Magnite, the big sell-side advertising platform, is acquiring sell-side ad platform SpotX from the RTL Group for $1.17 billion in cash and stock.The two companies claim the merger will create the largest independent connected TV and video advertising sell-side platform for the programmatic marketplace.
“Sellers have been looking for a scaled independent alternative to the giant companies who dominate the CTV marketplace,” stated Michael Barrett, president and chief executive officer of Magnite, in a release.
Together, clients will include Discovery, Disney/Hulu, Roku, Samsung, Sling TV, ViacomCBS, Vizio, WarnerMedia, A+E Networks, Crackle Plus, The CW Network, Electronic Arts, Fox Corp., fuboTV, Microsoft, Newsy, Philo TV, Pluto TV, Tubi, Vudu, and Xumo.
The combined company is expected to have annual revenue of $350 million, of which connected TV and video revenue is estimated to be about 67%. Non-video business will comprise roughly 33% of its total revenue.
Spot X's preliminary net revenue for 2020 is projected to be $116 million, of which $67 million comes from connected TV.
In April 2020, the Rubicon Project and Telaria merged to become Magnite.
Analysts estimate full-year 2020 revenue for Magnite to total $221.15 million.
The deal is expected to close in the second quarter of 2021.