Global advertising group Mobads acquires Singapore-based BuzzCity

Founder Kieran O’Keeffe nominated for an EY Entrepreneur of the Year award

Mobads founder Kieran O’Keeffe, right: based in London, the company launched in October 2006 and has MobileWebAdz, Reporo, and BuzzCity as its brands

Mobads founder Kieran O’Keeffe, right: based in London, the company launched in October 2006 and has MobileWebAdz, Reporo, and BuzzCity as its brands

 

Mobads, the global advertising group founded by Irish man Kieran O’Keeffe, has acquired Singapore-based BuzzCity, which focuses on markets in south Asia and Africa.

The value of the deal was not disclosed.

The newly-formed group will strengthen its market position as a global, mobile-focused, ad network with more than 1 billion impressions and 35 million clicks a day.

It also increase its geographic reach into the high-growth emerging smartphone markets of Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, India, Bangladesh, and Africa.

With limited overlap in clients, publishers and advertising formats, Mobads said it expects to achieve “extensive new lucrative, synergistic opportunities for its existing and new partners”.

Based in London, Mobads launched in October 2006 and it has MobileWebAdz, Reporo, and BuzzCity as its brands.

MolileWebAdz made a profit of £4.699 million on turnover of £55.348 million in 2015 financial year.

‘Enormous growth’

Commenting on the BuzzCity deal, Mr O’Keeffe, who is chairman of Mobads, said: “The mobile advertising segment still shows enormous growth potential for the next four years, with a doubling of smartphone penetration in the emerging markets.

“As the availability, affordability and desirability of smartphones has increased, penetration of this device will continue to surge in that region.

“It now provides our group the perfect opportunity with BuzzCity’s stronghold in Asia and Africa aligned to our existing client base in North America, South America and Europe to continue to offer the reach and scale our local, and global partners want.”

IBIS Capital Ltd was adviser of MobAds on the acquisition while Kemp Little LLP provided legal advice.

Mr O’Keeffe has been nominated in the international category for this year’s EY Entrepreneur of the Year awards, the winners of which will be announced on October 27th.