AOL, Inc.

770 Broadway,
New York, New York 10003
United States,
(212) 652-6400

AOL is a media technology company that produces, distributes, and monetizes by connecting publishers with advertisers on its global, programmatic content and advertising platforms. The Company was formed in 1985 and is based in New York City.

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Year ≤ '13 '14 '15 '16 '17 '18 T
Buy (1.8/yr) # 54 5 2 2 - - 63
vol $192.2B $241M $238M $192.7B
Sell (0.6/yr) # 7 2 1 - - - 10
vol $188M $188M

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Largest Time Warner, Inc.
$182.0B (2000-01-10)
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Largest ICQ LLC
$188M (2010-04-28)

AOL was acquired by Verizon Communications on May 12, 2015.

AOL has acquired 64 companies of its own, including 10 in the last 5 years. A total of 4 acquisitions came from private equity firms. It has also divested 10 assets.

AOL’s largest acquisition to date was in 2000, when it acquired Time Warner for $182.0B. It’s largest disclosed sale occurred in 2010, when it sold ICQ to Group for $188M. AOL has acquired in 13 different US states, and 6 countries. The Company’s most targeted sectors include internet software and services (59%) and software (18%).

When analyzing the internet software and services sector as a whole, according to Mergr, in the last 3 years, there are 1208 internet software and services companies that have made at least 1 acquisition, 48 have acquired at least 5 companies, and 11 have acquired more than 10 companies. The most prolific strategic internet software and services acquirer over the past 3 years is j2 Global, with 23 acquisitions. The most prolific private equity acquirer in the internet software and services sector over the past 3 years is Vista Equity Partners with 12 platform acquisitions.

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