TORONTO, May 31, 2012 /CNW/ - Leading in-store media provider Mood Media Corporation (TSX:MM/ LSE AIM:MM) ("Mood"), today announced the acquisition of BIS Group ("BIS")1, a leading provider of audio-visual services in Europe, for consideration of €22.5 M in cash.
BIS is a leader in corporate and commercial audio-visual installation in the Benelux region (Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg). In the year ended December 31, 2011, BIS recorded revenue of €46.1 M and Profit Before Tax of €2.6 M.
Lorne Abony, CEO & Chairman of Mood Media Corporation, commented:
"We are excited about the BIS acquisition for a number of reasons. Firstly, the acquisition's merits on a stand-alone basis are compelling; Mood is acquiring a well-established business with a strong market position at an attractive value.
Most critically, however, we believe that BIS's sophisticated and comprehensive installation capabilities will enable Mood to better capitalize on its tremendous visual market opportunity and grow its visual recurring revenue base more efficiently.
The acquisition is in lock-step with Mood's growth strategy of driving organic sales growth by enabling the enlarged group to offer an expanded range of products and services. The integration of BIS with Mood also offers further opportunities to centralize and realize scale economies from the combined organization.
The BIS acquisition further extends Mood's leadership in Europe, and we look forward to accelerating our growth by leveraging the strengths of the combined organization."
About Mood Media Corporation
Mood Media Corporation (TSX:MM/ LSE AIM:MM), named Canada's fastest growing company by PROFIT Magazine is a leading in-store media specialist that helps its clients communicate with consumers with a view to driving incremental sales at the point-of-purchase.
Mood Media Corporation works with 580,000 commercial locations in over 40 countries throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.
Through its subsidiaries, Mood Media Corporation's products and services reach 100 million people every day in a broad client base including more than 850 U.S. and international brands in diverse market sectors that include: retail, from fashion to financial services; hospitality, from hotels to health spas; and food retail, including restaurants, bars, quick-serve and fast casual dining.
For further information about Mood Media, please visit www.moodmedia.com.
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1 "BIS Group" or "BIS" refer to the following group of companies: Aplusk B.V., BIS Bedrijfs Informatie Systemen B.V., BIS Business Information Systems NV, Avimotion Holding B.V. and BIS Elektrotechniek B.V..
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