Smartsheet buys Brandfolder for $155m to broaden product line

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Smartsheet Inc., a workplace collaboration software, disclosed it will acquire Brandfolder Inc. for $155 million. It plans to venture into the growing field of helping marketers manage digital content for campaigns.

The Bellevue, Washington-based company established that the transaction will be financed with cash and stock. Smartsheet, which has a market value of $5.8 billion, said it will share more details about the financial impact of the deal when it reports earnings on Sept. 2.

Chief Executive Officer Mark Mader has entered new markets to fuel the software maker’s growth. Revenue increased 52% in fiscal 2020, Smartsheet’s second year as a publicly traded company, but Wall Street projects that pace to slow to 35% this year.

Mader’s latest bet, digital asset management, is expected to be worth $8.5 billion by 2025, according to market research firm IMARC Group. The software maker will enter a market occupied by partner Adobe Inc. and a smattering of smaller startups. Smartsheet started selling products to marketers about a year ago, Mader said, when it announced tools to help execute campaigns.

Mader said Smartsheet found “a wonderful group of people with Brandfolder who had built an amazing platform that did many of the things our platform didn’t do and was done in a modern way.” He expects the deal to close by the middle of September.

Brandfolder, based in Denver and founded in 2012, has a customer roster that includes Lyft Inc., Slack Technologies Inc. and Under Armour Inc. The closely held company has raised $11 million in funding, which compiles startup data.

When the acquisition is finalised, Smartsheet clients will be able to manage their digital content within their broader workflows, gauge performance metrics on the assets and more easily find photos, graphics or videos with help from artificial intelligence, which can categorize them.

 

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