Mr. X Inc, a Toronto-based provider of visual effects to television and international film clients, has agreed to be acquired by Technicolor SA (Nasdaq: TCLRY), a global communications, media and entertainment company. The financial terms of the deal were not published. The acquisition, which is expected to close in July, adds to Technicolor’s brand and complements its visual effects business, the company said. Based in Paris, Technicolor is a portfolio company of U.S. private equity firm Vector Capital. Vector became the company’s largest shareholder through an investment made in 2010.
Technicolor to acquire Mr. X Inc., Toronto’s Leading VFX Studio
Secures Leading Position in Visual Effects for Media and Entertainment Industries
PARIS, June 10, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Technicolor (euronext paris:TCH)(otcqx:TCLRY) announced it has reached an agreement to acquire Mr. X, a leading North American provider of visual effects (VFX) to premier television and international film clients. Mr. X joins Technicolor’s Production Services division, which includes the Academy Award-winning MPC (The Moving Picture Company).
The acquisition expands Technicolor’s VFX services globally to high-end television and international film markets. MPC will continue to address leading projects for both its studio and advertising clients, while Mr. X will focus on high-concept TV production, genre features and international film co-production. Mr. X and its clients will also be able to access Technicolor’s post production portfolio, proven operational excellence and leading technology solutions.
“Over the last five years Technicolor has focused on building the leading global VFX studio in film and commercials with MPC,” said Frederic Rose, CEO of Technicolor. “This acquisition adds another strong brand to the Technicolor family and complements our VFX business resulting in a true industry powerhouse. By combining our talent and resources we can accelerate our global growth across all market segments and provide unprecedented VFX capabilities to the market.”
Mr. X currently employs over 200 professionals in Toronto and New York.
Financial details of the agreement will not be disclosed, but it is anticipated to contribute incremental positive earnings immediately.
The acquisition remains subject to approval by the Government of Canada’s Department of Canadian Heritage and is expected to close by July 2014.
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