From Turtle Beach Press Release: Turtle Beach Corporation (Nasdaq: HEAR) today announced the acquisition of Neat Microphones. Neat creates, manufactures, and sells high-quality digital USB and analog microphones that embrace cutting-edge technology and design. Neat's accomplished leadership team includes the former founders of Blue Microphones, inventors of the first high-performance USB microphone, and pioneers behind other award-winning microphones that have revolutionized how professionals and consumers capture their voice, music, and more. The acquisition also enables Turtle Beach's entry into the $2.3 billion global microphone market, which is experiencing rapid growth in the digital/USB accessories segment where Neat's product innovation is focused.
"We are entering the growing global streaming and microphone market with two significant advantages – the visionary leadership and engineering expertise behind some of the most renowned mics of the past 30-plus years, and Neat's impressive 2021 product lineup," said Juergen Stark, CEO, Turtle Beach Corporation. "Neat is a great fit with Turtle Beach's 45-year legacy of audio innovation and expertise, and we're thrilled to welcome Skipper Wise, Martins Saulespurens, and the rest of the Neat Microphones team to the Turtle Beach family."
Stark continued, "This is another significant milestone for Turtle Beach. Entering the global microphone market with Neat diversifies our product portfolio into new categories, while complimenting Turtle Beach and ROCCAT's offerings in console and PC accessories. The total addressable market for our diversified products and brands expands from $5.1B to $7.4B with this acquisition. Turtle Beach is already well-known for the excellent mic performance in our gaming headsets, and Neat's technology will further enhance our future industry-leading Turtle Beach and ROCCAT products. Additionally, the Neat brand expands our reach beyond gaming with a broader assortment of consumer and prosumer audio products."
Skipper Wise, President of Neat Microphones, added, "We are absolutely thrilled to bring our team's 100+ combined years of expertise to Turtle Beach to create groundbreaking microphone products. The market is ready for a new, high-quality, easy-to-use portfolio of digital microphones. Neat is the digitally native microphone brand that, with Turtle Beach's extensive retail relationships and best-in-class global distribution, can bring this innovation to more people all over the world."
Wise continued, "2020 showed all of us – family and friends, coworkers, musicians, gamers, streamers, podcasters, creators, influencers, educators and students – the importance of our voices being heard more than ever before. In 2021, Neat will launch new, updated versions of some of our most popular analog and digital microphones. We're also currently developing the next generation of our products to meet the growing demand for high-quality, affordable microphones."
The Neat Microphones team is comprised of the best microphone creators in the world, and between them they have launched over 60 products since originally founding Blue Microphones in 1995. Through this acquisition, Turtle Beach adds nearly 40 Neat patents and nearly 70 Neat trademark registrations to its overall portfolio. With decades of knowledge in the engineering, design, and production of microphones for studio and home, the Neat team changed the way people view, use, and value quality recording tools, and they are set to do it again in 2021 and beyond as part of Turtle Beach.
For the latest information on the Neat Microphones lineup of professional and consumer microphones, visit https://www.neatmic.com/.
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