CHICAGO – NAVTEQ, a provider of digital maps for vehicle navigation and location-based solutions, has agreed to acquire, a provider of personalized traffic information in the United States, for an equity value of approximately $179 million. The acquisition of will provide NAVTEQ with proprietary traffic content, as well as the technology and expertise to deliver that content to a wide variety of customers across multiple industries. The Board of Directors of each company has approved the agreement. Today, offers real-time customized traffic reports in 50 metropolitan areas and is a critical data component of NAVTEQ Traffic. had fiscal 2005 revenue of $43.3 million. The company currently has approximately 650 employees in 22 locations.’s list of customers includes AOL, Microsoft, The Weather Channel, Comcast, and XM Satellite Radio. NAVTEQ intends to finance the purchase price through a combination of approximately $47 million in cash and the issuance of approximately 4.1 million shares of NAVTEQ stock. Based on current expectations and projections, management expects dilution to earnings per share from the acquisition of of $0.11 to $0.17 in 2007 and accretion to earnings per share by 2009. NAVTEQ anticipates the closing will occur in first quarter 2007. The acquisition is subject to customary closing conditions. Merrill Lynch acted as financial advisor to NAVTEQ on the transaction.