DALLAS & NEW YORK-- DG® (NASDAQ:DGIT - News), 16-Jun-11, a leading provider of digital media services to the advertising, entertainment and broadcast industries, and MediaMind Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ:MDMD - News), a leading global provider of integrated digital advertising solutions, today announced a definitive agreement under which DG will acquire MediaMind in an all-cash transaction. The acquisition creates one of the premier global online and television advertising technology companies.
MediaMind is a unique asset, with tremendous people, products and services in the fast-growing $71 billion global online advertising market1 with a superb international footprint and broad agency relationships. Headquartered in New York, MediaMind has 37 sales and representation offices covering 64 countries. In 2010, MediaMind delivered campaigns for 9,000 brand owners using approximately 3,800 media and creative agencies across 8,200 global web publishers in 64 countries.
Under the terms of the transaction, which has been approved by the boards of directors of both companies, DG will commence a tender offer to purchase all of MediaMind’s outstanding shares for $22.00 per share in cash. The total transaction value is $517 million equity value or $414 million enterprise value, taking into account over $100 million in cash on MediaMind’s balance sheet. The board of directors of MediaMind will recommend that MediaMind shareholders tender their shares in the tender offer. The transaction is expected to be accretive to DG’s non-GAAP EPS in 2012.
Upon closing, Gal Trifon, President and CEO of MediaMind, will serve as DG’s Chief Digital Officer, leading DG’s online advertising business. Additionally, Ofer Zadikario, MediaMind’s Chief Solutions Officer, will join DG in the same position.
“This is a game-changing transaction that provides DG with an unmatched global footprint, broad customer reach and an innovative platform in television and the fast-growing online advertising market,” said Scott Ginsburg, Chairman and CEO of DG. “MediaMind’s online business excels in rich media and fits well with our unparalleled distribution platform for high value broadcast content – enabling advertisers to most effectively connect with audiences globally. With its new global reach and enhanced product offerings, DG will gain critical mass and will have the unique ability to provide a suite of cross-platform advertising management and distribution services.”
Mr. Trifon said, “We believe this transaction offers significant value for our shareholders and is the natural, next step for MediaMind. DG will provide us with the added scale and resources to continue to grow our platform and enhance the services we provide our customers. Working together with DG, we will provide a single solution for advertising creation, distribution, and monitoring for cross-platform campaigns. We are excited to partner with DG to continue to increase our base of large advertisers and expand our global operations, and we are confident that our employees will benefit from the greater opportunities at the combined company.”
Neil Nguyen, President and COO of DG said, “We are extremely pleased about this transaction, which greatly accelerates our international and digital growth strategy. With this acquisition, we will build on MediaMind’s global operational footprint and world class technology platform to expand our reach beyond North America. The combined companies will serve a global customer base and enable DG to penetrate such markets as Latin America, Asia and EMEA. Moreover, with our combined advertiser and publisher reach, we will be well positioned to gain additional market share and innovate cross platform solutions in order to drive long-term growth. We welcome Gal, Ofer and their team to DG and look forward to working together to realize the significant potential of our combined organizations.”
For the twelve months ending March 31, 2011 the companies had in excess of $100 million in digital advertising revenue on a pro forma basis. With the MediaMind acquisition, DG expects to realize approximately $15 million in cost synergies identified to date, with clear opportunities for enhanced revenue growth. The transaction will be funded by a combination of available cash and fully committed debt financing from JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Bank of America Merrill Lynch. MediaMind shareholders holding approximately 8.2 million common shares outstanding and 1.8 million options, as well as certain officers and pre-IPO investors, have agreed to tender their shares in the offer.
Goldman Sachs & Co. and Bank of America Merrill Lynch acted as financial advisors and Latham & Watkins provided legal advice to DG. Qatalyst Partners acted as financial advisor and Davis, Polk & Wardwell LLP provided legal advice to MediaMind. Subject to the successful completion of the tender offer, regulatory approval and customary closing terms and conditions, the transaction is expected to close in the third quarter 2011.
Financial Community Webcast
On Thursday, June 16, 2011 at 8:30 a.m. ET, DG and MediaMind will host a conference call and webcast. The webcast is open to the general public and all interested parties may access the live webcast on the Internet at the Company’s websites at www.DGit.com or ir.mediamind.com. Please allow 15 minutes to register and download or install any necessary software. Participants should log in 15 minutes ahead of time to test your browser and register for the call. For dial in access, please dial (800) 894-5910, within the U.S., or (785) 424-1052 outside the U.S. Enter passcode 8168027. In addition, a recording of the conference will be available for replay two hours after the call's completion for two weeks. To access the recording, please dial (888) 203-1112, within the U.S., or (719) 457-0820 outside the U.S. Enter passcode 8168027.
DG FastChannel®, Inc. (now known as DG) provides innovative technology-based solutions to the advertising, broadcast and publishing industries. The Company serves more than 5,000 advertisers and agencies through a media distribution network of more than 28,000 radio, television, print and Web publishing destinations throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. DG utilizes satellite and internet transmission technologies, creative and production resources, digital asset management and syndication services that enable advertisers and agencies to work faster, smarter and more competitively. Through its MIJO, Unicast, SourceEcreative, Treehouse and Springbox operating units, DG extends its benchmark of excellence to a wide roster of services ranging from custom rich media solutions and interactive marketing to direct response marketing and global creative intelligence. For more information, visit www.DGit.com.
MediaMind is a leading global provider of digital advertising campaign management solutions to advertising agencies and advertisers. MediaMind provides media and creative agencies, advertisers and publishers with an integrated platform to manage campaigns across digital media channels and a variety of formats, including rich media, in-stream video, display and search. Headquartered in New York, MediaMind delivered during 2010 campaigns for approximately 9,000 brand advertisers, servicing approximately 3,800 media agencies and creative agencies across approximately 8,200 global web publishers in 64 countries throughout North America, South America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Africa and the Middle East. For more information on MediaMind, visit http://www.mediamind.com.
This press release is neither an offer to purchase nor a solicitation of an offer to sell securities. The tender offer for the outstanding shares of MediaMind common stock described in this press release has not yet commenced. At the time the planned offer is commenced an affiliate of DG will file a tender offer statement on Schedule TO with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") and MediaMind will file a solicitation/recommendation statement on Schedule 14D-9 with respect to the planned offer. The tender offer statement (including an offer to purchase, a related letter of transmittal and other offer documents) and the solicitation/recommendation statement will contain important information that should be read carefully before any decision is made with respect to the tender offer. Those materials will be made available to MediaMind stockholders at no expense to them. In addition, all of those materials (and all other offer documents filed with the SEC) will be available at no charge on the SEC's Web site: www.sec.gov.
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1 Kathy Crosett, “Global Ad Market to Make Full Recovery in 2011,” Marketing Forecast, January 31, 2011 <http://www.marketingforecast.com/archives/9805>
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