Unity Software to buy IronSource: ‘the upside is incredibly clear’

on Jul 14, 2022
  • Unity Software Inc to buy IronSource Ltd for $4.40 billion in stock.
  • CEO John Riccitiello discusses the merger on CNBC's "Power Lunch"
  • IronSource shares closed up nearly 50%; Unity slid more than 15%.

IronSource Ltd (NYSE: IS) closed nearly 50% up on Wednesday after Unity Software Inc (NYSE: U) said it will buy the business platform for $4.40 billion.

Unity Software CEO comments on the merger

The all-stock deal will replace each common share of IronSource with 0.1089 share of Unity Software. Upon completion of the transaction, IronSource shareholders will own roughly 26.5% of the combined company.

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Shares of Unity Software slid more than 15% on Wednesday. Reacting to the price action on CNBC’s “Power Lunch”, CEO John Riccitiello said:

What we’re convinced of is, as we bring these two companies together, the upside is incredibly clear. As people study this, they too will believe it and that’s when typically, good things happen with stocks.

Unity Software lowered its full-year guidance

The sell-off in “U”, however, might have been related to the lowered guidance for fiscal 2022 as well. Citing “macro headwinds”, Unity Software said it now forecasts up to $1.35 billion in revenue this year versus $1.35 billion to $1.42 billion it had guided for earlier.

Also on Wednesday, the video game software development company authorised up to $2.50 billion in share repurchase to begin upon completion of the transaction, which, as per the chief executive, will start helping in the near term.  

Combining Unity with IronSource creates an incredible opportunity. Aside from the long-term crisp vision, there’s amazing near-term synergies that we think are durable and they’ll come immediately or very closely following the acquisition.

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