A Super Spring for Stella EOC

11 July 2019

As the summer gets into full swing here at Stella EOC, we're reflecting on a superb start for our team and clients for 2019. Deal highlights for the first half of the year include:

Head here to see more of our success stories for the first 6 months of the year.

Market Spotlight: Software-as-a-Service

9 May 2019

We're pleased to share with you the first briefing in our latest Market Spotlight series, focusing on SaaS trends and the M&A outlook for 2019.

SaaS adoption is growing at double-digit rates, with 58% of organisations estimating that 80% or more of their business apps will be SaaS-based in 2019, rising to 86% by 2022.

This is reflected in M&A activity in the SaaS sector, and it is expected SaaS will continue its strong growth in 2019. We’ll likely see valuations in line with (or even a slight increase on) 2018 levels, as a result of top-line growth, with adoption and corporate spending continuing to drive the market.

Click here to download the SaaS Market Spotlight

New investment by Stella EOC Capital in global rental channel manager Rentals United

25 April 2019

In April 2019, Stella EOC Capital and Howzat Partners invested $4.25m in Rentals United, with existing investors also participating in the round. This new round of funding will allow Rentals United to further follow its mission of providing advanced distribution & automation tools, and therefore aggressively invest into team, international expansion and additional technology products. For further information on this investment please click here.

Happy New Year

24 January 2019

2018 was another year of outstanding outcomes for Stella EOC, closing 20 deals for our clients across the world, strengthening our European practice by adding dedicated Benelux coverage, and reinforcing our advisory services by providing a comprehensive Debt Advisory practice for our client base.

We look forward to working with both new and returning clients as we continue as a European leader in media and technology investment banking in 2019.

Read more about these outstanding outcomes for 2018

Marco Barkmeijer Joins Stella EOC as a Senior Industry Advisor

15 October 2018

Stella EOC is pleased to announce that Marco Barkmeijer will join the firm as a Senior Industry Advisor from October 2018.

In this role Marco will support the wider Stella EOC team, enhancing the service we can provide to all our clients across the technology sector.

Marco is the co-founder of Securelink, Europe’s largest pure-play cybersecurity player. Having set up the company in 2008, Marco handed over the day to day activities as CEO in March 2018 and currently serves on its board as a non-executive board member and shareholder.

During his ten years with SecureLink, he was instrumental to the impressive growth of the business in the Benelux region, expanding across Europe from 2015. SecureLink has more than 700 specialists active in 10 countries, with 5 cyber defence centres and 240M EUR of revenue in 2017. Prior to founding Securelink, Marco worked for ICL, Xylan/Alcatel, Juniper Networks and Infoblox.

Announcing Benelux Coverage for Stella EOC Clients 

8 October 2018

We're delighted to announce that we are strengthening our European practice by adding dedicated Benelux coverage for all our clients, headed up by Xavier Moreels (as a representative of Morrey Consult BVBA, who act as a partner of Stella EOC Ltd.).

In addition to covering the Benelux market, Xavier will be supporting the wider Stella EOC team, bringing with him his vast experience in the European technology landscape.

With Xavier's network of relationships and extensive track record of successfully advising clients across the technology sector, this will reinforce Stella EOC's position as one of Europe's leading TMT practices.

Click here to find out more about Xavier and get in touch for further information.

Announcing Stella EOC's Debt Advisory Practice

6 September 2018

We're delighted to announce that we are reinforcing our advisory practice by providing comprehensive Debt Advisory services to our client base.

Headed up by Rodolphe Roch, our approach to Debt Advisory allows us to be both versatile and holistic in our approach to this service area for our clients.

Serving both financial sponsors and corporates, we will ensure a fully integrated approach between our M&A and debt advisory practices, producing the very best results for all our clients.

Click here to find out more about Rodolphe and get in touch for further information.

Market Spotlight: Broadcasting

1 August 2018

We are now entering an age of consolidation in the broadcasting market, and with changing audience behaviours and shifting industry conditions the influence of global media giants is growing at an ever-quicker pace.

Last month we announced the acquisition of Bonnier Broadcasting by Telia - an exciting telco/media deal in which we were an advisor to Telia.

On the back of this, we're pleased to share with you a short briefing on the evolving broadcasting landscape - it's available to download here. In it, you'll learn more about our market outlook, trends in M&A activity, and what the team think about the prospects for the sector in 2018 and beyond.

Spring in our step...

13 June 2018

Spring 2018 brought with it sunshine and a flurry of deals here at Stella EOC.

Since the end of May we've been delighted to announce our work on the following transactions:

♦  Equity fundraising for Kwiff, part of Eaton Gate Gaming

♦  Fuse Universal's equity financing from Eight Roads

♦  Avalanche Studio's sale to Nordisk Film

♦  Xllnc's acquisition of Supplies Team

♦  Hantverksdata's sale to Adelis Equity Partners

As Summer approaches, we're looking forward to working with more of our clients to achieve even more success stories across the coming months.

Market Spotlight: Media & Entertainment

24 April 2018

Media is now truly cross-platform, and the impact of this on the industry landscape is already manifesting itself, with media and technology companies no longer seen as separate entities. As a result of this, over the coming year we will likely to see a continued growth in deal numbers, as broadcasters seek new sources of revenue and the drive for quality content continues.

In advance of MIP TV in Cannes next week, download the Media & Entertainment Market Spotlight from the Stella EOC team. You'll learn more about our market outlook, trends in M&A activity, and what the team think about the prospects for the sector in 2018.

Market Spotlight: E-Commerce

8 March 2018

With 2018 well underway, e-commerce continues to be a rapidly evolving sector for both established players and startups who are differentiating themselves from the larger competition. As a result, within the M&A market we are continuing to see valuations at high levels, as a result of market growth and expanding margins.

Download the E-Commerce Market Spotlight from the Stella EOC team, and learn more about the market outlook,  valuations and multiples development, and what the team at Stella EOC think about the prospects for the e-commerce sector in 2018.

Happy New Year

12 January 2018

2017 was another year of outstanding outcomes for Stella EOC,  closing a record number of deals for our clients across the world and cementing us as a European leader in media and technology investment banking.

As we start 2018 we continue to be 100% committed to achieving the very best transaction for every single client.

Read more about these outstanding outcomes for 2017

17 deals and counting...

19 October 2017

It’s been one outstanding outcome after another following our merger earlier this year. Four brand new transactions bring our 2017 closed deals to date to an impressive 17.

July saw our teams advise Nordic private equity firm Altor on their acquisition of the renowned dubbing, sub-titling and access services company BTI Studios, owned by The Carlyle Group. Subsequently, Stella EOC advised Altor on a minority stake sale of BTI Studios to Shamrock Capital Advisors, the LA-based investors. Their expertise in the media, entertainment and communications sectors gives the company much improved US market access.

Against the Veryday/McKinsey and Brightstep/Accenture transaction backdrop, we also advised the leading German digital consultancy etventure on its sale to multinational EY. This deal allows EY to accelerate its own digital consultancy offering both in the DACH region and globally.

We’re also proud to announce our involvement in the partnering of Red Arrow with 10Fold, a newly-launched US TV production venture spearheaded by veteran producers Craig Armstrong and Rick Ringbakk.

Read more about these outstanding outcomes

Outstanding openings

27 September 2017

The continued success of Stella EOC relies purely on our people. We are now looking for more outstanding talent. For full description about the roles please follow the link below.

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Fundraising for Qred

13 July 2017

Stella EOC acted as sole advisor to Qred on its recent equity financing, that will be used to expand the loan book in existing and new markets.

Qred is a fast growing, Swedish fintech company which in a short period has established a position as the market leader in Sweden and Finland within short term online business loans to small companies.

"Stella EOC guided us through this rather complex process and showed great professionalism, dedication and creativity. Once finding the right investors for us, the Stella EOC team structured a quick and efficient negotiation process resulting in great terms for both us and the new investors” said Emil Sunvisson, CEO of Qred.

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Venture debt financing

5 July 2017

Completing its first transaction since the merging of the businesses of Stella Advisors and EOC Partners, Stella EOC acted as sole advisor to Syncron Holding, the main owner of Syncron International, on a USD 20m venture debt financing.

Founded in 1990, Syncron International is a leading provider of an aftermarket optimization SaaS suite comprising inventory, price and order management solutions, operating in Europe, North America and Asia.

Syncron Holding used the proceeds of the transaction to acquire an additional minority stake in Syncron International, thus becoming the company's majority owner while simplifying its overall shareholding structure.

"We are happy we are now in a great position to help the company realize its full potential and take it to the next level" said Christian Bryn, Board Member of Syncron Holding.

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Announcing Stella EOC

13 June 2017

Stella Advisors and EOC Partners today announce that they are merging their businesses to create one of the largest media and technology investment banking boutiques in Europe.

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NGDATA acquires Eccella

16 May 2017

Stella EOC acted as a sole advisor to NGDATA on its acquisition of Eccella.

Founded in 2012, NGDATA is an enterprise-grade big data and analytics software company backed by Idinvest Partners and SmartFin Capital, with offices in the US, Belgium and Asia-Pacific.

NGDATA has acquired Eccella, a US headquartered leader in building data-driven companies, to rapidly grow its presence in the UK and North America.

The combination will allow customers of both companies to benefit from expanded industry expertise and partners to leverage the combined global infrastructure of two leading data companies supporting their efforts to deliver solutions.

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New Fundraising

24 April 2017

Stella EOC advised Avalanche Studios on their fundraising from Nordisk Film, where Nordisk Film (part of Egmont Group) invested more than USD 10 million for a minority stake in the company.

Avalanche Studios is a Swedish video game developer founded in 2003 by Linus Blomberg and Christofer Sundberg. The Company creates games based on its unique, proprietary technology, and is the original creator of the Just Cause franchise, Mad Max or Renegade Ops among others.

The studio currently employs more than 270 people with offices in Stockholm and New York City.

The funds provided by Nordisk Film, the leading producer and distributor of films in the Nordic countries, will be used to accelerate the Avalanche Studio's growth in the international gaming market.