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closed 10/1/2014 via Company Press Release

Kakao, merged with Daum Communications

synopsis: Kakao Corp and Daum announced that they have merged through an equity swap. Kakao is the maker of KakaoTalk, South Korea’s top messaging service, while Daum is one of the country’s largest Internet portals. The company provides on-line advertising and transaction services.
buyer: Kakao (KOSE:A035720:$2,432.03)
Kakao is a South Korea based company that is recognized for KakaoTalk, one of the most popular mobile chat apps in Asia. It has built an ecosystem of apps around KakaoTalk, giving users the ability to access a variety of services with one Kakao account. "
target: Daum Communications (KOSDAQ:A03:$517.98)
Daum Communications Corp., an Internet media company, provides communications, online shopping, entertainment, and financial services. It operates in four divisions: Internet Media, E-commerce, Finance, and Entertainment.
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closed 6/12/2020 via PR Newswire

Matt McCann, acquired LTC News

synopsis: Matt McCann, a North American veteran of the long-term care (LTC) insurance industry, has acquired LTC News, an online resource that helps people plan for the financial costs and burdens of aging. LTC News provides news and information about long-term care insurance planning and products, health, and retirement.
buyer: Matt McCann
Matt McCann is one of North America's leading specialists on long-term care insurance products and long-term healthcare planning. Matt McCann is licensed in all 50 states and represents all major insurance companies that offer long-term care planning products. "
target: LTC News
LTC News is an online resource that helps people plan for the financial costs and burdens of aging. LTC News provides news and information about long-term care insurance planning and products, health, and retirement to help consumers prepare their family and finances for the challenges of longevity.
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announced 4/30/2020 via BNC Analysis

Polsat Media, will acquire Interia Group

synopsis: Telewizja Polsat sp. z o.o. entered into a preliminary agreement with Bauer Media for the acquisition of 100% of the shares in Grupa Interia.pl sp. z o.o. The Interia.pl Group is a leading player on the new generation Polish media market. Every month, almost 19 million people use access to the latest information, trivia and entertainment.
buyer parent: Pola Investments Ltd.
buyer: Polsat Media
Telewizja Polsat is the first independent and the leading TV station in Poland that is part of the Cyfrowy Polsat media group. The program offer is built mainly on the basis of own TV series combined with a rich portfolio of feature films, foreign series and world-class entertainment. "
target parent: Bauer Media Group
target: Interia Group
The Interia.pl Group is a leading player on the new generation Polish media market. Every month, almost 19 million people use access to the latest information, trivia and entertainment, as well as the best way to communicate with the world.
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$102
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closed 4/29/2020 via BNC Analysis

The Athletic, acquired Tifo Football

synopsis: The Athletic, a subscription-based publisher of premium sports journalism, has acquired Tifo Football, a UK-based engagement platform for football media. The acquisition of Tifo allows The Athletic to produce additional original, quality sports content for consumers.
buyer: The Athletic
The Athletic is a subscription-based publisher of premium sports journalism. The Athletic offers in-depth local coverage in 47 North American pro sports markets along with premium national coverage across MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL, NCAA & more. "
target: Tifo Football
UK-based Tifo Football is an online engagement platform for football. Tifo offers a multi-media content platform that provides high-quality, unique articles & videos and the uMAXit Football predictor game, a free alternative to the more traditional football accumulator and pools games.
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closed 3/30/2020 via PR Newswire

AlleyCorp, acquired Meetup Inc.

synopsis: NEW YORK, March 30, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Meetup, one of the world's first social media platforms and the only one dedicated to groups that meet in-person or online during times of crisis, today announced that the company has been acquired. The consortium of investors is led by Kevin Ryan's AlleyCorp and includes mission-driven private funds and acc
buyer: AlleyCorp
AlleyCorp is a firm dedicated to founding and funding companies in New York City. The firm has helped build some of New York’s most successful technology companies, including DoubleClick, Gilt Groupe, and Business Insider. AlleyCorp invests in early-stage companies across consumer and enterprise. "
target parent: WeWork
target: Meetup Inc.
Meetup is the leading social media platform dedicated to connecting people in person or online during times of crisis. From professional networking to coding workshops, people use Meetup to meet new people in real life who share those same passions or professional aspirations.
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closed 3/11/2020 via BusinessWire

LIVEKINDLY co., acquired LIVEKINDLY

synopsis: LIVEKINDLY, the fastest growing plant-based media publisher, announced its acquisition by the LIVEKINDLY co., formerly Foods United. Covering all the latest news, celebrity interviews, recipes and more, LIVEKINDLY is the go-to source for inspiring, thought-provoking content focused on embracing a sustainable and compassionate lifestyle.
buyer: LIVEKINDLY co.
LIVEKINDLY co., formerly Foods United, is now the leading collective of heritage and start-up brands committed to changing the future of food through the creation of delicious plant-based products, without the need for animals or the depletion of natural resources. "
target: LIVEKINDLY
Founded in 2017, LIVEKINDLY is the premier plant-based media publisher. Covering all the latest news, celebrity interviews, recipes and more, LIVEKINDLY is the go-to source for inspiring, thought-provoking content focused on embracing a sustainable and compassionate lifestyle.
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closed 2/28/2020 via GlobeNewswire

Better Collective A/S, acquired HLTV.org ApS

synopsis: Better Collective, a leading sports betting media group, has acquired HLTV.org ApS, the leading Counter-Strike coverage site in the world with on-site coverage of all major tournaments, they feature HLTV, GOTV, demos, news, results, standings, videos, photos and much more. HLTV.org ApS includes the assets HLTV.org and dust2.dk.
buyer: Better Collective A/S (OM:BETCO:$75.22)
Denmark-based Better Collective is a developer of digital platforms for betting tips, bookmaker information and iGaming communities. Better Collective’s portfolio includes more than 2,000+ websites and products, including bettingexpert.com, the trusted home of tips from expert tipsters. "
target: HLTV.org ApS
HLTV.org is the leading Counter-Strike coverage site in the world with on-site coverage of all major tournaments, they feature HLTV, GOTV, demos, news, results, standings, videos, photos and much more. HLTV.org ApS includes the assets HLTV.org and dust2.dk.
price ($mm)
$29
rev ($mm)
$5
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EV / rev
6.9x
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announced 2/13/2020 via BNC Analysis

Spotify Ltd, will acquire The Ringer

synopsis: Spotify is to acquire The Ringer, a sports and pop culture website and podcast network, founded in 2016. The flagship podcast, the Bill Simmons Podcast, is an interview show hosted by Simmons, featuring other Ringer writers and podcast hosts as well as athletes, filmmakers, comedians, and pop culture figures.
buyer: Spotify Ltd (SPOT:$7,317.18)
Spotify is a commercial music streaming service that provides digital content from a range of record labels and artists. Users can browse through the interface by artist, album, genre, playlist, record label, and direct searches. "
target: The Ringer
The Ringer is a sports and pop culture website and podcast network, founded in 2016. The flagship podcast, the Bill Simmons Podcast, is an interview show hosted by Simmons, featuring other Ringer writers and podcast hosts as well as athletes, filmmakers, comedians, and pop culture figures.
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$200
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closed 2/5/2020 via BNC Analysis

Cards Against Humanity, acquired ClickHole

synopsis: Cards Against Humanity,  the company behind the card game of the same name, has acquired the satirical site ClickHole from G/O Media. ClickHole is a satirical website formerly owned by The Onion that parodies clickbait websites such as BuzzFeed and Upworthy.
buyer: Cards Against Humanity
Cards Against Humanity, LLC is a Chicago-based game design firm. Following a successful Kickstarter project, their first product, Cards Against Humanity, became the top-selling game on Amazon.com and has sold out three printings. "
target parent: Great Hill Partners LLC
target: ClickHole
ClickHole is a satirical website formerly owned by The Onion that parodies clickbait websites such as BuzzFeed and Upworthy. It was launched on June 12, 2014, in conjunction with The Onion's decision to stop its print edition and shift its focus exclusively to the internet.
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closed 2/5/2020 via PR Newswire

Dotdash, acquired Mother Nature Network

synopsis: Dotdash has announced its acquisition of Mother Nature Network, a top online destination for sustainability, environmental, and responsible living content, and its subsidiary, TreeHugger, a leading publisher dedicated to driving sustainability mainstream, from Narrative Content Group.
buyer parent: IAC
buyer: Dotdash
Dotdash's vibrant brands help over 100 million users each month find answers, solve problems, and get inspired. Dotdash is among the largest publishers online, and its brands are the fastest-growing in their respective categories. "
target parent: Narrative Content Group
target: Mother Nature Network
Mother Nature Network (MNN) is a leading online network for news and information related to the environment and responsible living. MNN is designed for people who want to make the world a better place.
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announced 12/18/2019 via BNC Analysis

Bloomberg L.P., will acquire CityLab

synopsis: Bloomberg Media will acquire CityLab, The Atlantic’s news site for solutions-based journalism on urban innovation and the future of cities. Bloomberg will also acquire the CityLab event series, a global summit that gathers mayors and urban leaders to discuss and share creative, scalable solutions to the major challenges faced by cities globally.
buyer: Bloomberg L.P.
Bloomberg is a global business and financial information and news leader that gives influential decision makers a critical edge by connecting them to a dynamic network of information, people, and ideas. "
target parent: Emerson Collective
target: CityLab
CityLab was founded as a stand-alone site by The Atlantic in 2011. CityLab investigates the trends and innovative solutions shaping the urban future, focusing on the biggest ideas and most pressing issues facing the world’s metro areas and neighborhoods.
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closed 12/18/2019 via BNC Analysis

AthletesVoice, acquired The Roar

synopsis: AthletesVoice, an Australian media company focused on rich and relatable sports storytelling, has acquired The Roar from Australian Radio Network (ARN), a media and entertainment company in Australia. The Roar is Australia’s leading sports opinion website. The Roar combines expert columnists with edited fan-written sports articles and videos.
buyer: AthletesVoice
AthletesVoice is an Australian media company focused on rich and relatable sports storytelling. AthletesVoice allows sportspeople to share their thoughts, hopes, dreams and fears. Their platform provides stories, videos, and podcasts from elite sportspeople in Australia. "
target: The Roar
The Roar is Australia’s leading sports opinion website. The Roar combines expert columnists with edited fan-written sports articles and videos. The website publishes around 600 fan articles and more than 60,000 comments from nearly two million visitors.
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closed 12/4/2019 via Company Press Release

Dynasty League Football, acquired FFStatistics

synopsis: Dynasty League Football, the industry leading source for Dynasty Fantasy Football news, and analysis, has acquired FFStatistics, the premier source for Fantasy Football data, visualizations and tools. FFStatistics offers premium articles that cover redraft, dynasty, best-ball, and DFS from some of the best writers in the fantasy football industry.
buyer: Dynasty League Football
Dynasty League Football (DLF) is the industry leading source for Dynasty Fantasy Football news, and analysis. DLF provides in-depth year-round coverage to fantasy football enthusiasts who prefer the heightened challenge offered by the dynasty format of fantasy football. "
target: FFStatistics
FFStatistics is the premier source for Fantasy Football data, visualizations and tools. FFStatistics offers premium articles that cover redraft, dynasty, best-ball, and DFS from some of the best writers in the fantasy football industry.
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announced 11/20/2019 via Company Press Release

Mixi, Inc., will acquire Net Dreamers Co., Ltd.

synopsis: Mixi, Inc, a Japanese social networking service, will acquire Net Dreamers Co., Ltd., a Japanese company that develops horse racing websites and mobile games. Net Dreamers operates netkeiba.com, the largest horse racing media outlet in Japan. The company also operates Weekly Baseball Online, a baseball news site.
buyer: Mixi, Inc. (TSE:2121:$1,098.60)
Mixi is a Japanese social networking service that allows users to connect with their friends in a convenient way. It enables users to send and receive messages, write in a diary, read and comment on others' diaries, organize and join communities, and invite their friends. "
target: Net Dreamers Co., Ltd.
Net Dreamers is a Japanese company that develops horse racing websites and mobile games. Net Dreamers operates netkeiba.com, the largest horse racing media outlet in Japan. Their games include Tiki Chiki Derby and Puzzle Derby. The company also operates Weekly Baseball Online, a baseball news site.
price ($mm)
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$27
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closed 10/30/2019 via Company Press Release

Leever Partners, acquired Ski Racing Media

synopsis: Ski Racing Media officially announced that Dan Leever has acquired the assets of Ski Racing Media. Colorado-based Leever Partners is the firm responsible for the investment, of which Leever serves as Chairman. Since its inception, Ski Racing has been the industry-leading English language source for alpine ski racing news.
buyer: Leever Partners
Leever Partners is an investment firm based out of Vail, Colorado. It is operated by Managing Partner, Dan Leever, and Principal, Kris Ochs. "
target: Ski Racing Media
Since its inception, Ski Racing has been the industry-leading English language source for alpine ski racing news. Today, Ski Racing Media’s offerings span nearly all conceivable digital platforms with a branded website, mobile application, video outlets, and three integrated social media channels.
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closed 10/30/2019 via BNC Analysis

Wirtualna Polska S.A., acquired AutoCentrum.pl S.A.

synopsis: Wirtualna Polska SA (WP) has acquired 100 percent shares of Autocentrum.pl, a Polish automotive website and provider of video content and aggregation of product data for the automotive industry. WP, in turn, has experience building the largest automotive content website, Auto Cult.
buyer parent: Grupa Wirtualna Polska
buyer: Wirtualna Polska S.A. (WSE:WPL:$169.45)
Wirtualna Polska SA owns and operates a Website which offers online services such as e-mail, games, and more. Wirtualna Polska is one of the most popular websites in Poland. Wirtualna Polska SA was founded in 1995 by Marek Borzestowski and is based in Gdansk, Poland. "
target parent: Oponeo.pl Spolka Akcyjna
target: AutoCentrum.pl S.A.
Autocentrum.pl is a Polish automotive website. AutoCentrum.pl was created based on the idea of ​​"users for users" and allows users to exchange information with other car enthusiasts. AutoCentrum is a provider of video content and aggregation of product data for the automotive industry.
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closed 10/10/2019 via BusinessWire

New Frontier Data, acquired Civilized

synopsis: New Frontier Data, the global authority in data, analytics and business intelligence and the only Big Data tech solution solely focused on the cannabis space, is acquiring leading cannabis lifestyle and engagement digital platform - Civilized Worldwide Inc.
buyer: New Frontier Data
New Frontier Data is an independent, technology-driven analytics company specializing in the cannabis industry. It offers vetted data, actionable business intelligence and risk management solutions for investors, operators, researchers and policymakers. "
target: Civilized
Civilized is the leading lifestyle media brand that connects millions of cannabis consumers, influencers and the canna-curious with both niche and mainstream content, events and experiences, and fashion. They are based in Saint John, NB, Canada.
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closed 10/9/2019 via DGAP

Fast Finance24, acquired OK.de

synopsis: Fast Finance24 Holding AG, a mobile payday loan and consumer credit lender in Germany, has acquired OK.de, a free e-mail provider in Germany. OK.de provides unlimited online storage, an organizer, online games, and more. Their comparison tool allows users to compare prices for electricity, gas, car rentals, DSL, and more.
buyer: Fast Finance24 (XTRA:CSY:$0.05)
Fast Finance 24 (FF24) is a mobile payday loan and consumer credit lender in Germany. FF24 provides tailored financial services to underbanked people facing short-term economic issue. They offer payday loans up to 400€ with a maturity period of up to 30 days. "
target: OK.de
OK.de is a free e-mail provider in Germany. OK.de provides unlimited online storage, an organizer, online games, and more. OK.de also provides news about Germany, lifestyle, sports, and politics. Their comparison tool allows users to compare prices for electricity, gas, car rentals, DSL, and more.
price ($mm)
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$1
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closed 10/2/2019 via PR Newswire

Dotdash, acquired Liquor.com

synopsis: Dotdash, a digital media company, has acquired Liquor.com, the largest premium digital media company with a focus on cocktails, spirits, entertaining, and culture. Liquor.com is the premier resource for spirits content, recipes, advice, and recommendations. They offer unique content and experiences that inspire great living for millions of people.
buyer parent: IAC
buyer: Dotdash
Dotdash's vibrant brands help over 100 million users each month find answers, solve problems, and get inspired. Dotdash is among the largest publishers online, and its brands are the fastest-growing in their respective categories. "
target: Liquor.com
Liquor.com is the leading media company dedicated to good drinking and great living. Liquor.com is the premier resource for spirits content, recipes, advice, and recommendations. They offer unique content and experiences that inspire great living for millions of people each month.
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closed 10/2/2019 via New York Times

Vice Media Inc., acquired Refinery29

synopsis: Vice Media, the insurgent media brand known for its arch take on youth culture and entertainment, has acquired the women’s lifestyle publisher Refinery29. Refinery29 is a global media and entertainment company focused on celebrating women, their diverse voices and experiences.
buyer: Vice Media Inc.
VICE was launched in 1994 as a 'punk zine'​ and has expanded into a leading global youth media company. VICE operates the world’s premier original online video destination, VICE.COM, an international network of digital channels, a television production studio, a magazine, a record label, and more. "
target: Refinery29
Refinery29 is a global media and entertainment company focused on celebrating women, their diverse voices and experiences. Refinery29 tells stories through multiple channels and content categories — from articles to social media, events to short films, 29Rooms to TV.
price ($mm)
$400
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$100
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closed 9/18/2014 via BNC Analysis

Daum Communications, acquired Seoulbus Inc.

synopsis: Daum Communications acquired smartphone app SeoulBus. The app provides bus and bus stop information including real-time bus arrival and bus route information with the whereabouts of the bus in real time. In addition, it offers nearby bus stops based on the users’ location.
buyer: Daum Communications (KOSDAQ:A03:$517.98)
Daum Communications Corp., an Internet media company, provides communications, online shopping, entertainment, and financial services. It operates in four divisions: Internet Media, E-commerce, Finance, and Entertainment. "
target: Seoulbus Inc.
Seoulbus Inc. provides smartphone application including bus and bus stop information, real-time bus arrival and bus route information. The company is based in Seoul, South Korea.
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closed 10/1/2014 via Company Press Release

Kakao, merged with Daum Communications

synopsis: Kakao Corp and Daum announced that they have merged through an equity swap. Kakao is the maker of KakaoTalk, South Korea’s top messaging service, while Daum is one of the country’s largest Internet portals. The company provides on-line advertising and transaction services.
buyer: Kakao (KOSE:A035720:$2,432.03)
Kakao is a South Korea based company that is recognized for KakaoTalk, one of the most popular mobile chat apps in Asia. It has built an ecosystem of apps around KakaoTalk, giving users the ability to access a variety of services with one Kakao account. "
target: Daum Communications (KOSDAQ:A03:$517.98)
Daum Communications Corp., an Internet media company, provides communications, online shopping, entertainment, and financial services. It operates in four divisions: Internet Media, E-commerce, Finance, and Entertainment.
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announced 8/16/2010 via BusinessWire

Ybrant Digital, will acquire Lycos, Inc.

synopsis: Ybrant Digital, the end-to-end provider of digital marketing solutions, announced the signing of the stock purchase agreement to acquire Lycos Inc., the leading brand of search based internet properties and services, from Daum Communications of Korea.
buyer: Ybrant Digital (BSE:532368:$325.42)
Ybrant Digital offers Digital Marketing solutions to businesses, agencies, and online publishers worldwide. With over 20 billion impressions a month, Ybrant's network serves leading brands such as SAP, Porsche, Ford, UPS, and Swissair. "
target parent: Daum Communications
target: Lycos, Inc. (:$325.42)
Lycos' award-winning products and services include tools for video viewing and sharing, social networking, blogging, web publishing and hosting, online games, e-mail, and search. Lycos consistently averages 12 - 15 million monthly unique visitors in the U.S.
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closed 7/12/2006 via PR Newswire

Conde Nast Publications Inc., purchased Wired News from Lycos, Inc.

synopsis: LYCOS, Inc., a leading entertainment destination for creators and consumers of quality content, today announced the sale of its award-winning Wired News property for $25.0 million to Conde Nast Publications, owner of WIRED Magazine.
buyer parent: Advance Publications, Inc.
buyer: Conde Nast Publications Inc.
Condé Nast Publications, home to many of the world's celebrated magazines and websites, is committed to journalistic integrity, influential reporting and superior design. Each of our magazines features renowned editors, writers and photographers. "
seller parent: Daum Communications
seller: Lycos, Inc. (:$325.42)
Lycos, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Daum Communications, Corp., the leading Internet company in Korea and a leader throughout the Asian markets. Lycos, Inc. has in its portfolio a broad range of highly rated, popular specialty sites including Lycos.com, Angelfire.com.
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$25
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closed 3/6/2006 via BusinessWire

eSignal, acquired Quote.com, Inc.

synopsis: Interactive Data Corporation announced the closing of the Company's acquisition of the assets of Quote.com(R) and certain other related assets from Lycos, Inc for $30 million in cash. The assets of Quote.com will now be operated as part of Interactive Data's eSignal business.
buyer parent: Pearson plc
buyer: eSignal
eSignal division of Interactive Data Corporation is a leading global provider of financial and business information to professional and active individual investors. eSignal provides streaming, real-time market data, news and analytics. "
target parent: Daum Communications
target: Quote.com, Inc.
Quote.com, also known as the Lycos Finance division, markets four distinct offerings that deliver financial content and trading tools to active traders and individual investors.
price ($mm)
$30
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$13
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closed 2/12/2020 via BNC Analysis

Kakao Games, acquired XLGames

synopsis: Black Desert Online publisher Kakao Games has acquired a majority stake in XL Games, a video game development company based in South Korea that publishes ArcheAge, an MMORPG, and Moonlight Sculptor, a mobile MMO.
buyer parent: Kakao
buyer: Kakao Games
Kakao Games is a multi-platform game publisher and developer headquartered in South Korea. It is a subsidiary of Kakao Corp. As a game publisher, it is known for Black Desert Online, a successful MMORPG in the global market, and PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, a FPS hit. "
target: XLGames
XL Games is a video game development company based in South Korea that publishes ArcheAge, an MMORPG, and Moonlight Sculptor, a mobile MMO.
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announced 12/18/2019 via BNC Analysis

Yanadoo Co.,Ltd will be merged with Kakao Kids,

synopsis: Kakao Kids and Yanadoo, a fast-growing English conversation training company, are merging. It is a transaction that is grabbing industry attention, as it combines a company specializing in adult education with one focused on kids. Yanadoo offers an English vocabulary app that is designed to help users learn new words in 10 minutes a day.
buyer parent: Kakao
buyer: Kakao Kids
Kakao Kids Co., Ltd. is a global mobile service company that provides the premium kids platform 'Kakao Kids'. Kakao Kids serves the Americas, Europe, and Asia worldwide, and provides educational content including world-class educational content and famous animation. "
target: Yanadoo Co.,Ltd
Yanadoo is a fast-growing English conversation training company based in Seoul. Yanadoo offers an English vocabulary app that is designed to help users learn new words in 10 minutes a day.
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$33
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closed 7/17/2019 via BNC Analysis

Kakao Pay, acquired Inbyu

synopsis: KakaoPay Corp., fintech unit of Korea’s largest messaging app operator Kakao Corp., has acquired online insurance service startup Inbyu to bolster its portfolio. Short for “Insurance By You,” Inbyu is an online platform for purchasing insurance, allowing subscribers to choose insurance terms depending on coverage needs.
buyer parent: Kakao
buyer: Kakao Pay
Kakao Pay is the financial technology division of Kakao. Kakao Pay is a platform that goes beyond cashless to effortless that is completely different from traditional finance, which is difficult and cumbersome. "
target: Inbyu
Short for “Insurance By You,” Inbyu is an online platform for purchasing insurance, allowing subscribers to choose insurance terms depending on coverage needs, instead of having to buying a standardized insurance package.
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Kakao, acquired JOH & Company

synopsis: Mobile messenger giant Kakao has acquired the entire stake of JOH & Co., a South Korean brand consulting firm established by Kakao’s new CEO Joh Su-yong. Kakao purchased a 45.5 percent stake of JOH from its venture capital arm Kakao Investment and also acquired the remaining stake -- which includes 34.09 percent shares held by Joh.
buyer: Kakao (KOSE:A035720:$2,432.03)
Kakao is a global mobile lifestyle platform company with services spanning messaging, mail, search, news, advertising, gaming, e-commerce, music, maps and more. Based in South Korea, Daum Kakao reaches consumers, businesses and others via its popular platforms: KakaoTalk, KakaoGame, and more. "
target: JOH & Company
Founded in 2010, JOH & Company is a small and medium-sized company engaged in brand design marketing consulting, publishing business, restaurant business, household goods development and distribution and sales business.
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announced 2/14/2018 via BNC Analysis

Kakao T, will acquire Luxi Co., Ltd.

synopsis: Kakao Mobility, a South Korean company that operates the transportation service Kakao T, will acquire Luxi Co., Ltd., a mobile ride-sharing platform in South Korea that connects drivers and passengers with similar commutes. Luxi's mission is to settle traffic and environmental problems by establishing a safe and pleasant 'carpool culture'.
buyer parent: Kakao
buyer: Kakao T
Kakao Mobility is a Kakao subsidiary that operates the transportation service Kakao T. Kakao T is the most popular cab-hailing mobile app in South Korea. Kakao T makes it easier for users to use and pay for taxi services in South Korea. "
target: Luxi Co., Ltd.
Luxi Co., Ltd. is a mobile ride-sharing platform in South Korea that connects drivers and passengers with similar commutes. Their mission is to settle traffic and environmental problems by establishing a safe and pleasant 'carpool culture'. Luxi has over 200,000 registered cars and 780,000 members.
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$23
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announced 1/11/2016 via BNC Analysis

Kakao, will acquire LOEN Entertainment

synopsis: Kakao, South Korea’s dominant mobile messaging app that merged with Internet company Daum, is pinning its international expansion hopes on music after it announced plans to buy a majority stake in Loen Entertainment, the company behind Korea’s top online music service MelOn.
buyer: Kakao (KOSE:A035720:$2,432.03)
Kakao is South Korea’s dominant mobile messaging app. Kakao is a South Korean internet company established in 2014. It was formed from a merger of Daum Communications and Kakao to Daum Kakao in 2014, and Daum Kakao changed its name to Kakao in 2015. "
target parent: Affinity Equity Partners
target: LOEN Entertainment (A016170:$284.66)
Loen Entertainment Co., formerly Seoul Records, is a South Korean record label. Loen Entertainment is a provider of Korea’s premier music download/streaming platform, MelOn.
price ($mm)[EV]
$1,557 [$1,409]*
rev ($mm)
$304
EBITDA ($mm)
$70
EV / rev
6.2x
EV / EBITDA
26.9x
closed 8/13/2015 via BNC Analysis

Webzen Inc., acquired OnNet

synopsis: Webzen, a South Korean developer and publisher of video games, has bought a 86.21% stake in OnNet, a company that develops and publishes Internet-based entertainment products in South Korea and internationally.
buyer: Webzen Inc. (A069080:$64.37)
Webzen, Inc. is a South Korean developer and publisher of video games. The company, together with its subsidiaries, also engages in software licensing and related services all over the world. "
target parent: Daum Kakao
target: OnNet
OnNet Co., Ltd. develops and publishes Internet-based entertainment products in South Korea and internationally. Its products include Shot Online and Project TGO, online golf games; and more. The company was founded in 1996 and is headquartered in Seongnam, South Korea.
price ($mm)[EV]
$6.78 [$0.56]*
rev ($mm)
$16
EBITDA ($mm)
$2
EV / rev
0.3x
EV / EBITDA
2.5x
announced 5/29/2015 via Company Press Release

Daum Kakao, will acquire Path, Inc.

synopsis: Daum Kakao Corp., a leading mobile lifestyle platform provider, announced a definitive agreement to acquire Path. The acquisition will take form in Daum Kakao carrying out an asset acquisition of Path the social network and Path Talk the messaging app. Path is a quality, private social network available for Android and other smartphones.
buyer: Daum Kakao (KOSE:A035720:$2,432.03)
Daumkakao is a global mobile lifestyle platform company with services spanning messaging, mail, search, news, advertising, gaming, e-commerce, music, maps and more. Daumkakao reaches consumers, businesses and others via its portfolio of popular assets: KakaoTalk, KakaoGame, Daum Mail and more. "
target: Path, Inc.
Path is a quality, private social network available for Android and other smartphones. Users can also share music, movies, check-ins, trips, workouts, photos, and more. Users can share their path moments on other social media platforms.
price ($mm)
rev ($mm)
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
EV / EBITDA
announced 5/27/2015 via BNC Analysis

Daum Kakao, will acquire Loc&All

synopsis: Daum Kakao said that it has decided to acquire Loc&All, a startup known for its major hit navigation app Kimgisa, which means "Driver Kim" in Korean. The app has more than 8 million subscribers, and is one of nation's two biggest mobile navigation services along with SK Telecom's T-Map.
buyer: Daum Kakao (KOSE:A035720:$2,432.03)
Daumkakao is a global mobile lifestyle platform company with services spanning messaging, mail, search, news, advertising, gaming, e-commerce, music, maps and more. Daumkakao reaches consumers, businesses and others via its portfolio of popular assets: KakaoTalk, KakaoGame, Daum Mail and more. "
target: Loc&All
Loc&All is a startup known for its major hit navigation app Kimgisa, which means "Driver Kim" in Korean. Kimgisa is a location-based app for iOS and Android that acts as a sort of touch-screen sat-nav device.
price ($mm)
$57
rev ($mm)
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
EV / EBITDA
closed 1/5/2015 via BNC Analysis

Kakao, acquired Kids Note Inc.

synopsis: Daum Kakao Corp. has purchased Kids Note Inc., a local childcare solutions provider, in line with its efforts to expand its "online to offline" business portfolio. Kids Note allows institutions to provide parents with information regarding to their children, including meal plans and other important announcements.
buyer: Kakao (KOSE:A035720:$2,432.03)
Kakao is a South Korea based company that is recognized for KakaoTalk, one of the most popular mobile chat apps in Asia. It has built an ecosystem of apps around KakaoTalk, giving users the ability to access a variety of services with one Kakao account. "
target: Kids Note Inc.
Kids Note Inc. is a local childcare solutions provider. It allows institutions to provide parents with information regarding to their children, including meal plans and other important announcements.
price ($mm)
rev ($mm)
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
EV / EBITDA
closed 10/1/2014 via Company Press Release

Kakao, merged with Daum Communications

synopsis: Kakao Corp and Daum announced that they have merged through an equity swap. Kakao is the maker of KakaoTalk, South Korea’s top messaging service, while Daum is one of the country’s largest Internet portals. The company provides on-line advertising and transaction services.
buyer: Kakao (KOSE:A035720:$2,432.03)
Kakao is a South Korea based company that is recognized for KakaoTalk, one of the most popular mobile chat apps in Asia. It has built an ecosystem of apps around KakaoTalk, giving users the ability to access a variety of services with one Kakao account. "
target: Daum Communications (KOSDAQ:A03:$517.98)
Daum Communications Corp., an Internet media company, provides communications, online shopping, entertainment, and financial services. It operates in four divisions: Internet Media, E-commerce, Finance, and Entertainment.
price ($mm)
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EV / EBITDA
closed 10/23/2019 via BNC Analysis

MediaLab, acquired Kik Interactive, Inc.

synopsis: Kik Messenger, an app developed by Kik Interactive, has officially been acquired by US-based holding company MediaLab. Kik Messenger is an instant messaging application for phones. Kik Messenger helps users to connect with friends via real-time messaging.
buyer: MediaLab
MediaLab is a Santa Monica-based holding company that was founded in 2018. It holds a number of internet brands including the Whisper, an online platform where people share thoughts and feelings anonymously, and DatPiff, a launchpad for hip hop artists. "
target: Kik Interactive, Inc.
Kik Interactive, Inc. develops Kik Messenger, an instant messaging application for phones. Kik Messenger helps users to connect with friends via real-time messaging. Kik Messenger lets users stay in touch with all of their friends, no matter what device is being used.
price ($mm)
rev ($mm)
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
EV / EBITDA
closed 11/29/2017 via BNC Analysis

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., acquired Fluenty Inc.

synopsis: Samsung Electronics has acquired South Korean startup Fluenty, which specialises in conversational artificial intelligence (AI). Fluenty, which was founded by former search giant Naver and Daum developers, has an app that suggests the best text reply based on AI technology.
buyer: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (KOSE:A005930:$216,088.25)
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. inspires the world and shapes the future with transformative ideas and technologies, redefining the worlds of TVs, smartphones, wearable devices, tablets, cameras, digital appliances, printers, medical equipment, network systems, and semiconductor and LED solutions. "
target: Fluenty Inc.
Fluenty is app that suggests the best text reply based on AI technology. It was launched in the US in 2015 and South Korea in 2016. The service supports chat apps such as KakaoTalk, Telegram, Facebook Messenger, and Line.
price ($mm)
rev ($mm)
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
EV / EBITDA
announced 9/22/2017 via Company Press Release

LINK Mobility AS, will acquire Archynet s.r.l.

synopsis: LINK Mobility Group ASA, one of Europe’s leading and fastest growing providers of B2C mobile messaging and mobile services, has entered into a term sheet regarding the acquisition of Italian mobile messaging and marketing company Archynet s.r.l. (Totalconnect).
buyer: LINK Mobility AS (OB:LINK:$163.74)
LINK Mobility Group is the largest provider of mobile solutions for businesses in the Nordic market. They provide services for SMS gateway solutions , Mobile Payment, mobile communication, CRM database, lookup and more. "
target: Archynet s.r.l.
Archynet s.r.l. (Totalconnect) is an Italian mobile messaging company. Totalconnect was established in 1998, and is located in Turin in Italy. Totalconnect has a strong position in the Italian market with direct interconnect with the Italian mobile operators.
price ($mm)
$2.97
rev ($mm)
EBITDA ($mm)
$1
EV / rev
EV / EBITDA
5.5x
closed 3/24/2017 via GlobeNewswire

Mara Social Media, acquired Nimbuzz

synopsis: Mara Social Media, an African multi-channel platform of online and mobile tech innovations that are designed to connect people across emerging markets, announced that it has acquired global platform Nimbuzz. Nimbuzz is a cross-platform mobile calling and messaging app. The app can be installed on computers, mobile phones, smartphones, and tablets.
buyer parent: Mara Group
buyer: Mara Social Media
Mara Social Media is an African multi-channel platform of online and mobile tech innovations that are designed to connect people across emerging markets. "
target: Nimbuzz
Nimbuzz, initially released in May 2008 is a powerful cross-platform mobile calling and messaging app. The app can be installed on computers, mobile phones, smartphones, and tablets. Nimbuzz offers its users the ability to make voice and video calls, enable chat and file sharing worldwide.
price ($mm)
rev ($mm)
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
EV / EBITDA
announced 11/28/2016 via New York Times

CNN Worldwide, will acquire Beme

synopsis: CNN has agreed to acquire the technology and talent behind Beme, the social media app built and started by YouTuber Vlogger Casey Neistat and Matt Hackett, a former vice president of engineering at Tumblr. Beme’s 12 employees will join CNN as part of the deal, the terms of which were not publicly disclosed.
buyer parent: Time Warner, Inc.
buyer: CNN Worldwide
CNN Worldwide is the most trusted source for news and information. Its reach extends to nine cable and satellite television networks; one private place-based network; two radio networks; mobile applications and websites around the world; and more. "
target: Beme
Beme was intended to be a social sharing application that Co-Founder and Youtube Vlogger, Casey Neistat, described as “more authentic,” a way of putting four-second bursts of video out into the social sphere without giving users the ability to edit or tweak the content.
price ($mm)
$25
rev ($mm)
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
EV / EBITDA
closed 7/8/2016 via Company Press Release

LINK Mobility AS, purchased Mobile Messaging Business from Globalmouth AB

synopsis: LINK Mobility, the largest provider of mobile solutions for businesses in the Nordic market, has acquired Globalmouth AB’s mobile messaging business, Globalmouth Marketing AB. This further strengthens its position as the leading provider of B2C mobile messaging and mobile solutions in the Scandinavian and Baltic markets.
buyer: LINK Mobility AS (OB:LINK:$163.74)
LINK Mobility Group is the largest provider of mobile solutions for businesses in the Nordic market. They provide services for SMS gateway solutions , Mobile Payment, mobile communication, CRM database, lookup and more. "
seller: Globalmouth AB
Globalmouth Marketing AB is Globalmouth AB's mobile messaging business. Globalmouth is a mobile specialist that helps companies and organizations to enhance their business with mobile solutions, such as responsive- or mobile websites and web or native apps.
price ($mm)
$0.30
rev ($mm)
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
EV / EBITDA
closed 6/16/2016 via Company Press Release

Microsoft Corporation, acquired Wand Labs, Inc.

synopsis: Microsoft has acquired messaging app developer Wand Labs. This acquisition accelerates Microsofts vision and strategy for Conversation as a Platform.
buyer: Microsoft Corporation (MSFT:$138,699.00)
Microsoft is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential. Microsoft develops, manufactures, licenses, and supports a range of software products and services for various computing devices worldwide. "
target: Wand Labs, Inc.
Wand Labs looks to tear down app walls, integrate services in chat and make them work together so their clients can do more with less taps. Access news and social media and make plans all within Wand.
price ($mm)
rev ($mm)
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
EV / EBITDA
closed 7/12/2016 via BusinessWire

mBlox Inc. merged with CLX Communications,

synopsis: CLX Communications announced that it has acquired Mblox Inc. Mblox is one of the largest application-to-person (A2P) mobile messaging providers globally processing more than 7 billion messages in 2015.
buyer: CLX Communications (OM:CLX:$369.54)
CLX Communications is a leading provider of cloud-based communications services and solutions to enterprises and mobile operators. Mobile communications services from CLX make it possible for enterprises to communicate globally with people and connected devices. "
target: mBlox Inc.
Mblox is the largest independent application-to-person (A2P) mobile messaging provider in the world, trusted by more companies to carry their mission-critical traffic than any other service.
price ($mm)
$117
rev ($mm)
$140
EBITDA ($mm)
$7
EV / rev
0.8x
EV / EBITDA
17.0x
announced 2/10/2016 via BNC Analysis

Lycos Internet Limited, will acquire MySMS

synopsis: Lycos, the global Internet brand, announced its intent to acquire an Austrian company, TriTelA Gmbh, which owns the asset – mysms™ messenger, a messenger that synchronizes SMSes and instant messages between a wide range of mobile, web and desktop platforms.
buyer: Lycos Internet Limited (BSE:532368:$325.42)
Lycos Internet Limited has evolved from one of the first search engines on the web into a digital media powerhouse with three major divisions: LYCOS Media, LYCOS Advertising, and LYCOS Life (consumer products division). The company employs over 500 people working out of 24 offices worldwide. "
target: MySMS
MySMS is a messenger that synchronizes SMSes and instant messages between a wide range of mobile, web and desktop platforms – all through a single cloud-based account. It already has three million users and synchronizes several hundred millions of messages.
price ($mm)
$11
rev ($mm)
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
EV / EBITDA
closed 1/20/2016 via PR Newswire

Spotify Ltd, acquired Cord Project Inc.

synopsis: Cord Project will be joining Spotify, a music platform. Cord Project designs and builds products exploring audio on today's and tomorrow's connected devices. Their flagship product, Cord, is an incredibly simple, one tap voice messaging platform built for phones, tablets, and watches on iOS and Android.
buyer: Spotify Ltd (SPOT:$7,317.18)
Spotify brings the right music for every moment – on computers, mobiles, tablets, home entertainment systems, cars, gaming consoles and more. Create and listen to playlists for free or subscribe to Premium for on-demand access at the highest audio quality – with zero ads. "
target: Cord Project Inc.
Cord Project is a small team of designers and engineers exploring audio communication on today's and tomorrow's connected devices. Cord lets users send short voice messages to one person, a small group, or the world. It’s a simple, fast and fun way to talk on the phone again.
price ($mm)
rev ($mm)
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
EV / EBITDA
closed 6/26/2015 via BNC Analysis

Lyft, acquired Leo

synopsis: Lyft, a peer-to-peer transportation platform that connects passengers who need rides with drivers willing to provide rides using their own personal vehicles, has acquired the team behind Leo, a disappearing messaging app for one-on-one or group conversations.
buyer: Lyft (:$3,615.96)
Lyft is a peer-to-peer transportation platform that connects passengers who need rides with drivers willing to provide rides using their own personal vehicles. Lyft was started with the mission of building a p2p transportation solution that makes cities safer, more affordable and better connected. "
target: Leo
Leo is the fastest and easiest way to share moments of life with family and friends. Connect with people through short-lived photos, videos and texts, captured in the moment. Messages disappear a few seconds after viewing them.
price ($mm)
rev ($mm)
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EV / EBITDA
closed 1/22/2015 via BusinessWire

SignalShare LLC, acquired Chorus.im

synopsis: SignalShare has acquired Mountain View-based Incubite Inc., developer of the cross-platform messaging app, Chorus.im. The acquisition, which provides SignalShare with the engineering talent and HTML-based messaging IP to advance its Live-Fi nGage product suite, will help to accelerate browser-based fan engagement at live events.
buyer parent: SignalPoint Communications, Inc.
buyer: SignalShare LLC
SignalShare specializes in mobile engagement for mass audiences. The company optimizes wireless networks and empowers data-driven digital marketing initiatives to help organizers of large-scale live events connect with fans and guests in entirely new ways. "
target: Chorus.im
Chorus.im, developed by Incubite, Inc., is the only personal messenger application that allows users to start browser-based text chats with ANY person or group. This is unlike other messaging apps which only let users text other existing members.
price ($mm)
rev ($mm)
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
EV / EBITDA
closed 10/28/2014 via BNC Analysis

New Call Telecom Ltd, acquired Nimbuzz

synopsis: New Call Telecom, a UK-based Internet service provider, has acquired a 70% stake in India-headquartered Nimbuzz, a free call and messaging app for the connected generation. Nimbuzz combines the powers of the Internet and mobile communications into one, and lets users make calls, send messages and share files, on any mobile device, for free.
buyer: New Call Telecom Ltd
New Call Telecom is a young, dynamic telecommunications provider. They create affordable connectivity for all by providing straightforward, great value fixed-lines, broadband and phone calls to their customers through their five brilliant brands. "
target: Nimbuzz
Nimbuzz is a free call and messaging app for the connected generation. Nimbuzz combines the powers of the Internet and mobile communications into one, and lets users make calls, send messages and share files, on any mobile device, for free.
price ($mm)
$175*
rev ($mm)
$30
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
8.3x
EV / EBITDA
closed 10/3/2014 via BNC Analysis

Yahoo! Inc., acquired MessageMe

synopsis: Yahoo has acquired mobile messaging application MessageMe, a Whatsapp-like service with $11.9 million in reported outside funding. Co-founders Arjun Sethi and Justin Rosenthal had extensive experience in social gaming prior to founding MessageMe.
buyer: Yahoo! Inc. (AABA:$5,409.25)
Yahoo! Inc. is the premier digital media company, creating deeply personal digital experiences that keep more than half a billion people connected to what matters most to them, across devices and around the globe. "
target: MessageMe
MessageMe is a mobile messenger application enabling users to personalize their messages and connect with others.
price ($mm)
$35
rev ($mm)
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
EV / EBITDA
closed 9/25/2014 via Company Press Release

HootSuite Media, Inc., acquired Zeetl Inc.

synopsis: Hootsuite, the world’s most widely used social media relationship platform, has acquired Zeetl, a social telephony and messaging platform that allows its users to call and message their Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn etc friends for free without a need to know or dial phone numbers.
buyer: HootSuite Media, Inc.
HootSuite Media is a social media management system for businesses and organizations to collaboratively execute campaigns across multiple social networks from one secure, web-based dashboard. Users can launch marketing campaigns, identify and grow audience, and distribute targeted messages. "
target: Zeetl Inc.
Zeetl is a social telephony and messaging platform that allows its users to call and message their Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn etc friends for free without a need to know or dial phone numbers.
price ($mm)
rev ($mm)
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
EV / EBITDA
closed 8/19/2014 via Market Wire

Kirusa, acquired Saya Mobile

synopsis: Kirusa, the leader in voice messaging and social media mobile apps in emerging markets, announced that it has acquired Saya Mobile, a Ghana based provider of instant messaging apps geared specifically for African consumers.
buyer: Kirusa
Kirusa is the leader in voice messaging and social media mobile apps that enable mobile subscribers to "Have a Voice!" and share their stories with their family and friends across the globe. Kirusa's solutions include the hugely successful InstaVoice service, used monthly by over 80 million users. "
target: Saya Mobile
Saya is a mobile messaging company with services that cater to high-growth mobile markets worldwide. Its application has brought cheap mobile messaging to people who do not have smartphones in emerging economies.
price ($mm)
rev ($mm)
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
EV / EBITDA
closed 8/6/2014 via BNC Analysis

Google Inc., acquired Emu

synopsis: Google has acquired Emu, a text-messaging app with a built-in virtual assistant created by a veteran of Apple’s Siri team. Emu was founded in 2012 by Gummi Hafsteinsson, formerly vice president of product for Apple’s Siri and a senior product manager at Google, and Dave Feldman, a veteran of AOL, Yahoo and TechCrunch.
buyer: Google Inc. (GOOGL:$166,677.00)
Google's innovative search technologies connect millions of people with information every day. Google is a top web property in all major global markets. Google's targeted advertising program provides businesses with measurable results, while enhancing the overall web experience for users. "
target: Emu
Emu is a text-messaging app with a built-in virtual assistant created by a veteran of Apple’s Siri team. Emu uses artificial intelligence to understand messages, then adds relevant information to help users schedule a lunch, reserve a table, buy movie tickets, or share their location in real time.
price ($mm)
rev ($mm)
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
EV / EBITDA
closed 7/14/2014 via BusinessWire

mBlox Inc., acquired CardBoardFish

synopsis: Mblox, the largest, independent application-to-person SMS provider in the world, has acquired CardBoardFish, a company that has developed a state-of-the-art, highly automated A2P messaging platform that offers industry-leading security, reliability and service levels.
buyer: mBlox Inc.
Mblox is the largest independent application-to-person (A2P) mobile messaging provider in the world, trusted by more companies to carry their mission-critical traffic than any other service. "
target: CardBoardFish
CardBoardFish has developed a state-of-the-art, highly automated A2P messaging platform that offers industry-leading security, reliability and service levels.
price ($mm)
rev ($mm)
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
EV / EBITDA
closed 6/20/2014 via BNC Analysis

Path, Inc., acquired TalkTo, Inc.

synopsis: Path announced their acquisition of TalkTo a text messaging app for iPhone and Android. The app allows users to text millions of local business for free. Users can obtain pricing, availability, reservations, takeout, and appointments easily through text.
buyer: Path, Inc.
Path is a quality, private social network available for Android and other smartphones. Users can also share music, movies, check-ins, trips, workouts, photos, and more. Users can share their path moments on other social media platforms. "
target: TalkTo, Inc.
TalkTo is a text messaging app for iPhone and Android. The app allows users to text millions of local business for free. Users can obtain pricing, availability, reservations, takeout, and appointments easily through text.
price ($mm)
rev ($mm)
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
EV / EBITDA
closed 5/14/2014 via Reuters

Yahoo! Inc., acquired Meh Labs, Inc.

synopsis: Yahoo Inc has purchased Blink (Meh Labs, Inc), a mobile messaging startup that lets users send messages that self-destruct and control who sees their messages and for how long. Blink helps users send text messages, audio, sketches, video and photos.
buyer: Yahoo! Inc. (AABA:$5,409.25)
Yahoo! Inc. is the premier digital media company, creating deeply personal digital experiences that keep more than half a billion people connected to what matters most to them, across devices and around the globe. "
target: Meh Labs, Inc.
Meh Labs, Inc. develops mobile applications software. The company offers Kismet and Blink social networking applications. The company was founded in 2011 and based in Palo Alto, California.
price ($mm)
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Net Income ($mm)
$42.53
Employees
1416
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Ticker: TSE:4298
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Proto Corp.
Proto Corporation provides information about new and pre-owned cars, motorcycles, and parts through magazines and the Internet. The Company also provides information such as restaurants, golf courses, and ski resorts.
year
2019
rev ($mm)
$565.16
EBITDA ($mm)
$58.52
EBIT ($mm)
$46.58
Net Income ($mm)
$44.31
Employees
1455
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Ticker: NasdaqGS:BILI
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Bilibili Inc.
Bilibili Inc.
Bilibili represents the iconic brand of online entertainment with a mission to enrich the everyday life of young generations in China. Bilibili is a full-spectrum online entertainment world covering a wide array of genres and media formats, including videos, live broadcasting and mobile games.
year
2018
rev ($mm)
$537.71
EBITDA ($mm)
($23.79)
EBIT ($mm)
($72.85)
Net Income ($mm)
Employees
1903
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Ticker: BSE:532368
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Lycos Internet Limited
Lycos Internet Limited
Lycos Internet Limited has evolved from one of the first search engines on the web into a digital media powerhouse with three major divisions: LYCOS Media, LYCOS Advertising, and LYCOS Life (consumer products division). The company employs over 500 people working out of 24 offices worldwide.
year
2015
rev ($mm)
$325.42
EBITDA ($mm)
$91.06
EBIT ($mm)
$88.24
Net Income ($mm)
$58.21
Employees
1000
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Ticker: BETS B:STO
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Betsson AB
Betsson AB
Betsson AB’s Core Business consists of owning and administering shareholdings in companies which, themselves or through partners, offer gaming to the end users via the internet. It owns Betsson Malta which operates gaming to the end users either through their own websites or through partnerships.
year
2011
rev ($mm)
$252.73
EBITDA ($mm)
EBIT ($mm)
Net Income ($mm)
$76.82
Employees
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Ticker: WSE:WPL
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Grupa Wirtualna Polska
Grupa Wirtualna Polska
Grupa Wirtualna Polska owns and operates internet portals. The group is also active on the Polish online advertising market, offering its customers a wide range of advertising products, including in generating leads for online stores for e-commerce market. The company is based in Warsaw, Poland.
year
2019
rev ($mm)
$171.43
EBITDA ($mm)
$32.77
EBIT ($mm)
$32.77
Net Income ($mm)
$18.39
Employees
1046
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Ticker: RENN
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Renren Inc.
Renren Inc.
Renren Inc. operates a leading real-name social networking internet platform in China. Renren enables users to connect and communicate with each other, share information, create user generated content, play online games, watch videos and enjoy a wide range of other features and services.
year
2017
rev ($mm)
$125.37
EBITDA ($mm)
($77.83)
EBIT ($mm)
($76.85)
Net Income ($mm)
Employees
988
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Ticker: KOSE:A035720
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Kakao
Kakao
Kakao is South Korea’s dominant mobile messaging app. Kakao is a South Korean internet company established in 2014. It was formed from a merger of Daum Communications and Kakao to Daum Kakao in 2014, and Daum Kakao changed its name to Kakao in 2015.
year
2019
rev ($mm)
$2,432.03
EBITDA ($mm)
$273.20
EBIT ($mm)
$107.45
Net Income ($mm)
$101.65
Employees
5640
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Ticker: SEHK:700
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tencent Holdings Ltd.
Tencent Holdings Ltd.
Tencent Holdings Limited is an investment holding company involved in providing internet and mobile value-added services (VAS), online advertising services and e-commerce transactions services
year
2020
rev ($mm)
$56,607.02
EBITDA ($mm)
$20,215.31
EBIT ($mm)
$14,271.20
Net Income ($mm)
$13,447.33
Employees
64238
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Ticker: OTCPK:CHIC.F
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
ChitrChatr Communications Inc.
ChitrChatr Communications Inc.
ChitrChatr Communications Inc. (CHICF) is a Comprehensive Communications Platform in multiple languages for worldwide distribution. Users can make and receive Voice Calls, send and receive Text, Fax, Instant Messages, Emails and integrates with all online Social Networks.
year
2016
rev ($mm)
EBITDA ($mm)
($0.27)
EBIT ($mm)
($0.31)
Net Income ($mm)
Employees
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Ticker: JASDAQ:942
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Nepro Japan Co. Ltd.
Nepro Japan Co. Ltd.
NEPRO Japan Co., Ltd is a mobile sales group, that offers all kinds of mobile solutions, including payment processing, mobile games, and more.
year
2014
rev ($mm)
$131.54
EBITDA ($mm)
$2.05
EBIT ($mm)
$0.41
Net Income ($mm)
$22.49
Employees
309
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Ticker: OTCBB:SITO
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Single Touch Interactive, Inc.
Single Touch Systems, Inc. is a technology based mobile solutions provider serving businesses, advertisers and brands. Single Touch's multi-channel messaging gateway enables marketers to reach consumers on all types of connected devices.
year
2014
rev ($mm)
$8.75
EBITDA ($mm)
($2.24)
EBIT ($mm)
($2.47)
Net Income ($mm)
Employees
16
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Ticker: TWTR
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Twitter, Inc.
Twitter, Inc.
Twitter is a global platform for public self-expression and conversation in real time. By developing a fundamentally new way for people to create, distribute and discover content, they have democratized content creation and distribution, enabling any voice to echo around the world instantly.
year
2020
rev ($mm)
$3,480.08
EBITDA ($mm)
$622.00
EBIT ($mm)
$265.27
Net Income ($mm)
$1,266.46
Employees
4900
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Ticker: MOTR
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Motricity, Inc.
Motricity, Inc.
Motricity is a mobile data solutions provider exclusively focused on the rapidly growing mobile Internet market. It serves some of the world's largest mobile operators and enterprises, simplifying the mobile Internet and creating high value and highly relevant mobile experiences for consumers.
year
2011
rev ($mm)
$121.65
EBITDA ($mm)
($11.69)
EBIT ($mm)
($22.01)
Net Income ($mm)
Employees
297
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Ticker: ASX:WGL
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Wangle Technologies Limited
Wangle Technologies Limited
Wangle Technologies is an Australian company that develops network optimising technologies. Their Wangle Mobile VPN app is Australia's best mobile VPN for secure, private browsing. Their Family Insights app allows parents to analyse their children’s online activity and detect emerging threats.
year
2018
rev ($mm)
$0.01
EBITDA ($mm)
($2.06)
EBIT ($mm)
($2.08)
Net Income ($mm)
Employees
1
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Ticker: AIM:CROS
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Kape Technologies plc
Kape Technologies plc
Kape is a cybersecurity company focused on helping consumers around the world to have better experience and protection in their digital life. Kape offers products which provide online security, privacy and an optimal online experience.
year
2018
rev ($mm)
$64.11
EBITDA ($mm)
$4.16
EBIT ($mm)
$0.40
Net Income ($mm)
Employees
128
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Ticker: AIM:AMO
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Amino Technologies plc
Amino Technologies plc
Amino Communications is a world leading IPTV (Internet Protocol television) and hybrid/OTT (over-the-top content) innovator – bringing new entertainment products and solutions to a global market. Amino’s award-winning solutions are deployed by major network operators and service providers worldwide.
year
2019
rev ($mm)
$82.39
EBITDA ($mm)
$9.42
EBIT ($mm)
$7.94
Net Income ($mm)
$10.42
Employees
179
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