NEW YORK - Shutterstock, Inc. (NYSE: SSTK), a leading global creative platform offering full-service solutions, high-quality content, and applications for brands, businesses and media companies, today announced the acquisition of PicMonkey, a leading online graphic design and image editing platform that enables creators of any skill level to design high-quality visual assets -- from presentations, advertisements and logos, to business cards and banners -- for an array of use cases, including digital marketing, advertising, and social media posts.
Visual content is the cornerstone of brand storytelling. At Shutterstock, democratizing creativity and empowering the creation of professional content by anyone, regardless of design experience, has always been at the heart of the company's vision. Whether it's a future business owner using a presentation to effectively pitch their concept, or a large marketing team creating a campaign that makes people sit up and take notice, there is a pervasive need among non-designers to create compelling, professional content seamlessly. While some professional design applications require formal training, the integration of PicMonkey into Shutterstock will further empower our customers, regardless of their skill level or expertise, to create beautiful, best-in-class content with efficiency and ease in just a few clicks.
Founded in 2012, PicMonkey allows creators to access thousands of templates, graphics and fonts, with tips and tutorials for producing sophisticated visual designs with an editorial look and feel for a diverse array of channels. This acquisition builds upon Shutterstock's strategy to expand its offering to small businesses, by providing additional tools to non-professionals for elevating their visual content across a variety of platforms.
"Content is at the core of Shutterstock's offering, and selecting an asset is just one step of the creative process. A key element of Shutterstock's strategy and vision is providing a suite of solutions for the entire creative journey, regardless of experience or expertise level," said Stan Pavlovsky, Chief Executive Officer at Shutterstock. "PicMonkey's easy-to-use design and editing tools, collaboration features across teams, and robust library of pre-designed templates makes professional publishing assets accessible at scale to anyone, and is expected to allow Shutterstock to enhance and accelerate the delivery of our vision for our customers around the world."
The acquisition of PicMonkey is an important element of Shutterstock's workflow solutions, empowering creatives, business owners and marketers to design with ease. Key features of the PicMonkey tool includes photo editing, effects, touch-up tools, brand kits, cloud storage video, animations, and multi-page for creators, solopreneurs, social marketers, marketing professionals, pro designers and casual creatives. These design and editing features represent a natural extension of Shutterstock's content offering, and on a combined basis, will enable the delivery of a more unified customer experience across the creation journey.
CapM Advisors acted as financial advisor, and Sheppard Mullin acted as legal advisor to Shutterstock. Lightning Partners acted as financial advisor, and Latham & Watkins acted as legal advisor to PicMonkey.
Shutterstock, Inc. (NYSE: SSTK) is a leading global creative platform offering full-service solutions, high-quality content, and applications for brands, businesses and media companies. Directly and through its group subsidiaries, Shutterstock's comprehensive collection includes high-quality licensed photographs, vectors, illustrations, videos, 3D models and music. Working with its growing community of over 1.8 million contributors, Shutterstock adds hundreds of thousands of images each week, and currently has more than 380 million images and more than 22 million video clips available.
Headquartered in New York City, Shutterstock has offices around the world and customers in more than 150 countries. The Company also owns Offset, a high-end image collection; Shutterstock Studios, an end-to-end custom creative shop; PremiumBeat, a curated royalty-free music library; Shutterstock Editorial, a premier source of editorial images and videos for the world's media; TurboSquid, a leading 3D content marketplace; Amper Music, an AI-driven music platform; and Bigstock, a value-oriented stock media offering.
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