Pandora Media Inc (NYSE:P), the world’s most powerful music discovery platform, today announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire Ticketfly, Inc., a leading live events technology company, to create the definitive music platform for connecting fans, artists and event promoters. The move is the latest step toward achieving Pandora’s mission to help artists find their audience and help listeners find the music they love—whether it’s coming through their earbuds or live on stage. Ticketfly provides ticketing and marketing software for approximately 1,200 leading venues and event promoters across North America and makes it easy for fans to find and purchase tickets to events.
The transaction is valued at approximately $450 million, subject to certain purchase price adjustments, with a nearly equal balance of cash and stock.
The combination of Pandora and Ticketfly will solve the longstanding problem of event discovery by seamlessly connecting Pandora’s nearly 80 million monthly active music fans to events they’ll love. This will enable artists and promoters to sell out more shows and will strengthen the bond between artists and their fans. The companies will also harness the power of their combined data to create new tools for music makers to increase their revenue and improve recommendations for fans to enhance their overall music experience.
“This is a game-changer for Pandora – and much more importantly – a game-changer for music,” said Brian McAndrews, chief executive officer at Pandora. “Over the past 10 years, we have amassed the largest, most engaged audience in streaming music history. With Ticketfly, we will thrill music lovers and lift ticket sales for artists as the most effective marketplace for connecting music makers and fans.”
Ticketfly was founded in 2008 by the team that pioneered online ticket sales and has become a major force in the live events industry. This year, Ticketfly was named one ofFast Company’s “Most Innovative Companies in Music.”
- In 2014, Ticketfly sold 16 million tickets to more than 90,000 live events, generating more than $500 million in transaction volume and crossing the $1 billion mark in cumulative transaction volume.
- Ticketfly powers more than 600 websites on behalf of its clients making it the leading provider of website technology to the live events industry.
- An average of 14 million people visit Ticketfly.com and its network of client sites each month.
- Ticketfly works with a marquee roster of tastemaker venues and promoters, including: the famed 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C., the 19,000-capacity Merriweather Post Pavilion in Maryland, Burning Man and the Pitchfork Music Festival.
- Moving forward, Ticketfly will continue to support its music and non-music clients alike.
Pandora’s acquisition of Ticketfly takes the company beyond its Internet radio roots and builds on its progress to become an indispensable partner to music makers and create the leading data-enabled marketplace for artists and fans.
- A year ago, Pandora launched its Artist Marketing Platform (AMP), a suite of tools to allow artists to understand, engage with and market to their fans.
- Earlier this year, Pandora rolled out Artist Audio Messages, giving artists the opportunity to speak directly to fans through recorded messages.
- Pandora also acquired Next Big Sound to generate even more insights into artists, their fans and music trends.
- Recently, Pandora has increased its focus on live music, helping bands like the Rolling Stones and ODESZA to sell out shows. With its ability to identify and connect with fans, Pandora sold out tickets for the recent Rolling Stones tour in record time. Demand for ODESZA was so great that additional shows had to be added to the tour.
“Pandora’s entry into live events is a watershed moment for the music industry and will forever change the landscape for artists, promoters and fans,” said Andrew Dreskin, co-founder and chief executive officer of Ticketfly. “Ticketfly and Pandora are a perfect fit: two companies that are extraordinarily passionate about music and improving the experience for the entire ecosystem. The combination of Ticketfly and Pandora will be a marketing and event discovery powerhouse, giving venues and promoters unprecedented access to a massive and targeted audience of nearly 80 million music fans.”
Live events are growing at a rapid pace:
- Top artists currently earn 80 percent of their revenue through touring.
- Per capita spend on live music grew 65 percent from $29 in 2008 to $48 in 2014.
- North American concert ticket sales grew 22 percent since last year, fueling a rapidly growing industry now estimated at $6.2 billion.
- Music lovers often don’t know their favorite musician is in town. 40 percent of live event tickets go unsold, primarily due to lack of awareness.
“Live music is booming, and we can grow the number of shows being staged and tickets being sold,” added McAndrews. “Attending a live show is powerful, and we want to make it easier for all music fans to enjoy live music. By acquiring Ticketfly, we will bring live events more fully into the fold, enhancing the Pandora experience.” (Original Source)
Shares of Pandora Media Inc closed yesterday at $21.98. P has a 1-year high of $24.57 and a 1-year low of $13.30. The stock’s 50-day moving average is $19.22 and its 200-day moving average is $17.59.
On the ratings front, Pandora Media has been the subject of a number of recent research reports. In a report issued on September 29, Stifel Nicolaus analyst John Egbert reiterated a Buy rating on P, with a price target of $30, which represents a potential upside of 36.5% from where the stock is currently trading. Separately, on September 28, Canaccord Genuity’s Michael Graham reiterated a Buy rating on the stock .
According to TipRanks.com, which ranks over 7,500 financial analysts and bloggers to gauge the performance of their past recommendations, John Egbert and Michael Graham have a total average return of 3.0% and 10.0% respectively. Egbert has a success rate of 55.6% and is ranked #1932 out of 3769 analysts, while Graham has a success rate of 51.8% and is ranked #244.
The street is mostly Bullish on P stock. Out of 18 analysts who cover the stock, 14 suggest a Buy rating and 4 recommend to Hold the stock. The 12-month average price target assigned to the stock is $23.00, which represents a slight upside potential from current levels.
Pandora Media Inc provides internet radio services on smartphones, tablets, traditional computers and car audio systems, as well as other internet-connected devices.