Tractor Outdoor Acquires Boutique Media Company

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Tractor Outdoor has announced that, following its acquisition of a 50% stake in boutique media company UrbanSigns in 2018, the leading Out-of-Home (OOH) media owner will take over the rest of the business.

Ben Harris, managing director at Tractor, says that upon the initial part-acquisition of UrbanSigns four years ago, a joint venture between the two businesses was launched — a separate entity called ‘urbantrac’.

Through merging the portfolios of both companies, clients were able to benefit from having access to multiple OOH locations and thus maximise their reach, adds Harris.

“With this latest move, we will now do away with urbantrac and consolidate everything under the Tractor Outdoor umbrella. This will unlock significant value for our clients by adding 26 key sites to our Western Cape portfolio, extending our footprint and influence. Moreover, having complete autonomy will allow us greater opportunity to innovate, update and augment the portfolio as we go,” Harris says.

Harris adds that the relationship with UrbanSigns has been a mutually-beneficial, rewarding and long-standing one.

“UrbanSigns’s owner Antony Urbaniak founded his company around 30 years ago and is one of the stalwarts and pioneers of the local outdoor media industry. He has run an admirably tight ship and managed a successful business for many years, and it has been a privilege working with — and learning from — him. We look forward to building on this legacy while taking our business into the future,” Says Harris.

Urbaniak says, “It has been a wonderful partnership and I will miss working with Tractor and their dynamic team.”

Harris says, “The Western Cape continues to yield exciting potential for media owners and advertisers. The province’s outdoor media landscape is well-regulated and it sees many tourists, business travelers and holidaymakers each year.”

“There is a great demand for iconic, premium sites and Cape Town is well-known for these. Thus, it remains a core strategic focus within our national network of OOH and digital Out-of-Home (DOOH) inventory,” Harris concludes.

This announcement follows the recent acquisition of a minority stake in Tractor Media Holdings by black-owned private equity and venture capital firm Hlayisani Capital. The intention behind both moves is to aggressively accelerate the Tractor’s DOOH growth strategy over the next few years.

For more information, visit www.tractoroutdoor.com.

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