ACTON, Mass., May 12, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Multiscreen innovator SeaChange International, Inc. (NASDAQ:SEAC) today announced its acquisition of DCC Labs, a Warsaw, Poland-based set-top and multiscreen device software developer and integrator, to advance SeaChange’s set-top, multiscreen subscriber device and application strategies. The transaction closed on May 6, 2016 and SeaChange paid approximately $8 million in cash and SeaChange stock for DCC Labs. DCC Labs is expected to contribute an additional several million dollars of revenue annually to SeaChange. The transaction is expected to be accretive in fiscal 2017, as well as provide an anticipated one-year payback through synergies and cost savings that SeaChange will begin to realize immediately. The transaction includes a lock-up provision for the SeaChange stock that unwinds over a three-year period.
DCC Labs was owned in part by 7bulls.com Sp. z o.o., a private group of software development and integration companies focused on delivering advanced technologies and IT solutions for large enterprises throughout the Americas, Asia and Europe in a range of industries including finance, automotive, retail and media.
DCC Labs, with over 70 engineers, has commercially deployed projects supporting millions of set-tops, mobile devices and smart TVs, representing development expertise that spans the television service provider industry’s Reference Design Kit (RDK), as well as Android and Linux operating systems.
In 2015, SeaChange engaged DCC Labs to support a major set-top development project for a large European cable operator, resulting in deployment of a user interface and an RDK 2.1-based home video gateway for field trial tests within four months of engagement. Subsequently, SeaChange engaged DCC Labs to assist with improving quality and providing enhancements for another European cable operator’s deployed home video gateway.
“Through our successful collaboration in the field, SeaChange determined that DCC Labs’ experience and strengths are exceptionally well-aligned with our strategy to operate more efficiently and rapidly roll out high-value, front-end product innovations,” said Ed Terino, CEO, SeaChange. “SeaChange is now better positioned to serve the global RDK licensee community, as well as fulfilling service providers’ growing desire to focus on a select set of vendors to support their video infrastructure from the back-end all the way through to set-tops, mobile devices and the subscriber experience.”
The acquisition of DCC Labs enables SeaChange to optimize the operations of its In Home business, developer of deployed software solutions including the SeaChange Nucleus home video gateway. In conjunction with the acquisition of DCC Labs, SeaChange commenced a workforce reduction within its In Home engineering and services organization, which is anticipated to achieve $8 million in annualized cost savings. DCC Labs CEO Marek Kielczewski, who has led that company through a period of growth since 2009, has transitioned to the role of Senior Vice President of Consumer Premises Equipment (CPE) Software and will lead SeaChange In Home.
Marek Kielczewski commented, “Through its end-to-end offering and platform-agnostic approach, SeaChange has uniquely rolled up capabilities to empower service providers to go to market faster with new services and enhancements, and to reduce their total cost of ownership of advanced set-top and multiscreen clients.”
“7bulls.com Group's strategy includes entering into strategic alliances with carefully selected partners and investors. Nevertheless, the firm and unwavering interest shown by SeaChange in one of our companies has brought us unexpected and great satisfaction,” said Konrad Wawruch, CEO, 7bulls.com. “SeaChange, being a global player, offers the DCC Labs team greater capacity for development and a significant increase in the scale of their presence in the global market, something that team fully deserves.”
In addition to enhancing SeaChange’s capabilities for software development and integration through project management to testing, the DCC Labs acquisition brings market-ready products, including an optimized television software stack for Europe’s DVB (Digital Video Broadcasting) community and an HTML5 framework for building future-proof user interfaces for CPE devices.
SeaChange will feature its open software solutions for content management, delivery, monetization and subscriber experience at industry conferences including INTX 2016 (May 16-18, Boston), ANGAcom (June 7-9, Cologne), OTT Exec Summit (June 15, New York City) and NCTC Independent Show (July 24-27, Orlando). Visit http://www.schange.com/company/events to book a demonstration.
About SeaChange International
Enabling our customers to deliver billions of premium video streams across a matrix of pay-TV and OTT platforms, SeaChange (Nasdaq:SEAC) empowers service providers, broadcasters, content owners and brand advertisers to entertain audiences, engage consumers and expand business opportunities. As a three-time Emmy award-winning organization with 23 years of experience, we give media businesses the content management, delivery, measurement and analytics capabilities they need to craft an individualized branded experience for every viewer that sets the pace for quality and value worldwide. Visit www.schange.com.
About 7bulls.com Group
Since 1993, 7bulls.com Group has been providing services involving the implementation and integration of information systems as well as the creation of complex IT solutions, equipping international corporations from North America, South America, Asia, Western and Central Europe with modern advanced technology. The companies from the 7bulls.com Group have specialized in providing solutions for firms from the financial, publishing and automotive industries as well as for the media and sales networks. 7bulls.com group has formed strategic partnerships with many large and established players such as MIRAKL, SAP Hybris, Clear2Pay (FIS Group) and the Qualiac Group. The offices in Warsaw, Torun and Paris are currently staffed by over 150 people. Visit www.7bulls.com.
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