TANDBERG Television Boosts Market Lead with Acquisition of SkyStream
Extends lead in professional video compression and expands solutions for IPTV, cable, satellite and on-demand markets
Southampton, UK, February 8, 2006 - TANDBERG Television (Oslo:TAT.OL) today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire SkyStream, the Sunnyvale, CA headquartered leader in IP video delivery solutions. Under the terms of the agreement, TANDBERG Television will acquire privately-held SkyStream for a mix of cash and TANDBERG Television shares. The total consideration will be US$80M and the completion of the transaction is subject to a number of standard conditions. The transaction is expected to close in April 2006. SkyStream employs approximately 100 people across North America and in the UK, China and Korea. Founded in July 1996, SkyStream has delivered 7 years of sequential revenue growth and achieved profitability in Q4 2005. The company posted 2005 revenues of $30.7M, up 43% on 2004, and with a gross margin of 65%.
The move brings together two highly respected players in digital video delivery and will extend TANDBERG Televisionís position as the global leader in the professional video compression market. Through the acquisition TANDBERG Television will expand its technology offering for IPTV and also for the cable, satellite DTH and on-demand markets with a highly complementary product set from SkyStream, the industryís fastest-growing provider of IP video solutions with over 300 customers worldwide. SkyStreamís advanced IPTV solutions and impressive market presence in the Telco regional headend business is a natural extension to TANDBERG Televisionís award-winning central headend IPTV systems and global Tier 1 customer base. The combination of the two companies will create a clear global leader in the rapidly expanding IPTV market.
ďThe sands are shifting in the digital media market and there is an inevitable level of industry consolidation taking place. In a marketplace with a number of acquisition opportunities to pursue, we chose to acquire SkyStream because of the companyís best-in-class technologies and its strong culture of building revenue and profitable growth,Ē says Eric Cooney, President and CEO of TANDBERG Television.
A recognized pioneer in IP content delivery, SkyStreamís high density Mediaplex-20(tm) and iPlex(tm) switched digital video headends for MPEG-2/MPEG-4 AVC encoding and transcoding are used extensively by IPTV operators in Asia, Europe and the US. These solutions deliver lower cost, higher-density solutions to cable and satellite operators and will be a valuable extension to TANDBERG Televisionís DTH head end systems and its industry leading MPEG-4 AVC HDTV compression solutions. In addition, SkyStreamís zBand(tm) content delivery software for push on-demand services is highly complementary to the TANDBERG N2 On-Demand solutions and gives the company a complete ípush and pullí on-demand offering.
TANDBERG Television and SkyStream already share a number of common customers and the companiesí solutions sit side-by-side in telco and satellite networks and combine to enable operators to deliver advanced IPTV and HDTV services. The acquisition will mean that TANDBERG Television is better equipped than ever to meet its customersí needs with fully integrated systems supported by its high quality systems delivery and integration services. The move will also increase TANDBERG Televisionís global sales presence and strengthen its successful commercial organizations in North America, EMEA and APAC. The company will also add over 50 talented SkyStream engineers who will continue to work at their current sites including SkyStreamís Sunnyvale HQ which provides TANDBERG Television with a Silicon Valley beach-head, bringing the company closer to its US customers and to a strong pool of future recruits and partners.
ďThe combination of the SkyStream business and TANDBERG Television provides tremendous opportunities for our customers, our partners and our employees. The move enables SkyStream to become part of a highly successful, profitable global leader with critical mass and a reputation for first class customer service. TANDBERG Television was not the only company we talked to about a merger, but we chose TANDBERG Television because we were excited about being part of its customer-driven expansion and it was clear that we share a strong business and cultural identity and a common vision for the future of video entertainment,Ē says James Olson, CEO of SkyStream.
SkyStreamís customers include Safeway, Reuters, GlobeCast (a division of France Telecom), EchoStar Communications Corporation, Comcast, BT Broadcast Services, Belgacom, Clear Channel, Convergent Media, Eutelsat, Gilat, New Skies Satellites, ViaSat, Loral Skynet, EMS, Rural Telephone, CCTV, Shanghai Stock Exchange and Telecom Italia.
About TANDBERG Television
TANDBERG Televisionís (Oslo:TAT.OL) open standards-based technology solutions enable new business models in the digital media market through the provision of high quality live, on-demand and interactive content. The companyís customers include many of the major content owners, distributors and network operators around the world. For more information visit: http://www.tandbergtv.com
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