Rubicon Project Acquires nToggle For US$38.5M to Improve Header Bidding

What: Ad-Tech company  Rubicon Project has acquired tech company nToggle, which helps programmatic buyers to find the inventory they're looking for and reduce infrastructure costs.
Why it matters: The technology will be made available on the Rubicon Project platform in the coming months, giving buyers the option to utilize the bid request optimization technology.

Rubicon Project, the global exchange for advertising, announced that it has acquired nToggle, a technology company that makes it easier and more cost effective for programmatic buyers to find the inventory they're looking for among the billions of bid requests they receive each day. The technology will be made available on the Rubicon Project platform in the coming months, giving buyers the option to utilize the bid request optimization technology.

Since the introduction of header bidding, the number of bid requests received by demand side platforms (DSPs) has increased by as much as 5X. Although access to inventory has increased, the infrastructure costs associated with that growth have put a huge burden on DSPs, resulting in many of them never seeing large swaths of that available inventory. The nToggle technology makes it easier for DSPs to more effectively identify and target their key audiences, while also significantly reducing their infrastructure costs by compressing inbound queries per second (QPS) by as much as 80%.

Since the introduction of header bidding, the number of bid requests received by demand side platforms (DSPs) has increased by as much as 5X. [/comillas ]

nToggle's proprietary algorithm-driven software utilizes breakthrough analytical and data science techniques to help supply and demand partners manage the ever-expanding bid stream across all digital media by traffic shaping real-time bidding requests, optimizing traffic, and reducing the number of duplicates and irrelevant bid requests DSPs must process.

More Confident Bidding

"Integrating nToggle's technology into Rubicon Project's platform enables buyers to find the ‘signal in the noise' so they can bid more confidently, win more auctions, and spend more with our publisher and app clients," said Michael Barrett, President and CEO of Rubicon Project. "This acquisition underscores our commitment to strengthen the Rubicon Project exchange with tools and services that make it easy for buyers and sellers to transact. The needs of our buyers changed with the introduction of header bidding, and nToggle's technology enables us to address those evolving needs."

"Traffic shaping--or 'toggling' as we like to call it--is a real force in programmatic advertising, and a mission-critical ingredient for its important players," said Adam Soroca, Founder and CEO at nToggle. "We've spent the last three years building our advanced data solutions, innovative technology platform and talented team, and are excited for the opportunity to accelerate our business by taking this next step with our longtime partner Rubicon Project."

"We've worked with nToggle for the last two years, and look forward to the new scale at which this tech will be deployed through Rubicon Project's larger engineering resources," said Bill Simmons, Chief Technology Officer at DataXu.

The transaction was completed on July 14, 2017, for aggregate cash consideration of US$38.5 million. The acquisition is expected to generate a modest increase in expenses in 2017. The nToggle technology, integrated with the Rubicon Project platform, is expected to generate higher fill rates that drive incremental revenue in 2018, and to have a positive effect on adjusted EBITDA. Additional details on the nToggle acquisition will be provided on the second quarter Rubicon Project earnings call to take place on Tuesday, August 1, 2017.

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Celeste Martorana @celesmartorana

Celeste joined Portada’s team in 2013. Since then, she has been working as an editor for Portada’s English-language website and compiling information for Portada’s Databases. She currently leaves in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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