Corsair acquires streaming audio systems provider Simple Audio

Contact: Tejas Venkatesh

Its IPO plans may not have materialized, but high-performance hardware designer Corsair is continuing to add to its product capabilities. In its first-ever acquisition, Corsair has reached for Simple Audio, a maker of streaming systems that enable consumers to remotely listen to music stored on computers and mobile devices. With audio being an integral part of gaming, the deal adds complementary audio products to Corsair’s stable of headsets, speakers and memory modules.

Corsair should also be able to use its worldwide distribution channels to drive sales of Simple Audio’s products. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed but the target described it as a ‘multimillion-dollar’ deal. According to a press release from Young Company Finance, which tracks and reports on early-stage high-growth companies in Scotland, Simple Audio generated about $2.1m in revenue for the nine months ended September 2012. The company only started selling its products in January 2012.

Corsair designs high-performance DRAM modules and other gaming peripherals for personal computers, with a focus on gaming hardware. The low-margin DRAM business accounts for more than two-thirds of its revenue. The company was on track for an IPO before pulling its paperwork in May 2012, citing poor market conditions. For the year ended March 2012, Corsair generated a top line of $480m, with a gross margin in the mid-teens.

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