1. Articles in category: Acquisition

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    1. NBCU Completes Acquisition Of 26 Percent Stake In NDTV Networks For $150 million

      NDTV Networks has informed the BSE that the group has have successfully concluded their strategic partnership initiative with NBC Universal (NYSE: GE). NBCU has taken an indirect stake in 26 percent of NDTV Networks PLC for $150 million. More importantly - NBCU has the option, in two years, to increase their stake in the holding Company of Networks PLC to 50%, with the NDTV group holding an equal 50% stake. This appears to be a change from the earlier statement, according to which "NBCU affiliates would also have the option of acquiring upto 50 percent stake in the NDTV Networks Plc ...
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    2. RCom In 45 Day Exclusive Talks With MTN; Not Merger, Not Acquisition?

      Looks like it's a swayamvar for MTN, right? After negotiations with Bharti-Airtel broke down, it appears that MTN is now in talks with Reliance Communications. RCom has informed (pdf)the BSE that the ADA Group telco has entered into exclusive negotiations for a period of upto 45 days, for "a potential combination of their businesses". Sounds like they're in talks for a possible merger, like was the case with Bharti, but strangely, CNBC-TV18 reports, quoting sources, that they're not discussing either merger or acquisition. Then, what? A possible joint venture? Readers will remember that Bharti Airtel pulled ...
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    3. Snapfish acquires Merasnap

      HP's Online Photo sharing and printing company Snapfish has acquired Indian startup Merasnap in an all cash deal. The amount was not disclosed. Merasnap had 100,000 customers and their accounts will be migrated to Snapfish very soon.As a part of the acquisition, Merasnap customers will get FREE print for 30 snaps and thereafter Rs 2.95 / snap. Zoom.In and Picsquare are the other two leading players in this vertical in India.
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    4. UTV Completes Acquisition Of 80 Percent Stake In IT Nation

      UTV has completed the acquisition of IMPL, the company that owns IT Nation, via its wholly owned subsidiary United New Media Ventures Ltd (UNMVL), the company has informed the BSE. As per the notice, IMPL is a consumer and trade focused publication - an "Online Technology Infomediary", focused on the target group betwen 15-35. UNMVL will own 80 percent stake in IMPL - a majority stake. IMPL owns TechTree.com, CXOToday.com, Enterpriser.in, ChannelTimes.com and magazine360.com, targeting consumer and business tech. The UTV-IMPL combo faces competition from 9.9 Media, which acquired Jasubhai Digital Media (hence Digit, CTO Forum ...
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    5. Why SnapFish’s acquisition of MeraSnap doesn’t mean much

      Why SnapFish’s acquisition of MeraSnap doesn’t mean much
      MeraSnap has been acquired by Snapfish and while this could be termed as the first successful web2.0 exit, I really don’t think that’s the case. MeraSnap’s business model wasn’t really different from several other online photo printing service and if you look at their Alexa’s traffic (I know Alexa is not even close to correct, but let’s look at relative traffic), MeraSnap stands on the lowest section of the traffic graph. I believe it was more of "this is not going anywhere, lets move on" sale and that’s why the merasnap founders ...
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    6. Educomp Acquires 51% Stake in Learning.com. Pays Rs. 105 Cr. A look at Online Tutoring in India as a PPO Service

      Delhi-based Educomp Solutions has acquired a 51 per cent stake in US-based web-delivered curriculum provider, Learning.com for around Rs 105 crore. The deal includes the purchase of existing shares as well as an infusion of new capital into the company. This is Educomp’s second strategic investment after the acquisition of Singapore-based Ask n Learn — [...]
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    7. AT&T And Other Foreign Telcos Finding It Difficult To Enter Indian Telecom Market

      An article in WSJ outlines the issues that foreign telcos are facing while trying to enter the Indian market: the article says that AT&T (NYSE: T) is frustrated with the red tape in India, and recent M&A guidelines don't make things easier. The problems: valuations of larger Indian telecom operators are through the roof, so smaller regional players like Spice Communications and Aircel, or new entrants like Videocon (which has yet to launch services) are less expensive. But M&A guidelines prevent mergers that bring number of operators in a region to less than four, so consolidation ...
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    8. HP’s Photo Printing Site Snapfish Acquires Merasnap.com

      Probably this is the beginning of consolidation in the Indian web 2.0 space. Snapfish.com, Hewlett & Packard-owned online photo printing site, has acquired an Indian online photo printing website MeraSnap.com. The acquisition amount is not revealed. MeraSnap is a subsidiary of Knowledgeworkz Consulting, an information management company based in Bangalore, which provides email newsletter management [...]
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    9. HP's SnapFish Acquires MeraSnap In India; "It's A Customer Acquisition" Says SnapFish MD

      HP-owned SnapFish has acquired MeraSnap.com, one among many is the nascent online photo finishing space. MeraSnap was one of the unfunded players in this segment, which includes KPCP & Sherpalo Ventures funded ZoomIn, Sequoia Capital and Seed Fund funded Printo, Picsquare (funding from 3 Angel Investors), iTasveer with a deal with Windows Vista, and a bunch of others like eYaadein, RangeelaPhotos, PhotoMasti, 123shots etc. At present, the MeraSnap site redirects users to SnapFish.in. The value of the deal has not been disclosed. I spoke to Bala Parthasarthy, one of the founders of SnapFish and Managing Director, AsiaPac and Latin ...
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    10. Talisma acquired by nGenera - Consolidation is in the air?

      The two bigwigs of the pre-bust era have been acquired - certainly a big news for Indian product companies. 1. Talisma has been acquired by nGenera The deal size is not yet known but am sure Talisma got the deserved valuation. nGenera will incorporate the complete Talisma CIM suite of applications as a set of composite on-demand applications into its customer offering - Talisma’s product suite will be integrated with nGenera’s web2.0 , SaaS offering that includes collaboration tools like blogs, discussion threads, wikis, interest groups etc. 2. Old news, but fits the context - MindTree acquired majority stake in Aztecsoft ...
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    11. Indian B-School teachers lack basic awareness

      This may come as a shocker to you, but nearly 90% of the faculties imparting business programs at Indian B-Schools are not aware of the basic facts about the national and the global economy such as GDP growth rate numbers. If this is what is the intellectual plight of MBA teachers, think about the level of knowledge our MBA students will have. While Indian business institutes are increasingly getting popular internationally, this revelation by ASSOCHAM Business Barometer (ABB) Survey comes as a shocker ! The ASSOCHAM Study on “Faculty Awareness” surveyed 258 faculty members (except top 30 B-schools) of various institutes ...
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    12. Exclusive WATShow with Prashant Mehta from Yahoo! on Yahoo Search Marketing, The Tyroo Investment & Microsoft Deal After Effects

      WATShow is Back! This week we catch up with Prashant Mehta - VP and Head of the Advertiser and Partner Group for Emerging Markets at Yahoo!   Prashant was in India to launch Yahoo! Search Marketing recently and we caught up with him to ask him about a couple of things:   Yahoo! recently acquired a stake in Tyroo. How does the New [...]
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    13. Buongiorno Launches Mobile Advertising Solution in India

      Buongiorno (Hong Kong) Limited, global leader in Digital Mobile Entertainment providing Mobile Value Added Services and Digital Marketing Services, is all set to introduce its latest mobile advertising solutions in India. Buongiorno Group, which owns 60% of the digital marketing business in a joint venture with Mitsui, the Japanese trading conglomerate, has indicated that it expects [...]
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    14. Acquisition roundup: OnMobile acquires French company, Educomp acquires 51% in learning.com

      OnMobile has acquired 100% stake in Telisma SA, speech recognition software provider. OnMobile’s multimodal platform product has inbuilt voice recognition technologies as well as SMS, MMS and location-to-host applications. It offers a suite of multimodal applications which have been deployed by leading wireless operators. OnMobile’s international business accounted for 15 per cent of its total revenues of Rs 70 crore in the fourth quarter fiscal 2008. [source] Educomp Acquires 51% In Learning.com For $24.5 Million E-learning solutions provider Educomp Solutions has invested $24.5 million for acquiring 51% stake in US-based Learning.com, a provider of ...
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    15. Educomp Acquires 51% In Learning.com For $24.5 Million

      Educomp Solutions Ltd, the publicly listed IT-based learning company, continues with its aquisitive led growth. The Delhi-based company has acquired a 51 per cent stake in Learning.com, a US-based provider of web-delivered curriculum and assessment, for $24.5 million. The deal includes the purchase of existing shares as well as an infusion of new capital into [...]
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    16. IndiaMart Revenues At Rs. 38 Crores; TradeIndia Has 700,000 Registered Users

      Some data on online B2B marketplaces from the current issue of Outlook Business. The story estimates that B2B marketplaces account for $15-20 billion of transactions of a total $100 Billion online B2B business. This $100 Billion figure has been mentioned in the past, but there's nothing on the source. The listing for these marketplaces range between Rs. 3000-13000 per year. No source for this information has been given. The following are the numbers on two of the companies mentioned: -- Indiamart has claimed revenues of Rs. 38 crores (almost $10 million), with a topline that has been growing by 50 ...
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    17. Saket Agarwal Appointed CEO Of Cellebrum

      Saket Agarwal has been made the CEO of Spice group company Spice Mobile VAS/Cellebrum, reports EFY Times. A fairly significant player in the Cellebrum ranks, Agarwal was the COO of the company prior to the promotion. As per Cellebrum's website, he's been in the telecom field for over 15 years, and "has done his Electronics Engineering & Masters (Honours) in Physics from BITS Pilani". Agarwal blogs here. Cellebrum had planned for an IPO last fiscal, and that was apparently shelved. The company is backed MCorpGlobal (of the BK Modi Group), and received $15 million as first- round funding ...
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    18. OnMobile Acquires France's Telisma S.A.

      OnMobile Global, India's VAS major, has acquired France based speech recognition software provider Telisma S.A. As per the earnings call we had covered recently, OnMobile had indicated two acquisitions, the first within the next two quarters. A comment in the Earnings post by Vas-Guy stated OnMobile will "claim" and buy many more companies to "acquire revenues", anybody willing to hedge their bets on the next acquisition? We will update this space once financial details are received. OnMobile Global shares rose by 1.56% to close at 646.55. Related Earnings Call: OnMobile To Acquire 2 Companies This Fiscal ...
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    19. Vaporware: Zapak Talking To Six U.S. and Chinese Companies on Acquisition

      Zapak is indulging in vapor talk again: Anil Ambani-owned gaming firm Zapak Digital Entertainment says it is in talks with about six gaming companies in U.S. and China for acquisition. "Discussions are on with two Chinese companies, and 3-4 US firms," Zapak COO Rohit Sharma told TOI...of course this could come to nothing, still, and this could just be a PR maneuver. One interesting thing though: it says these deals would not likely be full buyout but may be majority stake-buys.
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