Match Group To Acquire Hyperconnect
Match Group and Hyperconnect today announced they have reached an agreement for Match Group to acquire Hyperconnect for US$1.725 billion in cash and stock. The transaction is expected to close in Q2 2021 pending customary regulatory approvals.
Hyperconnect is a leading social discovery and video technology company based in Seoul, South Korea that operates two flagship apps: Azar and Hakuna Live. Azar is the highest grossing 1-on-1 live video and audio chat app globally, allowing users to connect seamlessly with others from around the world, instantly translating voice and text. Since launch in 2014, Azar has tallied over 540 million cumulative downloads. Hakuna Live is an interactive, social live streaming app that enables group video and audio broadcasts with various features including virtual gifting, AR powered avatars, profile enhancements, and communities built around shared interests. Since launch in 2019, Hakuna Live has been downloaded more than 23 million times with strong momentum in South Korea and Japan.
Hyperconnect’s R&D efforts led to the application and deployment of mobile WebRTC (Real-Time Communication) in 2014. Scalable, low-cost video technology, award-winning on-device AI, and unique features have cultivated highly engaged audiences across Hyperconnect’s products. On both Azar and Hakuna Live, users interact and build friendships in safe and dynamic settings.
“As more of our lives move online, people are looking for richer and deeper experiences,” said Shar Dubey, CEO of Match Group. “Hyperconnect’s live video and audio engagement technology is a powerful tool that enables users to connect with new people and cultures on a global basis. Hyperconnect’s engineering team is relentlessly imaginative and creative. With more than 75% of usage and revenue coming from markets spread across Asia, their product suite and regional footprint squarely complements our own. We will leverage our deep bench of expertise to help accelerate Hyperconnect’s already-impressive growth, look to deploy Hyperconnect’s technologies across our existing portfolio, and continue to invest in their growth.”
Hyperconnect is profitable and generated more than $200 million1 in revenue in 2020, a 50% increase from 2019.
“As the social discovery space continues to expand, the timing couldn’t be better to partner with a global operating expert like Match Group” said Sam Ahn, CEO of Hyperconnect. “Match and Hyperconnect draw from a common philosophy: utilize technology and know-how to drive meaningful connections through trusted brands that users love. Hyperconnect is proof that technology can create global opportunities – even for a small start-up from South Korea – and we’re thrilled to have found a partner that values this thinking.”
An investor call hosted by Match Group CEO Shar Dubey and Match Group CFO/COO Gary Swidler will be held today, Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 5:30pm Eastern Time (ET) accessible at Match Group’s Investor Relations page along with additional investor relations materials regarding the business transaction.