• 08 Jun 2016

    SundaySky Raises $30 Million to Accelerate Leadership in Personalized Video Engagement Market

    NEW YORK – June 8, 2016 – SundaySky, powering personalized video engagement for leading brands, today announced it has completed its Series D financing round and raised an additional $30 million, bringing total investments in the company to $67 million. New investor Viola Private Equity led the round and was joined by existing investors Carmel Ventures, Globespan Capital Partners, Norwest Venture Partners, Comcast Ventures and others. NTT DOCOMO Ventures – the venture capital arm of NTT DOCOMO, Inc., Japan’s leading mobile operator and a SundaySky customer – also participated as a strategic investor. The funding will scale global growth and support continued product innovation and a rapidly expanding customer base as SundaySky builds upon its position as the pioneer in the personalized video engagement market.

    By 2020, SundaySky expects all Fortune 500 business-to-consumer companies will adopt data-driven, personalized video storytelling to engage with and communicate to their customers. SundaySky has seen year-over-year SmartVideo program growth of 130 percent and is on track to reach 1 billion cumulative SmartVideo views by the end of the year, as companies respond to growing consumer demand for relevant and personalized experiences. Enterprises that implement SmartVideo at one stage of the customer lifecycle – such as video billing, acquisition or onboarding – are now adopting it for multiple applications across their businesses for holistic SmartVideo strategies.

    The company is expanding its board of directors, adding two members with extensive leadership in building publicly traded technology companies. Following this round, Viola Private Equity General Partner Ayal Shiran will join the company’s board of directors. In addition, Rami Hadar, former president and CEO of Allot Communications Ltd. (NASDAQ, TASE: ALLT), will assume the role of executive chairman.

    “As the creator of the personalized video engagement market category, SundaySky has changed how brands interact with consumers, making one-to-one personalized communication possible,” said Ayal Shiran, general partner of Viola Private Equity. “With SundaySky’s proven technology, veteran executive team and impressive blue-chip customer list, the company is positioned to accelerate growth and advance its solution, now more than ever. We believe in SundaySky’s vision of personalized video becoming the primary engagement medium between a brand and an individual, and we look forward to working with the company to realize this future.”  

    Leading brands in telecommunications, e-commerce, insurance, banking, healthcare and other industries rely on SundaySky’s SmartVideo Platform to create personalized video experiences that change consumer behavior across the customer lifecycle, and drive return on investment. SmartVideo programs drive up to 20X incremental revenue growth, 22 percent reduction in customer churn, 20 percent reduction in customer care costs, lift digital adoption by 19 percent and an 18-point increase in Net Promoter Score.

    “This funding underscores the maturity of the personalized video engagement category, and SundaySky’s leadership in it,” said Shmulik Weller, SundaySky co-founder and CEO. “We’ve seen significant, rapid growth in adoption of SmartVideo as a strategy for leading global brands, and with the investment from Viola Private Equity, we will continue to execute on our mission of offering one-to-one communication through a storytelling medium that is highly targeted, measurable and scalable.”

    Additional SundaySky resources:

    ·        Blog: http://bit.ly/Scuwqp

    ·        Resource library: http://bit.ly/1OHOZQ1

    ·        Twitter: http://bit.ly/1wgr7XH

    ·        Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1ha670C

  • 18 Mar 2016

    Matomy Media Group Selected for Inclusion in Multiple Tase Indexes

    LONDON and TEL AVIV, Israel, March 18, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Matomy Media Group Ltd. (LSE: MTMY, TASE: MTMY.TA) (“Matomy” or the “Company”), a leading Provider of digital performance-based advertising, is pleased to announce that, following its admission to the Tel-Aviv Stock Exchange (“TASE”), its ordinary shares have been included in the TA Composite, TA MidCap, TA Tech Elite, TA BlueTech and TA Technology indices, effective on 15 March 2016. The Company’s shares will also qualify for inclusion in the TA MidCap-50 index from April 3, 2016.

    “Inclusion in these indexes represents another positive step toward increasing investor awareness of Matomy Media Group since our listing on the TASE in February this year,” commented Ofer Druker, CEO of Matomy. “We see this as an opportunity to broaden our shareholder base as we take steps to accelerate our growth strategy and build value for shareholders.”

    About Matomy Media Group Ltd.

    Matomy Media Group Ltd. (LSE: MTMY) is one of the world’s leading digital performance-based advertising companies, delivering results with advanced programmatic proprietary Technologiesincluding ad exchanges, SSPs and DSPs in mobile, video, domain monetization and email marketing.  Matomy provides a single gateway to all digital media channels, and combines internal media capabilities, big data analytics and advanced optimization technology to ensure quality leads and sales for its advertising clients and maximum monetization for its media partners. The media channels include mobile, video, dISPlay, social, email marketing, search marketing (SEM, SEO and ASO) and domain monetization.

  • 26 Feb 2016

    RR Media to Merge with SES Platform Services

    New company to be formed, creating a world-leading provider of innovative global media services and solutions

    All-Cash Transaction Values RR Media at $242 Million; $13.291 per share

    Airport City Business Park, Israel (February 26, 2016) - RR Media (NASDAQ: RRM), a leading provider of global digital media services to the broadcast and media industries, announced today that it has agreed to be acquired by SES (NYSE Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG) and will merge its activities with SES Platform Services (“SES PS”) to form a new world-leading provider of media solutions.

    SES will acquire a 100% ownership of RR Media, paying $13.291 per share, or a 52% premium to the closing price of the Company’s shares on February 25, 2016. This corresponds to an Enterprise Value of $242 million. The acquisition of RR Media by SES S.A. has been approved by the Boards of Directors of both companies, and is subject, among others, to regulatory approvals and the approval by the general meeting of shareholders of RR Media, which are expected to be completed in the second or third quarter of 2016.

    Once the transaction is completed, RR Media and SES PS will join forces to create a new, stand-alone world-leading media services provider. The new organisation will offer full continuity and enhanced service to SES PS and RR Media’s existing customers.

    The company will also provide customers with a comprehensive range of innovative video and media solutions on a global scale, with expanded services and the complementary capabilities of both RR Media and SES PS. This includes highly optimized content management and distribution solutions that utilize the combined network of both RR Media and SES PS. The newly formed company will be able to leverage its global content distribution network with optimized delivery over their multiple satellite positions, large fiber network and the Internet, in order to maximize audience reach and add new monetization capabilities.

    Avi Cohen, Chief Executive Officer of RR Media, said: “We believe the agreement with SES PS unlocks tremendous value for our shareholders, offering a 52% premium to our share price.  This valuation recognizes the success of the expansion and transition of our business over the past few years into a leading provider of digital media services.”

    Mr. Cohen continued: “With the combined infrastructure and industry expertise of SES Platform Services and RR Media, the new organization will have the capability to deliver innovative solutions to upper tier clients, emerging markets and global customers. RR Media’s growth strategy has focused on engaging an increased number of upper tier customers with a broader set of services and increasing the scale of our operations, which this merger accelerates.”

    Ayal Shiran, General Partner at Viola Private Equity, and Chairman of RR Media's Board of Directors, said: “The merger of SES PS and RR Media brings together two companies that have each excelled in the provision of digital media services. By uniting their comprehensive service portfolio, infrastructure and distribution network, they are set to truly become a global digital media services powerhouse, with an unparalleled offering for television broadcasters, production companies and platform operators.”

    Wilfried Urner, Chief Executive Officer of SES Platform Services, commented: “ RR Media has successfully developed the capability to manage and deliver premium content effectively, helping its customers to reach a global audience over multiple satellite, cable TV, IPTV, online and mobile platforms. SES, as the largest global platform for video in terms of reach and channels, adds global scale and considerable insights from the successful development of SES PS in Europe.”

    Ferdinand Kayser, Chairman of SES Platform Services, added: “This is an exciting acquisition and an important milestone in the execution of SES’s differentiated strategy focused on Globalisation, Verticalisation and Dematuring. The addition of RR Media further accelerates the globalisation of SES’s services businesses, establishing a world-leading next generation video and media service provider.”

    About RR Media

    RR Media (NASDAQ: RRM) works in partnership with the world’s leading media players to transform content into valuable media assets. RR Media’s complete ecosystem of digital media services maximize the potential of media and entertainment content, covering four main areas: smart global content distribution network with an optimized combination of satellite, fiber and the Internet; content management and channel origination; sports, news & live events; and online video services. RR Media provides scalable, converged digital media services to more than 1,000 broadcasters, content owners, sports leagues and right holders. Every day, the company manages and delivers over 24,000 hours of broadcast content, over 4,000 hours of online video and VOD content and over 350 hours of premium sports and live events. The company delivers content to 95% of the world’s population reaching viewers of multiplatform operators, VOD platforms, online video and direct-to-home services. Visit the company's website www.rrmedia.com.

    Safe Harbor Statement

    This press release contains forward looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements about the expected timing of the transaction, the satisfaction or waiver of any conditions to the proposed transaction, anticipated benefits, growth opportunities and other events relating to the proposed transaction, projections about RR Media’s business and its future revenues, expenses and profitability. These forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties and are based on current expectations, assumptions, estimates and projections about the companies and the industry as of the date of this press release. We undertake no obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent occurring events or circumstances, or to changes in our expectations, except as may be required by law. Forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated by the forward-looking statements, including (1) RR Media may be unable to obtain required regulatory approvals or satisfy other conditions to the closing of the proposed transaction; (2) the proposed transaction may involve unexpected costs, liabilities or delays; (3) the occurrence of any event, change or other circumstances that could give rise to the termination of the merger agreement; (4) the ability to recognize benefits of the proposed transaction; (5) risks that the proposed transaction disrupts current plans and operations and the potential difficulties in employee retention as a result of the proposed transaction; (6) impact of the transaction on relationships with customers, distributors and suppliers and (7) other risks to consummation of the transaction, including the risk that the transaction will not be consummated within the expected time period or at all, as well as the risks indicated in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). For more details, please refer to our SEC filings and the amendments thereto, including our Annual Report on Form 20-F for the year ended December 31, 2014 and our Current Reports on Form 6-K.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

    In connection with the proposed transaction, RR Media intends to mail a proxy statement to its shareholders and furnish a copy of the proxy statement with the SEC on Form 6-K. Shareholders of RR Media are urged to read the proxy statement and the other relevant material when they become available because they will contain important information about RR Media, SES, the proposed transaction and related matters. Shareholders are urged to carefully read the proxy statement and other relevant materials when they become available before making any voting or investment decision with respect to the proposed transaction. The proxy statement (when available) may be obtained for free at the SEC's website at  www.sec.gov . In addition, the proxy statement will be available, without charge, at RR Media's website at  www.rrmedia.com .

    This press release is neither a solicitation of proxy, an offer to purchase nor a solicitation of an offer to sell shares of RR Media. 

    Corporate Contact:

    Elad Manishviz, CMO

    Tel: +1 201 655 7245

    marketing@rrmedia.com

    Media Contact:

    Marilyn Gerber, Cutler PR

    Tel: +1 917 225 2977

    marilyn@cutlerpr.co

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Founded in 2008, Viola Private Equity provides an opportunity for growth stage companies to raise the capital they need to develop and expand. Viola Private Equity focuses on value creation in its portfolio companies and utilizes its strong management team to accelerate the growth of these companies. By providing direct capital investment, combined with strong leadership support, it propels portfolio companies forward, turning recognized companies into global technology leaders. The Viola Private Equity team has vast experience in working with management teams to build organic and non-organic growth plans, scale operations, strengthen management teams and aim to create business partnerships with global leaders. Our team searches for established companies that have strong product differentiation, a potential for leadership, a technological advantage and top-tier management teams. Viola Private Equity provides substantial equity commitment along with strong leadership to accompany its implementation. The general partners of the fund have led exits both through public offerings on NASDAQ and through significant M&A transactions in the US and Europe. Members of our team are proactively involved in each of our portfolio companies. We have guided many companies to global financial success. We work with our companies to formulate strategy in order to achieve superior returns. Above all, we believe in a culture of transparency, integrity and hard work, both within our fund and within our portfolio companies.

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    • Zend and Microsoft Announce Strategic Partnership for Microsoft Azure

      Focus on Accelerating Developer Cloud Adoption for WordPress, Drupal and PHP Applications 
    • Zend Announces the Future of PHP Frameworks: Zend Framework 3

      New Next-Generation PHP-based Application Framework for Web and Mobile Applications Unveiled
    • Matomy Media Group Reports 2014 Full-Year Financial Results

      Strong operational and financial performance — poised for further growth
    • RR Media Reports Record Revenues of $33.1 Million for the Third Quarter 2014; Up 8.2% Year-Over-Year

      Quarterly Gross and Operating Margins Improve Sequentially; Management Reiterates Full-Year Revenue Guidance
    • Orad and KamaKama deliver on-demand real time video highlights from live sports events in seconds to smart mobile devices

      Orad and KamaKama announced today they have joined forces to provide sports content right holders and broadcasters a cutting edge platform to deliver instant and personalized sports’ clips to their mobile viewers. With the new platform, sports fans will benefit from the ultimate on-the-go viewing experience: exclusive personalized video highlights from live sports events available for immediate viewing on smart mobile devices in real time, based on users’ settings. - See more at: http://www.orad.tv/orad-and-kamakama-deliver-on-demand-real-time-video-highlights#sthash.7IVcfL8g.dpuf
    • France BFMTV relied on Orad’s PowerWall video wall solution for 2014 Municipal Elections

      Orad announced today that BFMTV – France’s leading 24/7 news channel relied on Orad’s PowerWall video wall solution to display linear graphics and videos during 2014 Municipal elections broadcast. The graphics and videos were controlled from Orad’s 3DPlay controller.
    • Zend Broadens Executive Team With President to Support Accelerated Growth

      Stu Schmidt Brings 25+ Years of Leadership Experience and Demonstrated Success in Scaling Global Business Operations.
    • RRsat Enhances Presence in United States to Better Serve Growing

      RRsat America Brings Media Management, Monetization and Global Content
      Distribution Services to the U.S. Market, Opening Opportunities for International
      and U.S. Media Companies Alike
    • Zend announces the availability of Zend Framework 2 Certification

      Zend announces the availability of Zend Framework 2 Certification

       Zend, the PHP Company, has announced the immediate availability of the Zend Framework 2 Certified Architect certification. Zend Framework is the leading open source PHP application framework, utilized in hundreds of thousands of applications globally, and one of the world's most successful projects, providing re-usable code and best practices that developers can use to create modern, high-performing web applications.
      Featuring over 10,000 certified software professionals worldwide, Zend Certifications have become the acknowledged industry standard enabling developers, and software development organizations, to demonstrate mastery of their PHP skills. Zend Certifications are built to American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standards.

      The Zend Framework 2 Certified Architect exam was developed by an expert advisory board led by Zend Framework’s Project Lead, Matthew Weier O'Phinney, and a team of Zend Framework 2 contributors, developer community leaders and engineers with practical experience building real-world applications.
      “We have heard from many developers that studying for, and obtaining, a Zend certification helps developers improve their skills through the process of exam preparation.” said Debbie Otterstetter, Senior manager of Global Training and Certification at Zend, “Taking and studying for these certification exams can really help a developer get a wide understanding of the full range of PHP's & Zend Framework capabilities.”
      Zend has introduced two new certification exams in the last six months, Zend Certified PHP Engineer and Zend Framework Certified Architect. “PHP, driven by its large developer community and vast ecosystem, has become the platform of choice for developing the backend of web and mobile applications, as well as many business critical enterprise apps “said Ido Benmoshe, VP of Global Services at Zend, “Many developers and development managers realize the importance of keeping current with their technical certifications, best practices and modern development techniques”.
      Reservations for the Zend Framework 2 Certified Architect exams are available at the PearsonVUE testing centers starting on March 6th.

      In order to aid developers enhance and master their PHP and Zend Framework skills, Zend has created a complete curriculum of classes expediting the learning process. All classes are designed and taught by professional, experienced PHP developers who understand how to equip you with the knowledge and tools to architect and develop professional PHP and Zend Framework applications. You can find the complete set of classes at: http://www.zend.com/training

      Attend the Webinar: Accelerate Your Career with Zend Certifications
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    • RRSAT Reports Record Revenues of $32.5 Million For the fourth quarter 2013 ; up 10.5% year-over-year

      Record Full-Year Revenues of $121.8 Million, Up 7.4% from Year-Ago Period;
      Record High Next 12-Month Backlog of $92 Million
    • NTV+ picks Orad's graphics for their Sochi Winter Olympic coverage

      NTV+, Russia's digital satellite broadcaster, has chosen Orad to cover the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games. NTV+, the host broadcasters for the Sochi Olympics who have domestic broadcasting rights for the entire event, will be using multiple Orad graphic solutions to facilitate and simplify their production workflow.

    • Zend Announces Enhanced Long-Term Support Policy for PHP

      New Zend Server 6.3, Zend Studio 10.6 Announced, Along With Extended Support for PHP 5.3 and Beyond

    • RRsat Wins a Tender to Broadcast Duna TV, Hungarian Public TV Channel and Radio, to Americas and Australia

      Contract is for $1.2 Million with Potential Expansion to $2.5 Million

    • Matomy Media Group Merges MediaWhiz into global Operations

      Performance media company MediaWhiz will now operate as U.S. hub of global firm Matomy
    • RRSAT delivers live and delayed coverage of 2013 winter universiade events to CBS sports network

      Collaboration with TGVN to Deliver Coverage Reprises Successful Live Broadcast by RRsat of 2013 Summer Universiade

    • RRsat posts $1.1M net income in Q3 2013

       

      Nov 13, 2013 (Menafn - M2 EQUITYBITES via COMTEX) --RRsat Global Communications Network Ltd RRST, a provider of comprehensive digital content management and global content distribution services to the broadcasting industry, on Tuesday reported GAAP net income of USD1.1m, or USD0.06 per diluted share, for the third quarter of 2013, ended 30 September 2013.


    • Viola Private Equity Acquires control of Gaon Holdings

      Viola invested NIS 70 million and became the Company’s largest shareholder (57%).

      Within the framework of the deal, Viola also received options which, when realized, will bring Viola’s holdings in the Company to 68.5%. The realization of the options will inject additional cash into the Company in the future.

    • The Viola Group Acquires 20% of the Israeli company RRsat for $28 Million

      THE INVESTMENT GROUP SIGNED AGREEMENTS TO ACQUIRE PART OF KARDAN COMMUNICATIONS’ AND DAVID RIVEL’S HOLDINGS IN THE COMPANY. THE COMPANY IS TRADED ON NASDAQ AND PROVIDES MANAGEMENT AND CONTENT DISTRIBUTION SERVICES TO MORE THAN 630 TELEVISION AND RADIO STATIONS IN ISRAEL AND ABROAD * BEIT-ON, A FOUNDER OF THE VIOLA GROUP: “THE COMPANY HAS SIGNIFICANT GROWTH POTENTIAL, BOTH ORGANICALLY AND THROUGH THE ACQUISITION OF OTHER COMPANIES
    • Corning Incorporated to Acquire MobileAccess

      Corning Incorporated to Acquire MobileAccess Acquisition to extend wireless technology platform within Corning’s telecommunications segment
    • Viola Private Equity Invests $7 million in Zend Technologies

      Viola Private Equity Invests $7 million in Zend TechnologiesLeads a $16.5 million Investment Round Intended to Fuel Growth of PHP Market Leader
    • Viola Private Equity invests $17 million to acquire 21% of Matomy Media Group (previously Adsmarket)

      Adsmarket, an established internet advertising company, is the third largest company in Europe in this field and employs around 140 people, mainly in Israel. The Company, founded in 2007, recorded sales of $80M in 2010, compared to $7M in 2007.
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    Fund Size:

    Viola Private Equity I – $164M
  • #02

    Stage of companies:

    Expansion phase
  • #03

    Areas of investment:

    New media, Software, Communications, Cleatech/Agritech, Med-Tech and Technology-Enabled Services
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    Selection Criteria:

    Technology-oriented

    Scalable management team
    Existing business model with a path to profitability

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    Israeli related companies
    Operating in global markets
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