High valuations for messaging providers: $19bn and 593.7x

Rachel Muzyczka

Today Facebook Inc. announced its acquisition of fast-growing start-up WhatsApp for a total transaction value of $19 billion. With 450 million users and less than 100 employees, the WhatsApp acquisition is yet another example of the high valuations that mobile messaging application providers can garner from acquirers. Earlier this month Rakuten, a Tokyo-headquartered online retailer of consumer goods as well …

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Hampleton’s new Digital Marketing 2H 2013 Report is now available!

Rachel Muzyczka

2013 was a good year for digital marketing M&A, activity increased in the second half, with transactions up 19% on the first six months. Higher transaction counts combined with strong valuations throughout 2013 pushed up the median revenue multiple for the entire last two and half years to 4.4x. There were many notable deals that took place in this focus …

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