Joint Venture Expands Synacor Reach To China

BUFFALO, N.Y., March 12, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Synacor Inc. (Nasdaq:SYNC), the leading provider of next-gen startpages, TV Everywhere solutions and cloud-based Identity Management (IDM) services across multiple devices for cable, satellite, telecom and consumer electronics companies, today announced it has formed a joint venture with Maxit Technology Inc., a leading intelligent Internet platform company based in Beijing, to expand Synacor services to China.

The joint venture, part of Synacor's international growth strategy, will be known as Synacor China Limited, and it will apply for registration in China as Beijing Xing Mai Technology Limited. Both parties will own 50% of the joint venture. Under the terms of the agreement, Synacor and Maxit will both license certain intellectual property, and Synacor will provide capabilities and resources to the joint venture and an investment commitment of $2 million over two years.

The joint venture will combine Synacor's expertise in next-gen startpages, email, messaging services, and cross-platform solutions for PCs, tablets and smartphones with Maxit's expertise in telecommunications, analytics and experience with China's largest telecom operators. Synacor will leverage the benefits of its search and display advertising and subscription-based business model developed in North America and deploy it into the China market.

The CEO of the joint venture will be Dr. Sean Wang. Dr. Wang is the Chairman and CEO of Maxit Technology Inc., and was previously the CEO of Dragontech Ventures, a venture capital firm he co-founded in 2000. Wang, who was formerly on the faculty of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Victoria, Canada where he received his Ph.D., also has experience as an investment banker at China International Capital Corporation and Nikko Securities. Dr. Wang and Mei Deng, Ph.D., a Maxit board member, will represent Maxit on the joint venture's board of directors. Synacor will be represented on the board by the following executives of Synacor: Ron Frankel, CEO; George Chamoun, Executive VP; and Bill Stuart, CFO.

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