Transaction Creates Online Video Powerhouse Perfectly Positioned to Take Full Advantage of Accelerating Adoption of 4K Video and OTT Services; NeuLion to Strengthen Management Team; Globalizes NeuLion’s Reach
PLAINVIEW, NY – Jan. 5, 2015: NeuLion, Inc. (TSX: NLN), the leading enabler and provider of live and on-demand content to Internet-connected devices, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire DivX LLC, a leading provider of next-generation digital video solutions.
The transaction will place the combined company at the forefront of the global shift to 4K video and Over-The-Top services in the fast-growing online video market. According to Futuresource Consulting, 4K adoption is forecast to grow quickly from 2015 onward with over 100 million shipments projected in 2018, representing 38% of the total TV market. As live and on-demand secured streaming of content continues to move to digital platforms, NeuLion and DivX together will be a leader in the space from both a technology platform and consumer experience perspective. Bringing together NeuLion’s managed services and DivX’s technology products, NeuLion will be able to give customers the choice of either building and managing digital video platforms internally or licensing a fully integrated managed services solution.
“By delivering interactive viewing experiences to consumers watching live and on-demand content on digital platforms, from desktop to mobile to connected devices, NeuLion has built a roster of the best known brands in professional and college sports and TV Everywhere, such as NFL, NHL, NBA, UFC, Rogers and CCTV. Now, we are extending our franchise and bolstering our capabilities with our acquisition of DivX’s entertainment and consumer electronics customers, advanced 4K video enabling technology products and expansive geographic reach,” said Nancy Li, chief executive officer of NeuLion.
Added Kanaan Jemili, DivX’s chief executive officer, “As a leading provider of next-generation digital video technologies for Over-The-Top services across consumer electronics devices and mobile platforms, DivX has licensed its technology to global brands spanning consumer electronics manufacturers, entertainment content rights holders and cable network operators, such as LG, Samsung, Toshiba and Hisense. With our recently introduced end-to-end HEVC solution, DivX is helping to drive adoption of 4K video and live streaming. We are excited about the opportunity to extend our reach into the global marketplace while we continue to create technologies that bring high quality viewing experience to digital media consumers.”
Expanded Management Team with Global Reach
Upon closing of the transaction, Nancy Li, NeuLion’s chief executive officer, will become executive vice chairman of the NeuLion board of directors and will drive the technology vision for the company, and Kanaan Jemili, DivX’s chief executive officer, will be appointed chief executive officer of NeuLion. The management teams and employees of both companies will be combined. NeuLion will now have offices and sales reach throughout North America, Europe and Asia.
Expanded Board of Directors
Upon closing of the transaction, James Hale, DivX’s chairman and managing partner at Parallax Capital Partners, LLC, and John Coelho, a member of DivX’s board of directors and partner at StepStone Group LP, will join the NeuLion board of directors. As a result, NeuLion will expand its board to 11 seats.
NeuLion management expects the transaction to be accretive on a GAAP operating income basis for 2016 and immediately accretive on a non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA basis. For the six-month period ended September 30, 2014, the period DivX has been a stand-alone private company, DivX had estimated GAAP unaudited revenues of $10.8 million and estimated non-GAAP revenues of $26.6 million, and an estimated GAAP unaudited consolidated net loss of $7.4 million and non-GAAP Adjusted EBITDA of $3.5 million.
The transaction, which has been approved by the boards of directors of NeuLion and DivX, is expected to close in the first quarter of calendar 2015 subject to customary closing conditions.
Needham & Company provided a fairness opinion to NeuLion’s board of directors.
NeuLion, Inc. (TSX: NLN) offers the true end-to-end solution for delivering live and on-demand content to Internet-enabled devices. NeuLion enables content owners and distributors, cable operators and telecommunications companies to capitalize on the massive consumer demand for viewing video content on PCs, smartphones, iPads and other similar devices. NeuLion’s customers include major entertainment, sports, global content and news companies. NeuLion is based in Plainview, NY. For more information about NeuLion, visit neulion.com.
About DivX, LLC
DivX, LLC, is leading the way to better, more seamless consumer video experience by powering the professional creation, protected distribution and high-quality playback of highly efficient video to multiple devices and platforms. DivX, along with its subsidiary MainConcept, offers service providers, device manufacturers and integrators technologies that address the entire video supply chain with solutions for software applications, OTT content services and consumer electronics devices. Over 1 billion DivX enabled devices have shipped worldwide from major manufacturers and DivX consumer software products have been downloaded over 1 billion times. DivX is based in San Diego, CA, with offices across Europe and Asia. For more information on the company, visit divx.com.