SiriusXM buys Stitcher for $325 million, steps up its march into podcasts

Less than a month after getting Simplecast for its podcast circulation and analytics tools, SiriusXM today is revealing an even larger acquisition to raise its video game in the world of streamed spoken-word material. The satellite radio business stated it has actually reached an offer to obtain Stitcher from E.W. Scripps for $325 million, a return of more than double Scripps’ financial investment in podcasting, the business reported today. Stitcher is a podcast leader that offers a popular one-stop platform to produce, generate income from (through marketing) and disperse podcasts to listen to through its app and on several platforms, which is exactly what SiriusXM wishes to capitalise on.

” With our group’’ s cumulative proficiency in digital audio, analytics and advertisement tech, plus Stitcher’’ s deep experience in podcasting, I see substantial chances ahead,” stated Jim Meyer, CEO of SiriusXM, in an internal memo shown TechCrunch. “Together, we can develop a transformative one-stop store to much better satisfy the requirements of podcast marketers, publishers and developers—– while likewise offering listeners with brand-new methods to link and discover with fantastic programs.”

Rumors of the acquisition began to appear at the end of June , and previously this month The Wall Street Journal reported that it deserved $300 million.

Stitcher gives SiriusXM its own mobile listening app, gotten for $4.5 million in 2016. It likewise runs the Midroll Media network for podcast marketing, obtained for $55 million in 2015. And it develops initial podcasts and runs several material networks, through Earwolf.

The offer suggests countless podcasts will transfer to the SiriusXM steady, consisting of popular titles like Freakonomics Radio, How Did This Get Made?, SuperSoul Sunday from The Oprah Winfrey Network, Office Ladies, Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend, Literally! With Rob Lowe, LeVar Burton Reads, Comedy Bang! Bang!, and WTF with Marc Maron.

Combining Stitcher with SiriusXM’s satellite radio audience and Pandora (which SiriusXM obtained in 2018 ), the business states it will now have “the biggest addressable audience” in the United States for digital audio, consisting of music, sports, talk and podcasts, covering 150 million listeners.

” This sale follows Scripps’ ’ performance history of growing services that profit from the development of customers’ ’ media practices and after that opening investor worth through spinoffs, exits and continued natural development,” ” stated Scripps president and CEO Adam Symson, in a declaration. “Over and over, this method has actually shown efficient in addition to lucrative for the business and its investors,” he included.

The price of $325 million consists of $265 countless money upfront with an earnout of approximately $30 million based upon 2020 monetary outcomes and paid in 2021, kept in mind Scripps. It likewise consists of an earnout of as much as $30 million based upon 2021 monetary outcomes and paid in 2022. All Stitcher workers will sign up with SiriusXM as a part of the offer.

” The addition of Stitcher is an essential next action as we continue to establish and enhance our offering in the fast-growing podcasting market,” stated Meyer in the news statement. “With Stitcher, we will broaden our digital audio marketing existence and want to produce brand-new methods for developers to link and discover with their audiences. Stitcher has a gifted group with deep experience in the podcast area, and we eagerly anticipate dealing with them to much better satisfy the requirements of developers, listeners, and marketers,” he stated.

The offer follows SiriusXM’s current acquisition of podcast management and analytics platform Simplecast. In addition to its advertisement tech and money making platform AdsWizz , the addition of Stitcher will broaden the business’s existing suite of podcast hosting, analytics, insights and market offerings.

The offer highlights some crucial patterns in the location of podcasting.

The very first is that business that are running streaming services based around music are doubling down on the growing appeal of podcasting material to match those services, both to broaden their audiences and their audience engagement.

Sirius — — which, in addition to its subscription-based satellite radio service and Pandora, is likewise a investor of SoundCloud — — joins its peers because method: both Spotify and iHeartMedia have actually made noteworthy acquisitions to get initial podcasting material, in addition to tools for podcasters to assist run their companies.

That method, in turn, has actually caused another shift: a formerly open podcast environment, where you can listen to any podcast on the app of your option, has actually developed into a world where platforms intend to have unique material. (An effect, you may argue, of having business that create profits from walled gardens, which basically consist of the exact same chests of music, getting associated with business of podcasts.)

Thirdly, it’s hard to develop podcasting, even with all its appeal and future capacity, into a lucrative and huge service.

SiriusXM is no less than Stitcher’s 3rd owner, not counting the duration it was an independent business. It was established in 2008, then Deezer obtained it in 2014 for an unidentified amount, and after that Scripps got it less than 2 years later on for about $4.5 million.

Under Scripps, Stitcher might have been among the business’s fastest-growing companies, however it was likewise unprofitable. Therefore, as Scripps deals with financier pressure of its own — — its losses broadened in the last quarter , which was with COVID-19 being available in just at the tail end of the duration, implying the effect might well be considerably more extreme in its Q2 reported later on this summer season — parting with its important podcasting possession at a time when it remains in hot M&A need might have appeared like — the ideal option.


Deloitte approximated ( in December 2019, pre-COVID) that podcasting will break$ 1.1 billion in incomes this year, however honestly we’re still in the early rounds of the podcasting market. And today, it was SiriusXM’s rely on toss its hat into the ring.


The deal is anticipated to close in the 3rd quarter, pending Hart-Scott-Rodino clearance.LionTree Advisors functioned as unique consultant to Scripps in the sale procedure, and BakerHostetler is functioning as legal counsel.


Additional reporting by Sarah Perez.


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