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Media Tech Vendor M&A: Telestream Buys Vidcheck

Broadcast technology channel strategy, Broadcast Vendor M&A | Posted by Joe Zaller
Sep 05 2016

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Telestream announced that it has acquired Vidcheck, a provider of automated quality control (QC) solutions for broadcast and media technology applications.

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The deal, which was funded by cash from operations, has been completed. Terms were not disclosed.

Vidcheck founder Tom Dove will remain with the enlarged company.

The Vidcheck deal is Telestream’s sixth acquisition.  Similar to its recent purchases of cloud encoding company Panda, and captioning specialist CPC, Telestream CEO Dan Castles described the Vidcheck deal as a “tuck-in,” rather than a transformation. Although Telestream’s Vantage workflow orchestration platform currently includes an option called Analysis, the company believes that it can drive greater value for its customers by offering Vidcheck’s automated file-based QC software as part of its overall offering.

“Vidcheck’s team and product portfolio line up very well with our area of expertise,” said Castles. “It is not just some great technology and products that we are acquiring but also a gifted, talented and passionate team that will reinforce our resources here at Telestream. We look forward to leveraging our combined know-how to offer our worldwide customer base an even more complete and exciting product portfolio.”

Telestream says it will also continue to integrate and interoperate with multiple QC vendors, as it already does today.

 

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Google Acquires Anvato to Complement Media Tech. Portfolio

Broadcast Vendor M&A | Posted by Josh Stinehour
Jul 08 2016

Google is acquiring Anvato, a provider of video processing functionality for multi-platform content delivery.  The acquisition was announced on the Google Cloud Platform blog by Belwadi Srikanth, Senior Product Manager.  Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.  googlelogo_color_272x92dp

According to SEC filings, Anvato had raised $2.8 million in late 2008.  The Mountain View based company has several high-profile media clients including NBC Universal, Fox Sports, Univision, and Gray TV. Anvato

In the blog post announcing the acquisition, Mr. Srikanth cites the opportunity to participate in the media industry’s transition to over-the-top distribution models and the ongoing adoption of cloud solutions by media organizations.  “With OTT adoption rapidly accelerating, the Cloud Platform and Anvato teams will complement our efforts to enable scalable media processing and workflows in the cloud” writes Mr. Srikanth.

The Media Solutions portion of the Google Cloud Platform website highlights case studies with UK visual effects studio Framestore, US visual effects studio Atomic Fiction, and live video service provider iStreamPlanet (now owned by Turner).  There is overlap in the technology offerings of iStreamPlanet and Anvato, though any move by a cloud provider to offer higher level functionality will necessarily lead to overlap with existing customers.

Since its August 2014 acquisition of ZYNC Render, the Google Cloud Platform has been active in the post-production vertical.  At the 2016 NAB Show, Autodesk and Google announced integration between ZYNC and Autodesk’s Maya, a software video effects tool for animation, modeling, and rendering.  Maya users can offload rendering tasks, as needed, to the Google ZYNC Rendering service running on the Google Cloud Platform.  ZYNC pricing is consumption based and begins at $0.60 per machine hour.

Interestingly, prior to its acquisition by Google, ZYNC had been optimized to run on Amazon Web Services.

Anvato’s CEO Alper Turgut posted a message about the acquisition on the Company’s blog.  “We are thrilled to bring together Anvato with the scale and power of Google Cloud Platform to provide the industry’s best offering for OTT and mobile video. This will allow us to supercharge our capabilities, accelerate the pace of innovation, and deliver tomorrow’s video solutions faster, enabling media companies to better serve their customers” said Mr. Turgut.

 

Related Content:

Google Cloud Platform Blog Post on Acquisition

Press Release: Anvato Joins Google

 

 

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Broadcast Vendor M&A: Ericsson to Acquire Envivio in $125 Million All-Cash Deal

Analysis, Broadcast Vendor M&A, Broadcaster Financial Results, OTT Video | Posted by Joe Zaller
Sep 10 2015

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Ericsson announced it has agreed to acquire Envivio for $4.10 per share, or approximately $125m.

The deal values Envivio, which had revenue and $41.5m for the year ended January 31, 2015, at more than more than double its closing price of $1.90 in yesterday’s trading.

The board of directors of Envivio has unanimously agreed to recommend that Envivio’s stockholders Envivio_Logotender their shares to Ericsson in the tender offer, and a group that collectively owns approximately 34 percent of Envivio’s outstanding common stock, have also expressed support for the deal.

Envivio provides software-based video encoding/transcoding, processing, packaging and ad insertion for broadcasters and pay TV operators.

Ericsson says the deal will “greatly enhance Ericsson’s software video encoding capabilities and its virtualized encoding concept, which enables abstraction of video processing functions from architectural and functional boundaries, enabling the flexibility to use both hardware and software based video compression, as well as any deployment architecture.”  Ericsson also said the deal extend its “leadership position in TV and media as a global end-to-end solution provider, strengthen [its] video compression position with combination of software and hardware encoding, [and] bring deep competence in software-defined and cloud-enabled architectures for video processing, enhancing Ericsson’s virtualized encoding approach.”

Ericsson’s acquisition of Envivio comes just a week after Amazon Web Services announced that it will be acquiring multi-screen technology provider Elemental Technologies.

Last year (at NAB 2014), Ericsson and Elemental jointly announced that Elemental’s video processing software had been “fully integrated into the Ericsson Virtualized Encoding solution.”  At that time, Dr. Giles Wilson, Head of TV Compression for Ericsson, said: “By expanding Ericsson Virtualized Encoding to also support Elemental software encoding, we are enabling TV service providers to efficiently address the growing complexity of multi-screen TV service delivery within a single solution. As providers strive to address consumer demand for TV Anywhere, we are focused on helping them make the right choices with their multi-screen video processing deployments.”

The combination of Elemental and Ericsson technologies were marketed by Ericsson as the SVP 4000 product family, which according to Ericsson’s website is “a server-based encoder [that] uses standard off-the-shelf GPUs to complement its powerful CPUs and hence provide the best encoding performance on a server-based platform.  In this regard it sits alongside the AVP 4000 system encoder, which offers the best encoding performance on a hardware-based platform.”

With Elemental now part of Amazon AWS, Ericsson moved quickly to find a new partner for multi-screen and virtualized encoding, and found a good one in Envivio.

Indeed, the Ericsson’s announcement of the Envivio acquisition specifically mentions that Envivio’s “pure software video processing is available on Intel-based appliances or IT blade servers.”

Interestingly, while the acquisition of Envivio gives Ericsson a good partner for multi-screen delivery, some of Envivio’s technology may overlap with Fabrix Systems, which Ericsson acquired in September 2014 for $95m. At the time of the Fabrix acquisition, Ericsson said Fabrix provides “cloud based scale out storage and computing platform focused on providing a simple, tightly integrated solution optimized for media storage, processing and delivery applications such as cloud DVR and video-on-demand (VOD) expansion.”

Time will tell whether Ericsson believes the technologies acquired from Envivio and Fabrix are complementary or overlapping.

Per Borgklint, Senior Vice President and Head of Business Unit Support Solutions at Ericsson, says: “Our consumer research clearly shows that viewers are demanding TV on their terms on any device, and expecting experiences that continually evolve. We are committed to offering our customers a clear path towards fully agile cloud agnostic platforms that delight TV consumers. I look forward to welcoming the market leader in pure software-defined video encoding, processing, and packaging into Ericsson. The combination will strengthen our encoding position with both custom silicon and pure software encoding, delivering performance and flexibility.”

 

Ericsson’s acquisition of Envivio is the latest in a series of deals related to online video and transcoding. As broadcasters and media companies scramble to deploy multi-screen services, transcoding is seen by many as a key technology.  As a result, transcoding has also attracted its fair share of financing and M&A activity.  Here’s a quick run-down of some of the recent transcoding deals and related-financial news:

 

 

 

 

 

  • In April 2014, Imagine Communications acquired Digital Rapids for an undisclosed amount

 

  • In April 2014, Dalet acquired Amberfin for an undisclosed amount

 

  • In January 2013, Amazon unveiled its “Amazon Elastic Transcoder.” Based on the company’s Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud computing platform, the Elastic Transcoder the service provides “a highly scalable, easy to use and a cost-effective way for developers and businesses to transcode video files from their source format into versions that will playback on devices like smartphones, tablets and PCs.”

 

  • In August 2012 Brightcove bought Zencoder, a 2-year old start-up with $2m in revenue for $30m, and subsequently launched a cloud based transcoding service at IBC 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • RGB Networks bought transcoding vendor Ripcode in 2010

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Related Content:

Press Release: Ericsson announces agreement to acquire Envivio

Amazon Web Services to Acquire Elemental Technologies for a Reported $500 Million 

Press Release: Elemental Announces Full Integration with Virtualized Encoding Solution

Ericsson Virtualized Encoding (EVE)

Ericsson SVP 4000 Product Family

Press Release: Cloud video transformation accelerated through Ericsson acquisition of Fabrix Systems

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Broadcast Vendor M&A: Net Insight Acquires ScheduALL in $14 Million All-Cash Deal

Analysis, Annual Results, broadcast industry trends, broadcast technology market research, Broadcast Vendor M&A | Posted by Joe Zaller
Sep 04 2015

Net Insight announced it has acquired resource scheduling software provider ScheduALL in a $14m all-cash deal.logo-net-insight

The company says the deal will strengthen Net Insight’s “market position in media service and workflow orchestration.” ScheduAll_Logo

Media and workflow orchestration has become an increasingly important (and crowded) area over the past two years, with multiple vendors announcing new initiatives in this area.

This is Net Insight’s first acquisition in more than a decade.  At current exchange rates, the acquisition will consume approximately 40% of Net Insight’s cash balance as of the end of Q2 2015.

For the 2014 financial year, ScheduALL had revenue of $10.6m, approximately 60% of which was recurring. ScheduALL made a profit of $700,000 in 2014.

The implied multiples of the transaction are 1.3x 2014 revenue and 20x 2014 net profit.  In comparison, Net Insight trades in the public markets (as of 9/2) at 1.6x revenue and 25x earnings.  On both measures, the acquisition is accretive.

To put the acquisition’s impact in proper context, consider Net Insight has grown revenues since 2010 by approximately $10 million USD, which is roughly the acquired revenue from ScheduALL.

“This is a perfect match for Net Insight,” said company CEO Fredrik Tumegard. “We are not only executing on our strategy, we are also taking a giant leap towards our vision of creating a unified and global media market place for both service providers and media companies.”

Half of ScheduALL’s revenue in 2014 was from North America.  This will provide greater exposure to the North American market for Net Insight, which generated 44% of its revenue from the Americas (including South America) in fiscal 2014.

Adding to the financial benefits are the straightforward cost synergies from combining duplicative sales and marketing activities including trade shows.  No guidance was provided in the press release on the potential for cost synergies.

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Related Content:

Press Release:  Net Insight Acquires US Software Company ScheduAll

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Broadcast Vendor M&A: Telestream Acquired by Genstar Capital

Broadcast technology vendor financials, Broadcast Vendor M&A | Posted by Joe Zaller
Jan 07 2015

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Transcoding and workflow vendor Telestream announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by Genstar Capital, a San Francisco-based private equity firm that manages funds with total capital commitments of over $3 billion and targets investments focused on selected sectors within the financial services, software, industrial technology, and healthcare industries.

The seller was Thoma Bravo, the private equity firm that purchased Telestream in 2011 for an undisclosed amount.

Terms were not disclosed, but Telestream said that “the transaction recognizes the company’s significant growth and positions it well for the next phase of expansion.”

The deal comes just four months after Telestream issued a statement saying that its transcoding and workflow revenue increased by 40 percent in 2013 versus 2012, and had achieved profitable growth for the last 14 years. At that time, company CEO Dan Castles attributed the company’s impressive track-record of growth to both innovation and management stability.

Telestream will continue to operate as an independent entity, and its existing management team will continue with the company in their current roles.

Thoma Bravo said in a statement that since it bought the company, Telestream saw “incredible growth on several fronts,” thanks to new product launches, strategic M&A, and expanding its executive and sales team to drive further growth. “Thoma Bravo worked in partnership with management over our three year ownership period to invest in the business, make acquisitions and accelerate the company’s growth,” said Holden Spaht, a managing partner at Thoma Bravo. “The company today is a clear leader in the digital video space with the deepest set of products and services in the market.”

Castles issued an upbeat statement about the deal, and telegraphed he believes that under Genstar, Telestream might continue to use strategic M&A and become an industry consolidator.

“Genstar’s mid-market focus and deep expertise in the software industry will enable Telestream to further accelerate our growth,” said Castles. “Over the past several years, Telestream has experienced its most significant growth. We look forward to our new partnership with Genstar as we increase our investment in existing products, accelerate our reach into new customer verticals and fuel our next phase of development through additional M&A activity. Our product portfolio and business models are well suited for the Genstar environment.”

“Genstar has been following Telestream closely and this acquisition is consistent with our strategy of investing in vertical market software companies,” said Eli Weiss, a Managing Director of Genstar. Telestream is a leader in its market and has posted profitable growth since its founding. As even more content is generated and viewed on more devices, we believe the company will continue its demonstrated growth trajectory, and we will support Telestream’s experienced and successful management team to expand organic growth via new product releases and pursue add-on acquisitions.”

The deal is expected to close in mid-January 2015.

 

Genstar’s acquisition of Telestream is the latest in a series of deals related to online video and transcoding.

As broadcasters and media companies scramble to deploy multi-screen services, transcoding is seen by many as a key technology.  As a result, transcoding has also attracted its fair share of financing and M&A activity.  Here’s a quick run-down of some of the recent transcoding deals and related-financial news:

 

 

 

  • In April 2014, Imagine Communications acquired Digital Rapids for an undisclosed amount

 

  • In April 2014, Dalet acquired Amberfin for an undisclosed amount

 

  • In January 2013, Amazon unveiled its “Amazon Elastic Transcoder.” Based on the company’s Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud computing platform, the Elastic Transcoder the service provides “a highly scalable, easy to use and a cost-effective way for developers and businesses to transcode video files from their source format into versions that will playback on devices like smartphones, tablets and PCs.”

 

  • In August 2012 Brightcove bought Zencoder, a 2-year old start-up with $2m in revenue for $30m, and subsequently launched a cloud based transcoding service at IBC 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • RGB Networks bought transcoding vendor Ripcode in 2010

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Related Content:

Telestream Says Transcoding and Workflow Revenue Increased by 40 Percent Last Year

Broadcast Vendor M&A: Telestream Buys Captioning Provider CPC

More Broadcast Vendor M&A: Private Equity Firm Acquires Telestream

More Broadcast Vendor M&A — Telestream Purchase of Anystream Now Official

Elemental Technologies Says Revenue Increased by 50 Percent in 2013

Elemental Technologies Says Revenue Doubled in 2012 to $21 Million as Transcoding Technology Continues to Grow

Elemental Closes $13 Million Funding Round, Latest in Series of Transcoding Deals

Harmonic Moves Transcoding Technology to the Cloud, Launches AWS-Based Service

Amazon Launches Scalable Cloud-Based “Elastic Transcoder” Service – A Potential Disruptor in a “Hot” Technology Space

More Broadcast Vendor M&A: Brightcove Buys Zencoder for $30 Million in Latest Video Transcoding Deal

More Broadcast vendor M&A: Wohler Buys RadiantGrid, Latest in Series of Transcoding Deals

Envivio Files for $85 Million Goldman Sachs Led IPO

Envivio Closes $16.5 Million Fundraising Round

More Broadcast Vendor M&A: Cisco to Buy Inlet Technologies for $95m

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Broadcast Vendor M&A: Oracle to Acquire Front Porch Digital

Broadcast Vendor M&A | Posted by Joe Zaller
Sep 14 2014

Oracle announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire library and archive management provider Front Porch Digital.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

According to Oracle, Front Porch Digital’s management team and employees are expected to join Oracle and continue in their current capacity

On the face of it, this is a deal that makes sense. Thanks to the widespread use of digital acquisition technology, the industry has seen huge growth in the amount of digital content being created, with shooting ratios expanding to up to 200:1 At the same time content owners are increasingly looking to find additional value in their media assets, and must find a way to efficiently manage and monetize them, either on-premise or in the cloud.

Oracle’s media and entertainment storage platforms come primarily through the its acquisition of Sun Microsystems in 2010.  Sun had previously acquired LTO library provider StorageTek.  After acquiring Sun, Oracle put renewed emphasis on its media storage products, just as digital content creation exploded, and archive management became an increasingly important requirement.

By combining Oracle’s disk-based and LTO storage platforms, with FPD’s storage management solutions, Oracle now has the capability to sell both the storage hardware and the crucial software management layer that supports it, and do so at scale.

 

Oracle buys FPD -- benefits of combination

 

Oracle says the acquisition of Front Porch Digital “will create a comprehensive, high-performance cloud or on-premise digital content storage management solution that empowers customers to modernize and simplify content management, increase efficiencies, optimize resources, and increase their bottom line.

Of course this combination also raises competitive issues, since Front Porch Digital’s partner ecosystem includes a wide variety of other storage vendors, who may in future shy away from working with a management platform owned by a competitor.

To counter this issue, Oracle says it “is committed to maintaining Front Porch Digital’s open integration platform with third-party systems and applications, and plans to further augment Front Porch Digital solutions with Oracle technologies to deliver enhanced features and functionalities.”

“Organizations need a modern, integrated content storage management solution to manage and monetize their valuable rich media assets,” said John Fowler, Executive Vice President of Oracle Systems. “We will continue to build on Front Porch Digital’s success and unique capabilities, which complement Oracle’s existing high performance and scalable engineered storage solutions.”

“Front Porch Digital has developed industry leading solutions that help companies manage large-scale digital content,” said Mike Knaisch, CEO, Front Porch Digital. “We are thrilled to be joining Oracle to continue our long-standing partnership. This combination will enable us to better serve and support our customers at a global scale.”

The proposed transaction is subject to customary closing conditions. Until the transaction closes, each company will continue to operate independently, and it is business as usual.

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Related Content:

Press Release: Oracle Buys Front Porch Digital

Oracle Acquires Front Porch Digital — General Presentation

Oracle Buys Front Porch Digital — FAQ

Customer and Partner Letter | Oracle and Front Porch Digital

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Strong MAM Sales Drive 23 Percent Revenue Increase for Dalet in Q2 2014

Broadcast technology vendor financials, Broadcast Vendor M&A, Quarterly Results | Posted by Joe Zaller
Jul 30 2014

MAM and newsroom specialist Dalet reported that its consolidated revenue for the second quarter of 2014 was €10.7m, up 23% versus the same period a year ago, and up 42% versus the previous quarter.

Excluding a contribution of €1m from AmberFin, which Dalet acquired in April 2014, the company’s revenue in the second quarter of 2014 was €9.7m, up 23% versus the same period a year ago, and up 27.6% versus the previous quarter.

Dalet published the table below to show the difference impact of the AmberFin acquisition.

Dalet Q2 2014 Results with and without AmberFin

 

Gross margins for the second quarter of 2014 were 82%, down from 89% last year, and up from 79% last quarter.   This is the second consecutive drop in gross margins comparted to the previous year.  The company attributed the lower y/y margin performance to due to a less favorable sales mix in the quarter.

 

On a product basis:

  • Asset management revenue was €5.35m, or 50% of total revenue in the quarter

 

  • TV Newsroom systems revenue was €2.89m, or 27% of total revenue in the quarter

 

  • Sport solutions revenue was €535,000, or 5% of total revenue in the quarter

 

  • Radio solutions revenue was €1.6m, or 15% of total revenue in the quarter

 

  • Integration revenue was €321,000, or 3% of total revenue in the quarter

 

In terms of sales mix, license revenues decreased from 33% of sales in H1-2013 to 28% in H1-2014, associated professional services evolved from 30% to 23%, resale of hardware increased from 16% to 23%, recurring support revenues increased from 22% to 26% of revenues.

 

The company said that sales in the Americas increased by 21%, and the region now accounts for 40% of consolidated revenue. The increase in Americas revenue may be due in its win at Fox Sports 1, which is using Dalet’s “Sports Factory” as the end-to-end production and MAM system.  Fox Sports 1 launches on August 17, 2013.

Europe accounted for 48% of revenue, while MEA and Asia-Pacific accounted for 8% and 4% respectively.

The company did not disclose any other financial metrics, including profitability.

 

Results for the First Half of 2014:

For the first six months of 2014, the company’s consolidated revenue was €18.4m, up 20% versus the first half of 2013.  Excluding AmberFin, the company’s revenue for the first six months of 2014 is up 13% versus the same period in 2013.

Gross margins for the first half of 2014 were €14.9m, or 81%, down on a percentage basis from 87% for the first six months of 2013.

Dalet ended the second quarter of 2014 with €6.5 in cash, down from€7.7m on December 31, 2013.

Debt on June 30, 2014 stood at €5.6m, up from €2m on December 31, 2013, following the €3.4 million loan taken to finance AmberFin`s acquisition.

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Related Content:

Press Release: Dalet Revenues for First Six Months of 2014: €18.4 million

Broadcast Vendor M&A: Dalet Acquires AmberFin

Previous Quarter: Dalet Revenue Grows 3 Percent in Q1 2014

Previous Year: Dalet Up 7 Percent in Q2 2013 Thanks to Big Jump in Americas Revenue

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