Shares of Digital Turbine (NASDAQ: APPS) popped by 14% today after the company said it would acquire AdColony. AdColony is a mobile ad platform that has 1.5 billion monthly active users worldwide. Digital Turbine has agreed to pay approximately $350 million to $375 million, which consists of $100 million in cash at closing, another $100 million in cash six months after closing, and earn-out payments of $150 million to $175 million contingent upon AdColony achieving certain performance targets in 2021.
The largest on-device media platform adds AdColony’s strong brand, user acquisition and publishing businesses to expand its collective experience, reach and suite of capabilities to benefit mobile advertisers and publishers around the globeLOS ANGELES, Feb. 26, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Otello Corp (OSE: OTELLO), Inc, owner of AdColony, the in-app marketplace for brands, today announced the signing of a definitive agreement to sell the global leader in mobile game advertising and monetization, to Austin-based Digital Turbine (Nasdaq: APPS), a global on-device mobile platform company, for a total estimated consideration of $400 million. “We are extremely excited to announce the acquisition of AdColony today,” said Bill Stone, CEO of Digital Turbine. “We look forward to welcoming the AdColony team to the Digital Turbine family and believe that this strategic transaction accelerates our growth and is a positive for our partners, advertisers, employees and shareholders. AdColony saw the secular tailwinds toward mobile, video and high-speed networks like 5G before most and has been able to capitalize on its vision.” "Digital Turbine offers many complementary and additive solutions to AdColony’s performance business, while we bring an industry-leading SDK footprint and a mature and thriving brand and agency team to the partnership,” said Jude O’Connor, AdColony’s chief revenue officer. “When you combine the reach and capabilities of both companies, you have a powerful platform that will drive growth and outcomes for any buyer that participates in the mobile app economy." AdColony has had a very successful turnaround over the last three years, which was crowned with 15% year-over-year growth in 2020 versus 2019 with very solid EBITDA margins, said Otello and AdColony CEO, Lars Boilesen. “AdColony is excited to join the successful team at Digital Turbine. The underlying strategic rationale for the combination is very promising,” said Boilesen. “We believe that Digital Turbine, with its massive user base, extensive global relationships and distribution, will be uniquely positioned to benefit via the seamless integration of AdColony’s mobile video advertising expertise and global brand advertiser awareness. The combination will yield a highly-differentiated and more vertically-integrated solution for the mobile advertising industry. We look forward to joining Digital Turbine to help navigate this innovation.” The news comes less than a week before AdColony’s official tenth anniversary as a company. The mobile game developer-turned-ad-network officially became AdColony from Jirbo, Inc. on March 3rd, 2011, and changed the mobile monetization and user acquisition industry almost overnight with its InstantPlay™ video technology, and has continued to innovate over the past decade, after being acquired by Otello in 2014. More information on the sale, and AdColony’s current financial results, can be found on Otello’s investor relations page, https://www.otellocorp.com/ir/. About AdColonyAdColony is one of the largest mobile advertising platforms in the world, with a reach of more than 1.5 billion monthly users globally. AdColony’s mission is to drive business outcomes that matter for advertisers and publishers using its best-in-class mobile technology, the highest-quality mobile ad experiences and leveraging its curated reach. AdColony is known throughout the mobile industry for its unparalleled third-party verified viewability rates, exclusive Instant-Play™ and Aurora™ HD video technologies, rich media formats, global performance advertising business, programmatic marketplace, and extensive SDK footprint in the Top 1000 apps worldwide. About Digital TurbineDigital Turbine simplifies content discovery and delivers relevant content directly to consumer devices. The Company's on-demand media platform powers frictionless app and content discovery, user acquisition and engagement, operational efficiency and monetization opportunities. Digital Turbine's technology platform has been adopted by more than 40 mobile operators and OEMs worldwide and has delivered more than three billion app preloads for tens of thousands of advertising campaigns. The company is headquartered in Austin, Texas, with global offices in Arlington, Durham, Mumbai, San Francisco, Singapore and Tel Aviv. For additional information visit www.digitalturbine.com. Media Contact: Lacy TaltonBlast PR on behalf of AdColonylacy@blastpr.com252-467-5220
Digital Turbine (NASDAQ: APPS) has stayed under the radar for most investors. The company's results earlier this month confirmed Digital Turbine's strong positioning at the intersection of app economy and the digital transformation. On this clip from Motley Fool Live recorded on Feb. 8, "The Wrap" host Jason Hall and Fool analyst Auri Hughes discuss the recent results and why Digital Turbine has a long runway ahead.