In a strategic move to strengthen its market position in media service and workflow orchestration to match the needs of the broadcasting industry now and in the future, media transport solutions specialist Net Insight is acquiring US software company VizuAll Inc, trading under the name of ScheduALL, in a $14 million (€12.5m) deal.
The acquisition of ScheduALL is an important strategic initiative as it allows Net Insight to offer complete end-to-end orchestration to the market. In today’s fast-paced and schedule driven broadcast world, on-demand and end-to-end service orchestration is becoming key to deliver efficient and cost-efficient solutions to TV production broadcasters and their customers.
“This is a perfect match for Net Insight. We are not only executing on our strategy, we are also taking a giant leap towards our vision of creating a unified and global media market place for both service providers and media companies,” commented Fredrik Tumegård, CEO of Net Insight. “The acquisition also leads to a stronger customer offering which enables us to take a broader and more strategic role towards service providers and media companies. We also want to welcome our new colleagues and we are looking forward to grow together and create further success.”
ScheduALL, founded in 1989, is a provider of ERM (Enterprise Resources Management) software for media, broadcast and transmission businesses. The revenues for the financial year 2014, amounted to $10.6 million with a net profit of $0.7 million. Approximately 60 per cent of the revenue is recurring. In 2014, approximately 50 per cent of revenues were derived from North American customers. ScheduALL has its head office in Hollywood, Florida, US and employs approximately 75 employees.
The companies have had a strategic partnership for several years. Together they have implemented an SDN (Software Defined Networking) solution for service providers allowing them to offer their customers a unique, fully automated service provisioning over global wide area networks. By this solution service providers reduce operating cost and media companies gain from more flexible and efficient workflows. Net Insight can now broaden the solution with new services and applications.
“We are operating in a fast moving industry. I am convinced that we can create added value to our customers with our combined expertise in transport and production workflows,” stated Ralph Quintero, COO and owner of ScheduALL. “We will continue to serve our customers and partners and accelerate the deployment of advanced solutions providing automated, assured orchestration for on-demand network services.”
The transaction will see Net Insight acquire 100 per cent of the shares in ScheduALL, for $14 million on a cash and debt free basis. The acquisition price will be paid in cash at closing and will be adjusted for the actual level of debt, working capital and cash. The payment will be funded by using available cash.
Transactional costs of an estimated SEK 5 million (€530,000) will affect Net Insight’s third and fourth quarter results of 2015. The transaction is expected to close on October 1, from which date ScheduALL will be fully consolidated. The transaction is expected to have a positive impact on earnings per share from January 1, 2016.