SeaChange Announces Agreement to Acquire Timeline Labs

December 22, 2014

ACTON, Mass.SeaChange International, Inc. (NASDAQ: SEAC), a leading global multiscreen video software innovator, today announced that it has entered into a binding agreement to acquire TLL, LLC which does business as Timeline Labs.  Timeline Labs is a privately-owned, California-based SaaS company that enables local broadcasters, local and national news organizations, cable news channels and other media companies and brands to analyze social media messages in real-time, find and broadcast newsworthy social trends and insights, and measure viewing audience engagement across television, mobile and PC.  Timeline’s customers include FOX Television Stations, Sinclair, Media General and Tribune broadcast television stations, as well as online providers like 120Sports.com.

Under the terms of the definitive agreement, SeaChange will pay $14 million in cash, $8 million in shares of SeaChange stock, and up to an additional $2.5 million in deferred performance-based consideration payable in shares of SeaChange stock.  This payment will be based on financial targets for Timeline Labs over a two-year period with payment upon achievement of these metrics occurring annually.  For fiscal 2016, the transaction is anticipated to be neutral to SeaChange’s non-GAAP earnings per share.  The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to close on February 2, 2015.  All Timeline Labs employees, including the CEO and senior leadership team, will join SeaChange as part of the transaction.  In addition, SeaChange has agreed to name one person designated by Timeline Labs’ equityholders to the SeaChange board of directors, effective as of closing of the transaction. 

Timeline Labs provides a rapidly deployed content management platform that enables its customers to discover, curate and display geographically targeted news stories that are trending across social media sites (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.) with visualizations that are ready for air on television and over-the-top.  Timeline’s major investors include former executives of television networks ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC, Sinclair Broadcast Group, and Guggenheim Digital Media.  

SeaChange CEO Jay Samit stated, “Timeline Labs’ success demonstrates that social media can be captured for the advantage of the television industry, bringing concrete, new value by truly reflecting and serving the current mindset of their specific audiences.  While the broadcast segment represents an accretive growth opportunity for SeaChange, the Timeline Labs platform will allow us to extend the social news paradigm to multiscreen television service providers, so they can easily launch ready-made and differentiated live or on-demand content packages tailored to the interests of their subscribers.”

Timeline Labs CEO Malcolm CasSelle added, “Unlike its competitors, Timeline Labs provides best-of-breed search capabilities across multiple social networks to surface breaking and trending news for top media organizations.  It also features visualization tools that let broadcasters and other news teams do what they do best: tell stories and break news.  Our teaming with SeaChange is an exciting stage for Timeline Labs.  We anticipate cross-selling opportunities that will help us to extend our platform to new customers including multiscreen and OTT service providers in new geographies.”

Through their shared focus on innovating to enhance television service providers’ effectiveness, SeaChange and Timeline Labs began collaborating to enable the NewCoin local TV audience measurement venture announced last week with FOX Television Stations, Tribune Media and Univision.  NewCoin’s mission is to harness the data-gathering power of currently available and emerging technologies in order to create a broader based measurement tool that will accurately measure audiences across the entire spectrum of linear and digital platforms.

SeaChange will meet with television service providers and content owners during the National Association of Television Programming Executives Conference (NATPE 2015, Miami, January 20-22) and the National Cable Television Cooperative’s Winter Education Conference (San Antonio, January 26-27).  Go to www.schange.com/company/events to book a demonstration appointment.

About SeaChange International
Ranked among the top 250 software companies in the world, SeaChange International, Inc. (NASDAQ: SEAC) enables transformative multiscreen video services through an open, cloud-based, intelligent software platform trusted by cable, telco and mobile operators globally.  Personalized and fully monetized video experiences anytime on any device, in the home and everywhere, are the product of the Company’s superior multiscreen, advertising and video gateway software products.

SeaChange’s customers include many of the world’s most powerful media brands including all major cable operators in the Americas and Europe, and the largest telecom companies in the world. Headquartered in Acton, Massachusetts, SeaChange is TL 9000 certified and has product development, support and sales offices around the world.  Visit www.schange.com.


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