Keywords Studios Mergers and Acquisitions Summary

Digital Media Company

Keywords Studios has acquired 39 companies, including 35 in the last 5 years. A total of 1 acquisition came from private equity firms.

Keywords Studios’ largest acquisition to date was in 2017, when it acquired Sotera Defense Solutions for $235M. Keywords Studios has acquired in 6 different US states, and 13 countries. The Company’s most targeted sectors include digital media (65%) and media (18%).

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M&A Summary

  • M&A Total Activity39
    • M&A Buy Activity39
  • Total Sectors Invested 8
  • Total Countries Invested 13
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 5
  • M&A Advisors 4

Keywords Studios plc

Keywords Studios South County Business Park Leopardstown,
Dublin 18,
Ireland,
+353 1 902 2730
www.keywordsstudios.com

Keywords Studios is an international technical services provider to the global video games industry. Established in 1998, and now with facilities in Dublin, Rio de Janeiro, Montreal, Quebec City, Portland, Mexico City, Los Angeles, Seattle, Tokyo, Singapore, New Delhi, Pune, Rome, Milan, Barcelona, Madrid, Taipei, Shanghai, Beijing, Manila, Hamburg, Paris and London, it provides integrated art creation, localisation, testing, audio and customer care services across 50 languages and 14 games platforms to a blue chip client base in more than 15 countries. It has a strong market position, providing services to 20 of the top 25 most prominent games companies, including Microsoft, Supercell, King, Bandai Namco, Sony, Konami, Electronic Arts, 2K, and Square Enix. Recent titles worked on include Tom Clancy's The Division, Halo 5: Guardians, Batman: Arkham Knight, Street Fighter V, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Clash Royale, Mobile Strike. Keywords Studios was founded in 1998 and is based in Dublin, Ireland.


M&A Summary

Buy vs Sell

Year ≤ '15 '16 '17 '18 '19 '20 T
Buy (6.4/yr) # 7 8 13 10 1 - 39
vol $45M $36M $270M $49M $399M
Sell (0.0/yr) # - - - - - - 0
  39

Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
GetSocial B.V. 2019-02-21 - Add-on Acquisition
The Hague, Netherlands · www.getsocial.im
Sunny Side Up Creative, Inc. 2018-12-21 4M CAD Add-on Acquisition
Quebec, Quebec · www.sunnysup.com
The TrailerFarm 2018-09-18 3M GBP Add-on Acquisition
Brighton, United Kingdom · www.thetrailerfarm.com
Studio Gobo Ltd. 2018-08-20 40M GBP Add-on Acquisition
Hove, United Kingdom · www.studiogobo.com
Yokozuna Data 2018-07-23 2M USD Divestiture
Tokyo, Japan · www.yokozunadata.com
Snowed In Studios, Inc. 2018-07-20 - Add-on Acquisition
Ottawa, Ontario · www.snowedin.ca
Blindlight 2018-06-11 - Add-on Acquisition
West Hollywood, California · www.blindlight.com
Fire Without Smoke 2018-05-30 - Add-on Acquisition
London, United Kingdom · www.firewithoutsmoke.com
Cord Worldwide Ltd. 2018-04-09 - Divestiture
London, United Kingdom · www.cordww.com
Laced Music Ltd. 2018-04-09 - Divestiture
, United Kingdom · www.lacedrecords.com
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M&A by Sector

Sector Buy # Value Sell # Value
Digital Media 25 (64%) 146M (37%) - -
Media 7 (18%) 4M (1%) - -
Software 2 (5%) 6M (1%) - -
Business Services 1 (3%) 9M (2%) - -
Defense 1 (3%) 235M (59%) - -
Information Technology 1 (3%) - - -
Internet Software and Services 1 (3%) - - -
Marketing 1 (3%) - - -
Total 39 $399M - -

By Geo

State/Country Buy Value Sell Value
United Kingdom 10 58M - -
United States 7 277M - -
  California 2 27M - -
  Washington 1 - - -
  Virginia 1 235M - -
  Oregon 1 9M - -
  North Carolina 1 900K - -
  Florida 1 5M - -
Canada 5 14M - -
  Quebec 4 14M - -
  Ontario 1 - - -
France 4 - - -
Brazil 2 338K - -
China 2 6M - -
Italy 2 40M - -
Spain 2 - - -
India 1 4M - -
Japan 1 2M - -
Mexico 1 - - -
Netherlands 1 - - -
Philippines 1 - - -
Domestic - - - -
Cross-border 39 (100%) 399M (100%) - -
Total 39 $399M - -

Top M&A Advisors

Financial Deals
Guggenheim Securities
1
Numis Securities Ltd.
1
Legal Deals
Holland & Knight LLP
1
Morrison & Foerster LLP
1

Deal Values

buy # Total
$100M to $1B 1 $235M
< $100M 20 $164M
TOTAL $399M
Largest Sotera Defense Solutions, Inc.
$235M (2017-03-08)

M&A Connections

Deals %
Acquired from
PE Firm(s)
17%
1 17%
Strategic(s)
83%
5 83%

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