Will Ad Tech M&A Derail The Advertising ID Consortium?

Development of the Advertising ID Consortium, a shared cookie-based ID service for programmatic companies, has stalled as two of the key backers, AppNexus and LiveRamp, undertake protracted M&A processes. The consortium is still moving forward, according to sources with knowledge of the nonprofit group’s product development, but the already complicated politics of ‘co-opetition’ are exacerbatedContinue reading »

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AT&T Can Acquire Time Warner, District Court Rules

The Washington DC, District Court on Tuesday gave the go-ahead for AT&T’s $85 billion merger with Time Warner, a decision with far-reaching implications for AT&T and the media and advertising industries. Despite the hefty price tag, industry observers initially expected AT&T’s offer to breeze through under a corporate-friendly administration. The last time the Justice DepartmentContinue reading »

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PwC: Traditional Media Companies And Private Equity Are Big Q1 Acquirers

Advertising and marketing companies were leading acquirers in the media and telecom industries this quarter, according to PricewaterhouseCooper’s US Media and Telecommunications Deal Insights study released Thursday. Advertising and marketing firms led deal volumes for the quarter, representing 33% of the overall M&A activity in the media and telecom sectors. Deal volumes in marketing andContinue reading »

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Why Ad Tech In Search Of An Exit Has Reason To Hope

Is opportunity fading for ad tech startups to go public or be acquired at a healthy premium? The answer is no, at least not for everyone, said Elgin Thompson, managing director of the technology investment advisory firm Digital Capital Advisors, at AdExchanger’s PROGRAMMATIC I/O in San Francisco last week. A look back at IPO filingsContinue reading »

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M&A Deal Values Are Up In 2018 As Cash-On-Hand And Ecommerce Values Soar

Despite broad concerns about the viability of online media and advertising, M&A in the sector is heating up thanks to the growth of ecommerce and commerce-based media solutions, like Apple’s purchase of digital subscription service Next Issue Media for an undisclosed amount. The total number of deals in media, marketing and technology dropped by 7%Continue reading »

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PwC: Media And Telco ‘Megadeals’ Dominated M&A Deal Value Last Year

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Media and telco M&A volume in the US increased 29% year over year in 2017 to nearly $140 billion, driven mostly by megadeals like Disney’s $68.4 billion bid for 21st Century Fox, according to new data from PwC. More specifically, there were 18 megadeals in 2017, including Discovery’s $11.8 billion merger with Scripps. Although largeContinue 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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A Brief History Of Video Ad Tech M&A – And The Future Of Pure Plays

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There’s been no shortage of ad tech M&A lately, and video’s been one of the biggest drivers of deal activity. “Thirty-six months ago, YouTube MCNs [multichannel networks] were the video solution of choice to reach audiences with compelling content,” said Elgin Thompson, managing director for investment bank Digital Capital Advisors. “Now, solutions intended to monetizeContinue reading »

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How M&A Impacts The Remaining DSPs

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For the independent demand-side platform (DSP) market, it is the best of times, it is the worst of times. On the one hand, it’s unlikely any new scaled DSPs will enter the market. The costs to build a competitive platform – nine digits off the bat and another eight digits per year in operational costsContinue reading »

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