Excellent News for Two Shadow Foundr Investee Companies


Shadow Foundr Ltd

29 January 2018

Shadow Foundr investors have received some welcome news early in 2018 with two of the platform’s investee companies delivering timely milestones.

Chayora Limited, a Hong Kong-based data centre infrastructure company, announced it had finalised agreements with the government of Beichen, Tianjin, to begin construction of the company’s first hyperscale data centre campus in China.

The Project Marks the Initial Phase of a USD $2 Billion Investment Programme, with the first 300MW, 32-hectare / 80-acre campus, set to serve the greater Beijing region, home to more than 150 million people.

Shadow Foundr has 55 investors who invested around £2.5m into Chayora, some of whom saw an 8x uplift in the value of their shares, following Standard Chartered Bank’s USD $73m equity and debt commitment to the company in 2016.

Further good news came to Shadow Foundr investors in Honeycomb.tv, following the company’s merger with global television content delivery giant, Group IMD.

The merged entity now has an enterprise valuation of £150m and is targeting a 6x increase in share value for all Shadow Foundr investors, over the next three years.

Aside from bringing the future of TV advertising into our living rooms, the collaboration has de-risked the proposition for early investors, and places the new entity firmly in the frame for a trade sale or listing in the coming years.

The strategic importance of this deal to the sector the new company is disrupting cannot be under-estimated. The merged business will allow customers from more than 100 countries to utilise revolutionary technology, with the aim to create video advertising across TV, online and VoD platforms that is programmatic, addressable, and personalised.

This means that content creators and advertising agencies can rest assured that their videos are being transmitted at the right time, to the right people, for the right cost and with the utmost effectiveness.

Working in more than 100 markets with over 35 local offices, Group IMD’s worldwide presence across Europe, Asia Pacific, Australasia, the Middle East, and Latin America is changing the way advertising works.

The company has a host of blue-chip clients and was identified as the perfect partner for Honeycomb, whose video fulfilment platform was built to power a programmatic, data-driven future and has already attracted big networks including Sky TV and Channel 4.

Overall the merger is not just exciting news for the industry, but it’s also fantastic news for the 20 Shadow Foundr investors who invested around £300k in the company mid-2016.

Speaking about both propositions, Shadow Foundr COO, Jason Kluver, commented: “It’s immensely pleasing to see the companies you believed in doing great things. It’s even more satisfying to see our investors backing companies that look set to deliver them excellent returns in the medium term.”

“There is no doubt that Chayora is on track to becoming a unicorn and what Honeycomb has done, in such a short period of time, is quite staggering.

“It’s great for the businesses, great for the investors and great for our sector.”

About Chayora

Chayora is a world-class infrastructure developer based in Hong Kong with a primary focus on building Data Centre platforms in China. They create high-quality, fully-licensed campuses within different parts of China, which enable international businesses to access the Chinese market.

Chayora currently has data sites in Tianjin and Shanghai and is now expanding to allow businesses to access different parts of China.

All its data sites have fully provisioned power and are able to connect to the domestic internet.

About Honeycomb

Honeycomb is a video content distribution business which specialises in getting video adverts to viewers in a way that is efficient, less expensive and allows for targeted advertising.

With the world of advertising changing every day, it is imperative that businesses can advertise effectively, and part of that involves targeting the correct individuals.

Honeycomb works with agencies, post houses and broadcasters to deliver high quality content.

Some of the customers Honeycomb work with include Sky, Wieden + Kennedy, ITV, Channel 4, and many more.

About Group IMD

Group IMD is a global business with a mission to transform advertising workflow by automating processes and connecting everyone. Its ‘Cloud IMD’ software makes communication between production companies, agencies and media owners easier, meaning the sharing of videos is smooth and without problems.

The software enables easy communication at all stages of video development, changing the way in which video production is conducted.

About Shadow Foundr

Shadow Foundr is the fully authorised and regulated investment platform that combines an active private investor network with a crowdfunding element; thereby enabling the crowd to follow the lead of experienced investors into early stage business opportunities.

With a focus on investor-needs first and foremost, Shadow Foundr seeks to deliver healthy returns to investors by consistently attracting highly scalable and disruptive global businesses, with vast growth potential.

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