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Thorsteinson Replaces Cross as CEO of Quantel and Snell

Analysis, Broadcast technology vendor financials, Broadcast Vendor M&A, Broadcaster Financial Results | Posted by Joe Zaller
Mar 04 2015

Quantel and Snell announced that Tim Thorsteinson has replaced Ray Cross as CEO, effective immediately.news_Tim_Thorsteinson

According to the company, Thorsteinson “is the ideal individual to lead the next stage in the development of the combined Quantel and Snell.”

Cross, who had been CEO of both Quantel and Snell since March 2014, when it was announced that Quantel had acquired fellow UK-based broadcast technology vendor Snell, a deal that had been long-rumored in the industry, since the two companies already had a common parent, Lloyds Development Capital (LDC), the investment arm of Lloyds Bank.

Previously, Cross had been CEO of Quantel since December 2005.

At the time of the Quantel-Snell deal, the company said in a statement that the combined entity had revenue of more than $170 million and office in 16 locations around the globe, making it one of the larger vendors in the broadcast industry.  The company has not provided an update on its performance since that time.

It will be interesting to see what moves Thorsteinson, a longstanding broadcast industry executive, will make as CEO of Snell and Quantel, companies he has competed against in previous roles.

Thorsteinson is a well-known figure in the broadcast industry having headed-up several of the industry’s largest technology vendors over the past 15 years.

In January 2013, Thorsteinson was named CEO of Grass Valley, replacing Alain Andreoli, who had been appointed by private equity firm Francisco Partners following their 2010 acquisition of Grass Valley from Technicolor.

Just over a year later, Thorsteinson oversaw the $220m sale of Grass Valley to Belden Corporation, who combined it with Miranda, keeping the Grass Valley moniker for the enlarged entity.

Interestingly, Thorsteinson was also involved in the sale of Miranda to Belden.  In April 2012, he appointed a director of Miranda Technologies during the time that activist investor JEC Capital was agitating for a sale of that business.  Three months after Thorsteinson became a director of the company, Belden Corporation acquired Miranda for an enterprise value of $356m.

Thorsteinson was the President of Harris Corporation’s Broadcast Communications Division from 2006-2010.  He was appointed to this role following the $460m purchase by Harris of Leitch Technology Corporation, where Thorsteinson had been CEO since November 2003.

Prior to Leitch, Thorsteinson was CEO of Grass Valley Group, and oversaw the December 2001 sale of Grass Valley Group to Thomson Multimedia for $172m.

“We are delighted to have Tim Thorsteinson join Quantel to continue the company’s transformation. Tim has a proven track record of value creation, and his knowledge and experience are a great fit to grow the combined Quantel and Snell business into a major force in the rapidly changing broadcast industry,” said Chris Hurley, Managing Director Lloyds Development Capital and Quantel Board Director. “I would also like to thank Ray for all his hard work and achievements at Quantel over the past 10 years.”

“I’m very excited to be joining Quantel,” said Thorsteinson. “It is one of the larger independent businesses in our industry, with world class products and a rich history of innovation. I want to build on that tradition to create an organization 100% focused on helping our customers prosper in the media technology world.”

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Belden’s Acquisition of Miranda to Close on or Before July 27, 2012

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Advent Venture and LDC close £72m broadcasting merger

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Press Release (11-6-2003): Chyron Sells Pro-Bel to LDC

Broadcast Magazine (2002): Snell Secures £22m from Advent

Press Release (2002) Advent Venture Partners invests GBP13m in Snell & Wilcox

Variety Article (7-14-2000): Carlton sells tech arm Quantel to LDC for £51 million 

 

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Broadcast Vendor M&A: Quantel Acquires Snell

broadcast industry technology trends, Broadcast technology vendor financials, Broadcast Vendor M&A | Posted by Joe Zaller
Mar 12 2014

Quantel has announced that it will acquire fellow UK-based broadcast technology vendor Snell.

The combined company will have revenue of more than $170 million and office in 16 locations around the globe, making it one of the larger vendors in the broadcast industry.

The enlarged company will be called Quantel and headquartered in Newbury UK, Quantel’s current HQ. According to an FAQ issued by the company, all existing products from Snell and Quantel will continue, and the Snell brand will remain.

Quantel CEO Ray Cross will lead the enlarged company.

Current Snell CEO Simon Derry will exit the business after acting helping to support the integration of the two companies for several months.

Paul Martin, Managing Director of the Snell TV Everywhere division and Rob Rowe, Managing Director of the Snell Live TV division will join the Quantel board, and Tim Banks, Snell Sales Director and Peter Fredericks, Snell Finance Director are also taking leading roles in the new combined organization.

 

UK-based Companies Have Little Product Overlap

Quantel and Snell are both based in the UK, and have a significant presence in many international markets.  Both companies are viewed as high-end players in the market, with good reputations for quality, reliability, and customer service.

Although the two companies have many common customers, they have virtually no overlapping product lines. Quantel focuses on post-production graphics and color grading systems, as well as enterprise-class networked editing systems, and media asset management.  Snell is known for production switchers, signal processing gear, playout automation, and channel-in-a-box products.

Both companies have UK-based R&D and manufacturing facilities, which will likely be rationalized over the course of time, resulting in significant cost savings for the combined entity. “We will be creating a new world-class facility at the company headquarters in Newbury to produce the complete Quantel and Snell product range and we look forward to the new ideas generated when the two R&D teams start to interact,” said Quantel CEO Ray Cross.

 

Common Parent Combines Broadcast Holdings

The combination of Quantel and Snell was long-rumored in the industry, since the two companies already had a common parent, Lloyds Development Capital (LDC), the investment arm of Lloyds Bank.

LDC has held a majority stake in both Quantel and Snell for a number of years, so a primary driver for the deal was likely the internal consolidation of LDC’s long-time holdings in the broadcast technology space, creating a larger, more efficient business, with greater operating leverage.

The complementary nature of the respective Quantel and Snell product portfolios should allow the enlarged company to continue serving the needs of customers, while realizing significant cost savings through the combination of R&D and manufacturing facilities, trade show booths, regional offices, etc.

This is similar to the approach outlined last month when Belden announced it will purchase Grass Valley for $220 million, and combined it with Miranda Technologies, which it already owns.  In 2012, Belden acquired Miranda for approximately $350 million.

Like Quantel and Snell, the combined Miranda and Grass Valley have limited product overlap and many common customers. Belden’s management has said it believes significant cost savings can be achieved by rationalizing duplicate functions within the combined company.

LDC acquired Quantel in July 2000, when it funded the company’s £51 million management buyout (MBO) from Carlton Communications.

In 2009, LDC created Snell when it funded the £72 million merger of Snell & Wilcox and Pro-Bel, in a deal supported by a £25 million package of senior debt and working capital facilities provided by The Royal Bank of Scotland and HSBC. After the merger, the combined company was renamed Snell.

LDC acquired Pro-Bel in 2003 when it funded an £11.2 million MBO from Chyron.

Prior to its merger with Pro-Bel, Snell & Wilcox was owned by Advent Ventures who had funded its £22 million management buy-out in 2002.

Both Quantel and Snell are private companies, so their individual revenue figures are not disclosed publicly.

A report published immediately after the merger of Pro-Bel and Snell & Wilcox in 2009  said Snell had revenue £80m and employed 450 staff; and in 2011 Snell CEO Simon Derry said in an interview that the company’s revenue was “greater than $130 million.”

According to its website, Quantel “employs around 300 people, and operates sales and support subsidiaries in the USA, Canada, Latin America, Hong Kong, China, Japan, Korea, Australia and throughout mainland Europe.”

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TVNewsCheck Article (9-29-2011): Tech One-on-One With Simon Derry — Snell Aims To Master the U.S. Market

Advent Venture and LDC close £72m broadcasting merger

Advent Venture Partners and LDC Complete Their Portfolios Merger – March 9, 2009

Video: Pro-Bel and Snell & Wilcox CEOs Discuss Merger (2009)

Press Release (11-6-2003): Chyron Sells Pro-Bel to LDC

Broadcast Magazine (2002): Snell Secures £22m from Advent

Press Release (2002) Advent Venture Partners invests GBP13m in Snell & Wilcox

Variety Article (7-14-2000): Carlton sells tech arm Quantel to LDC for £51 million 

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Broadcast Vendor M&A: SintecMedia to Acquire Pilat Media for £63.3 million

Broadcast technology vendor financials, Broadcast Vendor M&A, Quarterly Results | Posted by Joe Zaller
Jan 17 2014

In a move that further would concentrate the broadcast business management (aka traffic & billing) market, SintecMedia and Pilat Media have announced the terms of a recommended proposal whereby SintecMedia will acquire Pilat.

Under the terms of the proposed deal, SintecMedia plans to acquire the shares of Pilat that it does not already own in an all cash deal that values Pilat at £63.3 million ($103.5m).

PE firm Riverwood Capital Management, which owns SintecMedia, will provide 49% of the financing, with the remainder funded from the existing resources of the SintecMedia Group, including (to the extent required) pursuant to a pre-existing debt facility made available to SintecMedia by Bank Leumi.

SintecMedia says its strategic plan for the Pilat business is “to gradually integrate certain functions where appropriate to realize synergies and economies of scale; but as both companies face growing demand for their products and services and, given their backlogs of work, this is unlikely to affect the vast majority of positions and staff across the two companies.”

 

Second Attempt at Merger Between SintecMedia and Pilat Media

This is not the first time that Sintec and Pilat have flirted with combining the companies.

In 2009, SintecMedia mounted a similar bid to takeover of Pilat Media, but was unable to gain the required approval of 75% of Pilat’s shareholders.

The 2009 deal valued Pilat Media at £16.3m, or about 25% of the offer currently on the table.

Once again, the newly announced deal must achieve approval from 75% of Pilat Media’s shareholders.

However, this time around the companies should have an easier time gaining this approval than they did during the time of the attempted 2009 merger.

The proposed deal already has the buy-in from Shaul Elovitch whose Eurocom Group owns 23.9% of Pilat Media, and SintecMedia already owns a further 22.7% of Pilat as a result of the attempted 2009 merger and through continued accumulation of the company’s shares.

Remaining Pilat Media shareholders with a 400% reward for their patience since rejecting SintecMedia’s 2009 overtures.  They will also be paid in cash, something pointed out by SintecMedia CEO, Amotz Yarden, who said the proposed deal represents a “substantial premium” to Pilat’s recent share value, and “the boards of SintecMedia and SMS believe that, given the economic uncertainty and market pressures facing the industry, this represents a very good opportunity for Pilat Shareholders to realize their investment in cash today.”

 

 

Third M&A Deal for SintecMedia Since Riverwood-backed Management Buyout

If the deal gains shareholder approval, it will be the third acquisition by SintecMedia since it was purchased in 2011 by PE firm Riverwood Capital Management for approximately $110m.

Sintec acquired StorerTV in January 2013, and then acquired Argo Systems a few weeks later, in an effort to bolster Sintec’s presence in the North America Market.

Whereas StoreTV and Argo Systems were relatively small deals, the tie-up with Pilat Media is a much larger and arguably transformative deal for the company, and potentially has wider ramifications in the broadcast industry as well.

By acquiring Pilat Media, Sintec will likely become one of the largest players in the broadcast business management software market, and will almost certainly be the biggest traffic & billing vendor outside of the United States where Harris Broadcast and WideOrbit are the two leading vendors.

Not only will the Pilat acquisition make SintecMedia a major player in traffic & billing, it will also transform the company into one of the larger pure-play software vendors in the broadcast space.  Both companies have more than 300 employees and a broad range of blue chip customers around the world.

 

Deal Recommended by Both Sides

Acceptance of the proposed transaction has been recommended by the boards of both companies, who said in a statement that “the management of SintecMedia and Pilat have together agreed the approach for organizing and managing the enlarged group harmoniously, leveraging the relative strengths of each organization.”

For its part, Sintec says it “attaches great importance to the skills, experience and knowledge of the existing employees of the Pilat Group, who have contributed to the success of the business to date and believes that they will benefit from enhanced career and business opportunities within the Enlarged Group,” and that “in conducting any rationalization, SintecMedia intends that the employees of the Pilat and SintecMedia groups will have equal opportunity.”

Sintec has also given assurances to the Pilat Directors that the existing employment rights (including pension and severance rights) of all Pilat Group employees will be fully safeguarded, there will be no changes in the conditions of their employment, and that SintecMedia has no any intention to change the locations of Pilat’s places of business or to re-deploy its fixed assets.

 

Management of Enlarged Company

When/if the deal closes, the board of the enlarged group will be comprised solely of existing SintecMedia directors, and the directors of Pilat Media will resign from the Pilat Board.

At that time, Pilat Media’s CEO and CFO, Avi Engel and Martin Blair, will also resign as employees of Pilat Media. Both Engel Blair will provide handover support as part of their notice period for up to one month following their resignation, and will then be released from their employment, and paid in lieu of the balance of their contractual notice period. Engel and Blair have each agreed to provide up to 15 days of additional handover assistance within the first 12 month period after the deal closes, and Engle will also enter into a consultancy agreement with SintecMedia on terms yet to be agreed.

Pilat’s Remuneration Committee has agreed to pay Engel £300,000 and Blair £40,000 respectively in recognition of their roles in effecting the acquisition. Pilat Media chairman, Michael Rosenberg, will receive £60,000 for his role in the deal.

The companies said that they expect the deal to close towards the end of Q1 2014.

When the deal closes Pilat will then be wholly owned by Sintec, and Pilat shares, which are currently traded on the AIM and TASE exchanges, will be cancelled.

 

Pilat Media’s had revenue of £23.48m for the full year 2012.  Revenue through the third quarter of 2013 was £18.69m, up 18.4% versus the same period in 2012.

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Press Release: Taldan Capital Leads $110 million the Buyout of SintecMedia

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