Third acquisition in 12 months, Maven continues drive to build
leading tech and distribution platform for premium, independent media
NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Maven (TheMaven, Inc.) (OTC: MVEN) (maven.io)
announced TheStreet, Inc. (Nasdaq: TST) (www.t.st)
has agreed to be acquired by Maven. A subsidiary of Maven will acquire
all of the outstanding common shares of TheStreet for $16.5 million in
cash. The transaction is funded through debt financing fully committed
by a subsidiary of B Riley Financial, Inc. (Nasdaq: RILY).
This marks Maven’s third acquisition in the last year, advancing its
ongoing mission to empower the growing coalition of independent media
partners on Maven’s digital distribution and monetization platform which
today reaches more than 100 million consumers worldwide.
“This is an important milestone for Maven’s growth strategy,” said Maven
CEO James Heckman. “The entire team at TheStreet have built a powerful
and important voice delivering market-leading financial insights. By
combining our reach, technology, platform and monetization capabilities,
we can help amplify their amazing work.”
Joining household brands such as History, Maxim, Yoga Journal, and Ski
Magazine, TheStreet’s acquisition is intended to boost Maven’s growing
finance network with recognized analysts, premium content, thousands of
subscribers, and the industry branding power to facilitate better
monetization and distribution for all maven partners.
TheStreet will form the core of a finance vertical that will combine
with Maven’s other strategic finance partners operating hyper-focused
category destinations, such as long and short equities, bonds,
commodities, crypto, macro, taxes, retirement, cybersecurity, and more.
TheStreet brings its 20-year editorial tradition, strong subscription
platform and valuable membership base to Maven, and will benefit from
Maven’s mobile-friendly CMS, social and monetization technology.
Eric Lundberg, CEO and CFO of TheStreet, said, “We’re excited to join
the Maven family and its coalition of over 270 independent publishers.
We’ve seen the power of the Maven platform and are pleased to bring new
capabilities to our readers, and our great content to Maven’s existing
audience. Together, that kind of scale provides critical mass to propel
The combined companies are expected to profitably generate more than $50
million in revenue over the next four quarters. The transaction is
expected to close in the third quarter.
(maven.io) is a coalition of Mavens, from individual thought-leaders to
world-leading independent publishers, operating on a shared digital
publishing, advertising, and distribution platform and unified under a
single media brand. Based in Seattle, Maven is publicly traded under the
ticker symbol MVEN.
About TheStreet, Inc.
TheStreet, Inc. (NASDAQ: TST) (www.t.st)
is a leading financial news and information provider to investors and
institutions worldwide. The Company’s flagship brand, TheStreet (www.thestreet.com),
has produced unbiased business news and market analysis for individual
investors for more than 20 years.
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among others, economic downturns and the general state of the economy,
including the financial markets and mergers and acquisitions
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whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise.
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