Daily Deal Activity 06/01/15

Digital Media/Commerce

ecommerce

Italy-based wine eCommerce company Vino75 has raised and undisclosed amount of funding from Club Digitale. The company will use the new round of funding for expanding into international markets, extending its catalog, and reaching more subscribers.

gaming

SoftBank has increased its ownership in Finland-based mobile gaming developer Supercell by purchasing a 22.7 percent stake of the company from Accel Partners. The purchase brings SoftBank’s majority ownership of Supercell to 73.2 percent. The acquisition coincides with SoftBank’s mobile content strategy. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

web search/portal

Israel-based Zap Group, operator of consumer information and price comparison portals, has been acquired by Apax Partner for $38 million. The acquisition provides Zap Group with resources for expanding its portals’ international influence. Further terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Digital Advertising

mobile marketing

Online payment solutions provider Optimal Payments has acquired Canada-based mobile fan engagement platform developer FANS Entertainment for $13 million.  The acquisition strengthens Optimal Payments’ position in the mobile online payment sector while providing the company with an entry into the events market. Further terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Marketing Technology

analytics & Targeting

Data science operations and efficiency platform Yhat has raised $1.5 million in a round of funding from Contour Venture Partners, KEC Ventures, and private investors. The company will use the new round of funding for expanding geographically and hiring talent.

bi tools

Real estate portal Housing.com has acquired real estate risk and collateral analytics startup Realty Business Intelligence for $4 million. The acquisition enhances strengthens Housing.com’s analytics capabilities and risk management tools. Further terms of the deal were not disclosed.

mobile technology

Pulse.io, developer of mobile technology for app performance optimization, has been acquired by Google. The acquisition will see Pulse.io integrated into Google as the company looks to roll out a strengthened tool for app developers. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

sfa/lead management

Marketing and sales messaging company Corporate Visions has been acquired by Sentinel Capital Partners. The acquisition will provide Corporate Visions with the resources for industry growth and operations expansion as the company plans to launch new products. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

sfa/lead management

Machine learning calendar app developer Tempo will be acquired by Salesforce. The acquisition will provide Salesforce with enhanced schedule insight solutions as the Tempo looks to scale its operations. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Traditional Media

b-to-b media

UK-based specialist information firm Informa has acquired Dwell on Design, the Dwell Media-owned operator of design events. The acquisition will see Dwell on Design operated by Informa Exhibitions as the company looks to expand the international presence and influence of the conference. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

consumer book publishing

Academic publisher SAGE has acquired academic journals publisher Pion. The acquisition will see Pion’s publishing portfolio rolled into SAGE’s journal program as the company strengthens its geography and psychology portfolio. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

entertainment media

France-based media group Lagardere Active has acquired an 82 percent stake in Spain-based entertainment and television program provider Boomerang TV. The acquisition provides Lagardere with increased reach into the European audio production market. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Software

credit/risk

Cyber threat detection and defense solution developer Cyphort has raised $30 million in Series C funding led by Sapphire Ventures with participation from Trinity Ventures, Foundation Capital, and Matrix Partners. The company has raised $53 million to date and will use the new round of funding for expanding into new markets.

data management

Software-defined storage company Hedvig has raised $18 million in Series B funding led by Vertex Ventures with participation from True Ventures and Atlantic Bridge. The company has raised $30.5 million to date and will use the new round of funding for international expansion.

Business Services

it consulting/systems integration

Cloud-native machine data analytics and log management company Sumo Logic has raised $80 million in a round of funding led by DFJ Growth and Institutional Venture Partners with participation from Greylock Partners, Sequoia Capital, Sutter Hill Ventures, and Accel Partners. The company has raised $160.5 million to date and will use the new round of funding for expanding its engineering, sales, and operations.

training

Online education and assessment startup Applect Learning Systems has raised $4 million in a round of funding from Info Edge. The company will use the new round of funding for developing its courseware and assessment solutions. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

About Petsky Prunier
Petsky Prunier is one of the leading investment banks in the technology, media, marketing, eCommerce, and healthcare industries. Our firm's mergers and acquisitions and private placements advisory services reflect a unique blend of product specialization and industry expertise. Together with strategic consulting firm Winterberry Group, a Petsky Prunier company, our organization represents one of the largest industry-specific advisors providing strategic and transactional services. In addition, we offer international reach through our partnership with investment bank Altium, which operates from nine offices across Europe. Securities transactions are processed through Petsky Prunier Securities LLC, a member of FINRA and an affiliated entity.

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