Daily Deal Activity 08/01/13
August 2, 2013 Leave a comment
MonoPrice.com, an eCommerce retailer of cables, electronics, and electronic accessories, was acquired for $180 million by Blucora (NasdaqGS:BCOR), which engages in the online search and tax preparation businesses. The deal values MonoPrice at 1.4x revenue and 11.3x EBITDA based on TTM financials.
Serious Shops, a group of six online stores, has been acquired by Vertana Group, an eCommerce business backed by 354 Partners. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Fab, an eCommerce company focused on design products, has added an additional $10 million to its $150 million Series D round of funding. SingTel Group provided the investment and will be a key partner in helping the company explore opportunities in Asia. Fab, which was valued at $1 billion in this round, is going to be raising around $100 million more as part of its Series D.
mobile content/apps, loyalty/retention
Brazo Technologies, a company operating social media points application MyMobiPoints, has been acquired by Myriad Interactive Media (OTCBB:MYRY), an interactive media and development company. The company’s iPhone application is expected to enhance Myriad’s MingleSuite social media technology with a slate of features for mobile device users.
CityMaps, a company offering a mobile mapping application for iOS devices, has raised an additional round of $1.5 million in funding – an extension of its earlier Series A, this time bringing in new investors including A-Grade Investments, and other angel investors. This additional round brings CityMaps’ total raised to date to $5 million.
search marketing, online lead generation
Digital marketing company WebMetro, which helps online advertisers maximize ROI and gain market share, has signed an agreement to be acquired for an undisclosed amount by customer experience management solutions company TeleTech Holdings (NasdaqGS:TTEC), and become a key part of Revana, TeleTech’s customer growth services division. Revana provides integrated sales and marketing solutions for lead generation, customer acquisition, onboarding, lifecycle digital marketing, analytics, account management, and retention. WebMetro reported $12 million in revenue for 2012.
Israel-based Datorama, a developer of a marketing analytics platform, has raised $3 million in funding new investors Cedar Fund and Innovation Endeavors. The transaction brings total funding for the company to $3.75 million.
Tidemark, which offers cloud-based enterprise performance management and analytics applications, has raised $13 million in funding led by Tenaya Capital, with participation from existing investors Greylock Partners, Andreessen Horowitz, and Redpoint Ventures. This round brings the total amount raised to more than $48 million.
online targeting/optimization, ad serving, sdmobile technology
4INFO, a mobile advertising technology company providing audience targeting solutions to publishers, agencies, and brands, has raised $8 million in funding led by existing investor Vulcan Capital, with participation from existing investors U.S. Venture Partners, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Gannett (NYSE:GCI), and Mezzanine Capital Partners. The company has now raised $64.3 million to date. 4INFO’s mobile advertising platform includes a mobile ad server, an audience and data management platform, and an analytics platform for targeting.
online targeting/optimization, mobile technology
RUN, a mobile-focused programmatic advertising technology company offering ad-buying tools and analytics, has raised $1.5 million in funding from Verizon Ventures. Founded in 2010, RUN was originally focused on ad buying, but over time had added analytics and tracking.
HootSuite Media, which provides Web-based social media management solutions for businesses and organizations to collaboratively execute campaigns across various social networks, has raised $165 million in Series B funding led by Insight Venture Partners, with participation from Accel Partners and existing investor OMERS Ventures. The company has originally announced placed to raise $50 million at a $500 million valuation. This investment, more than triple the original funding announced, brings the company’s total investment to nearly $187 million and its valuation to more than $1 billion.
Agency & Marketing Services
Jet Cooper, a Canada-based design agency founded in 2009, has been acquired by Canada-based Shopify, an eCommerce platform that allows individuals and businesses to create online stores. The acquisition, terms of which were not disclosed, brings together Shopify, which launched in 2005 with the aim of improving the design and usability of online stores, together with Jet Cooper, one of Canada’s leading user experience and design firms.
entertainment media, niche content
KOHD, which provides KOHD 9 for syndicated and local programming, along with website advertising services, such as banner ads, pre-roll commercial advertisements, has been acquired for $2.35 million by TV broadcasting company Zolo Media, from Chambers Communications.
Technology & Communications
big data technology, data management software
Kapow Software, a provider of big data data integration software, was acquired for $47.5 million by Kofax, a provider of smart process applications for customer interactions. Kapow’s data integration software provides near real-time application integration and process automation solutions. Based on TTM financials, the transaction values Kapow Technologies at 3.0x revenue.
Passif Semiconductor, a developer of low-energy communication chips that optimize power usage and offer up radio communication, has been acquired by Apple (NasdaqGS:AAPL). The company’s technology is useful in providing power savings benefits to enhance location awareness and connected device capabilities. Terms were not disclosed.
BioBeats, a mobile health company developing technologies to collect consumer biometric data to support interventions prescribed by health professionals, raised $0.65 million in seed funding. Investors included ENIAC Ventures, Zhen Fund, and a number of angel and individual investors.
Germany-based icon-scm, a provider of supply chain planning and collaboration software, was acquired for $33.8 million by E2open (NasdaqGM:EOPN), which develops cloud-based solutions for collaborative planning and execution across global trading networks. icon-scm’s patented software enables customer-centric supply chains to accelerate top-line growth and profitability.
Brazil-based Opus System has sold its Franchise System for $3.96 million to Brazil-based Linx Sistemas E Consultoria. The Opus Software’s franchise management and automation tools are prepared for the cloud computing environment and are used by brands that include Yázigi, Eurodata, Onodera, and D’pil.
Synack, a company that has created a system to crowdsource security testing, raised $1.5 million in seed financing from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Greylock Partners, Wing Venture Partners, Allegis Capital, and Derek Smith, CEO of Shape Security.
TrustedID, a provider of identity theft solutions for individuals, families, and businesses, has been acquired by Equifax (NYSE:EFX), a global leader in information solutions. TrustedID will become part of Equifax Personal Solutions, the company’s credit monitoring and identity protection business unit. Terms were not disclosed.
security, network infrastructure software
Nuri Telecom (KOSE:A040160) has sold its 36.8 percent equity stake in South Korea-based NexG, a network security enterprise, for $20.9 million to Solacia (KOSE:A070300) and Hansol Inticube (KOSE:A070590). The transaction values NexG at $47.1 million, or 2.4x revenue and 5.1x EBITDA based on LTM financials as of March 31, 2013.
software development tools
Apigee, a developer of API management software, has raised $35 million in funding led by a fund managed by a subsidiary of BlackRock (NYSE:BLK). The transaction also included participation from new investor Accenture (NYSE:ACN), and existing investors Norwest Venture Partners, Bay Partners, SAP Ventures, Third Point, and Focus Ventures. The company has raised roughly $106 million in funding to date.
Information & Business Services
AHC Media, publisher of health care newsletters, has been acquired by local industry executives and Lone Peak Capital Group. AHC’s publications assist a range of professionals in the fields of clinical medicine and health care management. Terms were not disclosed.
Signal Data, a company operating a data analytics platform for investors, lenders, retailers, real estate owners, and other institutions that focus on the retail industry, has received $2 million in its series A round of funding led by Atlas Venture.
Summit Technical Services, which specializes in providing contract staffing services for engineering, software, and professional design, has been acquired by The Reserves Network, a provider of staffing services for the office, industrial, professional and technical markets. Terms were not disclosed.
The healthcare staffing businesses of Mastech Holdings (AMEX:MHH), comprising of Mastech Healthcare and Curastat Healthcare Group, has been acquired for $1.15 million by Accountable Healthcare Staffing, a provider of quality healthcare staffing solutions.