Miranda Technologies acquires IT-based playout pioneer OmniBus Systems
The all cash purchase, valued at CDN$48.7 million, will be financed equally between cash on hand and an existing credit facility. OmniBus Systems, based in Loughborough, UK, had revenues of approximately CDN$24 million for the trailing last 12 months ended June 30 2010. It has a large installed blue chip customer base, including ABC, Ascent Media, Astro, AT&T, BBC, Chellomedia, Corus, Direct TV, Discovery, E!, FOX, SkyPerfect TV, Starz, and Turner.
“With its compelling IT-based playout and automation solution, called iTX, OmniBus is leading broadcasters away from multi-vendor, hardware-based systems, towards a single fully integrated, software platform,” commented Strath Goodship, Miranda’s President and Chief Executive Officer.
“Over the past four years, iTX has been adopted by many of the world’s largest and most successful broadcasters to lower costs and streamline their operations. This next generation platform has proved to be both highly scalable and reliable.”
“The addition of OmniBus, and specifically iTX, allows Miranda to uniquely offer the complete range of playout solutions, from traditional hardware to a fully software-based environment. We are now exceptionally positioned to help our customers transition to more efficient operations, by offering the best fit of hardware and software products to suit their individual requirements.”
Mike Oldham, CEO of OmniBus Systems, said “iTX is an award-winning solution on a rapid growth trajectory. By joining Miranda, we will see real product synergies, especially in terms of graphics workflows and advanced monitoring capabilities.”
“We’ll also gain more extensive worldwide sales and support, enabling us to further strengthen our customer service. Importantly, the fit with Miranda is excellent, and the OmniBus team is really excited by the clear potential for our combined businesses.”
OmniBus Systems’ iTX is a software-based television production and transmission solution, built on standard IT hardware and advanced software technology. Broadcasters and media operators can use a single, integrated system to unify and streamline ingest, media management, workflow organization, schedule management, asset management, automation, master control and playout to television, radio and the internet. Handling all stages of the production and delivery process under a consistent user environment, the iTX system delivers unprecedented increases in efficiency, scalability and speed of response for media businesses.
About Miranda Technologies
Miranda Technologies Inc. (TSX: MT) develops, manufactures and markets high performance hardware and software for the television broadcast industry. Its solutions are purchased by content creators, broadcasters, specialty channels and television service providers to enable and enhance the transition to a complex multi-channel digital and HD broadcast environment. This equipment allows customers to generate additional revenue while reducing costs through more efficient distribution and management of content as well as the automation of previously manual processes. Miranda employs approximately 570 people at its Montreal headquarters and in its facilities located in Wallingford (UK), Grass Valley (California, USA), Paris (France), Tokyo (Japan), Zaltbommel (Netherlands), Dubai (United Arab Emirates), Beijing (China) and Hong Kong. Miranda is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange. For more information, please visitMiranda
About OmniBus Systems
OmniBus Systems provides broadcasting, cable and satellite organizations with comprehensive automation and media content management solutions that address every area of television related operations. Its newsroom, content and workflow automation solutions include acquisition and recording of rich media material, low-resolution editing, media asset management and playout. OmniBus is a global company with headquarters in the United Kingdom and the United States and support offices in Malaysia and Singapore. More information is available atOmnibus Systems