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announced 12/14/2020 via BusinessWire

Vivendi SA, will acquire Prisma Media

synopsis: Vivendi has entered into exclusive negotiations with Gruner + Jahr/Bertelsmann to acquire 100% of Prisma Media. Prisma Media is France’s number one press publishing group, in print and digital, with 20 key leading magazine brands, from Femme Actuelle to GEO, as well as Capital, Gala and Télé-Loisirs.
buyer: Vivendi SA (ENXTPA:VIV:$19,602.38)
Vivendi is an integrated media, content and communications group. The company operates businesses throughout the media value chain, from talent discovery to the creation, production and distribution of content. "
target parent: Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA
target: Prisma Media
Prisma Media is France’s number one press publishing group, in print and digital, with 20 key leading magazine brands, from Femme Actuelle to GEO, as well as Capital, Gala and Télé-Loisirs.
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announced 9/25/2019 via New York Times

Vox Media, Inc., will acquire New York Media

synopsis: Vox Media, one of the fastest growing media companies, combining the best content, technology, and distribution capabilities, will acquired New York Media, a media company that publishes beloved and influential brands, including the groundbreaking magazine New York, which is published biweekly in print and, digitally.
buyer: Vox Media, Inc.
Vox Media, Inc. is one of the fastest growing media companies, combining the best content, technology, and distribution capabilities to connect with an audience of 150mm people each month who rely on them for a modern, intelligent take on the world around them. "
target parent: New York Media Holdings, LLC
target: New York Media
New York Media obsessively chronicles the ideas, people, and cultural events that are forever reshaping the world. They publish beloved and influential brands, including the groundbreaking magazine New York, which is published biweekly in print and, digitally.
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closed 1/4/2019 via BNC Analysis

PWxyz LLC, acquired The Millions

synopsis: PWxyz, parent company of Publishers Weekly, has acquired the online magazine the Millions, an online magazine offering coverage on books, arts, and culture. The Millions has been featured on NPR and noted by The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and The Village Voice, among others.
buyer: PWxyz LLC
PWxyz LLC is a digital media assets company based in New York and the parent company of Publishers Weekly, its signature brand. PWxyz’s joint ventures include BookWorks, a global community for self-published authors and the professionals and companies who serve them. "
target: The Millions
The Millions is an online magazine offering coverage on books, arts, and culture. The Millions has been featured on NPR and noted by The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and The Village Voice, among others.
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announced 1/3/2019 via BNC Analysis

Yedioth Aharonot Group, will acquire Yedioth Aharonot Group

synopsis: Arnon Mozes, the publisher of the Yedioth Ahronoth daily newspaper in Israel, will acquire Bank Hapoalim's 34% stake in Yedioth Ahronoth Group, increasing his stake to 58%. Bank Hapoalim is Israel’s largest bank. Yedioth Ahronoth Group is Israel's top multimedia group. The group publishes the Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper and several magazines.
buyer: Yedioth Aharonot Group
Yedioth Ahronoth Group is Israel's top multimedia group. Yedioth Ahronoth is Israel's leading daily newspaper. The paper provides readers with a variety of different points of view, articles, op-ed, and investigate reporting. The group also publishes several lifestyle and entertainment magazines. "
target parent: Bank Hapoalim B.M.
target: Yedioth Aharonot Group
Yedioth Ahronoth Group is Israel's top multimedia group. Yedioth Ahronoth is Israel's leading daily newspaper. The paper provides readers with a variety of different points of view, articles, op-ed, and investigate reporting. The group also publishes several lifestyle and entertainment magazines.
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announced 3/29/2018 via BusinessWire

Maven Inc., will acquire SAY Media, Inc.

synopsis: Maven announced it has signed a letter of intent to acquire Say Media, a company that is defining the digital magazine through a portfolio of influential brands and a next-generation publishing platform called Tempest that caters to the needs of both modern storytellers and marketers.
buyer: Maven Inc. (OTCPK:MVEN:$0.38)
Maven is a coalition of mavens operating on a single digital publishing, advertising and distribution platform, unified under a single media brand. Based in Seattle, Maven is publicly traded under the ticker symbol MVEN. "
target: SAY Media, Inc.
Say Media is defining the digital magazine through a portfolio of influential brands and a next-generation publishing platform called Tempest that caters to the needs of both modern storytellers and marketers.
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closed 3/19/2018 via PR Newswire

Epiris LLP, acquired Time Inc. UK

synopsis: Epiris LLP, a UK private equity firm, has acquired Time Inc. UK from Meredith Corporation, a leading media and marketing services company. Time Inc. UK is Britain’s leading publisher of print and digital magazine content. Their portfolio encompasses more than 50 well-known brands, including Country Life, What's on TV, Woman's Weekly and Wallpaper*.
buyer: Epiris LLP
Epiris LLP is a top-decile private equity firm in the UK that invests in opportunities to transform businesses in partnership with exceptional management teams. Epiris targets control positions in UK-centric businesses with an enterprise value of between £75 million and £500 million. "
target parent: Meredith Corporation
target: Time Inc. UK
Time Inc. UK is Britain’s leading publisher of print and digital magazine content. With more than 50 iconic brands – including Decanter, Country Life, Horse & Hound – Time Inc. UK creates content for multiple platforms, across print, online, mobile, tablets and experiences.
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closed 1/17/2018 via Company Press Release

North Forty News, acquired Scene Magazine LLC

synopsis: North Forty News has acquired Fort Collins based Scene Magazine. Since its founding 30 years ago, Scene Magazine has become the premiere entertainment & lifestyle publication in Northern Colorado. It is the #1 source for music, arts and entertainment news in the region.
buyer: North Forty News
Founded in 1993, the North Forty News is a monthly newspaper and daily hyperlocal website. The North Forty News Coverage area includes all towns and cities North of Longmont to the Wyoming state line, West to the continental divide, and East to Greeley. "
target: Scene Magazine LLC
Since its founding 30 years ago, Scene Magazine has become the premiere entertainment & lifestyle publication in Northern Colorado. It is the #1 source for music, arts and entertainment news in the region.
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closed 12/20/2017 via New York Times

Penske Media Corporation, acquired Wenner Media LLC

synopsis: Penske Media Corporation has acquired a controlling stake in Wenner Media, the publisher of the famed Rolling Stone magazine, the companies announced. Jann S. Wenner, the co-founder of Rolling Stone, will stay on at Wenner Media as its editorial director.
buyer: Penske Media Corporation
Penske Media Corporation (PMC) is a leading digital media and information services company. Their dynamic events, data services, and rich content entertain and educate fashion, retail, beauty, entertainment and lifestyle sectors. "
target: Wenner Media LLC
Wenner Media is the publisher of Rolling Stone and Glixel brands. As the leading authority in music, entertainment, celebrity and pop culture, their iconic brands attract the most passionate talent in the marketplace. They are a dynamic organization of innovative and dedicated professionals.
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closed 7/10/2017 via PR Newswire

Penthouse Global Media Inc., acquired OMNI

synopsis: Penthouse Global Media has announced the acquisition of OMNI magazine, the much-adored science and science fiction magazine with roots dating back to the late 1970s. OMNI is the intersection of science, technology, art, culture, design, and metaphysics.
buyer: Penthouse Global Media Inc.
Penthouse Global Media, Inc. publishes adult lifestyle content in print, broadcast and online platforms, including the iconic Penthouse magazine, founded in 1965 by legendary publisher Bob Guccione. The company was formed and acquired the Penthouse assets in February 2016. "
target: OMNI
OMNI is the intersection of science, technology, art, culture, design, and metaphysics. Inspired by the archives of the classic OMNI magazine, ­a free-rolling resource in a terrifying, wonderful, metamorphosing world. A true glimpse into the future.
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announced 4/26/2017 via BNC Analysis

Cinco M Dos, will acquire Grupo Expansión

synopsis: Mexican company Cinco M Dos has reached an agreement with Southern Cross Group (SCG) to buy Grupo Expansión. Grupo Expansión was founded in 1966 with the purpose of providing information on business, finance and everything related to business, through specialized publications.
buyer: Cinco M Dos
Cinco M Dos is a company dedicated to outdoor advertising, print news (Diario DF) and digital media nationwide, which has an audience of more than 90 million a day in its outdoor advertising on buses, in the Metrobus of The CDMX, and the Mexibús, among others. "
target parent: Southern Cross Group
target: Grupo Expansión
Grupo Expansión was founded in 1966 with the purpose of providing information on business, finance and everything related to business, through specialized publications. It has a portfolio of 16 magazines and 11 internet sites, including Expansión, Who, InStyle, Travel + Leisure Mexico among others.
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announced 11/11/2015 via Company Press Release

L’Avenir Hebdo, will acquire Moustique

synopsis: Sanoma has announced the sale of the Moustique and Télé Pocket to L'Avenir Hebdo. Moustique and Télé Pocket are two TV weeklies that have a strong reputation in the French-speaking Belgian market. Moustique offers a mix of current affairs and everything in current TV and culture. Télé Pocket is a TV guide with the programmes of 50 channels.
buyer: L’Avenir Hebdo
L'Avenir Hebdo is a weekly reference newspaper for the North-Charente region in France. It focuses on local news, covering local sports events, surveys, reports, testimonies, interviews, photos, and practical information. It is read weekly by nearly 10,000 readers. "
target parent: Sanoma Oyj
target: Moustique
Moustique is a weekly French language magazine that offers a mix of current affairs and everything in current TV and culture. Télé Pocket is a weekly French-language TV guide with the programmes of 50 channels and news and reviews of the best films. Both magazines are based in Belgium.
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closed 5/21/2015 via PR Newswire

Zealot Networks, acquired Hutch Media

synopsis: Zealot Networks, a digital-first media company announced the acquisition of Hutch Media, an online magazine publishing group. The addition of Hutch Media to Zealot Networks begins to fulfill a component of the company's distribution capabilities by offering destinations with niche audience for premium content.
buyer: Zealot Networks
Zealot Networks is a digital-first media company that empowers creators to make a living doing what they love by providing a comprehensive suite of production, distribution, and business services. "
target: Hutch Media
Hutch Media is an online magazine publishing company that produces Internet TV programming, webisodes and editorial around specific content themes, reaching over 200MM pageviews per month.
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closed 3/5/2015 via BNC Analysis

DDB Worldwide Communications Group Inc., acquired Lifelounge Group

synopsis: DDB Worldwide Communications Group Inc. has acquired independent creative agency Lifelounge Group. They specialise in creating authentic brand connections with 16-35 year-old Australians through print, websites, and advertising. They also publish the Lifelounge Sweeney Report, a provider of insights into the Australian 16-30 year old market.
buyer parent: Omnicom Group Inc.
buyer: DDB Worldwide Communications Group Inc.
DDB Worldwide is one of the world's largest and most influential advertising and marketing networks. At the 2014 Cannes International Festival of Creativity, DDB took home 87 Lions as well as Agency of the Year and Regional Network of the Year honors for adam&eveDDB and DDB EMEA, respectively. "
target: Lifelounge Group
Lifelounge Group is a digital media and entertainment company. They operate Lifelounge.com and TheVine.com.au, Australia's No. 1 youth & entertainment website. They are focused on opportunities that leverage research, technical expertise & creativity to develop digital products and campaigns.
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closed 1/16/2015 via BNC Analysis

Ertel Publishing, acquired CHARLIE Magazine

synopsis: Ertel Publishing announced it purchased CHARLIE, a media company that produces a digital magazine focusing on art and culture in Charleston, S.C. Ertel Publishing has been a leader in the magazine industry for more than 20 years, and has had proven success in the fields of custom editing, design, promotion, and publishing.
buyer: Ertel Publishing
Ertel Publishing has been a leader in the magazine industry for more than 20 years, and has had proven success in the fields of custom editing, design, promotion, and publishing. "
target: CHARLIE Magazine
CHARLIE is a media company that produces a digital magazine focusing on art and culture in Charleston, S.C. Their online magazine recognizes forward-thinking people and happenings in food and wine, art, music, fashion and more.
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closed 8/1/2014 via BusinessWire

Southern Cross Group, acquired Grupo Expansión

synopsis: Southern Cross Group, a Latin-American private equity firm, and media company Time Inc. announced that Southern Cross has acquired Grupo Expansión (GEx), a Time Inc. subsidiary. GEx was founded in 1966 and acquired by Time Inc. in 2005. It is Mexico’s second largest magazine publisher with 16 titles and 10 websites.
buyer: Southern Cross Group
Southern Cross is a private equity firm founded in 1998 to make investments in Latin American companies that have potential for improved performance and growth. Since inception, Southern Cross has invested in over 25 companies in a wide range of industries. "
target parent: Time Inc.
target: Grupo Expansión
Grupo Expansión, a publishing house, was founded in 1966. Creating passionate media experiences to enrich the lives of readers and users is Grupo Expansión's mission. The multiplatform group has a solid portfolio of 16 magazines and 10 websites.
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closed 4/30/2014 via BNC Analysis

Milestone Group plc, acquired Disorder Magazine

synopsis: Milestone, a provider of digital media and technology solutions, is pleased to announce that it has acquired all rights and title to the publication, Disorder UK Magazine, for a consideration of £1. DISORDER UK is an independent, cutting edge and constantly evolving youth magazine featuring the best in new fashion, music, art, technology and film.
buyer: Milestone Group plc (AIM:CTEA:$0.08)
Milestone Group is a digital media and technology company focused on delivering engaging and captivating marketing solutions through digital media, and business process solutions that harness the latest technology and offer an outstanding user experience. "
target: Disorder Magazine
DISORDER UK is an independent, cutting edge and constantly evolving youth magazine featuring the best in new fashion, music, art, technology and film. The original publication launched into record stores as an East London fanzine in 1999, with The Bluetones gracing the first cover.
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closed 7/10/2012 via BNC Analysis

Guest of A Guest LLC, acquired Guest of A Guest LLC

synopsis: New-media entrepreneur Rachelle Hruska confirmed that she bought out her longtime partner, Cameron Winklevoss, with whom she started the website in 2008. She will now own a 100% stake in the company. Guest of A Guest LLC owns and operates a website and covers high society events, people, and places.
buyer: Guest of A Guest LLC
Guest of A Guest LLC owns and operates a website and covers high society events, people, and places capitalizing on the idea that Web users enjoyed looking at on-the-scene party photos. The company was founded in 2008 and is based in New York, New York. "
target: Guest of A Guest LLC
Guest of A Guest LLC owns and operates a website and covers high society events, people, and places capitalizing on the idea that Web users enjoyed looking at on-the-scene party photos. The company was founded in 2008 and is based in New York, New York.
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closed 1/16/2012 via BNC Analysis

Kairos Transmedia, Inc., acquired The Magazine.ca

synopsis: Kairos Transmedia announced its acquisition of The Magazine, Canada's leading and best-known national publication targeted to the pre-teen and teen market. Launched in 2000, The Magazine covers music, movies, television, social issues, the environment, health topics and just about anything that affects the lives of 8 to 14 year-olds.
buyer: Kairos Transmedia, Inc.
Kairos Transmedia, Inc. is a new breed edutainment company serving the 8 to 18 year old market with safe, monitored and age appropriate content developed by in-house professionals, media and studios, and generated by their readers. "
target parent: Knightscove Media Corp.
target: The Magazine.ca
Launched in 2000, The Magazine is Canada's most popular youth lifestyle magazine, covering music, movies, television, social issues, the environment, health topics and just about anything that affects the lives of 8 to 14 year-olds.
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announced 12/23/2011 via BNC Analysis

Fairfax Media Ltd., will acquire Metro Media Publishing

synopsis: FAIRFAX Media has moved to recapture lost real estate advertising revenue in Victoria through a merger with Metro Media Publishing. Under the deal, Fairfax would pay $35 million and fold its Fairfax Community Newspapers into MMP. Fairfax said it would own 50 per cent voting and economic interest in MMP after the transaction was completed.
buyer: Fairfax Media Ltd. (ASX:FXJ:$1,239.61)
Fairfax Media Limited is Australasia's leading media company. Fairfax Media publishes regional and community newspapers, financial and consumer magazines, radio licenses in metro and regional Australia and several agricultural publications in New Zealand and the United States. "
target: Metro Media Publishing
Metro Media Publishing was founded in 2010 in partnership with more than 20 prestige advertisers. The Weekly Review, published by Metro Media Publishing, is a new free weekly magazine delivered to more than 200,000 people in some of Melbourne's most affluent suburbs.
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closed 12/6/2011 via Market Wire

The Hearst Corporation, purchased China Operations from Hachette Livre SA

synopsis: Hearst Corporation announced that it has completed the acquisition of the majority of the Hachette China operations. The acquisition includes most of Hachette's magazine-related activities in China and oversight of seven titles, including global media superbrand ELLE, as well as Car and Driver, Woman's Day and Psychologies.
buyer: The Hearst Corporation
Hearst Corporation is one of the nation's largest diversified media companies. Its major interests include ownership of 15 daily and 37 weekly newspapers, more than 200 magazines around the world, 29 television stations, and ownership in leading cable networks. "
seller parent: Lagardère SCA
seller: Hachette Livre SA
Hachette Livre SA, a holding company, publishes, distributes, and sells books. The company offers illustrated books, practical guides, textbooks, dictionaries, and youth works, as well as various books on education, part-works, and general literature in English, French, and Spanish languages.
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announced 12/14/2020 via BusinessWire

Vivendi SA, will acquire Prisma Media

synopsis: Vivendi has entered into exclusive negotiations with Gruner + Jahr/Bertelsmann to acquire 100% of Prisma Media. Prisma Media is France’s number one press publishing group, in print and digital, with 20 key leading magazine brands, from Femme Actuelle to GEO, as well as Capital, Gala and Télé-Loisirs.
buyer: Vivendi SA (ENXTPA:VIV:$19,602.38)
Vivendi is an integrated media, content and communications group. The company operates businesses throughout the media value chain, from talent discovery to the creation, production and distribution of content. "
target parent: Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA
target: Prisma Media
Prisma Media is France’s number one press publishing group, in print and digital, with 20 key leading magazine brands, from Femme Actuelle to GEO, as well as Capital, Gala and Télé-Loisirs.
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closed 6/6/2018 via BNC Analysis

Ghosn Capital, acquired VSD

synopsis: Ghosn Capital, the investment company led by Georges Ghosn, has acquired VSD, a French weekly news, celebrity and leisure magazine, published on Thursdays in France. Georges Ghosn is a Franco-Lebanese journalist and businessman who has previously acquired La Tribune, Le Nouvel Économiste and France-Soir.
buyer: Ghosn Capital
Ghosn Capital is the investment company led by Georges Ghosn. Georges Ghosn is a Franco-Lebanese journalist and businessman who has previously acquired La Tribune, Le Nouvel Économiste and France-Soir. "
target parent: Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA
target: VSD
VSD is a French weekly news, celebrity and leisure magazine, published on Thursdays in France. The name is formed from the first letters of the French names for Friday (Vendredi), Saturday (Samedi) and Sunday (Dimanche).
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closed 9/21/2016 via BNC Analysis

Prisma Media, acquired Beauté Addict

synopsis: Prisma Media, the second largest magazine publisher in France and the first French magazine group on the internet, has acquired Beaute-Addict.com, an online platform to give information on the topics of beauty, care ,and hygiene, and to test beauty products for brands. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
buyer parent: Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA
buyer: Prisma Media
Prisma Media is the second largest magazine publisher in France and the first French magazine group on the internet. With a portfolio of 27 titles and more than twenty websites, the group is present in the main segments of the consumer magazine. "
target: Beauté Addict
Beauté Addict owns and operates online platform to give information on the topics of beauty, care ,and hygiene, and to test beauty products for brands. The company is based in Gennevilliers, France.
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closed 5/31/2016 via Company Press Release

Prisma Media, acquired Groupe Cerise

synopsis: Prisma Media, a subsidiary of Gruner + Jahr, announced the acquisition of all of the Groupe Cerise. Groupe Cerise is the publisher of successful French lifestyle websites Gentside and OhMyMag.
buyer parent: Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA
buyer: Prisma Media
Prisma Media is the second largest magazine publisher in France and the first French magazine group on the internet. With a portfolio of 27 titles and more than twenty websites, the group is present in the main segments of the consumer magazine. "
target: Groupe Cerise
Groupe Cerise is a French internet media company founded in 2008. They build highly scalable technologies to grow fast. Groupe Cerise operates Gentside.com, which is now the top men's lifestyle and entertainment website in France. Late 2013 they launched "Gentside's sister" Ohmymag.
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closed 1/25/2013 via BNC Analysis

Prisma Media, acquired Mobvalue

synopsis: Prisma Media has acquired a majority stake in Mobvalue. Mobvalue offers advertising services on mobile and tablet devices.
buyer: Prisma Media
Prisma Media is the second largest magazine publisher in France and the first group of French magazine on the Internet. With a portfolio of 26 titles and more than two dozen websites, the group is present in the main segments of the consumer magazine. "
target: Mobvalue
Mobvalue offers advertising services on mobile and tablet devices.
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closed 12/13/2012 via Company Press Release

Prisma Média, acquired P comme Performance SARL

synopsis: Prisma Media acquired P comme Performance (PCP) as part of its digital strategy development. P comme Performance (PCP) is an advertising agency specializing in email database monetization. PCP hosts customer e-mail databases and creates immediate profit.
buyer: Prisma Média
Prisma Media is the second largest magazine publisher in France and the first French magazine group on the internet. With a portfolio of 27 titles and more than twenty websites, the group is present in the main segments of the consumer magazine. "
target parent: Arthur Media Group
target: P comme Performance SARL
P comme Performance (PCP) is an advertising agency specializing in email database monetization. PCP hosts customer e-mail databases and creates immediate profit.
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closed 2/17/2021 via BNC Analysis

Havas, acquired BLKJ

synopsis: Havas Group, one of the world’s largest global communications groups, has acquired BLKJ, an independent creative agency in Singapore. BLKJ engineers marketing moments for brands in culture, entertainment and media. The agency uses tech and film to make brands famous. Their clients include brands such as StarHub, Scoot, Great Eastern, and more.
buyer parent: Vivendi SA
buyer: Havas (ENXTPA:HAV:$2,703.63)
Based in France, Havas is one of the world’s largest global communications groups. Havas has a fully integrated model through its Havas Villages around the world. In these Villages, creative, media and healthcare & wellness teams work together, ensuring agility and seamless experiences for clients. "
target: BLKJ
BLKJ is an independent creative agency in Singapore. BLKJ engineers marketing moments for brands in culture, entertainment and media. The agency uses tech and film to make brands famous. Their clients include leading brands such as StarHub, Scoot, Great Eastern, and more.
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closed 2/10/2021 via Company Press Release

Havas, acquired Inbar Merhav G

synopsis: Havas Group, one of the world’s largest global communications groups, has acquired Inbar Merhav G, a full-service advertising agency in Israel. Inbar Merhav G creates meaningful connections between people and brands using creativity and media. Their range of marketing services include advertising, content, brand management, and digital & social.
buyer parent: Vivendi SA
buyer: Havas (ENXTPA:HAV:$2,703.63)
Based in France, Havas is one of the world’s largest global communications groups. Havas has a fully integrated model through its Havas Villages around the world. In these Villages, creative, media and healthcare & wellness teams work together, ensuring agility and seamless experiences for clients. "
target: Inbar Merhav G
Inbar Merhav G is a full-service advertising agency in Israel. Inbar Merhav G creates meaningful connections between people and brands using creativity, media, and innovation. Their range of marketing services include advertising, content, brand management, and digital & social.
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Ingrooves Music Group, acquired Electromode Music

synopsis: Ingrooves Music Group has acquired independent South Africa-based music distributor, Electromode, marking Ingrooves’ entrance into the growing African music market. Electromode’s roster includes more than 200 artists including South African record producer DJ Maphorisa’s label, New Money Gang.
buyer parent: Vivendi SA
buyer: Ingrooves Music Group
​Ingrooves, a leader in the independent music distribution and marketing industry, provides independent labels, established artists and other content owners with the most transparent and scalable distribution tools including analytics, rights management services, and thoughtful marketing solutions. "
target: Electromode Music
Electromode is a South Africa-based distributor of music on digital and mobile music platforms. Electromode’s roster includes more than 200 artists including South African record producer DJ Maphorisa’s label, New Money Gang. Electromode has an overall catalog of more than 30,000 songs.
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announced 12/14/2020 via BusinessWire

Vivendi SA, will acquire Prisma Media

synopsis: Vivendi has entered into exclusive negotiations with Gruner + Jahr/Bertelsmann to acquire 100% of Prisma Media. Prisma Media is France’s number one press publishing group, in print and digital, with 20 key leading magazine brands, from Femme Actuelle to GEO, as well as Capital, Gala and Télé-Loisirs.
buyer: Vivendi SA (ENXTPA:VIV:$19,602.38)
Vivendi is an integrated media, content and communications group. The company operates businesses throughout the media value chain, from talent discovery to the creation, production and distribution of content. "
target parent: Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA
target: Prisma Media
Prisma Media is France’s number one press publishing group, in print and digital, with 20 key leading magazine brands, from Femme Actuelle to GEO, as well as Capital, Gala and Télé-Loisirs.
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closed 9/17/2020 via BusinessWire

Havas, acquired Camp + King

synopsis: Havas Group, one of the world’s largest global communications groups, announced it has acquired a majority stake in Camp + King, an award-winning independent creative agency that combines brand storytelling with expertise in digital, social and content development.
buyer parent: Vivendi SA
buyer: Havas (ENXTPA:HAV:$2,703.63)
Based in France, Havas is one of the world’s largest global communications groups. Havas has a fully integrated model through its Havas Villages around the world. In these Villages, creative, media and healthcare & wellness teams work together, ensuring agility and seamless experiences for clients. "
target: Camp + King
Camp + King is an advertising agency with offices in San Francisco and Chicago. Founded in 2011, they combine brand storytelling with expertise in digital, social and content development.
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Gameloft, acquired The Other Guys

synopsis: Games developer and publisher Gameloft has acquired Journeys creator The Other Guys. Founded in 2020, The Other Guys specializes in interactive storytelling, as it has not only created its Journeys platform – which features 23 series – but it also developed the interactive series app, Linda Brown.
buyer parent: Vivendi SA
buyer: Gameloft (ENXTPA:GFT:$268.27)
Gameloft is a French video game publisher based in Paris, founded in December 1999 by Ubisoft co-founder Michel Guillemot. The company operates 19 development studios worldwide, and publishes games with a special focus on the mobile games market. "
target: The Other Guys
Founded in 2020, The Other Guys specializes in interactive storytelling, as it has not only created its Journeys platform – which features 23 series – but it also developed the interactive series app, Linda Brown.
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closed 8/27/2020 via Company Press Release

Havas Media, acquired Hyland Agency

synopsis: Havas Group announced the acquisition of market-leading independent media agency, HYLAND, as part of the Group’s strategic plans across ANZ to provide a comprehensive and agile offering. Sydney-based HYLAND provides advertisers with an alternative and trusted approach to media.
buyer parent: Vivendi SA
buyer: Havas Media
Havas Media is the lead agency in the world’s fastest growing media group. They operate in 144 countries and benefit from the support of more than 20,000 talented individuals worldwide who specialise in digital, data, content, sports, experiential and more. "
target: Hyland Agency
Sydney-based HYLAND provides advertisers with an alternative and trusted approach to media. Founded in 2005, the award winning agency has transformed into a fully integrated communications agency, providing a breadth of communication services across media planning and buying, research, and more.
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closed 7/15/2020 via PR Newswire

Eversana, acquired HVH Precision Analytics

synopsis: EVERSANA™, the leading provider of commercial services to the life science industry, announced the acquisition of HVH Precision Analytics and its predictive analytics platform. Previously owned by Havas Health & You and Perspecta, HVH's Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning platform has been refined to transform the healthcare sector.
buyer parent: Water Street Healthcare Partners
buyer: Eversana
EVERSANA offers a fully integrated and independent commercial services platform designed to solve global pricing, access, reimbursement, adherence and product delivery challenges in the life science sector. "
target parent: Vivendi SA
target: HVH Precision Analytics
HVH Precision Analytics and its predictive analytics platform leverage analytic expertise originally honed to support military and U.S. intelligence community. HVH's Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning platform has been refined to transform the healthcare sector.
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closed 4/15/2020 via BNC Analysis

Glam Holdings Ltd, acquired Carbon

synopsis: Glam Holdings, owner of ex-billion-dollar Mode Media, BrideClick, and Glam Inc, has acquired Carbon from Clicksco, a Dubai-based provider of performance-based marketing solutions. Carbon is a data management platform in the UK that provides publishers and advertisers with actionable insights that help them to improve online experiences.
buyer: Glam Holdings Ltd
Glam Holdings Ltd is a UK holding company that owns and operates a number of digital brands (“Glam”) and publishing technologies (“Mode”). Glam Holdings has been built through the acquisition of BrideClick (2016), Mode Media (2017) and now Carbon (2020). "
target parent: Vivendi SA
target: Carbon
Carbon is a next generation data management platform in the UK. Carbon's cloud-based data management platform uses data science, AI, and machine learning to provide publishers, advertisers and platforms with actionable insights that help them to improve online experiences.
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closed 3/12/2020 via BNC Analysis

Cicero-Group merged with AMO Strategic Advisors,

synopsis: French advertising agency Havas SA acquired a majority stake in Cicero Consulting Ltd., a U.K.-based public affairs and corporate communications consultancy. Cicero will be merged into Havas' global advisory network AMO and renamed Cicero/AMO.
buyer parent: Vivendi SA
buyer: AMO Strategic Advisors
AMO is the leading global partnership of corporate and financial communications consultancies. They provide sophisticated communications counsel for reputation management, M&A and capital market transactions, media relations, investor relations and corporate crises. "
target: Cicero-Group
Cicero is a full-service communications and market research agency. They design and deliver award-winning corporate, brand, political and regulatory campaigns across all major business sectors from their offices in London, Brussels and Dublin.
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closed 1/15/2020 via BNC Analysis

See Tickets International, acquired Starticket AG

synopsis: See Tickets announced the acquisition of Starticket, a major player in Switzerland with over five million tickets sold annually. Starticket is owned by private Swiss media group Tamedia, which has adopted a new corporate structure and name and is now known as TX Group.
buyer parent: Vivendi SA
buyer: See Tickets International
See Tickets is the trading name of an international ticketing services company owned by Vivendi SA. See retails and distributes tickets for music, theatre, festival, sport, comedy and lifestyle events working with more than 5,000 clients globally. "
target parent: TX Group AG
target: Starticket AG
Established in 2003, Starticket is Switzerland’s second largest ticket marketer. Starticket sells several million tickets for events across Switzerland each year, using a network of 1,500 sales offices, a call center and its e-Shop at starticket.ch.
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closed 12/19/2019 via BNC Analysis

Havas, acquired Shobiz

synopsis: Havas Group, one of the world’s largest global communications groups, has acquired Shobiz, a multidisciplinary experiential communications agency in India. Shobiz delivers engaging and memorable experiential brand solutions that impact their clients businesses.
buyer parent: Vivendi SA
buyer: Havas (ENXTPA:HAV:$2,703.63)
Based in France, Havas is one of the world’s largest global communications groups. Havas has a fully integrated model through its Havas Villages around the world. In these Villages, creative, media and healthcare & wellness teams work together, ensuring agility and seamless experiences for clients. "
target: Shobiz
Shobiz is a multidisciplinary experiential communications agency in India. Shobiz delivers engaging and memorable experiential brand solutions that impact their clients businesses. The agency’s strengths include strategic planning, creative, graphic design, audience acquisition, and more.
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closed 12/18/2019 via Company Press Release

Havas, acquired Gate One Ltd

synopsis: France-based Havas Group, one of the world’s largest global communications groups, has acquired Gate One, one of the UK’s leading independent digital and business transformation consultancies. The acquisition adds significant new capabilities and reach to Havas’ UK operation and strengthens its international presence.
buyer parent: Vivendi SA
buyer: Havas (ENXTPA:HAV:$2,703.63)
Based in France, Havas is one of the world’s largest global communications groups. Havas has a fully integrated model through its Havas Villages around the world. In these Villages, creative, media and healthcare & wellness teams work together, ensuring agility and seamless experiences for clients. "
target: Gate One Ltd
UK-based Gate One is a digital and business transformation consultancy. It designs and delivers complex transformations for some of the world’s most interesting, innovative, and influential organisations.
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closed 11/13/2019 via BNC Analysis

myCANAL, acquired Kino Swiat

synopsis: myCANAL, the leading provider of premium channels and thematic in France, acquired Kino Świat, a Polish independent film distributor in Poland, active in the most important distribution fields, such as cinema, video, video on demand and television.
buyer parent: Vivendi SA
buyer: myCANAL
myCANAL (Canal+) is the leading provider of premium channels and thematic in France. They are the leader in premium-content and themed networks. They are also the leading pay-TV company, and platform in multi-channel bundling and distribution of pay-TV offerings in France. "
target: Kino Swiat
Kino Świat is a Polish independent film distributor in Poland, active in the most important distribution fields, such as cinema, video, video on demand and television. In addition to distribution, Kino Świat is also involved in the production and co-production of Polish and foreign films.
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closed 10/16/2019 via Company Press Release

Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc., acquired Appatura

synopsis: Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc., leading provider of investor communications and technology-driven solutions, has acquired Appatura Inc., an innovator in regulatory and marketing content management and automation.
buyer: Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc. (BR:$4,824.00)
Broadridge Financial Solutions is a leading provider of investor communications and technology-driven solutions to banks, broker-dealers, asset and wealth managers and corporate issuers. Broadridge provides an important infrastructure that powers the financial services industry. "
target parent: Vivendi SA
target: Appatura
With its leading-edge, proprietary database and headless CM named Syntext, Appatura’s mutual fund focused workflow and publishing engine: Docubuilder, and its innovative AI and Machine Learning Appasense tools, Appatura has been helping transform the industry.
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announced 9/18/2019 via BNC Analysis

Havas, will acquire Langoor Pty Ltd

synopsis: Havas Group announced the acquisition of independent digital agency Langoor. Founded in 2010, full-service digital agency Langoor is present across India, the Middle East and Australia. As part of the agreement, Langoor will be rebranded as Langoor Havas and will be led by its co-founder Venugopal Ganganna.
buyer parent: Vivendi SA
buyer: Havas (ENXTPA:HAV:$2,703.63)
Based in France, Havas is one of the world’s largest global communications groups. Havas has a fully integrated model through its Havas Villages around the world. In these Villages, creative, media and healthcare & wellness teams work together, ensuring agility and seamless experiences for clients. "
target: Langoor Pty Ltd
Langoor is a web products and services company with offices in Sydney, Australia and Bangalore, India. Langoor offers web services ranging from branding, web development and design as well as online marketing and custom systems.
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closed 9/4/2019 via Company Press Release

Havas, acquired Buzzman

synopsis: Havas Group, one of the world’s largest global communications groups, has announced the acquisition of a 51% stake in Buzzman, the most awarded French independent advertising agency. They offer a new model of a 100% independent advertising agency combining supreme creativity with an advanced understanding of consumer engagement.
buyer parent: Vivendi SA
buyer: Havas (ENXTPA:HAV:$2,703.63)
Based in France, Havas is one of the world’s largest global communications groups. Havas has a fully integrated model through its Havas Villages around the world. In these Villages, creative, media and healthcare & wellness teams work together, ensuring agility and seamless experiences for clients. "
target: Buzzman
Founded in 2006, Buzzman is the most awarded French independent advertising agency. They offer a new model of a 100% independent advertising agency combining supreme creativity with an advanced understanding of consumer engagement.
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closed 7/18/2019 via BNC Analysis

Les Echos SA, myCANAL, acquired Mezzo SA

synopsis: Les Echos and myCANAL (Canal+) have announced the joint acquisition of Mezzo from Lagardère Group and France Télévisions. Paris-based Mezzo is a 21-year old broadcaster that runs two pay-TV channels, Mezzo and Mezzo Live HD, centred around classical music, jazz and dance.
buyer: Les Echos SA
buyer: myCANAL
Les Echos is the leading source of French economic and financial information. myCANAL (Canal+) is the leading provider of premium channels and thematic in France. "
target parent: Lagardère SCA
target: Mezzo SA
Paris-based Mezzo is a 21-year old broadcaster that runs two pay-TV channels, Mezzo and Mezzo Live HD, centred around classical music, jazz and dance.
price ($mm)
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$11
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closed 7/17/2019 via BNC Analysis

myCANAL, acquired ROK Advertising

synopsis: French television company myCANAL (Canal+) has acquired the ROK film studio from IROKO. ROK Studios is a leading African film and television studio and production house, based in Lagos, Nigeria. Actress and producer Mary Njoku — IROKOtv CEO Jason Njoku’s wife — founded ROK studios and will stay on as director general under the Canal+ acquisition.
buyer parent: Vivendi SA
buyer: myCANAL
myCANAL (Canal+) is the leading provider of premium channels and thematic in France. They are the leader in premium-content and themed networks. They are also the leading pay-TV company, and platform in multi-channel bundling and distribution of pay-TV offerings in France. "
target parent: IROKO
target: ROK Advertising
ROK Studios is a leading African film and television studio and production house, based in Lagos, Nigeria. ROK Studios is an awesome and dynamic African production studio focused on creating and producing original high quality African Film and TV series.
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closed 6/20/2019 via BusinessWire

Havas, acquired Battery

synopsis: France-based Havas Group has acquired Battery, a culture-driven creative agency. Battery specializes in gaming and streaming entertainment and has created advertising campaigns for Netflix and Activision Blizzard. Battery will become part of the Annex, Havas’ global network designed to help brands tap into the business of culture.
buyer parent: Vivendi SA
buyer: Havas (ENXTPA:HAV:$2,703.63)
Based in France, Havas is one of the world’s largest global communications groups. The Annex is Havas’ fast-growing global network designed to help brands tap into the business of culture, and be renamed Battery Annex. "
target: Battery
Battery is a highly acclaimed, culture-driven creative agency with a specialized focus on gaming and streaming entertainment to bring storytelling to other industries. They create global advertising campaigns for brands like Netflix, Royal Bank of Canada, and Activision Blizzard.
price ($mm)
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$10
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announced 12/14/2020 via BusinessWire

Vivendi SA, will acquire Prisma Media

synopsis: Vivendi has entered into exclusive negotiations with Gruner + Jahr/Bertelsmann to acquire 100% of Prisma Media. Prisma Media is France’s number one press publishing group, in print and digital, with 20 key leading magazine brands, from Femme Actuelle to GEO, as well as Capital, Gala and Télé-Loisirs.
buyer: Vivendi SA (ENXTPA:VIV:$19,602.38)
Vivendi is an integrated media, content and communications group. The company operates businesses throughout the media value chain, from talent discovery to the creation, production and distribution of content. "
target parent: Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA
target: Prisma Media
Prisma Media is France’s number one press publishing group, in print and digital, with 20 key leading magazine brands, from Femme Actuelle to GEO, as well as Capital, Gala and Télé-Loisirs.
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closed 9/20/2021 via gamesindustry.biz

My.Games, acquired Mamboo Games

synopsis: My.Games, a Moscow-based video game company, has acquired a majority stake in Mamboo Games, a hypercasual mobile games publisher and developer in Belarus. Mamboo builds awesome and fun games for their players to enjoy and helps studios to make chart-topping games. Their titles include Billion Builders, Shift Race, Viking Life: Wild North, and more.
buyer parent: Mail.Ru LLC
buyer: My.Games
My.Games is a Moscow-based video game company that creates and publishes games all over the world. My.Games offers an extensive library of games and software that has reached over 500 million players worldwide. They create titles for PC, consoles, and mobile devices. "
target: Mamboo Games
Mamboo Games is a hypercasual mobile games publisher and developer in Belarus. Mamboo builds awesome and fun games for their players to enjoy and helps studios to make chart-topping games. Their titles include Billion Builders, Shift Race, Viking Life: Wild North, Space Rover: Space Taikon and more.
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$2.00*
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announced 9/16/2021 via gamesindustry.biz

TinyBuild GAMES, will acquire Bad Pixel

synopsis: TinyBuild has entered into an agreement to acquire Bad Pixel, a Russian game studio known for its multiplayer shooter Deadside. Deadside is a post-apocalyptic multiplayer shooter for PC, which is in Early Access on Steam.
buyer: TinyBuild GAMES (AIM:TBLD:$37.76)
tinyBuild is a video game development and publishing company with its HQ in Bellevue, USA and a branch office in Hilversum, The Netherlands. They're known for titles such as Hello Neighbor, SpeedRunners, Graveyard Keeper, and many more. "
target: Bad Pixel
Bad Pixel is a Russian game studio known for its multiplayer shooter Deadside, a post-apocalyptic multiplayer shooter for PC, which is in Early Access on Steam.
price ($mm)
$17
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EBITDA ($mm)
$3
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5.7x
closed 9/14/2021 via gamesindustry.biz

Sumo Digital Ltd., acquired Auroch Digital

synopsis: Sumo Group, one of the UK’s leading game development studios, has acquired Auroch Digital, an independent game development studio in the UK. Auroch Digital works on original titles, partnerships, and work-for-hire projects, specialising in strategy and, digital tabletop games. Their games include Mars Horizon, Brewmaster, Ogre, and more.
buyer: Sumo Digital Ltd. (AIM:SUMO:$95.49)
Sumo is an award-winning game developer headquartered in Sheffield, with eight UK studios and one studio in India. Sumo is recognised for its versatility, proprietary technology, and creativity across a portfolio of games featuring titles for major publishers, including Microsoft, Sony, Sega and 2K."
target: Auroch Digital
Auroch Digital is an independent game development studio in the UK. Auroch Digital works on original titles, partnerships, and work-for-hire projects, specialising in strategy and, digital tabletop games. Their games include Mars Horizon, Brewmaster, Chainsaw Warrior, Ogre, and more.
price ($mm)
$8.31
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announced 9/8/2021 via Company Press Release

Sony Interactive Entertainment LLC, will acquire Firesprite Limited

synopsis: Sony Interactive Entertainment (“SIE”) announced that SIE has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Firesprite Games, the UK-based videogame studio with a history of developing highly-polished showpieces for cutting-edge hardware. Firesprite has a strong record of developing showcase games for PlayStation console and peripheral launches.
buyer parent: Sony Corporation
buyer: Sony Interactive Entertainment LLC
Recognized as a global leader in interactive and digital entertainment, Sony Interactive Entertainment is responsible for the PlayStation® brand and family of products and services. PlayStation has delivered innovation to the market since the launch of the original PlayStation in Japan in 1994. "
target: Firesprite Limited
Firesprite Games is a UK-based videogame studio with a history of developing highly-polished showpieces for cutting-edge hardware. Firesprite has a strong record of developing showcase games for PlayStation console and peripheral launches, such as The Playroom (PS4) and The Playroom VR (PS VR).
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closed 9/2/2021 via gamesindustry.biz

Thunderful, acquired Stage Clear Studios

synopsis: Thunderful Games, a Swedish games publisher, has acquired Stage Clear Studios, an indie game development studio in Spain. Stage Clear Studios develops fun and good looking games that everyone can enjoy. They also offer full game development and console porting services. Their games include The Coma: Recut, Cloudpunk, Yesterday Origins, and more.
buyer: Thunderful (OM:THUNDR:$366.75)
Based in Sweden, Thunderful AB was founded as a parent company to Gothenburg, Sweden-based game development studios Image & Form International AB and Zoink AB, two of the most successful veterans in the Swedish gaming industry. Thunderful is a veritable video-gaming powerhouse on all platforms. "
target: Stage Clear Studios
Stage Clear Studios is an independent game development studio in Spain. Stage Clear Studios develops fun and good looking games that everyone can enjoy. They also offer full game development and console porting services. Their games include The Coma: Recut, Cloudpunk, Yesterday Origins, and more.
price ($mm)
$1.18
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closed 8/31/2021 via GlobeNewswire

Playtika Ltd., acquired Reworks Oy

synopsis: Playtika Holding Corp., a leading Israeli mobile gaming company and monetization platform, has acquired Finland-based mobile apps company Reworks Oy, maker of hit Design Entertainment app, Redecor. Playtika will leverage its expertise to further grow Redecor into a leading destination for design enthusiasts.
buyer: Playtika Ltd. (PLTK:$2,484.90)
Based in Israel, Playtika is a leading mobile gaming company and monetization platform with over 36 million monthly active users across a portfolio of games. Founded in 2010, Playtika was among the first to offer free-to-play social games on social networks and mobile platforms. "
target: Reworks Oy
Reworks is a Helsinki, Finland based mobile apps company that fuses lifestyle content and social gaming. Its apps spark creativity and unleash the creator within every person. Reworks is best known for Redecor, a fusion between home design and mobile gaming.
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$400
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closed 8/25/2021 via BNC Analysis

TinyBuild GAMES, acquired Animal, LLC

synopsis: TinyBuild, a video game development and publishing company, has acquired Animal, an independent video game developer and media production company. Animal creates beautifully designed animated advertising content for their clients. The company's first game, RAWMEN, is an online third person shooter game themed around food.
buyer: TinyBuild GAMES (AIM:TBLD:$37.76)
tinyBuild is a video game development and publishing company with its HQ in Bellevue, USA and a branch office in Hilversum, The Netherlands. They're known for titles such as Hello Neighbor, SpeedRunners, Graveyard Keeper, and many more. "
target: Animal, LLC
Animal is an independent video game developer and media production company. Animal creates beautifully designed animated advertising content for their clients. The company's first game, RAWMEN, is an online third person shooter game themed around food.
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$10
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closed 8/19/2021 via gamesindustry.biz

Saber Interactive, acquired Fractured Byte

synopsis: Embracer Group has acquired Fractured Byte through Saber Interactive, an independent developer of interactive games and entertainment. Developer and porting specialist Fractured Byte is based in Estonia, with around 50 employees spread across its headquarters in Tallinn and three locations in Ukraine.
buyer parent: Embracer Group
buyer: Saber Interactive
Saber Interactive is an independent developer of interactive games and entertainment. Founded in 2001, Saber has grown into one of the largest and longest-standing developers of interactive games in Russia/Eastern Europe and one of the few remaining independent game studios producing AAA content. "
target: Fractured Byte
Developer and porting specialist Fractured Byte is based in Estonia, with around 50 employees spread across its headquarters in Tallinn and three locations in Ukraine.
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closed 8/19/2021 via Company Press Release

Saber Interactive, acquired SmartPhone Labs

synopsis: Embracer Group, through its wholly owned subsidiary Saber Interactive Inc., has acquired 100 percent of the shares in Russian-based SmartPhone Labs (”SPL”), an independent software testing and games development company for mobile, PC, consoles and VR, from its founders.
buyer parent: Embracer Group
buyer: Saber Interactive
Saber Interactive is an independent developer of interactive games and entertainment. Founded in 2001, Saber has grown into one of the largest and longest-standing developers of interactive games in Russia/Eastern Europe and one of the few remaining independent game studios producing AAA content. "
target: SmartPhone Labs
Russia-based SmartPhone Labs (SPL) is an independent software testing and games development company for mobile, PC, consoles and VR. They focus on modern production and testing practices and have extensive experience working with Unity, custom C++ engines, VR and backend systems.
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announced 8/19/2021 via BNC Analysis

Qiiwi Games AB, will acquire Playright

synopsis: Qiiwi Games, a Swedish mobile game developer, will acquire a 63.75% stake in Playright Digital Entertainment LTD (Playright), an indie game studio in the UK that focuses on developing hyper casual games. Playright creates story heavy puzzle and arcade games for mobile devices.
buyer: Qiiwi Games AB (NGM:QIIWI:$10.56)
Qiiwi Games is a Swedish mobile game developer. Qiiwi focuses on developing mobile games aimed at casual gamers in the trivia, match-3 and word/puzzle genres. Their titles include Wordington, Midsomer Murders, Coronation Street, Hell's Kitchen, and more. "
target: Playright
Playright is an indie game studio in the UK that focuses on developing hyper casual games. Playright creates story heavy puzzle and arcade games for mobile devices. The company's goal is to make their players feel good and to get them immersed into positive bite-sized experiences.
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$0.54*
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closed 8/18/2021 via gamesindustry.biz

Altor Equity Partners, acquired Raw Fury

synopsis: Altor, a Nordic private equity fund focused on investing in medium sized companies, has acquired a majority stake in Raw Fury, an independent video game publisher in Sweden. Raw Fury specializes in publishing indie games that provide impactful and powerful experiences. Their games include Townscaper, Sable, Norco, Wolfstride, Backbone, and more.
buyer: Altor Equity Partners
Altor is a family of private equity funds focused on investing in and developing medium sized companies in the Nordics and the DACH-region. They want to create enduring values and make a real difference as a valuable partner for owners and managers in building world class companies. "
target: Raw Fury
Raw Fury is an independent video game publisher in Sweden. Raw Fury specializes in publishing indie games that provide impactful and powerful experiences. Their games include Townscaper, Sable, Norco, Wolfstride, Backbone, GoNNER2, and more.
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announced 8/18/2021 via Yahoo, Inc.

Saber Interactive, will acquire Demiurge Studios

synopsis: Embracer Group AB, through its wholly owned subsidiary Saber Interactive Inc., has entered into an agreement to acquire 100 percent of the shares in Demiurge Studios, Inc., an independent games development studio based in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
buyer parent: Embracer Group
buyer: Saber Interactive
Saber Interactive is an independent developer of interactive games and entertainment. Founded in 2001, Saber has grown into one of the largest and longest-standing developers of interactive games in Russia/Eastern Europe and one of the few remaining independent game studios producing AAA content. "
target: Demiurge Studios
Demiurge Studios is an independent game maker out of Cambridge, Massachusetts. Founded in 2002, Demiurge Studios made the transition into mobile gaming in 2008 and found success with Marvel® Puzzle Quest™, a top 100 grossing app on the App Store and top 50 grossing on Google Play.
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closed 8/18/2021 via gamesindustry.biz

Dream Sports, acquired Rolocule

synopsis: Dream Sports, a leading sports technology company in India, has acquired Rolocule Games, an award winning mobile games company in India. Rolocule develops top quality midcore games that are played & loved by millions of consumers in 110+ countries. Their titles include Flick Tennis, Dance Party, Dead Among Us, Super Badminton, and more.
buyer: Dream Sports
Dream Sports is a leading sports technology company in India. Dream Sports provides multiple avenues for fans to deeply engage with the sports they love through fantasy sports, content, commerce, experiences and events. Their Dream11 platform is India's biggest fantasy sports platform. "
target: Rolocule
Rolocule is an award winning mobile games company in India. Rolocule develops top quality midcore games that are played & loved by millions of consumers in 110+ countries. Their titles include Flick Tennis, Dance Party, Dead Among Us, Super Badminton, and more.
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closed 8/11/2021 via gamesindustry.biz

Thunderful, acquired To The Sky

synopsis: Thunderful Group, a Swedish games publisher, has acquired To The Sky, a video game development studio in Sweden. To The Sky is a studio composed of several industry veterans and is led by Jugo Mirkovic, a former EA development director.
buyer: Thunderful (OM:THUNDR:$366.75)
Based in Sweden, Thunderful AB was founded as a parent company to Gothenburg, Sweden-based game development studios Image & Form International AB and Zoink AB, two of the most successful veterans in the Swedish gaming industry. Thunderful is a veritable video-gaming powerhouse on all platforms. "
target: To The Sky
To The Sky is a video game development studio in Sweden. To The Sky is a studio composed of several industry veterans and is led by Jugo Mirkovic, a former EA development director.
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announced 8/5/2021 via Company Press Release

DECA Games, will acquire CrazyLabs

synopsis: Embracer Group AB has entered into an agreement to acquire 100 percent of the shares in CrazyLabs Ltd. CrazyLabs is an Israel-based publisher and developer of hit mobile game Super Stylist and long-lasting casual and lifestyle role playing games. As part of Embracer Group, CrazyLabs will operate as an independent group under DECA Games.
buyer parent: Embracer Group
buyer: DECA Games
DECA Games is a publisher and developer of video games that is headquartered in Berlin, Germany. The company's primary focus is on acquiring and operating older free-to-play games. They are the current owners and developers of the massively multiplayer online shooter Realm of the Mad God. "
target: CrazyLabs
CrazyLabs is an Israel-based publisher and developer of hit mobile game Super Stylist and long-lasting casual and lifestyle role playing games. Additionally, CrazyLabs is one of the top hyper-casual publishers, being the 3rd most downloaded publisher in all of mobile games in 2020.
price ($mm)
rev ($mm)
$153
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
0.0x
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closed 8/5/2021 via gamesindustry.biz

Focus Home Interactive, acquired Dotemu

synopsis: Focus Home Interactive, a video game publisher and developer in France, has acquired a 77.5% stake in Dotemu, a video game developer and publisher in France that specializes in retrogaming. The company brings back the best games from the past on the most recent platforms. Their games include Streets of Rage 4, Another World, R-Type II, and more.
buyer: Focus Home Interactive (ENXTPA:ALFOC:$201.15)
Focus Home Interactive SA is a French independent video game publisher and developer based in Paris, France. Founded in 1996, Focus has published and distributed original titles such as Sherlock Holmes, TrackMania, Runaway and sports games like Cycling Manager and Virtual Skipper. "
target: Dotemu
Dotemu is a video game developer and publisher in France. Dotemu specializes in retrogaming. The company brings back the best games from the past on the most recent platforms. Their games include Streets of Rage 4, Another World, R-Type II, Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap, and more.
price ($mm)
$46*
rev ($mm)
$17
EBITDA ($mm)
$7
EV / rev
4.4x
EV / EBITDA
11.0x
announced 8/5/2021 via PR Newswire

Coffee Stain Studios AB, will acquire Easy Trigger Games

synopsis: Coffee Stain Studios AB, a Swedish video game developer and publisher, will acquire Easy Trigger Games, a video game development studio in Sweden. Easy Trigger creates well-designed games that are highly enjoyable. Their first title, Huntdown, is an arcade shooter for consoles and PC.
buyer parent: Embracer Group
buyer: Coffee Stain Studios AB
Based in Sweden, Coffee Stain Studios AB is a leading video game developer and publisher, best known for their development of the offbeat hit Goat Simulator. Located in Skövde, Coffee Stain Studios is the original team behind I Love Strawberries and the Sanctum games. "
target: Easy Trigger Games
Easy Trigger Games is a video game development studio in Sweden. Easy Trigger creates well-designed games that are highly enjoyable. They combine proven gameplay elements to make a magnificent experience. Their first title, Huntdown, is an arcade shooter for consoles and PC.
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closed 8/4/2021 via gamesindustry.biz

CrazyLabs, acquired Firescore Interactive

synopsis: CrazyLabs, a top 3 mobile games publisher and developer based in Israel, has acquired Firescore Interactive, a mobile games development studio in India. Firescore creates hypercasual games for the entire world to enjoy. Their games, Soap Cutting and Acrylic Nails, has over 120 million downloads worldwide.
buyer: CrazyLabs
CrazyLabs is a top 3 mobile games publisher and developer based in Israel. CrazyLabs is a worldwide leader in casual and hyper-casual game development, distribution and innovation. Their portfolio of games include Phone Case DIY, DIY Makeup, Shoal of Fish, ASMR Slicing, Coin rush!, and more. "
target: Firescore Interactive
Firescore Interactive is a mobile games development studio in India. Firescore creates hypercasual games for the entire world to enjoy. Their games, Soap Cutting and Acrylic Nails, has over 120 million downloads worldwide.
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announced 8/2/2021 via BusinessWire

Plarium, will acquire Futureplay

synopsis: Plarium, a global company dedicated to creating the best mobile and social games, will acquire Futureplay, a mobile game studio based in Finland. Futureplay focuses on creating beautifully designed, approachable, and easy-to-play mobile games. Their titles include Idle Farming Empire, Idle City Empire, Battlelands Royale, Merge Gardens and more.
buyer parent: Aristocrat Leisure Ltd
buyer: Plarium
Plarium is a global company dedicated to creating the best mobile and social games. Plarium has a community of over 390 million hardcore and casual gamers worldwide. Their portfolio features acclaimed titles such as Raid: Shadow Legends, Vikings: War of Clans, Lost Island: Blast Adventure, and more."
target: Futureplay
Futureplay is a mobile game studio based in Finland. Futureplay focuses on creating beautifully designed, approachable, and easy-to-play mobile games that people from all over the world can enjoy. Their titles include Idle Farming Empire, Idle City Empire, Battlelands Royale, Merge Gardens and more.
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