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Blackboard Inc. Closes Sale of $165.0 Million in Convertible Senior Notes

WASHINGTON, June 20, 2007 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ -- Blackboard Inc. (Nasdaq: BBBB) today announced the closing of its sale of $165.0 million aggregate principal amount of 3.25 percent Convertible Senior Notes due 2027, pursuant to an automatically effective registration statement filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on June 13, 2007. The aggregate principal amount of Notes sold reflects the full exercise by the underwriters of their option to purchase $15.0 million aggregate principal amount of notes to cover over-allotments.

The notes are convertible, under certain circumstances, into cash or a combination of cash and Blackboard common stock at an initial base conversion rate of 15.4202 shares of Blackboard common stock per $1,000 principal amount of notes. The base conversion rate represents an initial base conversion price of approximately $64.85, which is a 62 percent premium to the closing price of Blackboard's common stock on June 14, 2007. In addition, if at the time of conversion the applicable price of Blackboard's common stock exceeds the base conversion price, the conversion rate will be increased by up to an additional 9.5605 shares of Blackboard common stock per $1,000 principal amount of notes, as determined pursuant to a specified formula. In general, upon conversion of a note, the holder of such note will receive cash equal to the principal amount of the note and Blackboard common stock for the note's conversion value in excess of such principal amount.

The notes bear interest at a rate of 3.25 percent per annum from the date of issuance, payable semi-annually on January 1 and July 1, commencing on January 1, 2008. The notes will mature on July 1, 2027 and may not be redeemed by Blackboard prior to July 1, 2011, after which they may be redeemed at 100 percent of the principal amount plus accrued interest. Holders of the notes may require Blackboard to repurchase some or all of the notes on July 1, 2011, July 1, 2017 and July 1, 2022, or in the event of certain fundamental change transactions, at 100 percent of the principal amount plus accrued interest.

The sole book-running manager of the offering is Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC and Citi is serving as the sole co-manager. A copy of the prospectus and prospectus supplement meeting the requirements of Section 10 of the Securities Act of 1933 may be obtained from Credit Suisse by writing to it at Credit Suisse Securities Prospectus Department, One Madison Avenue, Level 1B, New York, NY 10010.

About Blackboard Inc.

Blackboard Inc. (Nasdaq: BBBB) is a leading provider of enterprise learning software applications and related services. Founded in 1997, Blackboard enables educational innovations everywhere by connecting people and technology. Millions of people use Blackboard everyday around the globe. Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in North America, Europe, Australia and Asia.

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Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Blackboard and other statements containing the words "believes," "anticipates," "plans," "expects," "will," and similar expressions, constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements in this press release include expectations regarding Blackboard's use of proceeds. Actual results may differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements as a result of various important factors, including the factors discussed in the "Risk Factors" section of our Form 10-Q filed on May 4, 2007 with the Securities and Exchange Commission. In addition, the forward-looking statements included in this press release represent Blackboard's views as of June 20, 2007. Blackboard anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause Blackboard's views to change. However, while Blackboard may elect to update these forward-looking statements at some point in the future, Blackboard specifically disclaims any obligation to do so. These forward- looking statements should not be relied upon as representing Blackboard's views as of any date subsequent to June 20, 2007.

SOURCE Blackboard Inc.

Michael J. Stanton, Vice President, Investor Relations and Global Treasury of Blackboard Inc., +1-202-463-4860 ext. 2305