Since — the Swedish company that provides a suite of services for companies to build communications and specifically “customer engagement” into their services byanother acquisition in its global march to scale up its business and compete more squarely with Twilio. The company that it had acquired MessageMedia, an SMS and other messaging services provider for businesses to manage customer relations, user authentication, alerts, and more.
The acquisition is being made for $1.3 billion — comprised of $1.1 billion in cash and the rest in shares (or in Sweden’s currency, SEK10,745 in total based on Sinch’sand yesterday’s exchange rate). The deal is expected to close in the second half of this . The value is notable for giving Sinch a significant inroad into . Less than a month ago, Sinch’s rival Twilio announced that it would acquire ZipWhip, another big player in the same area of business SMS, for $850 million.
MessageMedia, based out of Melbourne, Australia, is currently operational also in New Zealand, the U.S., and Europe, where it focuses on providing services primarily to the SMB market with a self-service platform where customers can build and operate services, with the option of using a web portal provided by MessageMedia to handle the traffic. Sinch said it has some 60,000 customers and takes five billion+ messages annually. Growth is robust in the U.S. market, where MessageMedia adds 1,500 new customers monthly. Alongside SMS, it also provides the tech for companies to build MMS landing pages. It also gives them tools to .
For Sinch — which is publicly traded in Sweden and currently has ajust weeks after the company announced that it would be raising $1.1 billion for more acquisitions, with a big chunk of the money coming from Softbank, one of its principal backers. Given this deal’s size announced today, we now know which deal Sinch had in mind. It would be interesting to know whether Sinch’s move to buy MessageMedia predated Twilio’s for ZipWhip, which does not feel like a coincidence.
“Addressing small and medium-sized businesses opens up a new avenue to. With MessageMedia as a part of Sinch, we will have the best team in the industry to capitalize on that opportunity,” said Oscar Werner, Sinch CEO, in a statement since he has been on a fast pace of buying up companies in recent times to scale up its existing business, tapping not just into the massive surge of people using phones and the internet to communicate in these pandemic-stricken time, but also to bulk up and more economies of scale in the communications industry, essentially a incremental revenues.