Viacom Mergers and Acquisitions Summary

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Viacom has acquired 17 companies, including 3 in the last 5 years. A total of 1 acquisition came from private equity firms. It has also divested 3 assets.

Viacom’s largest acquisition to date was in 1994, when it acquired Paramount Communications for $9.8B. It’s largest disclosed sale occurred in 2005, when it sold Famous Players to Cineplex for $500M. Viacom has acquired in 6 different US states, and 3 countries. The Company’s most targeted sectors include media (59%) and internet software and services (18%).

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M&A Summary

  • M&A Total Activity20
    • M&A Buy Activity17
    • M&A Sell Activity3
  • Total Sectors Invested 5
  • Total Countries Invested 3
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 6
  • M&A Advisors 6

Viacom, Inc.

1515 Broadway,
New York, New York 10036
United States,
(212) 258-6000
www.viacom.com

Viacom, Inc. is a global media company which is home to a variety of entertainment brands that connect with audiences through compelling content across television, motion picture, online and mobile platforms in over 160 countries and territories. Viacom was founded in 2005 and is based in New York, New York.


M&A Summary

Buy vs Sell

Year ≤ '14 '15 '16 '17 '18 '19 T
Buy (0.8/yr) # 13 - 1 - 2 1 17
vol $22.6B $345M $23.0B
Sell (0.0/yr) # 3 - - - - - 3
vol $500M $500M
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Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
Pluto TV 2019-01-22 - Divestiture
Los Angeles, California · www.pluto.tv
AwesomenessTV 2018-07-28 - Add-on Acquisition
Los Angeles, California · www.awesomenesstv.com
WhoSay, Inc. 2018-01-08 - Add-on Acquisition
Germantown, New York · www.whosay.com
Televisión Federal S.A. 2016-11-15 345M USD Divestiture
Buenos Aires, Argentina · www.telefe.com
Channel 5 Broadcasting Ltd. 2014-09-10 757M USD Divestiture
London, United Kingdom · www.channel5.com
Defy Media LLC 2014-06-09 - Add-on Acquisition
New York, New York · www.alloydigital.com
Harmonix Music Systems, Inc. 2010-10-23 - Divestiture
Cambridge, Massachusetts · www.harmonixmusic.com
Harmonix Music Systems, Inc. 2006-09-22 175M USD Add-on Acquisition
Cambridge, Massachusetts · www.harmonixmusic.com
Atom Entertainment, Inc. 2006-08-09 200M USD Add-on Acquisition
San Francisco, California
Y2M 2006-08-01 - Add-on Acquisition
Boston, Massachusetts · www.y2m.com
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M&A by Sector

Sector Buy # Value Sell # Value
Media 10 (59%) 22.3B (97%) 2 (67%) 500M (100%)
Internet Software and Services 3 (18%) 360M (2%) - -
Marketing 2 (12%) - - -
Digital Media 1 (6%) 175M (1%) 1 (33%) -
Gaming 1 (6%) 102M (< 1%) - -
Total 17 $23.0B 3 $500M

By Geo

State/Country Buy Value Sell Value
United States 15 21.9B 2 -
  California 6 462M - -
  New York 4 9.8B - -
  Massachusetts 2 175M 1 -
  Texas 1 8.4B 1 -
  Florida 1 47M - -
  District of Columbia 1 3.0B - -
Argentina 1 345M - -
Canada - - 1 500M
  Ontario - - 1 500M
United Kingdom 1 757M - -
Domestic 15 (88%) 21.9B (95%) 2 (67%) -
Cross-border 2 (12%) 1.1B (5%) 1 (33%) 500M (100%)
Total 17 $23.0B 3 $500M

Top M&A Advisors

Financial Deals
UBS Investment Bank
1
M.E.S.A. Securities, Inc. (dba MESA Global)
1
Legal Deals
Shearman & Sterling LLP
2
Covington & Burling LLP
1
M. & M. Bomchil
1

Deal Values

buy # Total
> $1B 3 $21.2B
$100M to $1B 6 $1.7B
< $100M 1 $47M
TOTAL $23.0B
Largest Paramount Communications, Inc.
$9.8B (1994-02-16)
sell # Total
$100M to $1B 1 $500M
TOTAL $500M
Largest Famous Players, Inc.
$500M (2005-07-22)

M&A Connections

Deals
Acquired from
Investor(s)
6%
1 (6%)
Strategic(s)
18%
3 (18%)
Divested to
Investor(s)
33%
1 (33%)
Strategic(s)
33%
1 (33%)

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