The Walt Disney Company Acquisitions and Exits, 25 Deals Between 1995 and 2019
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The Walt Disney Company has acquired 20 companies, including 2 in the last 5 years. A total of 2 acquisitions came from private equity firms. It has also divested 5 assets.

The Walt Disney Company’s largest acquisition to date was in 2017, when it acquired Twenty-First Century Fox for $66.1B. It’s largest disclosed sale occurred in 2019, when it sold The Walt Disney Company - 21 Regional Sports Networks & Fox College Sports to Sinclair Broadcast Group for $10.6B. The Walt Disney Company has acquired in 4 different US states, and 5 countries. The Company’s most targeted sectors include internet software and services (35%) and media (30%).

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The Walt Disney Company

500 South Buena Vista Street,
Burbank, California 91521
United States,
(818) 560-1000
www.disney.com

The Walt Disney Company is a diversified worldwide entertainment company. Walt Disney operates in five business segments. These include Media Networks, Parks and Resorts, Studio Entertainment, Consumer Products and Interactive. The Media Networks segment includes international and domestic cable television networks, a domestic broadcast television network, television production operations, domestic and international television distribution, domestic television stations, domestic broadcast radio networks and stations, and publishing and digital operations. Walt Disney's Parks and Resorts segment owns, operates, or has in interest in theme parks, hotels, a cruise line and other properties in the US and Asia. The Studio Entertainment segment produces and acquires live-action and animated motion pictures, direct-to-video content, musical recordings and live stage plays. The Consumer Products segment designs, develops, publishes, promotes and sells a wide variety of products based on existing and new characters and other Company intellectual property. The Interactive segment creates and delivers branded entertainment and lifestyle content across interactive media platforms. The Walt Disney Company was established in 1923 and is headquartered in Burbank, California.

M&A Summary

Buy vs Sell

Year ≤ '14 '15 '16 '17 '18 '19 T
Buy (0.4/yr) # 18 - 1 1 - - 20
vol $41.9B $66.1B $108.0B
Sell (0.2/yr) # 4 - - - - 1 5
vol $1.3B $10.6B $11.9B
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Largest Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc.
$66.1B (2017-12-14)
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Largest The Walt Disney Company - 21 Regional Sports Networks & Fox College Sports
$10.6B (2019-05-03)

Media M&A - Last 3 Years

When analyzing the media sector as a whole, according to Mergr, in the last 3 years, there are 339 media companies that have made at least 1 acquisition, 16 have acquired at least 5 companies, and 1 has acquired more than 10 companies.

The most prolific strategic media acquirer over the past 3 years is Live Nation Entertainment, with 11 acquisitions. The most prolific private equity acquirer in the media sector over the past 3 years is Atwater Capital LLP with 5 platform acquisitions.


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