The Investment Banker Perspective: A New Crop Of Ad Tech Acquirers Is Emerging

Elgin Thompson, managing director of Digital Capital Advisors, will speak at AdExchanger’s upcoming Programmatic IO conference on April 10-11 at the Marriott Marquis in San Francisco. The passion of Wall Street’s 2013-era love affair with ad tech may have cooled, but investment banker Elgin Thompson expects the industry will produce some noteworthy exits yet. “IContinue reading »

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ContentSquare Raises A $42M Series B To Democratize Data Analytics For Ecomm Brands

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Paris-based ecommerce analytics platform ContentSquare has raised a $42 million Series B round from a series of investors including US VC firm Canaan and Highland Europe. ContentSquare previously had raised $20 million, bringing it to a total of $62 million after this round. The company will use the financing to support research and development ofContinue reading »

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Who Are This Year’s Strategic Acquirers In Media And Marketing?

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In recent years, enterprise giants like Salesforce, Oracle, IBM and Adobe monopolized M&A activity as each marketing cloud raced to buy their way into ad tech. That tide has turned. These days, strategic acquisitions are more about expanding access to content, audiences and new means of distribution. Just look to media company team-ups like Disney-21stContinue reading »

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JEGI And Luma: Mar Tech Spends Big While Ad Tech Cleans Up

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2017 was a busy year of M&A for the digital media and marketing sector, according to reports released by investment banks JEGI and Luma Partners this week. Last year included 2,000 transactions in the sector hitting $272 billion in deal value, according to JEGI. It was the fourth consecutive year of increasing transaction value inContinue reading »

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M&A 2017: The Year Of Simplifying And Strengthening

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Facebook and Google are no longer the ad tech acquirers they once were, and yet, the M&A landscape of 2017 is littered with their fingerprints. Media companies swallowed one other to add scale and massive amounts of content to stave off the duopoly’s dominance. Just look at Meredith-Time, AT&T-Time Warner and Disney-Fox. AT&T’s bid forContinue reading »

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Nexstar Media Group To Acquire Mobile Video Platform LKQD In $90M Cash Transaction

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Nexstar Media Group revealed on Thursday its intent to acquire mobile video platform LKQD for $90 million. The all-cash transaction is accretive and subject to certain terms, including LKQD maintaining a $10 million minimum cash balance. LKQD’s payment is also contingent upon its performance under Nexstar for the next two years. The deal is expectedContinue reading »

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PE And Private Investment Firm Team Up To Buy Mobile Video Ad Platform Beachfront Media

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Growth Catalyst Partners (GCP), a mid-market private equity a private investment firm, and PSP Capital, backed by former US Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, have acquired a majority stake in mobile video ad platform Beachfront Media. The companies declined to disclose the deal terms. As a result of the transaction, Beachfront co-founder and CEO FrankContinue reading »

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Connatix Raises $15M Series A To Help Publishers Navigate The New Video Ecosystem

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Video platform Connatix raised $15 million in growth equity from Volition Capital on Tuesday. The company had previously raised an undisclosed seed round, and it claims it is profitable. Connatix will use the funding for product development, to beef up sales and marketing and to fuel US expansion. After it penetrates the US market, ConnatixContinue reading »

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VideoAmp Raises $21.4M Series B From Mediaocean To Unify TV and Video Planning

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Cross-screen startup VideoAmp said Thursday it has raised a $21.4 million Series B growth round led by Mediaocean, with support from existing investors, including the German broadcast giant RTL Group. Mediaocean CEO Bill Wise will join VideoAmp’s board of directors. VideoAmp has raised $36.6 million in total and will use the growth financing to hireContinue reading »

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Sizmek Buys Rocket Fuel For $145M

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Sizmek said Tuesday it intends to buy ad tech company Rocket Fuel for $2.60 per share in cash, valuing Rocket Fuel at $145 million. That’s a long way from where Rocket Fuel was valued when it IPOed in 2013 – going public at $29 per share at a roughly $1 billion value. Read the release.Continue reading »

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