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AT&T acquires QuickPlay Media

Analysis, Broadcast Vendor M&A | Posted by Josh Stinehour
May 16 2016

AT&T announced today its intention to acquire Quickplay Media, a managed service provider for multi-screen distribution.  Transaction terms were not disclosed.  The deal is expected to close in mid-2016 with AT&T planning to retain more than 350 employees from the Quickplay team.

The acquisition is pending review of the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act in the US and the Competition Act in Canada.  The transaction size threshold for triggering a Hart-Scott-Rodino-Act review is $78 million, so the transaction is at least greater than $78 million – though likely more.

Quickplay had raised more than $195 (CAD) million of capital across six rounds of fundraising.

Private equity firm Madison Dearborn took a majority stake in the business in July 2012 with an investment of approximately $100 million and then subsequently led a March 2015 round of financing for an additional $57 million of capital.

Earlier rounds of series B, C, and D fundraising had raised a combined $37.7 million and included institutional investors General Catalyst Partners, JLA Ventures, and Ventures West.

Quickplay is headquartered in Toronto, with a significant presence in the San Diego area based on its acquisition of network operations center assets from the former Flo TV business in July 2011.  More recently in March 2015, Quickplay had acquired Roundbox, a technology provider for optimizing video applications over mobile networks.

The acquisition builds on an existing partnership between AT&T and QuickPlay.  Quickplay was already supporting AT&t U-verse TV Everywhere offering.  The press release announcing the transaction cited the intention for Quickplay to support the upcoming DirecTV streaming offers of DirecTV Now, DirecTV Mobile, and DirecTV Preview.

Quickplay also supports several other large video distributors including Bell, HOOQ, Rogers Communications, Verizon, and Vodafone.

Commenting on the Quickplay acquisition, John Stankey, CEO, AT&T Entertainment Group stated, “Quickplay’s multitenant IP distribution infrastructure, combined with AT&T’s leading scale in IP connected end points, will allow us to host and distribute all forms of video traffic. We intend to scale and operate an industry-leading video distribution platform, and viewers will get the high-quality online video viewing experience they desire.”

Founder and CEO of Quickplay, Wayne Purboo was quoted in the press release, as follows, “We’ve spent more than a decade developing an advanced technology and service platform that can deliver premium video content to any device and over any network. Our solution is highly automated and scalable. With AT&T, we’ll have the resources we need to further scale, grow the business, and continuously enhance that platform.”

This acquisition follows other purchases of video technology suppliers by large Telecom organizations, including the recent purchase of Volicon by Verizon and the purchase of Ooyala by Telstra.

 

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AT&T Press Release: Acquisition of Quickplay Media

 

 

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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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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

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

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Elemental Technologies Closes $14.5 Million Series D Funding Round, Adds Telstra and Sky as Investors

Broadcast technology vendor financials, Broadcast Vendor M&A, Broadcaster Financial Results | Posted by Joe Zaller
Dec 22 2014

Elemental Technologies announced that it has closed a $15m series D funding round, led by led by Australian telco giant, Telstra, who in August 2014 acquired online video platform provider Ooyala for $360m.

The company says it will use the funds to “accelerate worldwide growth and expand its suite of software-defined video (SDV) solutions to support the whole of the IP video delivery chain.”

Joining Telstra in the series D funding is leading European pay TV and broadband provider BSkyB, along with existing Elemental investors, General Catalyst Partners, Norwest Venture Partners and Voyager Capital; also participated in the funding round. Missing from this list is Disney-backed Steamboat ventures, which participated in Elemental’s previous investment rounds.

The deal brings the total amount of funding raised by Elemental to just under $45m. In May 2012 Elemental announced it closed a $13m fundraising round led by Norwest Venture Partners (NVP).   In 2010, the company closed a $7.5 funding round, led by General Catalyst, Voyager Capital and Steamboat Ventures.

Elemental did not provide details on the company’s valuation following the deal, what percentage of the company is now owned by Telstra and Sky, or whether the company’s existing investors have maintained their same percentage ownership after the latest deal.

However, a press release from Sky, indicates the pay TV platform has invested $4m into the company though its “ongoing program of investing in innovative startups” that to date include cross-platform network Whistle Sports; online video aggregator Pluto.TV, and US ad tech firm Sharethrough.

According to published reports, Elemental had 142 employees and revenue of $32.3m for the full year 2013, and had grown top-line revenue by 887% over the previous three years.  The company says its products have been adopted by more than 600 customers in more than 55 countries.

Although there are no financial metrics available for 2014, during an April 2014 panel of vendor CEOs that I moderated as part of Shifting Media Economics: Impact on Strategy, Finance, and Technology, which is co-produced by Devoncroft and the NAB Show, Elemental founder and CEO Sam Blackman told an audience of nearly 400 industry executives that he expected his company to achieve growth of more than 50% this year.

The fact that very large end-users are investing in Elemental is an interesting development.

According to a statement, Telstra has started to roll out 4G LTE services on new 700MHz spectrum to deliver ultra-fast mobile data speeds, and the telco plans to “leverage the entire Elemental product line, with a specific focus on Elemental Delta for its next-generation content delivery services.”

“With its software-defined video processing and delivery solutions, Elemental is at the forefront of video delivery and the evolution of content monetization. Our investment in Elemental will enable Telstra to create value for our global media customers,” said Mark Sherman, Global Enterprise and Services Managing Director, Ventures, for Telstra. “Elemental’s unique offer provides the flexibility and scalability to ensure a great customer experience despite high network traffic demands.”

Sky says that is investment in Elemental “will give the company valuable access to an entertainment company that is at the forefront of multi-platform, multi-device video – delivering OTT content at scale to millions of customers.”

Emma Lloyd, Sky’s Director of Corporate Business Development and Startup investments, said “Internet-delivered video is fundamental to Sky’s business and will continue to grow in importance as more and more customers access content across multiple screens and devices.  By investing in Elemental, we not only strengthen our existing commercial partnership, but we have the opportunity to share perspectives and insight into how the combination of new technologies and changing customer demands will shape the video landscape of the future.”

Elemental’s take on the deal was outlined by Blackman in a blog post published today, which says:

“As with any financing round, the timing and the deal need to be right. But fundamentally, it boils down to a shared belief that we can all evolve faster if we’re strategically aligned around a core goal of transforming the media landscape. In many ways, 2015 will mark an inflection point for the video industry as content creators and aggregators deliver ever-more innovative multiscreen services. Furthermore, as the number of video-capable IP devices heads to 15 billion according to Ericsson, next-generation software-defined video infrastructure is required to support gigascale video distribution

With an industry inflection point upon us, this alignment among market leaders will speed the transition to software-defined video architectures. For Telstra, Elemental’s video solutions are fundamental to its next-generation network strategy, which it is rapidly evolving to software, virtualization and cloud-based workflows. As our shared news today indicates, Telstra will use Elemental products across its large portfolio of media properties. For Sky, Elemental solutions support its current multiscreen OTT Sky Go properties, and as SDV architectures continue to mature, we believe there will be additional opportunities to collaborate in the future.

Together, Telstra, Sky and Elemental can further the progress towards a shared vision of software-defined video solutions that are highly scalable, flexible and upgradable and which lower the barriers to bringing content to any device.”

 

Today’s Elemental announcement 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: Elemental Fuels Global Ambitions with $14.5M in Telstra-led Financing

Sky Press Release: Sky Invests in Multiscreen Video Leader Elemental

Telstra Buys Online Video Platform Ooyala for $360 Million Equity Value

Ooyala Receives $43 Million Investment From Telstra To Accelerate Adoption of Its Market-leading Video Analytics

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

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: Private Equity Firm Acquires Telestream

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

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

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Telstra Buys Online Video Platform Ooyala for $360 Million Equity Value

Broadcast technology vendor financials, Broadcast Vendor M&A | Posted by Joe Zaller
Aug 13 2014

Telstra, Australia’s largest telecommunications provider, has paid $270m to purchase 75% of online video platform provider Ooyala. When the deal closes, Telstra will own 98% of Ooyala.

Telstra previously invested $61m over two funding rounds to acquire 23% of Ooyala. In June 2012, Telstra participated in a $35m fundraising round. In December 2013, Telstra invested an additional $43m in Ooyala. 

The deal values Ooyala at $360m, which slightly overstates the cash price incurred by Telstra since its actual cash outlay was $331 million ($270m + $61m).

$360m is a strong valuation for Ooyala, which has 330 employees and is forecasting revenue of $65m for calendar year 2014.  It’s also a strong valuation in the context of an analogous public comparable Brightcove, which trades on the NASDAQ.

Brightcove’s stock presently trades at an equity value of approximately $200 million, though Brightcove is meaningfully larger than Ooyala on a revenue basis. Assuming similar gross margins as Brightcove, these data points would suggest Ooyala has yet to reach profitability.  However, it would appear prioritizing growth over profitability was a beneficial strategy since the implied revenue multiple is 5.5x and the cash-on-cash return to investors was approximately 4.4x (as detailed below).

Ooyala was founded in 2007 and raised approximately $122 million before the acquisition by Telstra.  $61 million of this amount was from Telstra itself; the remaining $61 million included participation from Ropart Asset Management, Amazon Web Services, Sierra Ventures, Rembrandt Venture Partners, The CID Group, ITOCHU Technology Ventures, Motorola Mobility Ventures, and EDB Investments Pte. Ltd.

Ooyala is the first investment by Telstra’s Global Applications & Platforms group, whose mission is to create “long-term global growth in markets that are adjacent to Telstra’s core business, where software disrupts traditional business models.”

In announcing the transaction, Ooyala’s CEO Jay Fulcher posted an open letter to Ooyala employees, which enthusiastically outlines the rationale for the transaction and discussed the future market opportunity.  “Our opportunity is enormous” said Fulcher. “The market for the technologies and services we provide is will be [sic] worth tens of billions in the next few years. To win requires a heavy investment in people, infrastructure, R&D and technology.”

The transaction will require US regulatory approval, though is expected to close within 60 days.

Ooyala will operate as an independent subsidiary of Telstra, retaining both its brand and management team.

In 2013, Telstra generated more than $AUD 26 billion in revenue.

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Related Content:

Press Release: Telstra to acquire leading video platform company Ooyala

An open letter to Ooyala employees from CEO Jay Fulcher

Press Release: Ooyala Receives $43 Million Investment From Telstra To Accelerate Adoption of Its Market-leading Video Analytics

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