updated 11/30/2006 9:40:54 AM ET 2006-11-30T14:40:54

Financial software maker Intuit Inc. said Thursday it agreed to acquire banking software company Digital Insight Corp. in a cash deal valued at about $1.35 billion.

Under the terms of the agreement, Intuit, the maker of TurboTax and Quicken software, will pay $39 per share for Digital Insight, a Calabasas, Calif., provider of online banking software used by financial services institutions. The price marks an 18 percent premium to Wednesday's close of $33 for Digital Insight shares.

Digital Insight CEO Jeff Stiefler will serve as president to a newly formed financial institutions business unit within Intuit.

Intuit plans to finance the transaction through cash and up to $1 billion in debt.

For 2007, the acquisition is expected to dilute earnings by 2 cents to 3 cents per share, excluding charges. By 2008, the acquisition is expected to grow earnings, excluding charges.

Shares of Digital Insight were trading at $34.49 in the premarket session, up $1.49, or 4.5 percent, from Wednesday's close.

Intuit shares were trading at $32.39, up 50 cents from Wednesday's closing price of $31.89 on the Nasdaq.

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