Agora to Sell Customer Engagement Cloud Business
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Dec. 15, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Agora, Inc. (NASDAQ: API) (“Agora”), a pioneer and leading platform for real-time engagement APIs, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell the customer engagement cloud business segment of Easemob, which Agora acquired in early 2021, to TI Cloud Inc. (“TI Cloud”) for approximately US$14.6 million (subject to certain closing adjustments) in an all-cash transaction.
TI Cloud is a leading Life-cycle Customer Contact SaaS provider in China and is listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Agora was a cornerstone investor in TI Cloud’s initial public offering in June 2022 and currently holds approximately 2.8% of TI Cloud.
“Since our acquisition of Easemob in early 2021, Easemob’s chat API business has been integrated with our platform to complement our core product offerings. Earlier this year, we released Agora Chat, which leveraged both Easemob’s experience in providing chat APIs and Agora’s global infrastructure,” said Tony Zhao, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Agora. “As we continue to focus our resources on our core products, the board believes the sale of the other segment of Easemob, namely the customer engagement cloud business, is in the best interest of Agora shareholders as well as employees of that business. TI Cloud is a market leader in customer engagement cloud with a proven record of growth and profitability. We believe this transaction has the potential to create significant product and customer synergies, from which Agora stands to benefit as a shareholder of TI Cloud.”
“We see tremendous strategic synergies between TI Cloud’s and Easemob’s customer engagement cloud businesses, both in optimizing our joint product offering and in better serving our combined customer base,” commented Wu Qiang, Founder, Chairman and CEO of TI Cloud. “Easemob’s customer engagement cloud business perfectly complements our customer contact solutions and will further augment our market share in verticals such as technology, insurance and automobile. We believe this transaction will also help accelerate the realization of TI Cloud’s vision in making customer contact a better Experience, with improved Efficiency.”
The revenues and gross profits attributable to this business segment were approximately $7.2 million and $5.7 million for the year ended December 31, 2020, respectively; and were approximately $8.8 million and $6.3 million for the year ended December 31, 2021, respectively. Easemob's pretax profits and net profits (including both customer engagement cloud business and chat API business segments) were both approximately $3.2 million for the year ended December 31, 2020, and were both approximately negative $3.7 million for the year ended December 31, 2021. The total assets attributable to customer engagement cloud business segment as of September 30, 2022 was approximately $1.3 million.
The transaction is expected to close during the first quarter of 2023, subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions. There is no assurance that the transaction will be completed within the anticipated timeframe, or at all. Shareholders are cautioned not to place undue reliance on this announcement.
Agora is a pioneer and global leader in Real-Time Engagement Platform-as-a-Service, or RTE-PaaS. Agora’s mission is to make real-time engagement ubiquitous, allowing everyone to interact with anyone, in any app, anytime and anywhere. Agora’s cloud platform provides developers with simple, flexible, and powerful application programming interfaces, or APIs, to embed real-time voice, video, interactive live-streaming, chat, whiteboard, and artificial intelligence capabilities into their applications.
About TI Cloud
TI Cloud (Stock code: 2167.HK), founded in Beijing in 2006, is a leading Life-cycle Customer Contact SaaS provider in China. It offers a broad array of cloud-native customer contact solutions, which are communication solutions that enable enterprises to engage in multi-channel customer interactions. TI Cloud is China’s largest provider of customer contact solutions deployed in public clouds as measured by revenue in 2021, with a market share of 10.3%, according to an industry report by China Insights Consultancy.
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