BIG Completes Acquisition of Hospitality Vertical from The Intermedia GroupSydney, Sep 29, 2017 AEST (ABN Newswire) - Big Un Limited (ASX:BIG) (or the Company) is pleased to announce that it has completed the acquisition of the Hospitality vertical from The Intermedia Group (TIG). The acquisition provides BIG with advertising and sponsorship revenue of $6m per annum and a direct relationship with over 65,000 Australian businesses.
The acquisition provides BIG with the largest share of voice in the Australian B2B Hospitality sector. Publications included in the acquisition cover a range of print and online titles for the Hospitality (restaurants, cafés, pubs, bars), Accommodation and Liquor/Drinks sector. With first mover advantage in the video subscription and content commerce space, BIG intends to fully monetize this opportunity through:
- The sale of video subscriptions to the Hospitality B2B customer base
- Offering sponsorship and advertising of specialist Food/Drink Review Shows to larger advertisers
- The provision of video-embedded booking widgets for hotels and restaurants
- BIG's unique video review app providing consumer data
- Plus other Hospitality related, value added products and services.
Key Vertical Market
BIG Access to Restaurants, Bars & Hotels
Intermedia's Hospitality vertical includes 10 B2B print/digital publications, and 7 specialist industry events. Combined, these give BIG access to the following:
- 65,000 unique businesses
- 100,000 individual digital subscribers
- 63,000 individual print subscribers
- 51,000 social followers
- 136,000 unique website visitors (per month)
- 4000 event attendees/delegates
The acquisition also provides BIG with established relationships with large brand advertisers. Established advertising clients include:
Stoddart (restaurant equipment)
Treasury Wine Estates
Host Plus (Superannuation)
Enhancing Traditional Media with Video Technology
As part of the strategy to dominate the Australian Hospitality market, all Hospitality businesses will be on-boarded and given BIG's auto-generated video technology and offered video subsciption packages. Larger advertisers and event attendees will be offered access to BIG's video marketing content, and its advertising and sponsorship packages. The Company anticipates the roll out of auto-generated video to at least 65,000 businesses that will provide the opportunity for a significantly enhanced product uptake.
Influencing Industry Leaders
The acquisition includes leading industry events in the Australian Hospitality sector, giving BIG access to industry leaders, influencers and decision makers. Events include:
- Hotel Management Awards
- Australasian Hotel Industry & Conference Exhibition (AHICE)
- Australian Liquor Industry Awards (ALIA)
- The Restaurant Leaders Summit
- The Pub Leaders Summit
Issue of 2.67m shares at $0.90c
The acquisition is based upon a valuation of $4m which is 4 x EBITDA. The transaction includes the issue of 2.67m BIG shares at a value of $0.90c issued as follows:
- 50% at completion
- A further 50% issued after 12 months
It should be noted that the share price at the time of execution of the term sheet was $0.72 and therefore the transaction was agreed at a 25% premium to market price.
All shares will be placed in escrow for 12 months.
Proposed Cash Component
The Company will also make payment of $1.6m over a 12-month period partly contingent upon achievement of the revenue target of $6m.
Richard Evertz CEO of BIG Un Limited commented, "The global hotel and hospitality sector represents a huge opportunity for BIG to bring video to the industry. BIG's latest acquisition of Intermedia's Hospitality business consolidates our first mover advantage in Australia and provides the Company with unparalleled access to the Australian food and Hospitality sector. The acquisition is in line with our global growth strategy and enhances BIG's Australian revenue opportunities whilst giving the Company a deeper relationship with both SMEs and large international advertisers in this vertical."
Structured Growth with Revenue
In line with the Company's global growth strategy, the benefits of this agreement to the Company are as follows:
- Immediate additional advertising revenue of AU$6m per annum
- Established relationships with large advertising clients
- Ownership of a large customer base of Australian Hospitality subscribers
- Significant market penetration
The acquisition of the Hospitality vertical, combined with the recent acquisition of BHA Media and the Company's current SME video subscribers gives BIG over 110,000 Australian SME customers.
Simon Grover Managing Director of The Intermedia Group commented: "This is another exciting acquisition for both parties. Online video is a key business marketing, sales, and advertising tool. BIG is at the forefront of this trend. We have experienced a very positive reaction from our advertisers and audiences following BIG's acquisition of the hair and beauty vertical from us earlier this year. We are excited at the further potential offered by merging our hospitality business with BIG and being able to offer our SMEs and advertisers access to video content and technology."
About Big Un Ltd
Big Un Ltd (ASX:BIG) is the parent company of Big Review TV Ltd. Big Review TV are innovative disruptors in the online video space delivering subscription based video technology products and services. The Company has operations across Australia and in New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States, Hong Kong, Singapore and Vancouver and was listed on the ASX in December 2014.
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