AdTheorent, a Leader in Data Science and Machine Learning Optimized Advertising, to List on NASDAQ via Merger with MCAP Acquisition Corporation

  • MCAP Acquisition Corporation is sponsored by an affiliate of Chicago-based asset manager Monroe Capital LLC
  • AdTheorent’s privacy-forward programmatic digital advertising platform uses machine learning models fueled by non-individualized statistics to drive superior campaign performance, measured by advertiser business goals
  • Forecasted to outpace the 17.6% projected growth for programmatic digital media – a $90 billion market in the U.S.
  • AdTheorent operates at ‘Rule of 50’ based on 2021P revenue ex-TAC growth and adjusted EBITDA margin; projected annual revenue ex-TAC growth of 28.4% between 2020-2023 and average adjusted EBITDA margin of 30.9% between 2020-2023
  • Combined company to have an implied initial enterprise value of approximately $775 million and pro forma market capitalization of approximately $1 billion, and expects to be listed on NASDAQ
  • Transaction to provide a minimum of $100 million of net proceeds to AdTheorent, including a $121.5 million fully committed, oversubscribed and upsized common stock PIPE at $10.00 per share anchored by top-tier institutional and strategic investors Hana Financial Group, Palantir Technologies, and Monroe Capital and/or one or more of its affiliates
  • Investor webcast and conference call is scheduled for Tuesday, July 27, at 8:00 AM ET

AdTheorent, Inc., a programmatic digital advertising leader using advanced machine learning technology and solutions to deliver real-world value for advertisers and marketers, and MCAP Acquisition Corporation , a publicly-traded special purpose acquisition company, sponsored by an affiliate of Chicago-based asset manager Monroe Capital LLC, announced today that they have entered into a definitive business combination agreement in which AdTheorent will be merged with MCAP. Upon closing of the transaction, the combined company will be named AdTheorent, Inc. and it is expected to remain listed on the NASDAQ Capital Market. The transaction reflects an implied enterprise value for the company of approximately $775 million. The AdTheorent executive team, led by Chief Executive Officer Jim Lawson, will continue to execute the growth and strategy for the company. Given AdTheorent’s strong profitability and cash flow characteristics, the net cash provided by the transaction is expected to be used to support an M&A and international expansion strategy, complementing its robust organic growth profile.

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“AdTheorent’s machine learning advertising technology platform positions the company to continue to take market share in a large and rapidly growing market as consumers, regulators, and corporations alike increasingly demand advertisers shift away from outdated and less effective competitors that rely on harvesting the personal data of consumers.”

“Since 2012 we have pioneered a new way to target digital ads programmatically without relying on user-specific personal profiles and individualized data,” said Jim Lawson, CEO of AdTheorent. “AdTheorent Predictive Advertising delivers a level of superior performance only possible with advanced machine learning and our privacy-forward platform is changing what digital ad targeting can be. We are excited by the opportunities this transaction represents as we work to expand our capabilities for the most sophisticated and data-driven advertisers in the world.”

“Our world class team is thrilled to have this opportunity to perform on a bigger stage,” said Lawson. “The public company structure and proceeds provided by the transaction will allow us to enhance our growth plans beyond the already robust organic growth we are delivering in 1H21 – 34% year-over-year revenue ex-TAC growth in Q1 and over 70% projected in Q2.”

Company Overview

AdTheorent’s programmatic platform uses award-winning data science and machine learning (ML) capabilities to deliver advertiser-specific business outcomes for top consumer brands. The company’s proprietary suite of tools, methodologies and vertical solutions maximizes campaign performance and ROI for advertisers, while operating in a privacy-first manner, which has quickly escalated as an essential element for brand marketers worldwide. AdTheorent’s performance focus is centered around ingesting non-personalized data signals and using statistical data for modeling and targeting, representing a growing strategic advantage as regulatory and industry changes reduce marketers’ access to individual user identifiers such as cookies and device IDs.

Operating at massive scale, AdTheorent is able to optimize ad targeting by evaluating and providing predictive scores for more than 87 billion impressions daily, bidding on less than .01% of impressions scored. The company also leverages advanced machine learning and data science to drive platform efficiencies by optimizing against ad impressions which represent a greater risk of IVT/fraud, poor viewability and brand safety, or impressions that may not be measurable by third party measurement providers.

According to the Winterberry Group, digital media spending will exceed $171 billion in the US in 2021 and is poised for exceptional growth, driven in large part by programmatic advertising. Programmatic digital spending in the US is a $90 billion Total Addressable Market (TAM) in 2021, forecasted to grow at a 17.6% CAGR to $141 billion by 2024 and AdTheorent’s industry-leading Artificial Intelligence (AI) and ML powered platform and a foundational privacy-forward approach to data and targeting position it to outpace industry growth. AdTheorent serves a diverse roster of the most sophisticated and discerning advertisers in the world across diverse and attractive industry verticals, including: Healthcare & Pharmaceuticals; Banking, Financial Services and Insurance (BFSI); Government, Education & Non-Profit; Retail; Dining & QSR; and Travel & Hospitality.

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AdTheorent Investment Highlights

  • Outpacing robust market growth. AdTheorent Predictive Advertising is premised on a privacy-forward technology platform and solutions which do not rely on third-party cookies and segment-based audiences for ad targeting, positioning it to benefit from increased privacy trends and meaningfully outpace peer growth, tracking toward 30% revenue growth in 2021.
  • Sustainable profitability. AdTheorent has a history of operating efficiently, with consistent margin expansion the last four years, tracking toward 30% adjusted EBITDA margins in 2021.
  • Strong H1 revenue growth. Revenue ex-TAC grew 34% year-over-year in 1Q21 and the company expects growth in excess of 70% in Q2, resulting in strong increases across segments for the first half of 2021.

“There has never been more demand for AdTheorent capabilities and solutions,” said Lawson. “Our platform uses machine learning and data science in unprecedented and highly differentiated ways – and our opportunities for continued innovation and advancement on this premise are vast. The future is bright for AdTheorent and our team because we created a better way for advertisers to derive provable value from their digital advertising, and we have a lot more to achieve.”

Theodore Koenig, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of MCAP, commented, “AdTheorent’s machine learning advertising technology platform positions the company to continue to take market share in a large and rapidly growing market as consumers, regulators, and corporations alike increasingly demand advertisers shift away from outdated and less effective competitors that rely on harvesting the personal data of consumers.”

Zia Uddin, Co-President of MCAP added “The ability to deliver a superior ROI to the world’s largest brands with a product focused on privacy provides a clear path to continuing AdTheorent’s compelling combination of high growth and profitability. We are delighted to announce this business combination, which we expect to accelerate the company’s growth and create value for MCAP stockholders.”

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Transaction Overview

The business combination values AdTheorent at a $775 million enterprise value and at a pro forma market capitalization of approximately $1 billion, assuming a $10.00 per share price and no redemptions by MCAP stockholders. The transaction will provide a minimum of $100 million of net proceeds to the company, including an oversubscribed and upsized $121.5 million fully committed common stock PIPE anchored by top-tier institutional and strategic investors including Hana Financial Group and Monroe Capital and/or one or more of its affiliates, along with Palantir Technologies, a global software company specializing in providing enterprise data platforms for use by organizations with complex and sensitive data environments.

The Boards of Directors of both MCAP and AdTheorent have unanimously approved the transaction. Completion of the proposed transaction is subject to approval of MCAP stockholders and other customary closing conditions, including the receipt of certain regulatory approvals. The transaction is expected to close in Q4 2021.