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closed 3/24/2021 via PR Newswire

diacriTech, acquired Flexpub & oLibrary

synopsis: diacriTech has announced the purchase of Flexpub™ and oLibrary™. Flexpub™ is an online publishing platform offering innovative tools for marketing, publicity, and sales of books, journals, and newsletters. oLibrary™ uses the Flexpub platform to support distribution of public and open-access content via the www.oLibrary.org portal.
buyer: diacriTech
diacriTech, a cutting-edge publishing solutions company with worldwide clients, is known for developing platforms to automate simultaneous production of both print and digital content. XEditPro, a flagship SaaS-based publishing platform from diacriTech, enables the end-to-end publishing cycle. "
target: Flexpub & oLibrary
Flexpub™ is an online publishing platform offering innovative tools for marketing, publicity, and sales of books, journals, and newsletters. oLibrary™ uses the Flexpub platform to support distribution of public and open-access content via the www.oLibrary.org portal.
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announced 11/10/2008 via Market Watch

SpectrumDNA, Inc., will acquire Digital Design Firm Revyver, LLC

synopsis: SpectrumDNA, Inc., announced that it has signed a letter of intent to acquire Seattle-based digital design firm Revyver. Revyver is slated to become a label within the SpectrumDNA family of companies and would operate as a subsidiary of SpectrumDNA, Inc. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.
buyer: SpectrumDNA, Inc.
SpectrumDNA, Inc. is a social media studio that develops, incubates, accelerates and packages brand-able digital networking experiences called enginets. Enginets are branded web and wireless-based experiences - Web 2.0 applications - empowering users to take active roles in their online communities."
target: Digital Design Firm Revyver, LLC
Revyver Labs is a repository of projects—from themes, to documents, to code—offered to the public, free of charge to learn from, utilize or contribute to.
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closed 12/5/2007 via Company Press Release

Warburg Pincus, acquired Centrum.cz

synopsis: NetCentrum s.r.o., the second largest internet company in the Czech Republic and the operator of the leading web portal Centrum.cz, today announced that it has been acquired by Warburg Pincus, the global private equity firm.
buyer: Warburg Pincus
Warburg Pincus has been a leading private equity investor since 1971. The firm has more than $20 billion of assets under management in a range of sectors including technology, media and telecommunications, consumer and retail, industrial, healthcare, financial services, energy and real estate. "
target: Centrum.cz
NetCentrum was founded to launch the web portal Centrum.cz, which quickly grew to become one of the leading portals in the Czech Republic. NetCentrum has since expanded and today runs web portals that are visited by 700,000 users daily and almost 3 million users monthly.
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closed 1/9/2013 via Company Press Release

ExitReality, acquired Koinup Srl

synopsis: The 3D Internet company, ExitReality, announced that it is set to expand its virtual worlds offerings by acquiring the popular social network Koinup. The Italian based company Koinup is an image and video hosting site, web portal and online community for virtual worlds users.
buyer: ExitReality
ExitReality is the parent company for a group of 3D entertainment and learning focused businesses. The range of projects represents a complete functioning organism from the ground up. "
target: Koinup Srl
Koinup S.r.l. offers a social network to share the user's virtual life by publishing user's machinima, screenshots, and virtual stories.
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announced 11/20/2020 via BNC Analysis

BuzzFeed, will acquire HuffPost

synopsis: BuzzFeed, the leading social news organization, is acquiring HuffPost from Verizon Media. HuffPost (formerly The Huffington Post) is an American news aggregator and blog, with localized and international editions.
buyer: BuzzFeed
BuzzFeed is the leading social news organization, intensely focused on delivering high-quality original reporting, insight, and viral content across a rapidly expanding array of subject areas. "
target parent: Verizon Communications
target: HuffPost
HuffPost (formerly The Huffington Post) is an American news aggregator and blog, with localized and international editions. The site offers news, satire, blogs and original content, and covers politics, business, entertainment, environment, technology, popular media, lifestyle, and more.
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closed 3/2/2017 via Company Press Release

gamigo AG, acquired MMO Games

synopsis: gamigo AG continues to drive its growth and acquires the successful international gaming portal MMO Games from iQU Online B.V. as part of its capital-friendly, platform-driven M&A strategy. This English website perfectly complements the group’s existing portfolio of gaming portals with its editorial content and a strong social media segment.
buyer: gamigo AG (WKN:A1TNJY:$0.00)
The gamigo group is a publisher for free-to-play mobile and online games and also offers solutions for business customers within the scope of the gamigo platform strategy. Their platform helps game publishers and developers from all over the world publish and promote their products. "
target parent: iQU
target: MMO Games
MMO Games is a successful international gaming portal. Their website also provides editorial content and a strong social media segment. MMO Games was formed in 2007 as MMO Hub and has more than 280,000 registered users and 800,000 page impressions per month.
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announced 8/16/2016 via BusinessWire

Twitch Interactive, Inc., will acquire Curse Inc.

synopsis: Twitch, the world’s leading social video platform and community for gamers, announced it has signed an agreement to acquire Curse, a leading global multimedia and technology company focused on creating content and products specifically for gamers.
buyer parent: Amazon.com, Inc.
buyer: Twitch Interactive, Inc.
Twitch is the world’s leading live video platform and community for gamers where more than 60 million gather every month to watch and talk about video games with more than 1.1 million broadcasters. Twitch is the backbone of both live and on-demand video distribution for the video game ecosystem. "
target: Curse Inc.
Curse is a portal for the MMO, or massively multiplayer online, community. The site provides resources for MMO gamers including forums, wikis, reviews, downloads, blogs, and video. Curse focuses on gamer-generated content and allows all gamers to create their own pages.
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closed 3/7/2011 via BusinessWire

AOL Inc., acquired The Huffington Post

synopsis: AOL Inc. has announced that it has closed its acquisition of The Huffington Post, the influential and rapidly growing news and opinion site with over 27 million unique monthly US visitors.
buyer: AOL Inc. (AOL:$2,569.00)
AOL Inc. is a leading global Web services company with an extensive suite of brands and offerings and a substantial worldwide audience. AOL's business spans online content, products and services that the company offers to consumers, publishers and advertisers. "
target: The Huffington Post
HuffingtonPost.com is an online news site and group blog. Its services include an ongoing open competition for user-generated Web projects that involves reviewing entries, recruiting new contestants, providing tech support and encouragement to current contestants, and more.
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announced 5/18/2010 via New York Times

Yahoo! Inc., will acquire Associated Content, Inc.

synopsis: Yahoo is buying the freelance news site Associated Content in a deal that will supplement its news coverage with advice and how-to reviews. Associated Content contains material including advice, reviews, opinion pieces and coverage about neighborhood events around the United States.
buyer: Yahoo! Inc. (YHOO:$5,409.25)
Yahoo! Inc. is a leading global internet brand and one of the most trafficked Internet destinations worldwide. Yahoo!’s mission is to connect people to their passions, their communities and world’s knowledge. Yahoo! is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California. "
target: Associated Content, Inc.
Associated Content is a site that publishes user-generated content. Users can upload any content they like including text, video and audio.
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closed 6/13/2008 via BusinessWire

Macrovision Corporation, acquired ThoughtWorthy Media

synopsis: Macrovision Solutions announced the acquisition of certain website and technology assets from ThoughtWorthy Media, a transaction that was previously entered into and executed by Gemstar-TV Guide International, Inc. in January 2008.
buyer: Macrovision Corporation (ROVI:$510.63)
Rovi Corporation (formerly Macrovision Solutions Corporation) is a leader in powering the discovery and enjoyment of digital entertainment—connecting consumers with the best entertainment experiences possible. "
target: ThoughtWorthy Media
ThoughtWorthy’s technology platform allows TV viewers to identify, research, and purchase online the music, products and advertising they view on television.
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closed 1/9/2008 via BusinessWire

National Lampoon, acquired CollegeHangover.com

synopsis: National Lampoon, Inc. the most widely recognized brand in comedy, it has acquired the website CollegeHangover.com for an undisclosed sum. CollegeHangover.com, which launched in 2005, allows users to browse and contribute to galleries of user-submitted photos and videos. The site is moderated by its college student editors.
buyer: National Lampoon (US:NLMP:$0.00)
National Lampoon is and has been one of the leading brands in comedy for the last 30 years. National Lampoon is active in a broad array of entertainment activities, including feature films, television programming, interactive entertainment, home video, comedy audio CDs and book publishing. "
target: CollegeHangover.com
CollegeHangover.com, which launched in 2005, allows users to browse and contribute to galleries of user-submitted photos and videos. The site is moderated by its college student editors, who also post their own original photos and videos.
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closed 9/11/2007 via PR Newswire

Weather Channel Interactive, Inc., acquired Weather Bonk

synopsis: The Weather Channel Interactive announced the acquisition through an affiliate of the assets of Weather Bonk. The purchase also includes Golf Bonk and Ski Bonk outdoor sports sites each featuring innovative mashups similar to weatherbonk.com.
buyer parent: Landmark Communications, Inc.
buyer: Weather Channel Interactive, Inc.
The Weather Channel Interactive is the leading provider of broadband and wireless weather products including weather.com. weather.com helps users plan their lives by delivering timely current conditions, expert forecasts and relevant lifestyle content for 98,000 locations worldwide. "
target: Weather Bonk
Weather Bonk is a Web 2.0 property that incorporates user generated and partner content, links to other sites, and current weather conditions and forecasts. The site features mashups, with the different information overlaid on Google maps. The company also owns Golf Bonk and Ski Bonk.
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announced 7/25/2007 via PR Newswire

Affinity Media International Corp., will be merged with Hotels At Home, Inc.

synopsis: Affinity Media International Corp., a special purpose acquisition company, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Hotels At Home, Inc., an industry leading publisher of in-room retail catalogues and hotel-branded e-commerce Web sites for luxury hotels and resorts worldwide.
buyer: Affinity Media International Corp.
Affinity Media International Corp. is a publicly traded acquisition corporation focused solely on acquiring businesses in the publishing industry. Affinity Media raised gross proceeds of approximately $18.9 million through its IPO completed in June 2006 led by Maxim Group LLC. "
target: Hotels At Home, Inc.
Hotels At Home, Inc. is an industry leading publisher of in-room retail catalogues and hotel-branded e-commerce Web sites for luxury hotels and resorts worldwide. Founded in 2000, Hotels At Home has established partnerships with 41 of the world's leading hotel brands.
price ($mm)
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closed 7/30/2007 via

ValueClick, Inc., acquired MeziMedia

synopsis: ValueClick, Inc. has agreed to acquire privately-held MeziMedia, Inc., a leading operator of U.S. comparison shopping websites. MeziMedia ranked fourth in the June 2007 comScore “Retail – Comparison Shopping” category with approximately 10.5 million U.S. unique visitors through its comparison shopping and online coupon websites.
buyer: ValueClick, Inc. (VCLK:$593.84)
ValueClick, Inc. is one of the world’s largest online marketing services companies, offering comprehensive and scalable solutions to deliver cost-effective customer acquisition for advertisers and robust revenue streams for publishers. "
target: MeziMedia
MeziMedia is an independent online publisher of search, shopping and content websites in ten of the largest ecommerce markets in the world. We provide online advertisers with highly targeted opportunities to introduce their offers to more than 20 million consumers that visit our websites monthly.
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$64
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$20
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17.0x
closed 3/30/2020 via PR Newswire

AlleyCorp, acquired Meetup Inc.

synopsis: NEW YORK, March 30, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Meetup, one of the world's first social media platforms and the only one dedicated to groups that meet in-person or online during times of crisis, today announced that the company has been acquired. The consortium of investors is led by Kevin Ryan's AlleyCorp and includes mission-driven private funds and acc
buyer: AlleyCorp
AlleyCorp is a firm dedicated to founding and funding companies in New York City. The firm has helped build some of New York’s most successful technology companies, including DoubleClick, Gilt Groupe, and Business Insider. AlleyCorp invests in early-stage companies across consumer and enterprise. "
target parent: WeWork
target: Meetup Inc.
Meetup is the leading social media platform dedicated to connecting people in person or online during times of crisis. From professional networking to coding workshops, people use Meetup to meet new people in real life who share those same passions or professional aspirations.
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closed 9/25/2019 via BNC Analysis

IOV Labs, acquired Taringa!

synopsis: IOV Labs, the company behind the Bitcoin-powered Rootstock (RSK) network, has acquired Latin American social network site Taringa. Taringa! is a Latin American Internet company and the largest social network distributing Spanish content in the world. Taringa is a 30 million strong network with over 1,000 active online communities.
buyer: IOV Labs
IOVlabs builds low-cost, highly secure, easy-to-use platforms for the new global economy. Harnessing the benefits of Bitcoin with a suite of tools to create and protect growth, they're planting the seeds for global financial freedom. "
target: Taringa!
Taringa! is a Latin American Internet company with more than 10 years of experience and presence in all the Spanish speaking countries. It is the largest social network distributing Spanish content in the world. Taringa is a 30 million strong network with over 1,000 active online communities.
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closed 3/13/2019 via Company Press Release

Hilco Streambank, acquired Tsu

synopsis: Hilco Streambank, an advisory firm specializing in the valuation, marketing, and sale of intangible assets, has acquired Tsu, an invite-only social media platform that rewards its community for being creative. Tsu awards content creators with a percentage of ad revenues based on their following and content engagement using a proprietary algorithm.
buyer: Hilco Streambank
Hilco Streambank is an advisory firm specializing in the valuation, marketing, and sale of intangible assets for businesses at all stages. Hilco Streambank identifies, preserves, and extracts value for clients through the application of experience, diligence, and creativity. "
target: Tsu
Launched in 2014, Tsu is an invite-only social media platform that rewards its community for being creative. Tsu awards content creators with a percentage of ad revenues based on their following and content engagement using a proprietary algorithm.
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closed 12/13/2017 via BusinessWire

American Films, Inc., acquired Paloozoo

synopsis: American Films, Inc., an emergent entertainment industry company focused on opportunities for equity investors, has completed acquisition of Paloozoo.com, a fully operating social networking platform. The unique Paloozoo technology offers the member-users the ability to filter and control their content feed, thereby blocking unwanted postings.
buyer: American Films, Inc. (OTCPK:AMFL:$0.00)
American Films, Inc. is an emergent entertainment industry company focused on opportunities for equity investors. American Films seeks to create alternative investment participation vehicles that provide necessary funding to appropriate projects while offering reasonable return on investment. "
target: Paloozoo
Paloozoo is a one-stop social media experience where members engage with the most diverse content on the planet - Reviews, Socialize (social posts), Classifieds and Lists. With their patent-pending Content Controls feature, Paloozoo members can control what content they see and share.
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closed 11/28/2017 via Company Press Release

WeWork Management LLC, acquired Meetup Inc.

synopsis: WeWork announced that it has acquired Meetup Inc. MeetUp Inc. owns and operates a social networking platform that provides local groups with various resources to organize groups and create a network. Meetup helps people find others who share their interest or cause, and form lasting local community groups that regularly meet face-to-face.
buyer: WeWork Management LLC
WeWork is a global network of workspaces. WeWork provides businesses with the space, community, and services they need. They transform buildings into beautiful, collaborative workspaces and provide infrastructure, services, events and tech so their members can focus on doing what they love. "
target: Meetup Inc.
MeetUp Inc. owns and operates a social networking platform that provides local groups with various resources to organize groups and create a network. Meetup helps people find others who share their interest or cause, and form lasting local community groups that regularly meet face-to-face.
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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.
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$55
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$35
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closed 3/24/2021 via PR Newswire

diacriTech, acquired Flexpub & oLibrary

synopsis: diacriTech has announced the purchase of Flexpub™ and oLibrary™. Flexpub™ is an online publishing platform offering innovative tools for marketing, publicity, and sales of books, journals, and newsletters. oLibrary™ uses the Flexpub platform to support distribution of public and open-access content via the www.oLibrary.org portal.
buyer: diacriTech
diacriTech, a cutting-edge publishing solutions company with worldwide clients, is known for developing platforms to automate simultaneous production of both print and digital content. XEditPro, a flagship SaaS-based publishing platform from diacriTech, enables the end-to-end publishing cycle. "
target: Flexpub & oLibrary
Flexpub™ is an online publishing platform offering innovative tools for marketing, publicity, and sales of books, journals, and newsletters. oLibrary™ uses the Flexpub platform to support distribution of public and open-access content via the www.oLibrary.org portal.
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closed 3/24/2021 via PR Newswire

diacriTech, acquired Flexpub & oLibrary

synopsis: diacriTech has announced the purchase of Flexpub™ and oLibrary™. Flexpub™ is an online publishing platform offering innovative tools for marketing, publicity, and sales of books, journals, and newsletters. oLibrary™ uses the Flexpub platform to support distribution of public and open-access content via the www.oLibrary.org portal.
buyer: diacriTech
diacriTech, a cutting-edge publishing solutions company with worldwide clients, is known for developing platforms to automate simultaneous production of both print and digital content. XEditPro, a flagship SaaS-based publishing platform from diacriTech, enables the end-to-end publishing cycle. "
target: Flexpub & oLibrary
Flexpub™ is an online publishing platform offering innovative tools for marketing, publicity, and sales of books, journals, and newsletters. oLibrary™ uses the Flexpub platform to support distribution of public and open-access content via the www.oLibrary.org portal.
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closed 3/24/2021 via PR Newswire

diacriTech, acquired Flexpub & oLibrary

synopsis: diacriTech has announced the purchase of Flexpub™ and oLibrary™. Flexpub™ is an online publishing platform offering innovative tools for marketing, publicity, and sales of books, journals, and newsletters. oLibrary™ uses the Flexpub platform to support distribution of public and open-access content via the www.oLibrary.org portal.
buyer: diacriTech
diacriTech, a cutting-edge publishing solutions company with worldwide clients, is known for developing platforms to automate simultaneous production of both print and digital content. XEditPro, a flagship SaaS-based publishing platform from diacriTech, enables the end-to-end publishing cycle. "
target: Flexpub & oLibrary
Flexpub™ is an online publishing platform offering innovative tools for marketing, publicity, and sales of books, journals, and newsletters. oLibrary™ uses the Flexpub platform to support distribution of public and open-access content via the www.oLibrary.org portal.
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announced 5/22/2019 via BusinessWire

Fabasoft AG, will acquire Xpublisher GmbH

synopsis: Austria-based Fabasoft AG has agreed to acquire the majority of shares in Xpublisher GmbH, a software company based in Munich. Xpublisher GmbH specializes in technologies in the content area. Xpublisher's editorial system creates and manages all content and its associated assets media-neutral and separates them from the publication channel.
buyer: Fabasoft AG (FAA:$42.19)
Fabasoft AG is an Austrian software product company and cloud service providers for digital document control and electronic document, process and file management. Fabasoft's products digitize, simplify, and accelerate business processes - within and across organizational and national boundaries. "
target: Xpublisher GmbH
Germany-based Xpublisher GmbH is a software company specializing in technologies in the content area. Publishing and media houses, portal operators benefit from the fully integrated functions of the professional crossmedia editorial system Xpublisher and the browser-based XML editor Xeditor.
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closed 4/30/2013 via BusinessWire

Courier Corporation, acquired FastPencil, Inc.

synopsis: Courier Corporation, one of America’s leading innovators in book manufacturing and content management, announced that it has acquired FastPencil, Inc., a developer of end-to-end, cloud-based content management technology. FastPencil serves authors and publishers with open-platform solutions spanning content, workflow, marketing and distribution.
buyer: Courier Corporation (CRRC:$277.53)
Courier Corporation is America’s third largest book manufacturer and a leader in content management and customization in new and traditional media. It also publishes books under three brands offering award-winning content and thousands of titles. "
target: FastPencil, Inc.
FastPencil powers publishing by enabling authors, publishers and enterprise customers to write, design, publish and sell books in print and digital formats through three publishing imprints: PREMIERE, Wavecrest and FastPencil.com.
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closed 11/14/2018 via Company Press Release

Intertwine, acquired 20lines

synopsis: Intertwine, an online multimedia platform allowing users to publish their ideas collaboratively, has acquired 20lines from HarperCollins. 20lines is a social platform with more than 220,000 registered users who publish their own stories. The app is available in Italian, English, French, Spanish, German, Portuguese and Russian.
buyer parent: Digital Magics SPA
buyer: Intertwine
Intertwine is an editing online multimedia platform that allows users to create, share and publish their ideas collaboratively. Users can create, share and publish collaborative storytelling. "
target parent: News Corporation
target: 20lines
20lines develops a social platform for writers, readers and dreamers to create amazing stories. 20lines has more than 220,000 registered users, who create more then 15,000 new stories every month. The app is available in Italian, English, French, Spanish, German, Portuguese and Russian.
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closed 2/24/2016 via BNC Analysis

HarperCollins Italia, acquired 20lines

synopsis: The Italian division of HarperCollins, HarperCollins Italia, has acquired 20lines, an app for iPhone and Android that allows to people write, read and share short-format stories. 20lines has more than 220,000 registered users, who create more then 15,000 new stories every month.
buyer parent: News Corporation
buyer: HarperCollins Italia
HarperCollins Italia S.p.A. publishes books. The company was formerly known as Harlequin Mondadori S.p.A. "
target: 20lines
20lines S.r.l. develops a social platform for writers, readers and dreamers to create amazing stories.
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closed 3/5/2013 via PR Newswire

Issuu, acquired Magma

synopsis: Digital publishing platform Issuu announced its acquisition of Magma, an editorial platform that enables writers, editors, advertising salespeople and art directors to collaborate in organizing, laying out and proofing publications.
buyer: Issuu
Issuu is the world's fastest growing digital publishing platform with more than 4.5 million publishers and more than 9 million publications. "
target: Magma
Magma is developer of an editorial tool that publishers of all sizes use to save time and work smarter. Magma provides an online, subscription based, tool for planning, organizing, and creating content – helping both classic print and emerging digital publications.
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closed 10/17/2012 via BNC Analysis

NewsCred, Inc., acquired Daylife

synopsis: NewsCred, a startup focused on making it easy to syndicate premium news content, has acquired cloud-based publishing platform Daylife.
buyer: NewsCred, Inc.
NewsCred, Inc., a New York based media company, provides a platform for licensed news, images, and videos from the United States and international publishers. "
target parent: Balderton Capital
target: Daylife
Daylife, Inc. operates Daylife, a content services platform. The platform provides Web-based news and information sources in real time.
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announced 8/19/2020 via BNC Analysis

Presa will be merged with Ukrposhta,

synopsis: Ukrposhta, a Ukrainian state enterprise acting as the biggest national postal operator on the Ukrainian market, will merge with state-owned enterprise (SOE) Presa (the Press). Presa operates an online platform for publishing and subscribing magazines and periodicals. The company was founded in 1998 and is based in Ukraine.
buyer: Ukrposhta
Ukrposhta is a Ukrainian state enterprise acting as the biggest national postal operator on the Ukrainian market. Their network includes over 12000 postal offices in all regions of the country. They provide over 50 types of services both for private and corporate customers. "
target: Presa
Presa operates an online platform for publishing and subscribing magazines and periodicals. The company was founded in 1998 and is based in Ukraine.
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closed 5/30/2019 via Company Press Release

Naviga, acquired Zinio LLC

synopsis: Naviga, the largest software supplier serving the global media industry, announced the acquisition of ZINIO, the leading technology platform for digital magazines. ZINIO’s proprietary technology converts magazines into digital content that can be monetized in entirely new ways.
buyer parent: Vista Equity Partners
buyer: Naviga
Naviga is the leading provider of software and services powering media-rich industries. Our content creation, syndication, presentation and monetization solutions help companies drive profitability and accelerate digital business models. "
target parent: Gilvest LP
target: Zinio LLC
ZINIO brings innovation and inspiration to magazine publishers and consumers by delivering the ultimate digital reading experience on any device. ZINIO converts print magazines to digital XML content offering publishers to manage and deliver their content in magazine apps and platforms.
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closed 2/13/2019 via BNC Analysis

kimeta GmbH, acquired classmarkets GmbH

synopsis: Scout24 has successfully sold the Software-as-a-Service company classmarkets to kimeta. Germany-based classmarkets uses its domain expertise around online classifieds to establish itself as a Software-as-a-Service provider for regional publishers.
buyer: kimeta GmbH
Founded in 2005, kimeta offers a Software-as-a-Service and online classifieds solutions for publishers in Germany, with a focus on online job search. "
target parent: Hellman & Friedman LLC
target: classmarkets GmbH
classmarkets started as an operator of metasearch engines, first for real estate, later also for jobs. Given the digital shift in the media landscape, classmarkets used its domain expertise around online classifieds to establish itself as a Software-as-a-Service provider for regional publishers.
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closed 2/1/2018 via Company Press Release

NewsCycle Solutions, acquired The Media Services Group

synopsis: Newscycle Solutions, a leading provider of software technologies for the media industry, announced the acquisition of Media Services Group, a major supplier of integrated digital publishing, magazine advertising, and event management software for the global magazine and book publishing industries.
buyer parent: Vista Equity Partners
buyer: NewsCycle Solutions
NewsCycle is a leading provider of software technologies for the global media industry. NewsCycle helps their clients in their mission to create stronger, better informed communities, while protecting the integrity of news, advertising and customer information. "
target: The Media Services Group
The Media Services Group (MSG) offers an extensive product portfolio designed to meet the ever-changing needs of all publishers. MSG provides integrated publishing software, magazine advertising software, and event registration software to hundreds of customers in the book and magazine industries.
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closed 1/12/2017 via Company Press Release

Firebrand Technologies, Inc., acquired Enthrill Distribution Inc.

synopsis: Firebrand Technologies, a pioneer in publishing technology services, announced the acquisition of the technology assets and brands from Enthrill Distribution, Inc., a provider of innovative digital content distribution technologies for the publishing industry.
buyer: Firebrand Technologies, Inc.
Firebrand Technologies provides leading software and services to help publishers achieve success. Title Management™ Enterprise Software tracks titles from pre-acquisition through post- production, marketing and sales; Direct2Reader™ provides a platform for publishers to reach directly to readers. "
target: Enthrill Distribution Inc.
Enthrill Distribution, Inc. is a provider of innovative digital content distribution technologies for the publishing industry. Enthrill's products include PackaDRM, a device agnostic social DRM, and the Endpaper Engine, an ebook delivery platform that delivers ebooks into any reading device.
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announced 6/3/2014 via BNC Analysis

Patriot Minefinders Inc., will acquire

synopsis: Patriot Minefinders Inc. has reached an agreement to acquire 100 percent of Juliet, developer of the world's premier ePublishing software platform. The software platform will allow authors to input their work directly into ePub format, which is the industry standard format in the electronic publishing.
buyer: Patriot Minefinders Inc. (OTCPK:PROF:$0.00)
Patriot Minefinders Inc., an exploration company, engaged in the acquisition and exploration of mineral properties. It focuses on acquiring new projects and opportunities. "
target:
Juliet Press is based in Vancouver, British Columbia and is focused on developing the world's premier ePublishing software platform. The software platform allows authors to input their work directly into ePub format, which is the industry standard format in the electronic publishing.
price ($mm)
$2.52
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EBITDA ($mm)
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announced 10/10/2012 via PR Newswire

Kobo Inc., will acquire Aquafadas

synopsis: Kobo, Inc., a global powerhouse in eReading with over 10 million users in 190 countries, and Aquafadas a leading digital publishing technology company, announced they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Kobo intends to acquire Aquafadas.
buyer parent: Rakuten Inc.
buyer: Kobo Inc.
Kobo Inc. is one of the world's fastest-growing eReading services offering over 3-million eBooks, magazines and newspapers. Kobo has top ranked eReading applications for iPad, iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, Windows and MacOS. "
target: Aquafadas
Aquafadas solutions allow and facilitate the dissemination of digital content on all major new platforms: smartphones, tablets and web. The business world uses the Aquafadas tools to enable migration of digital content such as marketing, technical documentation, commercial or financial.
price ($mm)
rev ($mm)
$6
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
0.0x
EV / EBITDA
closed 9/4/2012 via BNC Analysis

Tesco Stores Limited, acquired Mobcast Services Ltd

synopsis: Tesco has acquired Mobcast, the digital book platform provider, to offer customers more choices in how they buy books. Mobcast provides a digital book retail platform with a catalogue of UK’s most popular titles which can be bought and read on smartphones, tablets and e-readers.
buyer: Tesco Stores Limited (LSE:TSCO:$76,795.61)
Tesco is a British multinational grocery and general merchandise retailer headquartered in Cheshunt, United Kingdom. It is the third-largest retailer in the world measured by revenues (after Wal-Mart and Carrefour) and the second-largest measured by profits (after Wal-Mart). "
target: Mobcast Services Ltd
Mobcast has established itself as a world leader in eBook delivery. Mobcast provides a digital book retail platform with a catalogue of more than 130,000 of the UK’s most popular titles which can be bought and read on smartphones, tablets and e-readers.
price ($mm)
$7.14
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closed 5/28/2012 via BNC Analysis

Quark Inc., acquired MobileIQ, Inc.

synopsis: Quark has announced its acquisition of Mobile IQ, creators of PressRun, the cloud-based digital publishing solution developed to deliver innovative, interactive tablet and mobile experiences.
buyer parent: Platinum Equity, LLC
buyer: Quark Inc.
Quark Inc. is a leading provider of publishing software for professional designers, small and mid-sized businesses, and large organizations. Its flagship product, QuarkXPress, has changed the course of traditional publishing. "
target: MobileIQ, Inc.
Mobile IQ, creators of PressRun, the cloud-based digital publishing solution developed to deliver innovative, interactive tablet and mobile experiences.
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closed 3/29/2012 via BusinessWire

Texterity Inc. merged with Godengo, Inc.,

synopsis: Godengo, Inc., the largest provider of content management systems for magazine publishers, and Texterity, Inc., a provider of digital magazines and mobile apps, announced that they have joined forces to create the first unified platform that is focused on helping publishers leverage digital, web, and mobile media.
buyer: Godengo, Inc.
Godengo, Inc. provides publishers with robust online products and digital advertising platforms. These products and services enable publishers to offer their content to their loyal readers through a variety of different media formats. "
target: Texterity Inc.
Texterity, Inc. is a privately held company located in Southborough, MA. As a leader in digital and mobile publishing solutions, Texterity creates, maintains, and tracks more than 750 digital editions and builds magazine-branded apps for B2B, consumer, association, niche, and educational titles.
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closed 8/4/2011 via BusinessWire

Elevate, Inc., acquired Zipadi Technologies, LLC

synopsis: Elevate, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Highland Business Services, Inc., announced it has acquired Zipadi Technologies, LLC, a do-it-yourself digital publishing and E-business software-as-a-service platform. Elevate’s acquisition of Zipadi furthers its mission to revolutionize the way the world experiences ideas and information.
buyer: Elevate, Inc. (HGLB:$0.00)
Elevate, Inc. is a digital services provider that is meeting customer demand for affordability, variety, and service by leveraging a network of independent Certifiable Geniuses to sell and service the residential and small business data, voice, video, mobile and security markets. "
target: Zipadi Technologies, LLC
Zipadi Technologies is a do-it-yourself digital publishing and E-business software-as-a-service platform. They make it easy for businesses to transform existing printed sales materials into a rich media Web site, manage customers, and track warehouse operations.
price ($mm)
$0.45
rev ($mm)
EBITDA ($mm)
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EV / EBITDA
announced 3/12/2018 via Company Press Release

Apple, Inc., will acquire Texture

synopsis: Apple announced it signed an agreement to acquire Texture, the digital magazine subscription service by Next Issue Media LLC, which gives users unlimited access to their favorite titles for one monthly subscription fee. Texture brings over 200 of the world’s best magazines to life, providing an easy way for users to read high-quality stories.
buyer: Apple, Inc. (AAPL:$347,155.00)
Apple revolutionized personal technology with the introduction of the Macintosh in 1984. Today, Apple leads the world in innovation with iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch and Apple TV. Apple’s four software platforms—iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS—provide seamless experiences across all Apple devices. "
target: Texture
Texture is a digital magazine platform owned by Condé Nast, Hearst Magazines, KKR, Meredith, News Corp, Rogers Media and Time Inc. It's a completely new way for readers to experience the world’s best magazines, reimagined for how people consume content today.
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closed 1/27/2016 via BNC Analysis

Paperlit Inc., acquired Stonewash Limited

synopsis: Digital publishing solution company, Paperlit, has acquired Stonewash - a privately-owned digital publishing service based in London, UK.
buyer parent: AppsBuilder
buyer: Paperlit Inc.
Paperlit is a full stack solution that makes it easy to transform print publications into branded mobile apps. Paperlit helps publishers distribute digital editions to a growing mobile audience and generate more revenue. "
target: Stonewash Limited
Stonewash is a privately-owned digital publishing service based in London, UK. The Stonewash Magazine App has been developed to offer the most engaging format, without the need for repurposing content.
price ($mm)
$1.43
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