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closed 11/12/2015 via BusinessWire

Modern Times Group MTG AB, acquired Dreamhack

synopsis: MTG has completed the acquisition of DreamHack, which is one of the world’s largest esports companies and organizer of the world’s largest digital festivals – DreamHack Summer and DreamHack Winter in Sweden. DreamHack is the leading esports player in Scandinavia and runs both local and global esports leagues, tournaments and championships.
buyer: Modern Times Group MTG AB (MTG B:$488.75)
MTG (Modern Times Group MTG AB) is an international entertainment group. Their operations span six continents and include TV channels and platforms, online services, content production businesses and radio stations. "
target: Dreamhack
DreamHack is Sweden's first consumer-oriented trade show / event / festival for computer games, game consoles and computers. The events are a platform for tournaments in eSports, knowledge and creative competitions, concerts by famous music artists, lectures by game developers and much more.
price ($mm)
$28
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$9
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3.2x
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announced 1/21/2021 via GlobeNewswire

Intema Solutions, will acquire HypeX

synopsis: Intema Solutions Inc. is to acquire all of the issued and outstanding shares of HypeX.gg, an Esports platform with 50,000 registered users, specializing in tournament organization, API-based stat aggregation, social function integration and endemic/non-endemic advertising.
buyer: Intema Solutions (TSXV:ITM:$0.15)
Intema’s mission is to be the world’s premier digital marketing platform. A Canadian leader in permission-based email marketing, Intema provides a wide range of products and services, including SMS, content and predictive AI marketing, as well as related professional services. "
target: HypeX
HypeX is an Esports platform with 50,000 registered users, specializing in tournament organization, API-based stat aggregation, social function integration and endemic/non-endemic advertising.
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$0.57
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closed 6/10/2020 via Company Press Release

Wisdom Gaming Group, acquired GoldRushGG

synopsis: Wisdom is excited to announce the acquisition of Gold Rush, a community content and tournament brand that has produced a number of brilliant events and broadcasts for the Rocket League esports community.
buyer: Wisdom Gaming Group
Wisdom Gaming Group is a creative and consulting agency with a focus on digital marketing and esports activations. As a trusted leader of community-focused programming and tournament organization, Wisdom puts its energy into making shows with outstanding talent for an audience of refined tastes. "
target: GoldRushGG
Gold Rush is a community content and tournament brand that has produced a number of brilliant events and broadcasts for the Rocket League esports community.
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announced 3/24/2020 via BNC Analysis

YDX Innovation Corp., will acquire BEAT Gaming Corp.

synopsis: YDX Innovation Corp. has signed a letter of intent to acquire all of the shares of BEAT Gaming Corp., an arm's length private Toronto-based esports organizer and management company. BEAT is one of the leaders in Canadian esports with internationally recognized events in Dota 2, Overwatch, Quake and PUBG.
buyer: YDX Innovation Corp. (TSXV:YDX:$1.58)
YDX Innovation Corp. is a technology company that develops products and services and is an expert in immersive technologies like Augmented and Virtual Reality, eSports events and Interactive Exhibitions under the following three divisions: Arkave VR Arena, YDreams Global, and Game On Festival. "
target: BEAT Gaming Corp.
BEAT is one of the leaders in Canadian esports with internationally recognized events in Dota 2, Overwatch, Quake and PUBG. In addition to running their own events, they provide consulting, tournament organization and marketing services out of Toronto, Ontario Canada.
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$0.57
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closed 3/19/2020 via BNC Analysis

Amuka Esports, acquired Incendium Gaming Ltd.

synopsis: Amuka Esports announced it has fully acquired Incendium Gaming, a leading tournament organizer in the fighting game community (FGC). Founded in 2019, Incendium has hosted over 20 events under its own brand and is contracted out to produce tournaments for larger events like GOML and World Gaming.
buyer: Amuka Esports
Amuka Esports creates localized esports hubs in cities across North America. Each hub consists of a game venue, tournament organizer, content team, merchandise brands and incubator. "
target: Incendium Gaming Ltd.
Incendium Gaming specializes in producing tournaments and events for the fighting game community (FGC). They host bi-weekly and monthly events at Waves Gaming in Toronto as well as host major events for game publishers such as Capcom and Bandai Namco.
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announced 2/26/2020 via BNC Analysis

Australian Esports League, will acquire The Cubs Esports Pty Ltd

synopsis: Leading esports companies Cubs Esports and Critical Hit Entertainment (CHE), operator of The Australian Esports Leage (AEL), officially announce their intention to merge. The new group will continue to trade under the CHE banner. Cubs Esports is a leading Esports company formerly known as Diemens Esports.
buyer: Australian Esports League
The Australian Esports League (AEL) is a provider of premier esports competitions in Australia, attracting competitors from across the nation. The vision of the AEL is to develop the most entertaining, engaging and respected esports experience in Australia. It is owned by Critical Hit Entertainment."
target: The Cubs Esports Pty Ltd
Cubs Esports is a leading Esports company formerly known as Diemens Esports. The Cubs are an Australian based esports franchise coming to gaming arenas.
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closed 9/11/2019 via Company Press Release

BoomTV, acquired American Video Game League

synopsis: BoomTV, a leading esports entertainment platform, has acquired the American Video Game League (AVGL), one of the largest producers of collegiate esports events, content, and community initiatives. The AVGL provides players and fans with opportunities to grow college esports through online tournaments, live events, and more.
buyer: BoomTV
BoomTV’s mission is to enable communities to easily produce and partake in virtual Esports. At the core of it all is self-driving esports technology layer that provides a one-button solution for anyone to create, participate and/or spectate Esports content. "
target: American Video Game League
American Video Game League (AVGL) is a producer of collegiate esports events, content, and community initiatives. The AVGL provides players and fans with opportunities to grow college esports through online tournaments, large-scale live events, content, and campus program support.
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closed 5/22/2019 via BNC Analysis

OverActive Media, acquired MediaXP, Inc.

synopsis: OverActive Media, the parent company of Splyce and Toronto Defiant, has launched a live events production division following the acquisition of Toronto-based esports events company MediaXP. MediaXP was founded in 2015 as an esports-specific live events company that worked with the likes of Dome Productions and Red Bull Canada.
buyer: OverActive Media
OverActive Media (OAM) is an integrated global company delivering esports and video game entertainment. OAM combines team ownership with audience engagement to better connect with fans, franchise partners and corporate sponsors around the world. "
target: MediaXP, Inc.
MediaXP is a Toronto-based esports events company. MediaXP was founded in 2015 as an esports-specific live events company that worked with the likes of Dome Productions and Red Bull Canada.
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announced 3/13/2019 via GlobeNewswire

Gegs Capital Corp., will acquire UMG Media Ltd.

synopsis: Gegs Capital Corp., a capital pool company, will acquire all of the issued and outstanding common shares of UMG, a premier eSports company in North America, offering gaming entertainment, live events and online play. Both companies are based in Calgary, AB, Canada.
buyer: Gegs Capital Corp. (TSXV:GEGS.P:$0.00)
Gegs Capital Corp. is a capital pool company. For those unfamiliar with the CPC program, its is a platform whereby the CEO and board of directors/officers have created a shell company to identify a promising private company that wants to become public through a reverse takeover. "
target: UMG Media Ltd. (TSXV:ESPT:$2.21)
UMG is a premier eSports company in North America, offering gaming entertainment, live events and online play. UMG is deeply ingrained in the gaming community with approximately 2.1 million registered users and over 18 million matches played live and online through its platform.
price ($mm)
$28*
rev ($mm)
$2
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
12.9x
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closed 2/27/2019 via GlobeNewswire

StemGen, Inc., acquired D3esports

synopsis: D3esports Corp., an esports company and a virtual to real gaming platform in the motorsports industry, has announced its acquisition by StemGen, Inc., a company that is engaged in the business of investing in private companies and assisting those companies to execute their business plans.
buyer: StemGen, Inc. (OTCPK:SGNI:$0.00)
StemGen, Inc. is engaged in the business of investing in private companies and assisting those companies to execute their business plans. They are based in Texas. "
target: D3esports
D3esports was founded in May 2018 and launched in July 2018 at Dave and Buster’s Houston flagship location. The company has created, built and made ready for a second quarter launch of an eSports competition based around the Forza 7 Motorsports gaming platform.
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closed 12/19/2018 via BNC Analysis

Tesonet, acquired Helis LT

synopsis: Tesonet, a cyber security services provider in Lithuania, has acquried Helis LT, an IT company in Lithuania. Helis provides high quality search engine marketing and social media communication services through their SEO Helis and Cocos brands. Helis also operates an online marketplace for video games and organizes eSports tournaments.
buyer: Tesonet
Established in 2008, Tesonet is a cyber security services provider in Lithuania. Tesonet provides top level solutions for privacy to international markets. The company also has expertise with machine learning, technical support, and business hosting. "
target: Helis LT
Helis is an IT company in Lithuania. Helis provides high quality search engine marketing and social media communication services through their SEO Helis and Cocos brands. Helis also operates an online marketplace for video games and organizes eSports tournaments.
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closed 6/12/2018 via Company Press Release

Telia Company, acquired Assembly Organizing Oy

synopsis: Telia Company, a telecommunications provider, has acquired Assembly Organizing Oy, an event planner that arranges Finland's largest digital culture and game events. Assembly Organizing arranges unique events twice a year for four days, where people connect with similar interests.
buyer: Telia Company (OM:TELIA:$9,249.92)
Based in Sweden, Telia Company is the next generation telco. Telia Company provides network access, telecommunications, and other services. It offers mobile, broadband, TV, and fixed-line services to businesses, individuals, families, and communities "
target: Assembly Organizing Oy
Assembly Organizing Oy is a community of volunteers who arranges unique Assembly events, twice a year, in Finland. They provide a four day festival in the summer and winter, in which thousands of people spend the long weekend meeting friends, playing games, surfing the net, and enjoying demo-games.
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announced 4/24/2018 via Company Press Release

GameWith, will acquire SPODIA Corporation

synopsis: GameWith has agreed to acquire shares of SPODIA from existing shareholders of the company as well as acquire third-party allotment of shares. SPODIA operates a platform that plans, develops, and manages e-Sports convention for smartphones, including Vainglory, on their 'GAMERS LEAGUE' convention.
buyer: GameWith (TSE:6552:$24.15)
Based in Japan, GameWith is a community that provides information and functions to make games more enjoyable. They also have game capture information, including game reviews, videos, and strategies to help gamers excel. "
target: SPODIA Corporation
SPODIA Inc. operates a platform that plans, develops, and manages e-Sports convention for smartphones, including Vainglory, on their 'GAMERS LEAGUE' convention. They hold a variety of online gaming competitions on GAMERS LEAGUE for mobile games. The company is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan.
price ($mm)
$0.18
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closed 2/7/2018 via Company Press Release

Community Entertainment Svenska AB, acquired Red Reserve

synopsis: Battleriff Gaming AB has sold its subsidiary Red Reserve AB to the public company Community Entertainment Sverige AB, “CEAB”. Red Reserve is a well-known international brand for esports teams. CEAB's business focus is gameification through different quiz products.
buyer: Community Entertainment Svenska AB (XSAT:CEAB:$0.23)
Community Entertainment Svenska AB (publ), through its subsidiaries, focuses on commercializing proprietary software for online quizzes. It serves entertainment, information, and education industries. The company was founded in 2000 and is based in Stockholm, Sweden. "
target parent: Battleriff Gaming AB
target: Red Reserve
Red Reserve is an international gaming entertainment brand, best known for their roots in the Call of Duty sniping community. They own and manage professional esports teams in the games COD, (Call of Duty), FIFA and Gears of War.
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closed 1/22/2018 via PR Newswire

Mail.Ru LLC, acquired ESforce Holding ltd

synopsis: Mail.Ru Group Limited, one of the largest Internet companies in the Russian-speaking Internet market, announces the acquisition of 100% of ESforce. ESforce Holding is one of the world’s largest esports organizations, and the leader in electronic sports in Russia.
buyer: Mail.Ru LLC (LSE:MAIL:$1,350.66)
Mail.Ru Group develops Internet communications and entertainment services in Russia and globally. The company operates Russian language social networks Vkontakte (VK), Odnoklassniki (OK) and Moi Mir (My World), instant messenger services in Russia — Agent Mail.Ru and ICQ and more. "
target: ESforce Holding ltd
ESforce Holding is one of the world’s largest esports organizations, and the leader in electronic sports in Russia. The company integrates all key areas of the esports business, from organizing international tournaments and professional content creation to publishing and advertising activities.
price ($mm)
$100
rev ($mm)
$19
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
6.3x
EV / EBITDA
closed 7/26/2017 via Company Press Release

Gfinity plc, acquired CEVO, Inc

synopsis: Gfinity plc, a leading esports business, has acquired CEVO, Inc, a global provider of technology and services to the esports market. CEVO stage their own online tournaments while their technology and collective expertise power some of the leading esports events. They provide proprietary, market leading anti-cheat technology and broadcast software.
buyer: Gfinity plc (AIM:GFIN:$5.99)
GfiGfinity Plc is a leading electronic sport (eSports) business that enables gamers from around the world to watch and participate in gaming tournaments both online or live at the Gfinity Arena. Gfinity stages world leading esports events that feature the world's top esport players. "
target: CEVO, Inc
CEVO provides esports services and innovative technologies to clients globally. CEVO stage their own online tournaments while their technology and collective expertise power some of the leading esports events. Their technology offering includes anti-cheat technology and broadcast software.
price ($mm)
$1.99
rev ($mm)
$1
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EV / rev
3.4x
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closed 3/30/2017 via Market Wire

GG Media Network merged with American Leisure Holdings, Inc.,

synopsis: American Leisure Holdings, Inc. is pleased to announce that it has finalized a merger with GG Media Network, parent company to GG Studios, LLC, a rising eSports media production company. GG Studios works with publishers and sponsors to create and distribute original eSports content for both television and digital platforms.
buyer: American Leisure Holdings, Inc. (OTCPK:AMLH:$25.76)
American Leisure Holdings, Inc. engages in the investments in the leisure industry and energy market. They also operate travel service and leisure property businesses and vacation club and travel club programs. "
target: GG Media Network
GG Media Network, parent company to GG Studios, LLC, is a rising eSports media production company. GG Studios works with publishers and sponsors to create and distribute original eSports content for both television and digital platforms.
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closed 2/23/2017 via Company Press Release

Challengeme Esports GmbH, acquired eSports Hero, Inc.

synopsis: Challengeme Esports GmbH, provider of one of the most sophisticated eSports Matchmaking & Tournament Platforms, announced the acquisition of US-based eSports Hero Inc., a skilled gaming platform where gamers of all skills levels can compete for cash prizes and glory playing the top global Esports.
buyer: Challengeme Esports GmbH
Challengeme Esports GmbH (CME) is an established business in the rapidly growing eSports space, based in Berlin, Germany. CME provides a world class eSports tournament and matchmaking platform, which caters to social players, competitive and even pro gamers, as well as professional streamers. "
target: eSports Hero, Inc.
Esports Hero is a skilled gaming platform where gamers of all skills levels can compete for cash prizes and glory playing the top global Esports such as Hearthstone and Dota 2. The ESH platform facilitates both money matches and bracketed tournaments and offers multiple compliant payout options.
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closed 10/5/2016 via BNC Analysis

Webedia SAS, acquired Oxent

synopsis: Webedia, a leading French media group dedicated to leisure and entertainment online, has acquired Oxent, a pioneer in eSports. Oxent organizes, through the ESWC brand, large international tournaments of video games, bringing together the best players and their fans; producing a live stage show, broadcast live and hosted by the stars of the Net.
buyer parent: Fimalac SA
buyer: Webedia SAS
Webedia SAS is a website publisher that hosts websites such as PurePeople, PureTrend, Purefans, Shopoon, Dailyconso, and Onlydesign. The company was incorporated in 2007 and is based in Paris, France. "
target: Oxent
Founded in 2009, Oxent is a pioneer in eSports. It organizes, through the ESWC brand, large international tournaments of video games, bringing together the best players and their fans; producing a live stage show, broadcast live and hosted by the stars of the Net.
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closed 1/4/2016 via BusinessWire

Activision Blizzard, acquired Major League Gaming

synopsis: Activision Blizzard, Inc. announced the acquisition of the business of Major League Gaming (MLG). MLG is a leader in creating and streaming premium live gaming events, organizing professional competitions and running competitive gaming leagues. MLG has helped bring esports into the mainstream with its broadcasts of professional gaming competitions.
buyer: Activision Blizzard (ATVI:$5,946.00)
Activision Blizzard, Inc., a member of the S&P 500, is the world's most successful standalone interactive entertainment company. Activision Blizzard develops and publishes games based on some of the most beloved entertainment franchises, including Call of Duty, Guitar Hero, and World of Warcraft. "
target: Major League Gaming
Major League Gaming (MLG) is the global leader in eSports. MLG operates MLG.tv, the #1 online broadcast network for professional level competitive gaming; the MLG Pro Circuit, the longest-running eSports league in North America; and GameBattles, a cross platform online gaming tournament system.
price ($mm)
$46
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closed 11/12/2015 via BusinessWire

Modern Times Group MTG AB, acquired Dreamhack

synopsis: MTG has completed the acquisition of DreamHack, which is one of the world’s largest esports companies and organizer of the world’s largest digital festivals – DreamHack Summer and DreamHack Winter in Sweden. DreamHack is the leading esports player in Scandinavia and runs both local and global esports leagues, tournaments and championships.
buyer: Modern Times Group MTG AB (MTG B:$488.75)
MTG (Modern Times Group MTG AB) is an international entertainment group. Their operations span six continents and include TV channels and platforms, online services, content production businesses and radio stations. "
target: Dreamhack
DreamHack is Sweden's first consumer-oriented trade show / event / festival for computer games, game consoles and computers. The events are a platform for tournaments in eSports, knowledge and creative competitions, concerts by famous music artists, lectures by game developers and much more.
price ($mm)
$28
rev ($mm)
$9
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
3.2x
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closed 12/9/2020 via BNC Analysis

Modern Times Group MTG AB, acquired Hutch Games Ltd.

synopsis: Modern Times Group has announced the acquisition of London-based mobile studio Hutch. Hutch is known for car-themed mobile game IPs including F1 Manager, Top Drives, and Rebel Racing. . Driven by player communities, Hutch is absolutely laser focused on cracking cars on mobile.
buyer: Modern Times Group MTG AB (MTG B:$488.75)
MTG (Modern Times Group) is a leading international digital entertainment group in Sweden. Their brands span TV, radio and next generation entertainment experiences in esports, digital video networks and online gaming. "
target: Hutch Games Ltd.
London-based mobile game studio Hutch is known for IPs including F1 Manager, Top Drives, and Rebel Racing. Their car-themed mobile games aim to present more strategy, and skill too. Driven by player communities, Hutch is absolutely laser focused on cracking cars on mobile.
price ($mm)
$275
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announced 11/25/2020 via BNC Analysis

Kongregate Inc., will purchase Three Mobile Games from The Walt Disney Company

synopsis: Kongregate, a leading game publisher and web gaming portal, announced that it is taking over operations of three Disney mobile games: Maleficent Free Fall, Inside Out: Thought Bubbles, and Where’s My Water? 2.
buyer parent: Modern Times Group MTG AB
buyer: Kongregate Inc.
Kongregate is a leading game publisher and web gaming portal. Kongregate’s mobile games have been downloaded tens of millions of times and have hundreds of millions of gameplays. Kongregate's web portal features over 100,000 free games played by tens of millions of players per month. "
seller: The Walt Disney Company (DIS:$69,762.00)
The acquisition includes three Disney mobile games: Maleficent Free Fall, Inside Out: Thought Bubbles, and Where’s My Water? 2. The three free-to-play games have combined for over 224 million downloads.
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closed 12/18/2019 via BNC Analysis

Kongregate Inc., acquired Surviv.io

synopsis: Kongregate, a cross-platform game publisher that is part of Modern Times Group (MTG), has acquired Surviv.io, the top-down battle royale game for both web and mobile. Surviv.io was developed by Justin Kim and Nick Clark. Their design philosophy was to develop a game that allowed the player to enter a game as fast as possible.
buyer parent: Modern Times Group MTG AB
buyer: Kongregate Inc.
Kongregate is a leading game publisher and web gaming portal. Kongregate’s mobile games have been downloaded tens of millions of times and have hundreds of millions of gameplays. Kongregate's web portal features over 100,000 free games played by tens of millions of players per month. "
target: Surviv.io
Surviv.io is a top-down battle royale game for both web and mobile. Surviv.io was developed by Justin Kim and Nick Clark. Their design philosophy was to develop a game that allowed the player to enter a game as fast as possible by minimizing the time in between matches.
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closed 7/19/2019 via gamesindustry.biz

Ultrabit, acquired Bit Heroes

synopsis: Kongregate, publisher and creator of the Kartridge platform, has acquired the mobile and web-based RPG Bit Heroes from developer Juppiomenz. Bit Heroes launched in 2016 on Kongregate, later moving to mobile with Kongregate as the publisher. Under Kongregate, the game will be managed by the publisher's San Diego-based studio, Ultrabit.
buyer parent: Modern Times Group MTG AB
buyer: Ultrabit
Ultrabit is a game studio in San Diego, CA, formed by veterans from Zynga, Kongregate, Sony Online Entertainment and Red 5 Studios. Ultrabit is a first-party studio of Kongregate, Inc. "
target parent: Juppiomenz
target: Bit Heroes
Bit Heroes is a dungeon-crawl role-playing game for PC, mobile, and web from developer Juppiomenz. The mobile version of Bit Heroes earned an Editors’ Choice award on Google Play and has amassed over $10 million in net revenue.
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announced 2/19/2018 via BNC Analysis

PPF Group N.V., will acquire Nova Broadcasting Group AD

synopsis: PPF Group, an investment company that invests into multiple markets, will acquire a 95% stake in Nova Broadcasting Group from Modern Times Group, an international digital entertainment group in Sweden. Nova is a leading TV and online publishing network in Bulgaria. They are known for their innovative reality shows and award-winning journalism.
buyer: PPF Group N.V.
PPF Group invests into multiple market segments such as banking and financial services, telecommunications, biotechnology, real estate, insurance and agriculture. PPF's reach spans from Europe to Russia, the USA and across Asia. PPF Group owns assets exceeding EUR 24.2 billion. "
target parent: Modern Times Group MTG AB
target: Nova Broadcasting Group AD
Nova is a leading TV and online publishing network in Bulgaria. They are known for their innovative reality shows and award-winning journalism. Their free TV channels offer award-winning films, action-packed crime dramas, blockbuster movies, foreign romance dramas, and more.
price ($mm)
$226*
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$122
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1.9x
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announced 2/1/2018 via GlobeNewswire

MTG Nordics will be merged with TDC A/S,

synopsis: MTG Nordics, a company that comprises of Modern Times Group's Nordic Entertainment and Studio businesses, will merge with TDC, a Danish telecommunications company. MTG Nordics' businesses include TV broadcasting, streaming, and distribution operations in Nordic countries and the production and distribution of TV programmes and commercials.
buyer: TDC A/S (CPSE:TDC:$3,367.22)
TDC A/S is a Danish telecommunications company dating back to 1879. TDC is the largest telephone company in Denmark with 8.5 million customer relations (end of 2014[1]) within telephony, broadband, and television. The company's headquarters are located in Copenhagen. "
target parent: Modern Times Group MTG AB
target: MTG Nordics
MTG Nordics comprises of MTG's Nordic Entertainment and Studio businesses. The Entertainment business comprises of TV broadcasting, streaming, and distribution operations in Nordic countries. The Studio business produces and distributes scripted and unscripted TV programmes and commercials.
price ($mm)
$2,486
rev ($mm)
$1,721
EBITDA ($mm)
$225
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11.1x
announced 1/19/2018 via BusinessWire

TPG Growth, will acquire TRACE Company

synopsis: TPG Growth, the middle market and growth equity investment platform of global alternative asset firm TPG, announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire a majority stake in TRACE, the market leader in afro-urban music and entertainment.
buyer parent: TPG Capital
buyer: TPG Growth
TPG Growth is the middle market and growth equity investment platform of TPG, the global private investment firm. With over $8.3 billion of assets under management, TPG Growth targets investments in a broad range of industries and geographies. "
target parent: Modern Times Group MTG AB
target: TRACE Company
TRACE is a global multi-platform media and entertainment company that connects with multicultural audiences through premium afro urban music and content across 21 pay TV channels, radios, motion picture, online and mobile services in over 160 countries to 200M viewers and listeners.
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closed 10/5/2017 via Company Press Release

Kongregate Inc., acquired Synapse Games

synopsis: Kongregate, the San Francisco based cross platform games publisher and developer, has acquired 100% of Synapse Games. Founded in 2008, Chicago based Synapse Games employs a team of 22 and develops free to play strategy and collectible card games.
buyer parent: Modern Times Group MTG AB
buyer: Kongregate Inc.
Kongregate is a leading mobile & PC game publisher and web gaming portal. Through their publishing program, they work closely with game developers to provide a multitude of services to help great games become even better. "
target: Synapse Games
Synapse Games is exploding onto the mobile gaming market after over eight years experience making social games. They are a fun but fast-paced team, working on several deeply strategic multiplayer games. They push for the extra mile at all times to get as much polish into each of their games.
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announced 6/20/2017 via Company Press Release

MTGx International AB, will acquire Kongregate Inc.

synopsis: MTG is acquiring 100% of U.S. games publisher and developer Kongregate Inc. from current owner GameStop Corp. San Francisco based Kongregate was founded in 2006. Kongregate started as a browser based web gaming platform and has since expanded into publishing for both mobile and Steam games, and now into first party game development.
buyer parent: Modern Times Group MTG AB
buyer: MTGx International AB
MTGx delivers next generation entertainment experiences in esports & online gaming, & innovative content through social media influencers on multiple platforms. MTGx is the digital accelerator of MTG. Their mission is to lead the transformation from a traditional media house to a digital power hub. "
target parent: GameStop.com Inc.
target: Kongregate Inc.
Kongregate Inc. is a games publisher and developer. Kongregate started as a browser based web gaming platform and has since expanded into publishing for both mobile and Steam games, and now into first party game development.
price ($mm)
$55
rev ($mm)
$35
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1.6x
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closed 5/2/2017 via Company Press Release

MTGx International AB, acquired InnoGames

synopsis: MTG has increased its ownership in InnoGames, the developer of browser and mobile games, to 51%. InnoGames develops games for PCs, tablets and smartphones using both Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android operating systems and technologies like Unity. InnoGames will become a part of MTG's esports and online gaming brand, MTGx.
buyer parent: Modern Times Group MTG AB
buyer: MTGx International AB
MTGx is the world’s leader in esports entertainment, providing unrivaled experiences through live events, pro gaming leagues and international tournaments, all available to follow live on a dedicated global 24/7 TV channel, esportsTV. "
target: InnoGames
InnoGames is a browser and mobile game developer based in Hamburg, with studios in Düsseldorf. Its games are available for PCs, tablets and smartphones using both Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android operating systems and technologies like Unity.
price ($mm)
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$142
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0.0x
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announced 3/17/2017 via Company Press Release

Providence Equity Partners Inc., will purchase Baltic Broadcasting Businesses from Modern Times Group MTG AB

synopsis: Modern Times Group MTG AB, a leading international digital entertainment group, has signed an agreement to sell its free-TV, pay-TV, digital and radio businesses in the Baltic region to Providence Equity Partners, a premier global asset management firm. The businesses are located in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.
buyer: Providence Equity Partners Inc.
Providence is a premier global asset management firm with $50 billion in assets under management across complementary private equity and credit businesses. "
seller: Modern Times Group MTG AB (MTG B:$488.75)
The acquisition includes the free-TV, pay-TV, digital and radio businesses in the Baltic region of Modern Times Group MTG AB, a leading international digital entertainment group. The businesses are located in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.
price ($mm)
$121
rev ($mm)
$114
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
1.1x
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closed 12/16/2016 via Company Press Release

Econet, purchased TV Businesses in Ghana and Nigeria from Modern Times Group MTG AB

synopsis: MTG, an international entertainment group, has completed the sale of its free-TV broadcasting and production businesses in Ghana and Nigeria to Econet Media Group, a privately held diversified telecommunications group with operations and investments in Africa and around the globe.
buyer: Econet (ZMSE:ECO:$619.50)
Econet is a privately held diversified telecommunications group with operations and investments around the world offering products and services in the core areas of mobile and fixed telephony services, broadband, internet, satellite and fibre optic networks. "
seller: Modern Times Group MTG AB (MTG B:$488.75)
The acquisition includes MTG's free-TV broadcasting and production businesses in Ghana and Nigeria. MTG (Modern Times Group MTG AB) is an international entertainment group. Their operations include TV channels and online platforms, radio stations, multi-channel networks (MCN) and eSports businesses.
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closed 6/22/2016 via BNC Analysis

TRACE TV S.A., acquired Buni.tv

synopsis: Trace TV has announced the acquisition of pan-African VOD service Buni.tv, in preparation for the launch of its own VOD platform Trace Play. Part of pan-African studio Restless Global, Buni.tv was launched in 2012 as one of the first VOD platforms to focus on the African market. It is now one of the three largest VOD services on the continent.
buyer parent: Modern Times Group MTG AB
buyer: TRACE TV S.A.
Trace is an international brand and media group active in two fast-growing segments of the entertainment industry: urban music and sports celebrities. Since 2003, Trace has launched 18 successful pay-TV and digital platforms that are available in 160 countries to more than 80 million subscribers. "
target parent: Restless Global
target: Buni.tv
Buni.tv is a leading African video-on-demand platform that leverages the mobile opportunity to revolutionize the way African content is distributed and consumed on the continent and abroad. Launched in April 2012, Buni.tv has since reached more than a million unique visitors.
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closed 11/12/2015 via BusinessWire

Modern Times Group MTG AB, acquired Dreamhack

synopsis: MTG has completed the acquisition of DreamHack, which is one of the world’s largest esports companies and organizer of the world’s largest digital festivals – DreamHack Summer and DreamHack Winter in Sweden. DreamHack is the leading esports player in Scandinavia and runs both local and global esports leagues, tournaments and championships.
buyer: Modern Times Group MTG AB (MTG B:$488.75)
MTG (Modern Times Group MTG AB) is an international entertainment group. Their operations span six continents and include TV channels and platforms, online services, content production businesses and radio stations. "
target: Dreamhack
DreamHack is Sweden's first consumer-oriented trade show / event / festival for computer games, game consoles and computers. The events are a platform for tournaments in eSports, knowledge and creative competitions, concerts by famous music artists, lectures by game developers and much more.
price ($mm)
$28
rev ($mm)
$9
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
3.2x
EV / EBITDA
closed 7/20/2015 via Company Press Release

Modern Times Group MTG AB, acquired Zoomin.TV

synopsis: Modern Times Group, an international entertainment group, has acquired 51% of Zoomin.TV, the online video entertainment network, content production and advertising sales house. Zoomin is the 5th largest multi-channel network (MCN) in the world, attracting more than 2 billion monthly video views and 100 million subscribers worldwide on YouTube.
buyer: Modern Times Group MTG AB (MTG B:$488.75)
MTG (Modern Times Group MTG AB) is an international entertainment group. Their operations span six continents and include TV channels and platforms, online services, content production businesses and radio stations. "
target: Zoomin.TV
Zoomin.TV is Europe's No. 1 online news video producer and online and mobile video advertising network operator, currently active in 26 markets worldwide and expanding.
price ($mm)
$98*
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closed 7/10/2015 via Company Press Release

Modern Times Group MTG AB, acquired Splay AB

synopsis: MTG has acquired Splay, the leading multi-channel network in Scandinavia. Splay has developed from a start-up into a digital content powerhouse promoting talents across YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Splay provides its ‘millenials’ audience with a range of comedy, music, sports, fashion, beauty, gaming and vlog entertainment.
buyer: Modern Times Group MTG AB (MTG B:$488.75)
MTG (Modern Times Group MTG AB) is an international entertainment group. Their operations span six continents and include TV channels and platforms, online services, content production businesses and radio stations. "
target: Splay AB
Splay is the next generation digital media house. They connect brands with the most influential online stars in the Nordics. Customers use their network of more than 500 top influencers to engage their audience on YouTube and Instagram.
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closed 9/1/2015 via BusinessWire

Modern Times Group MTG AB, acquired Turtle Entertainment

synopsis: MTG has completed the acquisition of 74% of Turtle Entertainment, the world’s largest esports company that operates under the well-known ESL brand. Turtle Entertainment offers gaming enthusiasts, fans and sponsors thrilling entertainment in an all-new, interactive environment.
buyer: Modern Times Group MTG AB (MTG B:$488.75)
MTG (Modern Times Group MTG AB) is an international entertainment group. Their operations span six continents and include TV channels and platforms, online services, content production businesses and radio stations. "
target parent: ESL
target: Turtle Entertainment
Turtle Entertainment is the new era of digital entertainment, in which they create and promote gaming experiences. The modern culture of eSports offers gaming enthusiasts, fans and sponsors thrilling entertainment in an all-new, interactive environment.
price ($mm)
$86*
rev ($mm)
$56
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
2.1x
EV / EBITDA
closed 6/30/2014 via BusinessWire

Modern Times Group MTG AB, acquired Trace Partners SAS

synopsis: Modern Times Group MTG AB, the international entertainment group, announced that it has completed the acquisition of 75% of Trace Partners SAS, the France based youth media brand and global pay-TV channel operator.
buyer: Modern Times Group MTG AB (MTG B:$488.75)
Modern Times Group (MTG) is an international entertainment broadcasting group with operations that span four continents and include free-TV, pay-TV, radio and content production businesses. "
target: Trace Partners SAS
TRACE is an international media group specializing in music and sport, which publishes TV channels distributed in 160 countries and provides digital services, activities of mobile telephony, radio and events.
price ($mm)
$41*
rev ($mm)
$27
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
2.1x
EV / EBITDA
closed 11/1/2013 via BusinessWire

MTG Studios, acquired Nice Entertainment Group

synopsis: Modern Times Group MTG, the international entertainment group, announced that it has completed its acquisition of 86.8% of Nice Entertainment Group. MTG Studios is one of the world’s leading content originators, producers and distributors. Nice is the largest independent group of TV production companies in the Nordic region.
buyer parent: Modern Times Group MTG AB
buyer: MTG Studios
MTG studios is a producer and distributor of content for TV, printed media and the internet. MTG studios is the holding company for the production and distribution arm of Modern Times Group, MTG. "
target parent: CapMan Capital Management Oy
target: Nice Entertainment Group
Nice Entertainment Group is the largest independent group of creative production companies in the Nordic region. Its annual production of more than 100 series covers all genres and serves all the major channels in the territory.
price ($mm)
$114*
rev ($mm)
$157
EBITDA ($mm)
$11
EV / rev
0.8x
EV / EBITDA
12.5x
announced 8/6/2013 via BusinessWire

Modern Times Group MTG AB, will acquire Darik News Ltd.

synopsis: Modern Times Group MTG AB, the international entertainment broadcasting group, announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire 70% of the merged assets of Darik News and Net Info in Bulgaria from Darik Radio, the Bulgarian commercial radio operator. Darik News operates a wide range of websites including news, sports news; and weather.
buyer: Modern Times Group MTG AB (MTG B:$488.75)
Modern Times Group (MTG) is an international entertainment broadcasting group with operations that span four continents and include free-TV, pay-TV, radio and content production businesses. "
target parent: Darik Radio AD
target: Darik News Ltd.
Darik News operates a wide range of websites including news site dariknews.bg; sports news site gong.bg; and weather site vremeto.bg. Net Info operates the email platform abv.bg; video clip site vbox7.com; sports news site sportni.bg; weather site sinoptik.bg; and entertainment news site edna.bg.
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announced 9/25/2020 via PR Newswire

The E.W. Scripps Company, will acquire ION Media Networks

synopsis: The E.W. Scripps Company, America's fourth-largest independent TV station owner, will buy ION Media, an independent, privately held media company, and owner and operator of the nation’s largest broadcast station group.
buyer: The E.W. Scripps Company (SSP:$1,599.45)
The E.W. Scripps Company serves audiences and businesses through a growing portfolio of local and national media brands. With 36 television stations, Scripps is one of the nation's largest independent TV station owners. "
target: ION Media Networks
ION Media is an independent, privately held media company, and owner and operator of the nation’s largest broadcast station group. ION reaches viewers in 98 million U.S. households, or 85% of the population, through its 60 owned and operated stations and its affiliations.
price ($mm)
$2,650
rev ($mm)
$558
EBITDA ($mm)
$323
EV / rev
4.7x
EV / EBITDA
8.2x
announced 9/9/2020 via BNC Analysis

Discovery Communications, Inc., will purchase Free-to-Air TV Business from MediaWorks NZ Limited

synopsis: Broadcaster MediaWorks has reached a binding agreement with media giant Discovery Inc regarding the sale of MediaWorks' free-to-air TV business. The deal includes entertainment channels Three and Bravo, streaming service ThreeNow, and multi-platform news and current affairs service Newshub, as well as other channels.
buyer: Discovery Communications, Inc. (DISC.A:$10,776.00)
Discovery Communications satisfies curiosity and engages superfans with a portfolio of premium nonfiction, lifestyle, sports and kids programming brands. Discovery reaches more than 3 billion cumulative viewers across pay-TV and free-to-air platforms in more than 220 countries and territories. "
seller parent: Oaktree Capital Management, LLC
seller: MediaWorks NZ Limited
The acquisition includes the free-to-air TV business of MediaWorks and includes entertainment channels Three and Bravo, streaming service ThreeNow, and multi-platform news and current affairs service Newshub, as well as other channels Three+1, Bravo+1, The Edge TV and The Breeze TV.
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closed 8/12/2020 via BNC Analysis

NEP Group, Inc., acquired Outside Broadcasting Ltd

synopsis: Sky TV has sold its subsidiary Outside Broadcasting to US-based firm NEP. Outside Broadcasting is a destination for inspiration, creation and collaboration. Their talented people use the best technology and equipment to bring your broadcast vision to life. They cover anything from live sport, entertainment programs to special events.
buyer parent: Carlyle Group
buyer: NEP Group, Inc. (NEPG:$450.72)
Since 1986, NEP has been a worldwide outsourced technical production partner supporting premier content producers of live sports, entertainment, music and corporate events. "
target parent: Sky Network Television Limited
target: Outside Broadcasting Ltd
Outside Broadcasting is a destination for inspiration, creation and collaboration. Their talented people use the best technology and equipment to bring your broadcast vision to life. They cover anything from live sport, entertainment programs to special events.
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announced 7/14/2020 via BNC Analysis

Mission Broadcasting, Inc., will acquire Pix11

synopsis: E.W. Scripps has announced that its New York CW affiliate, PIX11 (WPIX), will be acquired by Mission Broadcasting. PIX11 is an award-winning television station that airs primetime programming, news, hit movies, first-run programs, off-network sitcoms, children’s programming, and public affairs shows.
buyer: Mission Broadcasting, Inc.
Mission Broadcasting, Inc. is a television broadcasting company that acquires, develops, and operates television stations and interactive community Websites in medium-sized markets in the United States. Its stations provide free over-the-air programming to its markets’ television viewing audiences. "
target parent: The E.W. Scripps Company
target: Pix11
PIX11 is a New York TV station that airs primetime programming, award-winning news, hit movies, first-run programs, off-network sitcoms, children’s programming, and public affairs shows. PIX11 has earned over 265 Emmy Awards, including multiple awards for its news programs and coverage.
price ($mm)
$75
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closed 5/28/2020 via BNC Analysis

Gray Television, Inc., acquired KATH-TV and KSCT-TV

synopsis: GCI subsidiary Denali Media Holdings has announced the sale of its NBC affiliates in southeast Alaska to Gray Television. The sale includes KATH and KSCT stations in the Juneau and Sitka markets. Denali Media Holdings was established in 2012 and owns KTVA (CBS) in Anchorage along with three CBS stations in Juneau, Sitka and Ketchikan.
buyer: Gray Television, Inc. (GTN:$2,138.00)
Gray owns and/or operates television stations and leading digital properties in 91 television markets, including the first or second highest rated television station in 85 markets. "
target parent: General Communication, Inc
target: KATH-TV and KSCT-TV
KATH and KSCT serve NBC "Must See TV" to viewers in Alaska's capital city of Juneau, as well as to Sitka, Ketchikan, Petersburg, Wrangell, Angoon and other communities throughout Southeast Alaska, via broadcast, GCI cable, DishNet and DirecTV.
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closed 1/27/2020 via GlobeNewswire

ION Media Networks, purchased KMCC-TV from Entravision Communications Corporation

synopsis: ION Media, the nation’s leading independent broadcast TV operator, announced the purchase of KMCC-TV in Las Vegas from Entravision Communications Corporation. KMCC-TV is an Azteca América-affiliated television station serving Las Vegas, Nevada, that is licensed to Laughlin and broadcasts primarily in Spanish.
buyer: ION Media Networks (ION:$0.00)
ION Media is an independent, privately held media company, and owner and operator of the nation’s largest broadcast station group. ION reaches viewers in 98 million U.S. households, or 85% of the population, through its 60 owned and operated stations and its affiliations. "
seller: Entravision Communications Corporation (EVC:$545.36)
KMCC-TV is an Azteca América-affiliated television station serving Las Vegas, that is licensed to Laughlin and broadcasts primarily in Spanish. Entravision is a diversified global media, data and advertising technology company that reaches and engages Latino consumers in the U.S. and other markets.
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closed 12/31/2019 via BNC Analysis

Urban One, Inc., acquired WQMC-LD

synopsis: Urban One, the largest diversified media company that primarily targets Black Americans and urban consumers in the US, has acquired WQMC-LD (GTN or Media Columbus), a low-power independent commercial television station in Columbus, Ohio.
buyer: Urban One, Inc. (UONE.K:$387.79)
Urban One, Inc., formerly known as Radio One, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, is the largest diversified media company that primarily targets Black Americans and urban consumers in the United States. "
target: WQMC-LD
WQMC-LD (GTN or Media Columbus) is a low-power independent commercial television station in Columbus, Ohio. It broadcasts locally on channel 23. They broadcast in the Columbus metro area which reaches a majority of the 2.5 million residents of the overall Columbus DMA.
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announced 12/18/2019 via GlobeNewswire

Regional News Network, will purchase 7 Full Power and One Class A Station from NRJ TV LLC

synopsis: RNN National Media (RNN) is to purchase 7 full power and one Class A station from NRJ. The stations are KSCI-TV in Los Angeles, WTVE-TV and WPHY-CD in the Philadelphia DMA, KFWD-TV in the Dallas-Ft. Worth DMA, KUBE-TV in the Houston DMA, KCNS-TV in the San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose DMA, WMFP-TV in the Boston DMA and KIKU-TV in the Honolulu DMA.
buyer: Regional News Network
RNN is a privately-owned portfolio of independent broadcast assets and production/distribution capabilities located in Rye Brook, NY. Their independent network currently reaches more than 14 million households and 43 million people throughout New York, Philadelphia, Washington, DC, and Boston. "
seller: NRJ TV LLC
The acquisition includes 7 full power and one Class A station from NRJ. The stations are KSCI-TV in Los Angeles, WTVE-TV and WPHY-CD in Philadelphia, KFWD-TV in Dallas-Ft. Worth, KUBE-TV in Houston, KCNS-TV in San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose, WMFP-TV in the Boston DMA and KIKU-TV in the Honolulu DMA.
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announced 11/25/2019 via Company Press Release

Standard Media Group LLC, will purchase Nine Television Stations from Waypoint Media, LLC

synopsis: Standard Media Group, an innovative and diverse broadcast media company, has announced its agreement to acquire nine television stations across six markets from Waypoint Media and Vision Communications.
buyer: Standard Media Group LLC
Standard Media Group is an innovative and diverse broadcast media company committed to serving local communities. Headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, Standard Media’s leadership team has a long history of building strong, local television and digital media properties. "
seller: Waypoint Media, LLC
The transaction includes the following stations from Waypoint Media: FOX & NBC affiliate WGBC-TV; FOX affiliate WHPM-LD; NBC affiliate WNBJ-LD; FOX and CBS affiliate KJNB-LD and KJNE-LD; FOX and NBC WPBI-LD, along with ABC affiliate WPBY-LD; as well as FOX affiliate WYDC-TV and MyNet affiliate WJKP.
price ($mm)
$59
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closed 11/20/2019 via BNC Analysis

Lilly Broadcasting LLC, acquired WCVI

synopsis: Lilly Broadcasting, a privately owned American broadcasting company headquartered in Erie, Pa., has acquired WCVI in the U.S. Virgin Islands. WCVI is an ABC affiliate, and recently added CBS programming. Family Broadcasting Corporation is the seller and the price was not disclosed.
buyer: Lilly Broadcasting LLC
Lilly Broadcasting, LLC is a privately owned American broadcasting company headquartered in Erie, Pa. and its stations include WICU Erie and WENY Elmira. It also owns and operates One Caribbean Television. "
target parent: Family Broadcasting Group, Inc.
target: WCVI
WCVI-TV is a dual CBS/ABC-affiliated television station serving the United States Virgin Islands that is licensed to Christiansted, Saint Croix.
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announced 11/5/2019 via BusinessWire

Fox Television Stations, will purchase KCPQ, KZJO and WITI from Nexstar Media Group

synopsis: Nexstar Media Group, one of the largest local TV station operators in the country, is to divest the Seattle FOX Affiliate KCPQ and MyNetworkTV Affiliate KZJO and the Milwaukee FOX Affiliate WITI to Fox Television Stations, LLC, a subsidiary of Fox Corporation.
buyer parent: The Walt Disney Company
buyer: Fox Television Stations
FOX Television Stations owns and operates 28 full power broadcast television stations in the U.S. These include stations located in nine of the top ten largest designated market areas, or DMAs, and duopolies in 11 DMAs, including the three largest DMAs (New York, Los Angeles and Chicago). "
seller: Nexstar Media Group (NXST:$4,224.75)
The acquisition includes the Seattle FOX Affiliate KCPQ and MyNetworkTV Affiliate KZJO and the Milwaukee FOX Affiliate WITI from Nexstar Media Group, one of the largest local TV station operators in the country.
price ($mm)
$350
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announced 11/5/2019 via BusinessWire

Nexstar Media Group, will purchase WJZY and WMYT from Fox Television Stations

synopsis: Nexstar Media Group, Inc. entered into a purchase and sale agreement with Fox Television Stations, LLC, a subsidiary of Fox Corporation, whereby Nexstar will purchase from FOX, the FOX Affiliate WJZY and MyNetworkTV Affiliate WMYT, both located in Charlotte, NC.
buyer: Nexstar Media Group (NXST:$4,224.75)
Nexstar Media Group is one of the largest local TV station operators in the country. They have 174 full power television stations in 100 markets addressing nearly 38.7% of US television households, and a diversified, growing digital media operation. "
seller parent: The Walt Disney Company
seller: Fox Television Stations
The acquisition includes the Charlotte FOX Affiliate WJZY and MyNetworkTV Affiliate WMYT from Fox Television Stations, LLC, a subsidiary of Fox Corporation. Both stations are located in Charlotte, North Carolina.
price ($mm)
$45
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announced 10/28/2019 via Company Press Release

PPF Group N.V., will acquire Central European Media Enterprises

synopsis: Central European Media Enterprises Ltd. (CME) announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by an affiliate of the Netherlands-based investment fund PPF Group N.V. CME is a media and entertainment company operating leading businesses and broadcasting 30 television channels in five Central and Eastern European markets,
buyer: PPF Group N.V.
Netherlands-based PPF Group was founded as an investment fund. PPF Group invests in multiple market segments such as financial services, telecommunications, biotechnology, real estate and mechanical engineering. The reach of PPF Group spans from Europe to North America and across Asia. "
target: Central European Media Enterprises (CETV:$697.26)
Central European Media Enterprises (CME) is a media and entertainment company operating leading businesses in five Central and Eastern European markets. CME currently broadcasts 30 television channels in Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Romania, the Slovak Republic, and Slovenia.
price ($mm)[EV]
$1,175 [$1,738]
rev ($mm)
$697
EBITDA ($mm)
$244
EV / rev
3.0x
EV / EBITDA
8.6x
announced 10/23/2019 via PR Newswire

Entertainment Studios, will purchase 11 Television Stations from Heartland Media LLC

synopsis: Entertainment Studios, one of the largest independent producers and distributors of film and television, with 64 shows on the air, will acquire 11 broadcast television stations from Heartland Media (USA Television Holdings). The 11 broadcast television stations from Heartland Media (USA TV) include stations across multiple US markets.
buyer: Entertainment Studios
Byron Allen founded Entertainment Studios in 1993. Headquartered in Los Angeles, it has offices in New York, Chicago, Atlanta, and Raleigh. Entertainment Studios owns 15 U.S. broadcast television stations and nine 24-hour HD television networks serving nearly 160 million subscribers. "
seller: Heartland Media LLC
The 11 broadcast television stations from Heartland Media (USA TV) include stations across multiple US markets. They include WAAY (Huntsville, AL), WFFT (Ft. Wayne, IN), KEZI (Eugene, OR), KNVN (Chico-Redding, CA), KIMT (Rochester, MN), WLFI (Lafayette, IN) and more.
price ($mm)
$290
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closed 11/19/2019 via BusinessWire

New Media Investment Group, acquired Gannett Co., Inc.

synopsis: New Media Investment Group Inc., one of the largest publishers of locally based print and online media in the United States, has acquired Gannett, the largest U.S. newspaper publisher. Gannett's mission is to make communities stronger by informing and engaging them with trusted content.
buyer: New Media Investment Group (NEWM:$1,588.44)
New Media supports small to mid-size communities by providing locally-focused print and digital content to its consumers and premier marketing and technology solutions to its small and medium business partners. They are one of the largest publishers of locally based print and online media in the US."
target: Gannett Co., Inc. (GCI:$2,791.61)
Gannett is a leading media and marketing company with unparalleled local-to-national reach, successfully connecting consumers, communities and businesses. They provide rich content through hundreds of outstanding affiliated digital, mobile and print products.
price ($mm)
$1,400
rev ($mm)
$2,787
EBITDA ($mm)
$281
EV / rev
0.5x
EV / EBITDA
5.0x
closed 6/27/2019 via Company Press Release

The Lebashe Investment Group, purchased Media Assets from Tiso Blackstar Group

synopsis: The Lebashe Investment Group, a South African investment holding company with an experienced, multi-faceted management team, announced the acquisition of the Media, Broadcasting and Content businesses of Tiso Blackstar Holdings, a company that operates market-leading media, broadcast and retail marketing properties in South Africa.
buyer: The Lebashe Investment Group
Headquartered in South Africa, Lebashe is an unlisted investment holding company with an experienced, multi-faceted management team. Since inception, Lebashe has grown significantly with aspirations to become a leading African investment company. "
seller: Tiso Blackstar Group (JSE:TBG:$274.76)
Tiso Blackstar Group operates market-leading media, broadcast and retail marketing properties. They have strong exposure to the rapidly growing digital, broadcast and mobile markets, with a leading position in South Africa and a broad footprint across Kenya, Ghana and Nigeria.
price ($mm)
$73
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closed 8/8/2019 via BusinessWire

TEGNA Inc., acquired Dispatch Broadcast Group

synopsis: TEGNA Inc. has completed its acquisition of Dispatch Broadcast Group’s #1 rated stations in Indianapolis, Indiana and Columbus, Ohio. TEGNA acquired NBC affiliate WTHR in Indianapolis, CBS affiliate WBNS in Columbus, and WBNS radio (1460 AM and 97.1 FM), the leader in sports radio in Central Ohio.
buyer: TEGNA Inc. (TGNA:$2,221.95)
TEGNA Inc. is an innovative media company that serves the greater good of communities. With 49 television stations and two radio stations in 41 markets, TEGNA delivers relevant content and information to consumers across platforms. "
target: Dispatch Broadcast Group
The Dispatch Broadcast Group is a highly-respected group of television and radio stations in the Midwest. It is composed of the WBNS television (CBS-affiliate WBNS-TV) and WBNS Radio (WBNS-AM and WBNS-FM) stations in Columbus, and NBC-affiliate WTHR television in Indianapolis formerly (WLW-I).
price ($mm)
$535
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announced 5/22/2019 via Company Press Release

Standard Media Group LLC, will purchase WLNE-TV and KLKN-TV from Citadel Communications Ltd.

synopsis: Standard Media, an innovative and diverse broadcast media company, will acquire WLNE-TV, the ABC affiliate for the Providence, RI – New Bedford, MA market (DMA 52) and KLKN(TV), the ABC affiliate for the Lincoln & Hastings-Kearney, NE market (DMA 105), from Citadel Communications.
buyer: Standard Media Group LLC
Standard Media Group is an innovative and diverse broadcast media company committed to serving local communities. Headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, Standard Media’s leadership team has a long history of building strong, local television and digital media properties. "
seller: Citadel Communications Ltd.
WLNE-TV is the ABC affiliate for the Providence, RI – New Bedford, MA market (DMA 52) and KLKN(TV) is the ABC affiliate for the Lincoln & Hastings-Kearney, NE market (DMA 105). Citadel Communications Ltd. is an American private broadcasting company based in New York.
price ($mm)
$83
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closed 5/8/2019 via PR Newswire

Entertainment Studios, acquired Bayou City Broadcasting LLC

synopsis: Entertainment Studios, Inc., one of the largest independent producers and distributors of film and television, has acquired Bayou City Broadcasting, LLC (BCB), a company that owns and operates broadcast television stations. BCB's stations include WEVV (CBS) & WEEV (Fox) in Evansville, Indiana and KLAF (NBC) and KADN (Fox) in Lafayette, Louisiana.
buyer: Entertainment Studios
Founded in 1993, Entertainment Studios is a fully integrated global media production and distribution company with 8 HD networks, dozens of first-run syndicated shows, over 5,000 hours of HD programming, a film distribution company, a podcast network, and more to come. "
target: Bayou City Broadcasting LLC
Founded in 2007, Bayou City Broadcasting, LLC (BCB) is a Texas based company that owns and operates broadcast television stations. Their stations include WEVV (CBS) & WEEV (Fox) in Evansville, Indiana and KLAF (NBC) and KADN (Fox) in Lafayette, Louisiana.
price ($mm)
$165
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closed 4/24/2019 via BNC Analysis

BBC Studios, acquired UKTV

synopsis: BBC Studios has acquired control of UKTV, taking ownership of seven of its ten free-to-air and pay-TV channels. UKTV is a British multi-channel broadcaster. It was formed on 26 March 1992 through a joint venture between the BBC and Thames Television. It is one of the United Kingdom's largest television companies.
buyer parent: British Broadcasting Corporation
buyer: BBC Studios
BBC Studios is a British television production and distribution company. It is a commercial arm of the BBC, bringing together the majority of the former BBC Television division's in-house production departments; Comedy, Drama, Entertainment, Music & Events, and Factual. "
target parent: Discovery Communications, Inc.
target: UKTV
UKTV is a British multi-channel broadcaster. It was formed on 26 March 1992 through a joint venture between the BBC and Thames Television. It is one of the United Kingdom's largest television companies.
price ($mm)
$237
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