Avail-TVN announced today that it has closed a $100m financing round, led by private equity firm The Carlyle Group.
Carlyle, which is now Avail-TVN’s largest investor, joins existing investors Columbia Capital, Valhalla Partners, Novak Biddle and Pioneer Ventures.
Avail-TVN said it will use the investment to fund international expansion, develop new products, and finance the purchase of UK-based On Demand Group from SeaChange for $27m. The On Demand Group is a provider of video on demand services to some of the biggest television brands outside of the United States.
For SeaChange, the deal to sell On Demand Group is the latest in a series of actions aimed at transforming it into a pure-play software vendor. Earlier this year SeaChange announced a $5m cost cutting program earlier this year, parted ways with its president, made acting CEO Raghu Rau’s position permanent, and spun off its broadcast hardware business to newly formed XOR Media.
“We see tremendous revenue value creation opportunities in the global digital media space as technology continues to revolutionize the way consumers access premium video entertainment,” said William Darman, principal, The Carlyle Group. “Avail-TVN is an innovator helping organizations across the value chain to continue to monetize video content in new ways and this joint investment by The Carlyle Group’s U.S. and European growth funds is testament to the growth prospects we see in this sector over the coming years.”
“With the addition of the On Demand Group, Avail-TVN becomes the largest provider of digital video in the world, reaching more households in more countries than any other company in the space,” said Will Smales, associate director, The Carlyle Group. “As the digital video market continues to evolve and mature, the company is poised to capitalize on opportunities around the globe.”
Press Release: SeaChange Announces Sale of On Demand Group to Avail-TVN
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