Opera Announces $30 Million Strategic Investment in StarMaker
StarMaker is a fast-growing music-oriented social media platform
Opera Limited (Nasdaq: OPRA), one of the world’s leading browser providers and an influential player in the field of integrated AI-driven digital content discovery and recommendation platforms, today announced that it has completed a strategic investment in StarMaker Inc., a fast-growing technology-driven social media company focused on music and entertainment.
StarMaker enables users to record and share their own music videos, collaborate with other musicians, connect with other users and follow their idols on the social platform. The company has a strong and engaged user base in emerging markets such as India, Indonesia and the Middle East.
“We are excited to invest in StarMaker, as they are one of the leading music-oriented social media platforms in emerging markets,” says Frode Jacobsen, CFO of Opera. “StarMaker complements our existing content platform Opera News, and we look forward to take part in the company’s journey of both continued product innovation and user growth.”
Opera’s strategic investment in StarMaker will lay the foundation for opportunities for the two companies to leverage each other’s strong brands and unique products to accelerate growth and to capture shared opportunities.
Opera has invested US$30 million at a US$125 million pre-money valuation by purchasing preferred shares issued by StarMaker, resulting in an ownership stake of 19.35%. As part of the investment, Opera also obtained an option to increase its ownership to 51% in the second half of the year 2020.
Following this investment, Mr. Yahui Zhou, chairman of Opera’s Board of Directors and its CEO, will continue to hold 65.78% of the outstanding equity interests in StarMaker. Opera’s Board of Directors obtained a valuation analysis from an independent third-party investment bank prior to the approval of this transaction.
StarMaker is a fast growing, popular social media platform with a focus on music and entertainment. In 2016, StarMaker came under the control of Mr. Yahui Zhou. Today the company has offices in several countries like the United States, India and Hong Kong, and focuses on emerging markets like India, Indonesia and the Middle-East. The StarMaker app lets you sing karaoke, make your own covers of top songs from a large catalog, as well as create and publish your own original music videos. The StarMaker app makes it easy to edit top quality recordings with a huge range of voice effects and share to make friends through music. The application is a free download from Google Play and the Apple App Store.
Founded in 1995 in Norway, Opera delivers browsers and AI-driven content delivery solutions to over 300 million people worldwide. Opera is listed on Nasdaq under the OPRA ticker symbol. Follow our news at http://blogs.opera.com/news/.
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