    PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y., Dec. 31, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Systemax Inc. today announced that its Industrial Products Group (www.globalindustrial.com) has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the Plant Equipment Group ("PEG"), a business-to-business direct marketer of maintenance, repair and operations ("MRO") products, from TAKKT America for $25 million in cash, subject to certain customary closing conditions. The acquisition, which will be funded from Systemax's cash on hand, is expected to close in January 2015. PEG generated revenue of approximately $100 million in its 2013 fiscal year.

    Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, PEG goes to market serving business customers within the North American MRO market through its portfolio of well-established selling brands, including its flagship U.S. brand C&H Distributors (www.chdist.com, based in the U.S.); as well as Products For Industry (www.productsforindustry.com, based in the U.S.); IndustrialSupplies.com (based in the U.S.); Avenue Supply (www.avenuesupply.ca - based in Canada); and C&H Productos (www.chproductos.com, based in Mexico).

    "We are thrilled to welcome the experienced PEG team to Global Industrial. This strategic acquisition will allow us to strengthen our presence in the Midwest, Canada and Mexico and offer PEG customers an expanded offering of products throughout North America," said Bob Dooley, President of Global Industrial.

    Richard Leeds, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Systemax, commented, "The North American MRO market is large and fragmented with ample opportunity for growth. This acquisition will allow us to bring additional value to our new and existing customers and build on the success and strong growth of our Industrial Products Group."

    About Global Industrial
    Global Equipment Company (d/b/a Global Industrial) (www.globalindustrial.com) is a subsidiary of Systemax Inc. Global Industrial carries over 1,000,000 industrial, material handling and business products for Fortune 1000 companies, small businesses, institutions and government agencies.

    About Systemax Inc.
    Systemax Inc. (www.systemax.com), a Fortune 1000 company, sells industrial and technology products through a system of branded e-Commerce websites, relationship marketers and retail stores in North America and Europe. The primary brands are Global Industrial, MISCO, Inmac Wstore and TigerDirect.

    Forward-Looking Statements

    This press release contains forward-looking statements about the Company's performance. These statements are based on management's estimates, assumptions and projections and are not guarantees of future performance. The Company assumes no obligation to update these statements. Actual results may differ materially from results expressed or implied in these statements as the result of risks, uncertainties and other factors including, but not limited to: (a) unanticipated variations in sales volume and margins, (b) fluctuations in economic conditions and exchange rates, including factors impacting our substantial international operations, (c) actions by competitors, (d) the continuation of key vendor relationships, (e) timely implementation of our shared services center in Hungary and transition of support operations without disruption to our existing business, and realization of the anticipated cost savings (f) the ability to maintain satisfactory loan agreements with lenders, (g) risks associated with the delivery of merchandise to customers utilizing common carriers, (h) the operation of the Company's management information systems and risks associated with e-commerce, and (i) unanticipated legal and administrative proceedings and (j) changes in sales tax laws affecting e-commerce retailers. Please refer to "Risk Factors" and the Forward Looking Statements sections contained in the Company's Form 10-K for a more detailed discussion of risk factors affecting our business and an explanation of the inherent limitations in such forward-looking statements.

    Investor/Media Contacts:
    Mike Smargiassi / Nancy Zakhary
    Brainerd Communicators, Inc.
    212-986-6667
    smarg@braincomm.com / nancy@braincomm.com

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    Systemax Inc.

    Web site: http://www.systemax.com/

    Beijing Court Rules in Favor of eLong in Dispute with Qunar

    BEIJING, Dec. 31, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- eLong, Inc. , released the following update on its legal dispute with Qunar:

    On December 26, 2014, the Beijing First Intermediate Court (the "Court") issued its written judgment (the "Judgment") in the contract dispute between an eLong subsidiary, eLongNet Information Technology (Beijing) Co., Ltd. ("eLong Information"), and an affiliate of Qunar, Beijing Quna Software Technology Co. Ltd. ("Beijing Qunar"). eLong Information had filed the case in 2013 after Beijing Qunar improperly terminated a three-year hotel inventory redistribution agreement (as amended, the "Affiliation Agreement") entered into by eLong Information and Beijing Qunar.

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    In the Judgment:

    --  The Court held Beijing Qunar in breach of contract for early termination
    of the Affiliation Agreement. Specifically, the Court rejected Beijing
    Qunar's claim that eLong Information had breached the Affiliation
    Agreement and held that Beijing Qunar's termination notice was therefore
    void.
    --  The Court ordered Beijing Qunar and eLong Information to resume PRC
    domestic agency hotel inventory cooperation under the terms of the
    Affiliation Agreement.
    --  The Court ordered Beijing Qunar to compensate eLong Information RMB
    52,335,396 (USD 8.5 million) for the period from September 6, 2013
    through September 30, 2014, and, as stipulated in the Affiliation
    Agreement, to pay such compensation as an advertising credit to eLong
    Information's advertising account at Qunar.
    --  The Court further ordered Beijing Qunar to pay eLong Information an
    advertising credit of RMB 27 per room night if Beijing Qunar fails to
    meet the room night target of 450,000 PRC domestic hotel room nights per
    quarter under the Affiliation Agreement for any quarterly periods from
    October 1, 2014 through June 30, 2016.
    --  The Court ordered eLong Information to pay RMB 8,127,402 (approximately
    USD 1.3 million) in commissions to Beijing Qunar for room nights sold
    under the Affiliation Agreement during the period from July 1, 2013
    through September 5, 2013, prior to Beijing Qunar's breach of contract.
    --  The Court also ordered Beijing Qunar to pay eLong Information RMB227,599
    (USD 37 thousand) in legal fees, and apportioned court fees between the
    parties.
    

    Either or both parties may appeal the Court's Judgment to the Beijing Municipal High Court within 15 days from the date of receipt of the Judgment, and the Judgment is not binding prior to the conclusion of any such appeal.

    We will continue to take all necessary and appropriate actions to protect our rights and interests under law and contract.

    Safe Harbor Statement

    Statements in this press release concerning eLong's future business, operating results and financial condition are "forward-looking" statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Words such as "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "expect," "forecast," "intend," "may," "plan," "project," "predict," "future," "is/are likely to," "should" and "will" and similar expressions as they relate to eLong are intended to identify such forward-looking statements, but are not the exclusive means of doing so. These forward-looking statements are based upon management's current views and expectations with respect to future events and are not a guarantee of future performance. Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements about our anticipated growth strategies, our future business development, results of operations and financial condition, our ability to control costs, limit losses and/or return to profitability, our ability to attract customers and leverage our brand, and trends and competition in the travel industry in China and globally. Furthermore, these statements are, by their nature, subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause our actual performance and results to differ materially from those discussed in the forward-looking statements. Factors that could affect our actual results and cause our actual results to differ materially from those referred in any forward-looking statement include, but are not limited to, declines or disruptions in the travel industry, international financial, political or economic crises, a slowdown in the PRC economy, an outbreak of bird flu or other disease, eLong's reliance on maintaining good relationships with, and stable air and hotel inventory from, hotel suppliers and airline ticket suppliers, and on establishing new relationships with suppliers on similar terms, our reliance on the TravelSky GDS system for our air business, Baidu (and its subsidiary Qunar) and Qihoo for our search engine marketing, our reliance on maintaining commercial cooperation with online hotel inventory distribution partners, the risk that eLong will not be able to increase its brand recognition, the possibility that eLong will be unable to continue timely compliance with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act or other regulatory requirements, the risk that eLong will not be successful in competing against new and existing competitors, the risk that our infrastructure and technology are damaged, fail or become obsolete, risks associated with Expedia, Inc.'s majority ownership interest and Tencent's shareholding in eLong, risks relating to eLong's investments in, and acquisitions of, other businesses and assets, fluctuations in the value of the Renminbi, inflation in China, changes in eLong's management team and other personnel, risks relating to uncertainties in the PRC legal system, including but not limited to, risks relating to our affiliated Chinese operating entities, risks and uncertainties relating to litigation and arbitration in China, risks relating to the application of preferential tax policies, the risk that eLong will continue to incur losses, and other risks mentioned in eLong's filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including eLong's Annual Report on Form 20-F.

    If one or more of these risks or uncertainties occur, or if our underlying assumptions prove to be incorrect, actual events or results may vary significantly from those implied or projected by the forward looking-statements. Investors should not rely upon forward-looking statements as predictions of future events. Except as required by law, we undertake no obligation to update or revise publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. All forward-looking statements contained in this press release are qualified by reference to this cautionary statement.

    About eLong, Inc.

    eLong, Inc. is a leader in mobile and online accomodations reservations in China offering consumers a network of more than 365,000 properties worldwide. eLong technology enables travelers to book hotels, guesthouses, apartments and other accommodations, as well as air and train tickets, through convenient mobile and tablet applications (m.eLong.com), websites (www.eLong.com), 24 hour customer service, and easy to use tools such as destination guides, maps and user reviews. eLong's largest shareholders are Expedia, Inc. and Tencent Holdings Ltd. (HKSE: 0700).

    For further information, please contact:

    eLong, Inc.
    Investor Relations
    ir@corp.elong.com
    +86-10-6436-7570

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    Web site: http://www.eLong.com/

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