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Limelight completes acquisition of Edgecast

June 16, 2022

Limelight has completed the acquisition of Edgecast from Yahoo. The combined company will operate as Edgio.

A press release from Edgio said that its solutions will “combine the power of the world’s best performing edge platform with the most complete set of capabilities for web applications, APIs and video content – continuing on its strategy to improve profitability and growth”. Edgio now delivers about 20 per cent of the world’s internet traffic from instant-loading websites to high-demand content for 20,000 leading digital companies such as Amazon, Sony, Kate Spade, Microsoft, Sun TV, Verizon, Disney, TikTok and Twitter.

“In a world where digital workloads and their consumers are increasingly distributed, the ability for companies to deliver exceptional digital experiences requires them to more productively build faster and safer solutions for their customers at the edge. Today marks a meaningful step in our ability to address this need. Edgio now boasts the most complete edge-native web application and API solution, best-in-class streaming and delivery capabilities – all running on the world’s most performant globally-scaled edge network. These unique capabilities create a robust platform for growth and profitability,” said Bob Lyons, CEO of Edgio.

“Edgio stands to be a recognised leader in delivering digital solutions natively at the edge, and Apollo is very excited to participate in this shared vision,” added Apollo Partner Reed Rayman, who will join the company’s board of directors. “We believe Edgio can quickly become the recognised go-to partner to power edge native digital solutions for businesses seeking to deliver faster and safer digital experiences for their customers.”

Edgio said it board of directors will be reshaped to better align with the needs of a growth-oriented, profitable and globally-scaled technology company. The addition of Reed Rayman and E-Fei Wang from Apollo signal their belief in Edgio’s future and provide strategic and operational expertise. In addition, Edgio welcomes Dianne Ledingham, a seasoned technology executive and strategy leader to the board.

“We will continue building a board and management team with the technology, operations and strategy skills required to support the company we are quickly becoming. Our board and management is committed to the belief that our ability to deliver high performance and innovation benefits from bringing together diversified perspectives and experiences,” continued Lyons.

In connection with the sale, Yahoo received approximately 80.8 million shares of Limelight common stock, valuing Edgecast at approximately $300 million (€287.8m) based on the 30-day trailing VWAP of approximately $4.12. The purchase price included a $30 million cash investment into Edgio by Apollo and its co-investors, through their ownership of Yahoo as well as preliminary net working capital adjustments, which includes the prepayment of certain expenses by Yahoo. Yahoo can also receive up to an additional 12.7 million shares of Edgio, representing up to $100 million of additional deal consideration, over the period ending on the third anniversary of the closing of the transaction, subject to the achievement of share-price targets. Edgio stockholders own approximately 66.8 per cent of the combined company, or approximately 63.5 per cent under the assumption that Edgio achieves all share price targets under the conditional consideration agreement, while Yahoo will own approximately 33.2 per cent or 36.5 per cent, respectively.

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