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closed 7/5/2021 via BNC Analysis

Modern Times Group MTG AB, acquired PlaySimple

synopsis: Modern Times Group MTG AB (publ), a leading international digital entertainment group in Sweden, has acquired PlaySimple, one of India’s largest mobile gaming companies. PlaySimple develops free-to-play mobile word games that provide impactful casual game experiences. Their games include Daily Themed Crossword, WordTrip, WordJam, WordWars and more.
buyer: Modern Times Group MTG AB (MTG B:$476.09)
MTG (Modern Times Group) is a leading international digital entertainment group in Sweden. Their brands span TV, radio and next generation entertainment experiences in esports, digital video networks and online gaming. "
target: PlaySimple
PlaySimple is one of India’s most exciting, fast growing and largest mobile gaming companies. PlaySimple develops high quality free-to-play mobile word games that provide simple, impactful casual game experiences. Their games include Daily Themed Crossword, WordTrip, WordJam, WordWars, and more.
price ($mm)
$360
rev ($mm)
$83
EBITDA ($mm)
$18
EV / rev
19.8x
EV / EBITDA
91.5x
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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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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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 8/4/2021 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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closed 7/7/2021 via PR Newswire

SciPlay Corporation, acquired Koukoi Games Oy

synopsis: SciPlay Corporation acquired Koukoi Games Oy, a Finland-based developer and operator of casual mobile games. Koukoi, located in Oulu, Finland, brings an experienced and talented team that developed the hit title Om Nom Run which has been downloaded over 30 million times.
buyer: SciPlay Corporation (SCPL:$615.00)
SciPlay Corporation is a leading developer and publisher of digital games on mobile and web platforms. SciPlay currently offers seven core games, including social casino games Jackpot Party Casino, Gold Fish Casino, Hot Shot Casino and Quick Hit Slots, and more. "
target: Koukoi Games Oy
Koukoi Games Oy is a Finland-based developer and operator of casual mobile games. Koukoi has developed the hit title Om Nom Run which has been downloaded over 30 million times.
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announced 5/3/2021 via BusinessWire

Penn National Gaming, Inc., will acquire HitPoint

synopsis: Penn National Gaming, Inc., an omni-channel provider of retail and online gaming, will acquire HitPoint, an independent game design and development studio. HitPoint develops real-time multiplayer casual mobile games. Their titles include Game of Games, Adera, Hell Marys, and more.
buyer: Penn National Gaming, Inc. (PENN:$4,977.80)
Penn National Gaming owns, operates or has ownership interests in gaming and racing facilities and video gaming terminal operations with a focus on slot machine entertainment. The Company operates twenty-nine facilities in seventeen jurisdictions. "
target: HitPoint
HitPoint is an independent game design and development studio. HitPoint develops real-time multiplayer casual mobile games. The studio has created more than fifty games for some of the largest publishers and brands in the industry. Their titles include Game of Games, Adera, Hell Marys, and more.
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closed 4/22/2021 via BusinessWire

Volley Inc., acquired VXN Games

synopsis: Volley, the voice-controlled entertainment network, announced its acquisition of VXN Games, the leading developer of phone-connected games for voice platforms. VXN Games' latest game "Mutter Nonsense" is the first phone connect party game for Alexa, meaning a phone can be used as a controller.
buyer: Volley Inc.
Since its founding in 2016, Volley has been on a mission to make everyday life a little more entertaining. Volley builds voice-controlled entertainment experiences on smart devices such as Google Home, Amazon Alexa and smartphones. "
target: VXN Games
VXN Games is the leading developer of phone-connected games for voice platforms. Their latest game "Mutter Nonsense" is the first phone connect party game for Alexa, meaning a phone can be used as a controller.
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closed 3/24/2021 via Company Press Release

Modern Times Group MTG AB, acquired Ninja Kiwi

synopsis: Modern Times Group MTG AB (publ) (MTG), a leading international digital entertainment group in Sweden, has acquired Ninja Kiwi Ltd, a leading mobile games developer and publisher in New Zealand. Ninja Kiwi specializes in creating fun tower defense games. Their titles includes Bloons TD 6, Bloons TD Battles, SAS 4, and more.
buyer: Modern Times Group MTG AB (MTG B:$476.09)
MTG (Modern Times Group) is a leading international digital entertainment group in Sweden. Their brands span TV, radio and next generation entertainment experiences in esports, digital video networks and online gaming. "
target: Ninja Kiwi
Ninja Kiwi is a leading mobile games developer and publisher in New Zealand. Ninja Kiwi specializes in creating fun tower defense games. The company has a diversified portfolio consisting of over 25 premium and free-to-play games. Their titles includes Bloons TD 6, Bloons TD Battles, SAS 4 and more
price ($mm)
$145
rev ($mm)
$40
EBITDA ($mm)
$20
EV / rev
4.8x
EV / EBITDA
9.7x
announced 3/19/2021 via BNC Analysis

iCandy Interactive, will acquire NextGamer

synopsis: iCandy Interactive, a casual mobile game developer in the Asia Pacific region, will acquire NextGamer, a mobile game developer in Singapore. NextGamer develops hyper-casual games that are easy to play and take a short time-frame to complete. Their platform allows users to compete with friends in a variety of casual competitive tournaments.
buyer: iCandy Interactive (ASX:ICI:$2.78)
iCandy Interactive Limited is a producer of award-winning action-oriented casual games on mobile devices. They seek to consolidate the best companies within the Asia Pacific region, to continue to develop great content for its users around the world. "
target: NextGamer
NextGamer is a mobile game developer in Singapore. NextGamer develops hyper-casual games that are easy to play and take a short time-frame to complete. Their mobile web-based and app-based platform allows users to compete with friends in a variety of casual competitive tournaments.
price ($mm)
$1.00
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announced 2/28/2021 via BNC Analysis

Safe Lane Gaming, will acquire Raketspel

synopsis: Safe Lane Gaming (SLG), a Swedish video game company, will acquire Raketspel interaktiva produktioner AB, a Swedish mobile game developer. Raketspel focuses on making on interactive and casual puzzle games that everyone can enjoy. Their titles include Dig This!, Downhill Chill, Word Collapse, Duck Race, Solid Soccer, and more.
buyer: Safe Lane Gaming
Safe Lane Gaming (SLG) is a Swedish video game company. SLG develops, acquires, and manages games for all platforms. The company aims to acquire positive and stable games within the social game, MOBA, MMORPG, and strategy game genres. "
target: Raketspel
Raketspel is a Swedish mobile game developer. Raketspel focuses on making on interactive and casual puzzle games that everyone can enjoy. Their titles include Dig This!, Downhill Chill, Word Collapse, Duck Race, Solid Soccer, and more.
price ($mm)
$27
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closed 2/24/2021 via BNC Analysis

Neowiz, acquired Sticky Hands

synopsis: Neowiz, a South Korean online game publisher, has acquired a 60% stake in Sticky Hands, a mobile game company in South Korea. Sticky Hands specializes in developing engaging solitaire games. Their titles include Solitaire Farm Village, Solitaire Cooking Tower, Age of Solitaire, Robin Fruits, Jump with Me, Piggy Royale, and more.
buyer: Neowiz (KOSDAQ:A095660:$257.19)
Neowiz is a South Korean online game publisher. Neowiz develops and publishes games of all styles and sizes on a variety of platforms. Their lineup includes first-person shooters, sports games, RPGs and countless other genres. Their titles include Bless Unleashed, Brown Dust, DJMAX Respect and more."
target: Sticky Hands
Sticky Hands is a mobile game company in South Korea. Sticky Hands specializes in developing engaging solitaire games. Their titles include Solitaire Farm Village, Solitaire Cooking Tower, Age of Solitaire, Robin Fruits, Jump with Me, Piggy Royale, and more.
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closed 2/19/2021 via gamesindustry.biz

Netmarble, acquired Kung Fu Factory

synopsis: Netmarble, a South Korean mobile game developer, has acquired a majority stake in Kung Fu Factory, an independent game developer devoted to creating fun games of all kinds. Kung Fu Factory develops best-in-class AAA mobile games that provide innovative entertaining experiences. Their titles include WWE Champions, TMNT: Rooftop Run, and more.
buyer: Netmarble (KOSE:A251270:$2,203.86)
Netmarble Games Corp. strives to entertain audiences of all ages, and around the world, by providing great mobile gaming experiences. Established in Korea in 2000, Netmarble is the fastest-growing mobile game company in Asia and consistently ranks as a top mobile developer and publisher worldwide. "
target: Kung Fu Factory
Kung Fu Factory is an independent game developer devoted to creating fun games of all kinds. Kung Fu Factory develops best-in-class AAA mobile games that provide innovative entertaining experiences. Their titles include WWE Champions, Hotel Transylvania: Blast, TMNT: Rooftop Run, and more.
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closed 2/4/2021 via gamesindustry.biz

Phoenix Games, acquired SmileyGamer

synopsis: Phoenix Games, an international family of games companies, has acquired SmileyGamer, a mobile games developer and publisher in Belgium. SmileyGamer has a strong focus on the match-3 genre. Their titles include Easter Egg Match, Shape Matcher, Christmas Sweeper 3, and more.
buyer: Phoenix Games
Phoenix Games is an international group of free-to-play games companies. Phoenix is on a mission to to build a family of the world's most talented game developers and service providers. Phoenix believes that backing great companies with the freedom to create will yield exciting results for everyone."
target: SmileyGamer
SmileyGamer is a mobile games developer and publisher in Belgium. SmileyGamer has a strong focus on the match-3 genre. In addition to their in-house games the company publishes promising games from other developers. Their titles include Easter Egg Match, Shape Matcher, Christmas Sweeper 3, and more.
price ($mm)
rev ($mm)
$6
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
0.0x
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closed 12/30/2020 via BNC Analysis

Voodoo SAS, acquired OHM Games

synopsis: Voodoo, a French mobile game publisher and developer, has acquired OHM Games, a hyper-casual game studio in France. OHM Games develops simple and fun hyper-casual games for iOS and Android devices. Their portfolio of games include Knock Balls, Wall Clean, Smash Balls: Crazy Home Run, Knock'em All, Pop Art Printer 3D, and more.
buyer: Voodoo SAS
Voodoo is a French mobile game publisher and developer. Voodoo focuses on creating free-to-play "hyper casual games" for Android and iOS. Their hit games include Helix Jump, Snake VS Block, Paper.io, and more. Their games have over 300M monthly active users and more than 2 billion downloads. "
target: OHM Games
OHM Games is a hyper-casual game studio in France. OHM Games develops simple and fun hyper-casual games for iOS and Android devices. Their portfolio of games include Knock Balls, Wall Clean, Smash Balls: Crazy Home Run, Knock'em All, Pop Art Printer 3D, and more.
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announced 12/23/2020 via Company Press Release

Stillfront Group AB, will acquire Super Free Games, Inc.

synopsis: Stillfront Group AB entered into an agreement to acquire 100 percent of the shares in Super Free Games, Inc. (under name change from Super Lucky Casino Inc.), a rapidly growing and profitable US-headquartered gaming company focusing on market-leading Casual games including successful titles such as Word Collect, Word Nut and Trivia Star.
buyer: Stillfront Group AB (OM:SF:$448.48)
Headquartered in Sweden, Stillfront Group is a leading free-to-play powerhouse of gaming studios. Its diverse and exciting games portfolio has two common themes; loyal users and long lifecycle games. "
target: Super Free Games, Inc.
Founded in 2011, Super Free Games (under name change from Super Lucky Casino) is a San Francisco based rapidly growing developer of market leading Casual and Mash-up games. The company possesses a strong portfolio of games, including successful titles such as Word Collect, Word Nut and Trivia Star.
price ($mm)
$150
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announced 12/21/2020 via gamesindustry.biz

MAG Interactive, will acquire Apprope

synopsis: MAG Interactive, a leading mobile developer and publisher of casual mobile games in Sweden, will acquire Apprope, an independent game studio in Sweden. Apprope focuses on creating casual games for Android and iOS devices. Their best known game is Word Bubbles, an exciting and fun word puzzle game.
buyer: MAG Interactive (OM:MAGI:$29.50)
MAG Interactive is a leading mobile developer and publisher of casual mobile games in Sweden. MAG Interactive creates quality experiences that make players want to come back for more. Their portfolio of games include Ruzzle, Word Domination, Wordbrain, Paint Hit, Quiz Duel, and more. "
target: Apprope
Apprope is an independent game studio in Sweden. Apprope focuses on creating casual games for Android and iOS devices. Their best known game is Word Bubbles, an exciting and fun word puzzle game. Their other titles include Word Mansion, WordWhizzle Search, and WordWhizzle Themes.
price ($mm)
$5.90
rev ($mm)
$2
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
5.6x
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closed 10/28/2020 via Company Press Release

Stillfront Group AB, acquired Everguild Limited

synopsis: Stillfront Group AB, a leading free-to-play powerhouse of gaming studios, has acquired 100% of the shares in Everguild Limited, a rapidly growing independent game studio focusing on the digital Collectible Card Games (CCG) genre.
buyer: Stillfront Group AB (OM:SF:$448.48)
Headquartered in Sweden, Stillfront is a global group of gaming studios and a market leader in the free-to-play online strategy games genre. Their diverse and exciting game portfolio has two common themes; loyal users and long lifecycle games. "
target: Everguild Limited
Everguild is an independent game studio operating from UK and Spain, with a particular focus on polished mobile Collectible Card Games.
price ($mm)
$1.38
rev ($mm)
$2
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
9.3x
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announced 10/8/2020 via BNC Analysis

Leaf Mobile, will acquire East Side Games

synopsis: Leaf Mobile, a mobile game developer in Canada, will acquire East Side Games, one of the biggest mobile gaming companies in Canada. East Side Games aims to create fun, comedic, and addictive games. Their titles include Dragon Up: Idle Adventure, Archer Danger Phone, Trailer Park Boys: Greasy Money and more.
buyer: Leaf Mobile (TSXV:LEAF:$15.44)
Leaf Mobile is a mobile game developer in Canada. Leaf Mobile is focused on creating engaging games that produce enduring player enjoyment. The company develops cannabis games through their LDRLY Games studio. Their games include Bud Farm Idle Tycoon, Bud Farm 420, Cheech & Chong Bud Farm, and more."
target: East Side Games
East Side Games is one of the biggest mobile gaming companies in Canada. East Side Games aims to create fun, comedic, and addictive games while remaining passionate about their communities. Their titles include Dragon Up: Idle Adventure, Archer Danger Phone, Trailer Park Boys: Greasy Money and more.
price ($mm)
$112
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closed 7/5/2021 via BNC Analysis

Modern Times Group MTG AB, acquired PlaySimple

synopsis: Modern Times Group MTG AB (publ), a leading international digital entertainment group in Sweden, has acquired PlaySimple, one of India’s largest mobile gaming companies. PlaySimple develops free-to-play mobile word games that provide impactful casual game experiences. Their games include Daily Themed Crossword, WordTrip, WordJam, WordWars and more.
buyer: Modern Times Group MTG AB (MTG B:$476.09)
MTG (Modern Times Group) is a leading international digital entertainment group in Sweden. Their brands span TV, radio and next generation entertainment experiences in esports, digital video networks and online gaming. "
target: PlaySimple
PlaySimple is one of India’s most exciting, fast growing and largest mobile gaming companies. PlaySimple develops high quality free-to-play mobile word games that provide simple, impactful casual game experiences. Their games include Daily Themed Crossword, WordTrip, WordJam, WordWars, and more.
price ($mm)
$360
rev ($mm)
$83
EBITDA ($mm)
$18
EV / rev
19.8x
EV / EBITDA
91.5x
closed 7/5/2021 via BNC Analysis

Modern Times Group MTG AB, acquired PlaySimple

synopsis: Modern Times Group MTG AB (publ), a leading international digital entertainment group in Sweden, has acquired PlaySimple, one of India’s largest mobile gaming companies. PlaySimple develops free-to-play mobile word games that provide impactful casual game experiences. Their games include Daily Themed Crossword, WordTrip, WordJam, WordWars and more.
buyer: Modern Times Group MTG AB (MTG B:$476.09)
MTG (Modern Times Group) is a leading international digital entertainment group in Sweden. Their brands span TV, radio and next generation entertainment experiences in esports, digital video networks and online gaming. "
target: PlaySimple
PlaySimple is one of India’s most exciting, fast growing and largest mobile gaming companies. PlaySimple develops high quality free-to-play mobile word games that provide simple, impactful casual game experiences. Their games include Daily Themed Crossword, WordTrip, WordJam, WordWars, and more.
price ($mm)
$360
rev ($mm)
$83
EBITDA ($mm)
$18
EV / rev
19.8x
EV / EBITDA
91.5x
closed 3/24/2021 via Company Press Release

Modern Times Group MTG AB, acquired Ninja Kiwi

synopsis: Modern Times Group MTG AB (publ) (MTG), a leading international digital entertainment group in Sweden, has acquired Ninja Kiwi Ltd, a leading mobile games developer and publisher in New Zealand. Ninja Kiwi specializes in creating fun tower defense games. Their titles includes Bloons TD 6, Bloons TD Battles, SAS 4, and more.
buyer: Modern Times Group MTG AB (MTG B:$476.09)
MTG (Modern Times Group) is a leading international digital entertainment group in Sweden. Their brands span TV, radio and next generation entertainment experiences in esports, digital video networks and online gaming. "
target: Ninja Kiwi
Ninja Kiwi is a leading mobile games developer and publisher in New Zealand. Ninja Kiwi specializes in creating fun tower defense games. The company has a diversified portfolio consisting of over 25 premium and free-to-play games. Their titles includes Bloons TD 6, Bloons TD Battles, SAS 4 and more
price ($mm)
$145
rev ($mm)
$40
EBITDA ($mm)
$20
EV / rev
4.8x
EV / EBITDA
9.7x
closed 12/9/2020 via BNC Analysis

Modern Times Group MTG AB, acquired Hutch Games Ltd.

synopsis: Modern Times Group has announced the acquisition of London-based mobile studio Hutch. Hutch is known for car-themed mobile game IPs including F1 Manager, Top Drives, and Rebel Racing. . Driven by player communities, Hutch is absolutely laser focused on cracking cars on mobile.
buyer: Modern Times Group MTG AB (MTG B:$476.09)
MTG (Modern Times Group) is a leading international digital entertainment group in Sweden. Their brands span TV, radio and next generation entertainment experiences in esports, digital video networks and online gaming. "
target: Hutch Games Ltd.
London-based mobile game studio Hutch is known for IPs including F1 Manager, Top Drives, and Rebel Racing. Their car-themed mobile games aim to present more strategy, and skill too. Driven by player communities, Hutch is absolutely laser focused on cracking cars on mobile.
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$275
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announced 11/25/2020 via BNC Analysis

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

synopsis: Kongregate, a leading game publisher and web gaming portal, announced that it is taking over operations of three Disney mobile games: Maleficent Free Fall, Inside Out: Thought Bubbles, and Where’s My Water? 2.
buyer parent: Modern Times Group MTG AB
buyer: Kongregate Inc.
Kongregate is a leading game publisher and web gaming portal. Kongregate’s mobile games have been downloaded tens of millions of times and have hundreds of millions of gameplays. Kongregate's web portal features over 100,000 free games played by tens of millions of players per month. "
seller: The Walt Disney Company (DIS:$63,591.00)
The acquisition includes three Disney mobile games: Maleficent Free Fall, Inside Out: Thought Bubbles, and Where’s My Water? 2. The three free-to-play games have combined for over 224 million downloads.
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closed 12/18/2019 via BNC Analysis

Kongregate Inc., acquired Surviv.io

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

Ultrabit, acquired Bit Heroes

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

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

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

MTG Nordics will be merged with TDC A/S,

synopsis: MTG Nordics, a company that comprises of Modern Times Group's Nordic Entertainment and Studio businesses, will merge with TDC, a Danish telecommunications company. MTG Nordics' businesses include TV broadcasting, streaming, and distribution operations in Nordic countries and the production and distribution of TV programmes and commercials.
buyer: TDC A/S (CPSE:TDC:$3,367.22)
TDC A/S is a Danish telecommunications company dating back to 1879. TDC is the largest telephone company in Denmark with 8.5 million customer relations (end of 2014[1]) within telephony, broadband, and television. The company's headquarters are located in Copenhagen. "
target parent: Modern Times Group MTG AB
target: MTG Nordics
MTG Nordics comprises of MTG's Nordic Entertainment and Studio businesses. The Entertainment business comprises of TV broadcasting, streaming, and distribution operations in Nordic countries. The Studio business produces and distributes scripted and unscripted TV programmes and commercials.
price ($mm)
$2,486
rev ($mm)
$1,721
EBITDA ($mm)
$225
EV / rev
1.4x
EV / EBITDA
11.1x
announced 1/19/2018 via BusinessWire

TPG Growth, will acquire TRACE Company

synopsis: TPG Growth, the middle market and growth equity investment platform of global alternative asset firm TPG, announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire a majority stake in TRACE, the market leader in afro-urban music and entertainment.
buyer parent: TPG Capital
buyer: TPG Growth
TPG Growth is the middle market and growth equity investment platform of TPG, the global private investment firm. With over $8.3 billion of assets under management, TPG Growth targets investments in a broad range of industries and geographies. "
target parent: Modern Times Group MTG AB
target: TRACE Company
TRACE is a global multi-platform media and entertainment company that connects with multicultural audiences through premium afro urban music and content across 21 pay TV channels, radios, motion picture, online and mobile services in over 160 countries to 200M viewers and listeners.
price ($mm)
$37*
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closed 10/5/2017 via Company Press Release

Kongregate Inc., acquired Synapse Games

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

MTGx International AB, will acquire Kongregate Inc.

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

MTGx International AB, acquired InnoGames

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

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

synopsis: Modern Times Group MTG AB, a leading international digital entertainment group, has signed an agreement to sell its free-TV, pay-TV, digital and radio businesses in the Baltic region to Providence Equity Partners, a premier global asset management firm. The businesses are located in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.
buyer: Providence Equity Partners Inc.
Providence is a premier global asset management firm with $50 billion in assets under management across complementary private equity and credit businesses. "
seller: Modern Times Group MTG AB (MTG B:$476.09)
The acquisition includes the free-TV, pay-TV, digital and radio businesses in the Baltic region of Modern Times Group MTG AB, a leading international digital entertainment group. The businesses are located in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.
price ($mm)
$121
rev ($mm)
$114
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
1.1x
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closed 12/16/2016 via Company Press Release

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

synopsis: MTG, an international entertainment group, has completed the sale of its free-TV broadcasting and production businesses in Ghana and Nigeria to Econet Media Group, a privately held diversified telecommunications group with operations and investments in Africa and around the globe.
buyer: Econet (ZMSE:ECO:$619.50)
Econet is a privately held diversified telecommunications group with operations and investments around the world offering products and services in the core areas of mobile and fixed telephony services, broadband, internet, satellite and fibre optic networks. "
seller: Modern Times Group MTG AB (MTG B:$476.09)
The acquisition includes MTG's free-TV broadcasting and production businesses in Ghana and Nigeria. MTG (Modern Times Group MTG AB) is an international entertainment group. Their operations include TV channels and online platforms, radio stations, multi-channel networks (MCN) and eSports businesses.
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closed 6/22/2016 via BNC Analysis

TRACE TV S.A., acquired Buni.tv

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

Modern Times Group MTG AB, acquired Dreamhack

synopsis: MTG has completed the acquisition of DreamHack, which is one of the world’s largest esports companies and organizer of the world’s largest digital festivals – DreamHack Summer and DreamHack Winter in Sweden. DreamHack is the leading esports player in Scandinavia and runs both local and global esports leagues, tournaments and championships.
buyer: Modern Times Group MTG AB (MTG B:$476.09)
MTG (Modern Times Group MTG AB) is an international entertainment group. Their operations span six continents and include TV channels and platforms, online services, content production businesses and radio stations. "
target: Dreamhack
DreamHack is Sweden's first consumer-oriented trade show / event / festival for computer games, game consoles and computers. The events are a platform for tournaments in eSports, knowledge and creative competitions, concerts by famous music artists, lectures by game developers and much more.
price ($mm)
$28
rev ($mm)
$9
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
3.2x
EV / EBITDA
closed 7/20/2015 via Company Press Release

Modern Times Group MTG AB, acquired Zoomin.TV

synopsis: Modern Times Group, an international entertainment group, has acquired 51% of Zoomin.TV, the online video entertainment network, content production and advertising sales house. Zoomin is the 5th largest multi-channel network (MCN) in the world, attracting more than 2 billion monthly video views and 100 million subscribers worldwide on YouTube.
buyer: Modern Times Group MTG AB (MTG B:$476.09)
MTG (Modern Times Group MTG AB) is an international entertainment group. Their operations span six continents and include TV channels and platforms, online services, content production businesses and radio stations. "
target: Zoomin.TV
Zoomin.TV is Europe's No. 1 online news video producer and online and mobile video advertising network operator, currently active in 26 markets worldwide and expanding.
price ($mm)
$98*
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closed 7/10/2015 via Company Press Release

Modern Times Group MTG AB, acquired Splay AB

synopsis: MTG has acquired Splay, the leading multi-channel network in Scandinavia. Splay has developed from a start-up into a digital content powerhouse promoting talents across YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Splay provides its ‘millenials’ audience with a range of comedy, music, sports, fashion, beauty, gaming and vlog entertainment.
buyer: Modern Times Group MTG AB (MTG B:$476.09)
MTG (Modern Times Group MTG AB) is an international entertainment group. Their operations span six continents and include TV channels and platforms, online services, content production businesses and radio stations. "
target: Splay AB
Splay is the next generation digital media house. They connect brands with the most influential online stars in the Nordics. Customers use their network of more than 500 top influencers to engage their audience on YouTube and Instagram.
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closed 9/1/2015 via BusinessWire

Modern Times Group MTG AB, acquired Turtle Entertainment

synopsis: MTG has completed the acquisition of 74% of Turtle Entertainment, the world’s largest esports company that operates under the well-known ESL brand. Turtle Entertainment offers gaming enthusiasts, fans and sponsors thrilling entertainment in an all-new, interactive environment.
buyer: Modern Times Group MTG AB (MTG B:$476.09)
MTG (Modern Times Group MTG AB) is an international entertainment group. Their operations span six continents and include TV channels and platforms, online services, content production businesses and radio stations. "
target parent: ESL
target: Turtle Entertainment
Turtle Entertainment is the new era of digital entertainment, in which they create and promote gaming experiences. The modern culture of eSports offers gaming enthusiasts, fans and sponsors thrilling entertainment in an all-new, interactive environment.
price ($mm)
$86*
rev ($mm)
$56
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
2.1x
EV / EBITDA
closed 6/30/2014 via BusinessWire

Modern Times Group MTG AB, acquired Trace Partners SAS

synopsis: Modern Times Group MTG AB, the international entertainment group, announced that it has completed the acquisition of 75% of Trace Partners SAS, the France based youth media brand and global pay-TV channel operator.
buyer: Modern Times Group MTG AB (MTG B:$476.09)
Modern Times Group (MTG) is an international entertainment broadcasting group with operations that span four continents and include free-TV, pay-TV, radio and content production businesses. "
target: Trace Partners SAS
TRACE is an international media group specializing in music and sport, which publishes TV channels distributed in 160 countries and provides digital services, activities of mobile telephony, radio and events.
price ($mm)
$41*
rev ($mm)
$27
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
2.1x
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closed 6/17/2021 via BNC Analysis

Sony Music Entertainment Inc., acquired Somethin’ Else

synopsis: Sony Music Entertainment has announced the acquisition of Somethin’ Else. Specializing in audio, entertainment, music and arts content, Somethin’ Else is the UK’s largest independent podcast and audio producer and the BBC’s biggest independent producer of programs, covering a variety of music genres and flagship speech shows for the broadcaster.
buyer parent: Sony Corporation
buyer: Sony Music Entertainment Inc.
Sony Music Entertainment is a global recorded music company with a current roster that includes a broad array of both local artists and international superstars. The company boasts a vast catalog that comprises some of the most important recordings in history. "
target: Somethin’ Else
Specializing in audio, entertainment, music and arts content, Somethin’ Else is the UK’s largest independent podcast and audio producer and the BBC’s biggest independent producer of programs, covering a variety of music genres and flagship speech shows for the broadcaster.
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announced 6/3/2021 via GlobeNewswire

Gray Television, Inc., will purchase TV Station Division from Meredith Corporation

synopsis: Magazine publisher and multimedia company Meredith Corp. is selling its Local Media Group which owns 17 television stations in 12 local markets, to Gray Television Inc., a leading media company that owns and operates high-quality stations in 94 television markets.
buyer: Gray Television, Inc. (GTN:$2,391.00)
Gray Television is a leading media company that owns and operates high-quality stations in 94 television markets. With a rich history of over a century and more than 70 years of broadcast television specific expertise, Gray Television delivers meaningful content to millions of viewers each day. "
seller: Meredith Corporation (NYSE:MDP:$2,879.70)
The acquisition includes the Local Media Group of Meredith Corporation consisting of 17 television stations in 12 local markets. Meredith Corporation is an American media conglomerate based in Des Moines, Iowa. The company owns magazines, television stations, websites, and radio stations.
price ($mm)
$2,825
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closed 4/14/2021 via BNC Analysis

JKN Global Media Public Company Limited, acquired New18

synopsis: JKN Global Media Public Company Limited, Thailand’s leading global content distribution and broadcast company, has acquired New18, a broadcasting company that specializes in online broadcasting and news.
buyer: JKN Global Media Public Company Limited (SET:JKN:$53.67)
JKN Global Media Public Company Limited is Thailand’s leading global content distribution and broadcast company. JKN distributes content from Asia (specializing content from India and the Philippines) in Thailand through digital TV, cable satellite, OTT Platforms, publishing and merchandising. "
target: New18
New18 or DN Broadcast Company Limited, is a broadcasting company based in Thailand. They specialize in online broadcasting and news, through their website, and through their social media accounts, including Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.
price ($mm)[EV]
$34 [$76]
rev ($mm)
$6
EBITDA ($mm)
EV / rev
12.1x
EV / EBITDA
announced 2/1/2021 via GlobeNewswire

Gray Television, Inc., will acquire Quincy Media

synopsis: Quincy Media, Inc. has approved the sale of the stock of the company to Gray Television, Inc. a public media company headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. Quincy Media, Inc. is a family-owned media company that owns and operates television stations in 16 markets, newspapers in two markets, radio in one and digital platforms in all.
buyer: Gray Television, Inc. (GTN:$2,391.00)
Gray Television is a leading media company that owns and operates high-quality stations in 94 television markets. With a rich history of over a century and more than 70 years of broadcast television specific expertise, Gray Television delivers meaningful content to millions of viewers each day. "
target: Quincy Media
Quincy Media, Inc., formerly known as Quincy Newspapers, Inc., is a family-owned media company that owns and operates television stations in 16 markets, newspapers in two markets, radio in one and digital platforms in all. Their broadcast footprint covers much of the upper Midwest.
price ($mm)
$925
rev ($mm)
EBITDA ($mm)
$134
EV / rev
EV / EBITDA
6.9x
announced 9/25/2020 via PR Newswire

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

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

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

synopsis: Broadcaster MediaWorks has reached a binding agreement with media giant Discovery Inc regarding the sale of MediaWorks' free-to-air TV business. The deal includes entertainment channels Three and Bravo, streaming service ThreeNow, and multi-platform news and current affairs service Newshub, as well as other channels.
buyer: Discovery Communications, Inc. (DISC.A:$10,780.00)
Discovery Communications satisfies curiosity and engages superfans with a portfolio of premium nonfiction, lifestyle, sports and kids programming brands. Discovery reaches more than 3 billion cumulative viewers across pay-TV and free-to-air platforms in more than 220 countries and territories. "
seller parent: Oaktree Capital Management, LLC
seller: MediaWorks NZ Limited
The acquisition includes the free-to-air TV business of MediaWorks and includes entertainment channels Three and Bravo, streaming service ThreeNow, and multi-platform news and current affairs service Newshub, as well as other channels Three+1, Bravo+1, The Edge TV and The Breeze TV.
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closed 8/12/2020 via BNC Analysis

NEP Group, Inc., acquired Outside Broadcasting Ltd

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

Mission Broadcasting, Inc., will acquire Pix11

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

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

synopsis: GCI subsidiary Denali Media Holdings has announced the sale of its NBC affiliates in southeast Alaska to Gray Television. The sale includes KATH and KSCT stations in the Juneau and Sitka markets. Denali Media Holdings was established in 2012 and owns KTVA (CBS) in Anchorage along with three CBS stations in Juneau, Sitka and Ketchikan.
buyer: Gray Television, Inc. (GTN:$2,391.00)
Gray owns and/or operates television stations and leading digital properties in 91 television markets, including the first or second highest rated television station in 85 markets. "
target parent: General Communication, Inc
target: KATH-TV and KSCT-TV
KATH and KSCT serve NBC "Must See TV" to viewers in Alaska's capital city of Juneau, as well as to Sitka, Ketchikan, Petersburg, Wrangell, Angoon and other communities throughout Southeast Alaska, via broadcast, GCI cable, DishNet and DirecTV.
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closed 1/27/2020 via GlobeNewswire

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

synopsis: ION Media, the nation’s leading independent broadcast TV operator, announced the purchase of KMCC-TV in Las Vegas from Entravision Communications Corporation. KMCC-TV is an Azteca América-affiliated television station serving Las Vegas, Nevada, that is licensed to Laughlin and broadcasts primarily in Spanish.
buyer: ION Media Networks (ION:$0.00)
ION Media is an independent, privately held media company, and owner and operator of the nation’s largest broadcast station group. ION reaches viewers in 98 million U.S. households, or 85% of the population, through its 60 owned and operated stations and its affiliations. "
seller: Entravision Communications Corporation (EVC:$428.66)
KMCC-TV is an Azteca América-affiliated television station serving Las Vegas, that is licensed to Laughlin and broadcasts primarily in Spanish. Entravision is a diversified global media, data and advertising technology company that reaches and engages Latino consumers in the U.S. and other markets.
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closed 12/31/2019 via BNC Analysis

Urban One, Inc., acquired WQMC-LD

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

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

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

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

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

Lilly Broadcasting LLC, acquired WCVI

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

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

synopsis: Nexstar Media Group, Inc. entered into a purchase and sale agreement with Fox Television Stations, LLC, a subsidiary of Fox Corporation, whereby Nexstar will purchase from FOX, the FOX Affiliate WJZY and MyNetworkTV Affiliate WMYT, both located in Charlotte, NC.
buyer: Nexstar Media Group (NXST:$4,740.34)
Nexstar Media Group is one of the largest local TV station operators in the country. They have 174 full power television stations in 100 markets addressing nearly 38.7% of US television households, and a diversified, growing digital media operation. "
seller parent: The Walt Disney Company
seller: Fox Television Stations
The acquisition includes the Charlotte FOX Affiliate WJZY and MyNetworkTV Affiliate WMYT from Fox Television Stations, LLC, a subsidiary of Fox Corporation. Both stations are located in Charlotte, North Carolina.
price ($mm)
$45
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announced 11/5/2019 via BusinessWire

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

synopsis: Nexstar Media Group, one of the largest local TV station operators in the country, is to divest the Seattle FOX Affiliate KCPQ and MyNetworkTV Affiliate KZJO and the Milwaukee FOX Affiliate WITI to Fox Television Stations, LLC, a subsidiary of Fox Corporation.
buyer parent: The Walt Disney Company
buyer: Fox Television Stations
FOX Television Stations owns and operates 28 full power broadcast television stations in the U.S. These include stations located in nine of the top ten largest designated market areas, or DMAs, and duopolies in 11 DMAs, including the three largest DMAs (New York, Los Angeles and Chicago). "
seller: Nexstar Media Group (NXST:$4,740.34)
The acquisition includes the Seattle FOX Affiliate KCPQ and MyNetworkTV Affiliate KZJO and the Milwaukee FOX Affiliate WITI from Nexstar Media Group, one of the largest local TV station operators in the country.
price ($mm)
$350
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announced 10/28/2019 via Company Press Release

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

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

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

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

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

synopsis: New Media Investment Group Inc., one of the largest publishers of locally based print and online media in the United States, has acquired Gannett, the largest U.S. newspaper publisher. Gannett's mission is to make communities stronger by informing and engaging them with trusted content.
buyer: New Media Investment Group (NEWM:$1,588.44)
New Media supports small to mid-size communities by providing locally-focused print and digital content to its consumers and premier marketing and technology solutions to its small and medium business partners. They are one of the largest publishers of locally based print and online media in the US."
target: Gannett Co., Inc. (GCI:$3,234.07)
Gannett is a leading media and marketing company with unparalleled local-to-national reach, successfully connecting consumers, communities and businesses. They provide rich content through hundreds of outstanding affiliated digital, mobile and print products.
price ($mm)
$1,400
rev ($mm)
$2,787
EBITDA ($mm)
$281
EV / rev
0.5x
EV / EBITDA
5.0x
closed 6/27/2019 via Company Press Release

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

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