Saban Capital Group Mergers and Acquisitions Summary

Private Equity Profile

Saban Capital Group’s most common sectors for investment are media (58%) and communications (15%). The Firm’s most common investment types include stake purchase (43%) and venture (22%). In total, Saban Capital Group has invested in 2 US states and 7 different countries. Its largest (disclosed) acquisition occurred in 2007 when it acquired Univision Communications for $13.7B.

In the last 3 years, Saban Capital Group has exited 2 companies. The Firm’s most common exit type is trade sale (38%). Saban Capital Group’s largest (disclosed) exit occurred in 2001 when it sold Fox Family Worldwide for $5.3B.

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M&A Summary

  • M&A Total Activity22
    • M&A Buy Activity14
    • M&A Sell Activity8
  • Total Sectors Invested 6
  • Total Countries Invested 7
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 19
  • M&A Advisors 7

Saban Capital Group, Inc.

Los Angeles, California 90067
United States
(310) 557-5100
www.saban.com
pr@saban.com

Saban Capital Group (SCG) is a private investment firm specializing in the media, entertainment and communications industries. SCG makes both controlling and minority investments in public and private companies. In addition to its private equity activity, the Firm makes early-stage investments in digital media, mobile and consumer internet endeavors, through Saban Ventures, formed in 2008. SCG was established in 2001 by Haim Saban and is based in Los Angeles.


Investment Criteria

Sectors of Interest: Communications, E-Commerce, Internet Software and Services, Marketing, Media

Target Transaction Types: Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI), Consolidation, Stake Purchase, Venture, Joint Venture

Geographic Preferences: East US, Midwest US, South US, West US, Western Europe, Asia/Pacific, Middle East

Transaction Criteria Min Max
Target Revenue - -
Target EBITDA - -
Investment Size - -
Enterprise Value - -

M&A Summary

Buy vs Sell

Year ≤ '15 '16 '17 '18 '19 '20 T
Buy (0.2/yr) # 13 1 - - - - 14
vol $13.7B $13.7B
Sell (0.6/yr) # 5 1 - 1 - 1 8
vol $9.2B $9.2B
  22

Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
Univision Communications, Inc. 2020-02-25 - Secondary Buyout
New York, New York · www.univision.com
Giosis Gmarket International Pte. Ltd. (dba Qoo10) 2018-02-27 - Add-on Acquisition
Singapore, Singapore · www.qoo10.com.sg
Vessel Group, Inc. 2016-10-26 - Add-on Acquisition
San Francisco, California · www.vessel.com
BDG Media, Inc. 2016-03-10 - Venture
New York, New York · www.bustle.com
Giosis Gmarket International Pte. Ltd. (dba Qoo10) 2015-07-22 - Venture
Singapore, Singapore · www.qoo10.com.sg
Vessel Group, Inc. 2015-04-01 - Venture
San Francisco, California · www.vessel.com
Saban Films 2014-05-06 - Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI)
Los Angeles, California · www.sabanfilms.com
Partner Communications Co., Ltd. 2013-01-29 - Stake Purchase
Rosh Ha’ayin, Israel · www.orange.co.il
Tiger Gate Entertainment Ltd. 2011-12-22 - Merger
Kwun Tong, Hong Kong · www.tigergate.com
Celestial Tiger Entertainment 2011-12-22 - Consolidation
Kwun Tong, Hong Kong · www.celestialtiger.com
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Portfolio M&A

Company Acquired Add-On/Sale Date #
Celestial Tiger Entertainment 2011-12-22 Tiger Gate Entertainment Ltd. 2011-12-22 2
Kwun Tong, Hong Kong · www.celestialtiger.com Kwun Tong, Hong Kong · www.tigergate.com
Celestial Tiger Entertainment 2011-12-22 Celestial Movies Channels 2011-12-22 1
Kwun Tong, Hong Kong · www.celestialtiger.com , Hong Kong

M&A by Sector

Sector Current # Value All-time # Value
Media 2 (50%) - 8 (57%) 13.7B (100%)
Communications 1 (25%) - 2 (14%) -
Digital Media 1 (25%) - 1 (7%) -
E-Commerce - - 1 (7%) -
Internet Software and Services - - 1 (7%) -
Marketing - - 1 (7%) -
Total 4 - 14 $13.7B

Acquisitions By Geo

State/Country Current # Value All-time # Value
United States 2 (50%) - 5 (36%) 13.7B (100%)
  California 1 (25%) - 3 (21%) -
  New York 1 (25%) - 2 (14%) 13.7B (100%)
Israel 1 (25%) - 3 (21%) -
Hong Kong 1 (25%) - 2 (14%) -
China - - 1 (7%) -
Germany - - 1 (7%) -
Indonesia - - 1 (7%) -
Singapore - - 1 (7%) -
Domestic 2 (50%) - 5 (36%) 13.7B (100%)
Cross-border 2 (50%) - 9 (64%) -
Total 4 - 14 $13.7B

Acquisitions by Deal Type

Type Current # Value All-time # Value
Stake Purchase 1 (25%) - 6 (43%) -
Venture 1 (25%) - 3 (21%) -
Buyout (LBO, MBO, MBI) 1 (25%) - 2 (14%) -
Going Private - - 1 (7%) 13.7B (100%)
Consolidation 1 (25%) - 1 (7%) -
Joint Venture - - 1 (7%) -
Total 4 - 14 $13.7B

Exits by Deal Type

Type Total # Value
Trade Sale - Public Company 3 (38%) 5.3B (57%)
Secondary Sale 2 (25%) 3.9B (43%)
Stake Sale 2 (25%) -
Merger 1 (13%) -
Total 8 $9.2B

Top M&A Advisors

Financial Deals
Deutsche Bank Corporate & Investment Banking
2
Credit Suisse Investment Banking
1
Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BofA Securities)
1
Legal Deals
Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP
1
Zellermayer, Pelossof, Rosovsky, Tsafrir, Toledano & Co.
1
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
1

Deal Values

buy # Total
> $1B 1 $13.7B
TOTAL $13.7B
Largest Univision Communications, Inc.
$13.7B (2007-03-27)
sell # Total
> $1B 2 $9.2B
TOTAL $9.2B
Largest Fox Family Worldwide, Inc.
$5.3B (2001-10-24)

M&A Connections

Deals %
Acquired from
Strategic(s)
100%
1 100%
Exited to
PE Firm(s)
38%
3 38%
Strategic(s)
63%
5 63%

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