OTT technology and service specialist NeuLion and sports and entertainment licensing company Endeavor have entered into a definitive agreement by which Endeavor will acquire NeuLion in an all-cash deal valued at approximately $250 million (€200m).
Under the terms of the agreement, Endeavor will acquire each share of outstanding common stock of NeuLion for $0.84. Upon completion of the transaction, NeuLion will become a privately held subsidiary of Endeavor.
“We’re excited by the value delivered to our stockholders through this transaction, and we’re looking forward to the dynamic opportunities that being part of the Endeavor family will provide for both our current and new clients,” remarked Roy Reichbach, President & CEO, NeuLion.
“Through our content portfolio, client base, and broader network of rights holders we’ve encountered many different platforms for distributing and monetising content,” said Ariel Emanuel, CEO, Endeavor. “NeuLion provides an ideal combination of technology and client services, and we’re excited for the value this brings to our existing partners and the foundation it provides for our future digital growth.”
The transaction, unanimously approved by NeuLion’s Board of Directors and by the written consent of holders of a majority of NeuLion’s outstanding common stock, is subject to regulatory approvals and other closing conditions, and is expected to close in the second quarter of 2018. The company expects to release its Q4 2017 earnings on March 30th, 2018.