DTS and Ibiquity Digital Corp to Make the Drive Better with HD Radio Technology

DTS is excited to announce it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire iBiquity Digital Corporation, the developer of digital HD Radio technology for AM/FM audio and data broadcasting for approximately $172 million. DTS expects to finance the transaction through a combination of cash on hand and debt.  

iBiquity is the exclusive developer and licensor of HD Radio technology, the sole FCC-approved method for upgrading AM/FM broadcasting from analog to digital. HD Radio technology provides compelling benefits, including improved audio quality, expanded content choices and new digital data services such as album cover art and real-time traffic updates. iBiquity’s partners include leading automakers, consumer electronics and broadcast equipment manufacturers, radio broadcasters, semiconductor and electronic component manufacturers and retailers.

In particular, iBiquity has very successfully driven penetration of HD Radio technology in the North American automotive OEM market. Every one of the 36 major auto brands serving the U.S. market offers HD Radio technology on some of their vehicles, many as standard equipment. The Company’s technology was built into approximately 35% of cars sold in the U.S. in 2014, and DTS expects the majority of North American vehicles to come equipped with HD Radio technology over time. The combination is also expected to provide opportunities for additional geographic, service and technology expansion.

“DTS has long been at the forefront of the highest quality audio technology, and we saw a similar spirit at iBiquity, which identified an opportunity to revolutionize traditional AM/FM broadcasting and is now strongly positioned to capitalize on broadcast radio’s ongoing digital upgrade,” said Jon Kirchner, chairman and CEO of DTS. “This transaction extends our strategy of delivering a personalized, immersive and compelling experience across the network-connected entertainment value chain, and complements our existing suite of technology and content delivery solutions while enabling us to strengthen our position in the large automotive OEM market. Consumers have come to expect a higher quality sound experience in their car, and we believe there is a tremendous opportunity for DTS to capitalize on the upgrade to HD Radio technology as cars are increasingly equipped with screens and advanced entertainment systems. We are thrilled to welcome the talented iBiquity team to the DTS family.”

“We are excited to join forces with DTS, a true pioneer in high definition audio,” said Bob Struble, president and CEO of iBiquity. “In DTS, we have found a like-minded partner and we look forward to bringing our breakthrough HD Radio technology to the DTS portfolio of solutions. Today’s announcement is an exciting step forward for our employees and customers, who will benefit from the additional scale and enhanced resources of a larger collective company.”  

The transaction is expected to close later in 2015 and is subject to customary closing conditions. The transaction is expected tobe accretive beginning in 2016.

iBiquity Digital Corporation is a privately held company based in Columbia, Maryland with approximately 120 employees. After closing, Bob Struble will continue to lead the HD Radio business for DTS.


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  • the possibility that iBiquity or DTS may be adversely affected by economic, business and/or competitive factors before or after closing of the transaction;
  • the availability of HD Radio receivers in new vehicles; 
  • the ability to successfully complete the integration of the business being acquired from iBiquity by, among other things, realizing revenue, expense and other synergies, renewing contracts on competitive terms, successfully leveraging the information technology platform of the acquired business, and retaining key personnel; and
  • any adverse effect to DTS’ business or the business being acquired from iBiquity due to uncertainty relating to the transaction.

This list of important factors is not intended to be exhaustive.  Additional risks and factors are discussed in reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) by DTS from time to time, including those discussed under the heading “Risk Factors” in its most recently filed reports on Form 10-K and 10-Q.  DTS assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.