At that time, the company did not disclose the terms of the deal.
Today, Belden said in a filing with securities regulators that it paid $75.8 million plus the assumption of $18.4 million of debt for a company it acquired on February 8, 2018 (the same day it confirmed the SAM acquisition).
This equates to an enterprise value of $94.2 million.
Based on filings with the UK government, SAM’s parent company had revenue of £90.8 million ($123 million USD at 2016 average exchange rate) through December 31, 201, and increase of 20.3% from £75.4 million ($115.2 million USD at 2015 average exchange rate) for the 12 months ending December 31, 2015.
Based on its previous acquisitions in the broadcast industry, Belden typically pays around 8x EBITDA when it buys a company. If that was the case in the SAM transaction, it would mean that SAM’s EBITDA over the trailing twelve months prior to the acquisition was $11.775 million. However, in its filing with UK regulators, SAM said it had EBITDA of -£1.6 million for the 12 months ending on December 31, 2016. Performance for the full year 2017 is unknown.
Given SAM’s growth from 2015 to 2016, the company may have achieved positive EBITDA, but the full details won’t be known until Belden provides additional information about the transaction (which it said it will do closer to the 2018 NAB Show). It’s also possible that the valuation was based on a multiple of SAM’s sales in 2017.
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The relevant text from Belden’s filing has been pasted in below:
Note 28: Subsequent Events
On February 8, 2018, we acquired a company for a purchase price of $75.8 million, plus we assumed debt of $18.4 million. The acquisition includes a potential earn-out for which we have not yet estimated a fair value. This acquisition was funded with cash on hand.
We are in the preliminary phase of the purchase accounting process, including obtaining third party valuations of certain tangible and intangible assets acquired. As such, the purchase accounting process is incomplete and we cannot provide the required disclosures of the estimated fair value of the assets and liabilities acquired for this business combination.
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