Dutch telecoms firm Altice has announced the acquisition of online video ad marketplace Teads in a €285m ($308m) deal.
Set up in 2011, Teads is credited with inventing outstream video advertising. It claims to offer an audience of over 1.2 billion unique visitors, including 720 million on mobile.
In 2016, Teads’ annual gross revenue reached an estimated €187.7m ($203m), up 44% year-on-year.
In a statement, Altice said the deal is expected to provide “immediate commercial and financial benefits” to its international advertising business – worth more than €700m ($757m) annually – In particular through the access to Teads’ first-party data in the US and France.
Teads senior management, including founder Pierre Chappaz and chief executive Bertrand Quesada, will remain with the business following the acquisition, which is expected to close in mid-2017.
Altice chief executive Michel Combes said: “Convergence of telecoms, content, and advertising is at the core of our business. There is significant incremental value to be generated from our assets.
“Teads, a powerful business in itself, with major presence in Altice footprint notably in the US and France, will enable us to offer a truly unique value proposition to brands and agencies on the one hand and the media industry, programmers and distributors on the other.”
Chappaz added: “We are excited to start this new phase of Teads and become part of the internationally renowned Altice team. Since our inception we have strived to offer our clients with superior advertising solutions based on measurable performance and technological innovation.
“As part of Altice, we will be able to offer even more tailored, data-driven solutions and take our value proposition from the digital world to a multiscreen platform, which includes TV, digital, mobile and tablets.”