Google is buying the Frommer’s brand of travel guides.
Google Inc., which bought the Zagat restaurant review service in September, plans to use Frommer’s guides to hotels and destinations around the world to complement the Zagat listings.
Google is buying Frommer’s from publisher John Wiley & Sons Inc. in a deal that includes John Wiley’s other travel-related businesses. Financial terms were not disclosed in Monday’s announcement.
Frommer’s got its start in 1957 with the publication of Arthur Frommer’s “Europe on $5 a Day.” Frommer’s now publishes more than 300 guidebooks and runs the Frommers.com website.
The stock of Google, which is based in Mountain View, Calif., rose $12.80, or 2%, to $654.80 in afternoon trading Monday. John Wiley’s stock fell 17 cents to $47.42.
This news comes on the same day Google announced it is cutting about 4,000 jobs at its Motorola Mobility cellphone business and will close or consolidate about one-third of its 90 locations.
The reductions represent about 20% of Motorola Mobility’s 20,000 employees, and 7% of Google’s overall work force. Two-third of the job cuts will take place outside of the U.S., Google said.
The job eliminations come three months after Google bought the once-dominant U.S. cellphone maker for $12.5 billion, chiefly with a view to using its large patent portfolio to bolster its legal defences.
The cellphone pioneer has been struggling for years. It hadn’t produced a mass-market hit since it introduced the Razr cellphone in 2005 and its market share has plummeted.
Before the acquisition, Motorola had been trying to turn itself around by focusing on smartphones, and the cuts announced Monday will shift that goal even further. In the first quarter, Motorola sold 5.1 million smartphones and 3.7 million regular phones.
The migration toward smartphones has slowed Motorola’s decline, but it has still lost money in 14 out of the last 16 quarters.
Google said in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission that the changes are intended to make the unit profitable, but warned that investors should expect revenue to fluctuate over the next few quarters, and sales will drop before the cost savings take effect.
Severance payments will cost Google about $275 million, which will largely be recognized in the current quarter. The company also expects to book an unspecified amount in restructuring charges, mostly in the quarter.