How Marketo Added $3 Billion In Two Years, And Why PE Thinks There’s More To Come

When Adobe acquired the B2B marketing company Marketo for $4.8 billion last week, investors pressed CEO Shantanu Narayen to explain the gulf between Adobe’s price tag and Wall Street’s valuation of Marketo two years ago, when Vista Equity Partners snapped it off the stock market for $1.8 billion. Private equity investors have shown they haveContinue reading »

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AppLovin Picks Up $400M In PE Investment, Plans Acquisitions And Potential IPO

It seems everyone wants a piece of AppLovin. Private equity firm KKR bought a $400 million minority stake in the app marketing and discovery platform on Tuesday, lifting AppLovin’s valuation to around $2 billion from $1.4 billion just eight months ago. Bank of America Merrill Lynch advised AppLovin on the investment, adding a new wrinkleContinue reading »

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MediaMath Has $180 Million To Spend On Acquisitions – So What’s Next?

MediaMath is flush with cash and ready to ignite consolidation in ad tech. Thanks to a $225 million investment by private equity firm Searchlight on Tuesday, MediaMath will end up with a $180 million cash infusion to spend on acquisitions and building new products. MediaMath, whose flagship product is a DSP/DMP, used $45 million ofContinue reading »

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Vista Equity Partners Acquires Majority Stake In Integral Ad Science

Private equity firm Vista Equity Partners has acquired a majority stake in ad verification vendor Integral Ad Science. Terms were not disclosed. IAS detects ad fraud by scanning billions of insertions from both buy and sell sides, searching for anomalies. It also assesses whether individual impressions are fraudulent or not. Industry insiders had wondered aboutContinue 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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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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Ad Network MaxPoint Goes Private Under Valassis In $95 Million Deal

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Digital marketing platform Valassis acquired ad network MaxPoint for $95 million, the companies said Tuesday. Read the release. Valassis itself was acquired by private equity firm Harland Clarke Holdings in 2013, and it will take the public company MaxPoint private. “The acquisition of MaxPoint … will create greater strength in managing integrated media delivery campaignsContinue reading »

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PE Firm Grabs Majority Stake In DoubleVerify

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DoubleVerify said Wednesday that private equity firm Providence Equity Partners has acquired a majority stake in the company. AdExchanger reported in July that DoubleVerify was exploring a sale that would have valued the company in the $350 million range. The exact size of the Providence stake was not disclosed in the deal announcement, but TheContinue reading »

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Why Do Public Companies Jump To Private Equity Firms?

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Tolman Geffs of global investment bank Jordan, Edmiston Group, along with Bill Wise, the CEO of Mediaocean, will speak about the “private equity path” at Industry Preview on Jan. 19 in New York City. What really happens during – and after – a private equity (PE) investment? While the experiences of different companies vary, one thingContinue reading »

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Private Equity Strikes Again As Clarion Capital Buys Madison Logic

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Private equity firm Clarion Capital Partners said Thursday it had acquired B2B marketing shop Madison Logic for an undisclosed sum. Clarion reportedly spent “hundreds of millions,” according to Fortune. Madison Logic hadn’t previously raised any institutional funding and specializes in account-based marketing, which sends targeted content to specific enterprise decision-makers. “We see an opportunity toContinue reading »

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