Video delivery platform leader SeaChange International has announced that it has acquired privately-held Xstream A/S, a leading over-the-top video and TV cloud platform provider based in Copenhagen, Denmark and Warsaw, Poland. SeaChange paid $4.6 million in cash and 541,738 shares of SeaChange common stock, for a total transaction value as of February 6, 2019 of $5.5 million.
Ed Terino, Chief Executive Officer stated, “Xstream provides us a managed service, over-the-top video solution that already serves more than 5 million active subscribers globally and generates approximately $6 million in annual SaaS revenues. Xstream’s MediaMaker video platform will enhance the SeaChange end-to-end video framework and enable us to gain near-term revenue synergies.”
He added, “Xstream’s engineering resources are in close proximity to our engineering and development organization in Warsaw, which will enable an accelerated integration and provide for increased velocity of roadmap deliveries. We anticipate achieving several million dollars of cost synergies from the combination of our organizations within the first half of fiscal 2020. In addition to leveraging Xstream’s experienced engineering resources, we expect to realize cost synergies in sales, marketing and administrative functions, including the consolidation of multiple locations into our Warsaw offices this fiscal year.”
Terino concluded, “The acquisition of Xstream will accelerate SeaChange’s penetration in OTT and new market segments with a SaaS revenue model and fully cloud-based end-to-end video platform that operates in a hosted managed service environment.”
Major Xstream customers include Canal Digital (Telenor), Star Online (Dimsum), ALT Digital Media Entertainment (Balaji), Mayo Clinic, Altibox, and Our Star Club.
About SeaChange International
For 25 years, SeaChange (Nasdaq: SEAC) has pioneered innovative solutions to help video providers around the world manage and monetize their content. As the video industry rapidly evolves to meet the “anytime, anywhere” demands of today’s viewers, SeaChange’s comprehensive content, business, viewer experience and advertising management solutions provide a mature, network-agnostic, cloud-enabled platform of scalable core capabilities that video service providers, broadcasters, content owners and brand advertisers need to create the personalized, indivisual™ experiences that drive viewer engagement and monetization. For more information, please visit www.seachange.com.
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