The Walt Disney Company Mergers and Acquisitions Summary

Media Company

The Walt Disney Company has acquired 22 companies, including 3 in the last 5 years. A total of 3 acquisitions came from private equity firms. It has also divested 6 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 6 countries. The Company’s most targeted sectors include internet software and services (34%) and media (29%).

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M&A Summary

  • M&A Total Activity27
    • M&A Buy Activity21
    • M&A Sell Activity6
  • Total Sectors Invested 7
  • Total Countries Invested 6
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 10
  • M&A Advisors 4

The Walt Disney Company

500 South Buena Vista Street,
Burbank, California 91521
United States,
(818) 560-1000
www.thewaltdisneycompany.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 based in Burbank, California.


M&A Summary

Buy vs Sell

Year ≤ '15 '16 '17 '18 '19 '20 T
Buy (0.6/yr) # 18 1 2 - - - 21
vol $41.9B $66.1B $108.0B
Sell (0.4/yr) # 4 - - - 1 1 6
vol $1.3B $10.6B $11.9B
  27

Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
The Walt Disney Co. - Foxnext Games 2020-01-22 - Divestiture
San Jose, California
The Walt Disney Company - 21 Regional Sports Networks & Fox College Sports 2019-05-03 10.6B USD Divestiture
Burbank, California
Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc. 2017-12-14 66.1B USD Add-on Acquisition
New York, New York · www.21cf.com
Euro Disney Associés S.A.S. 2017-02-10 - Add-on Acquisition
Chessy, France · www.disneylandparis.com
BAMTech 2016-08-09 - Stake Purchase
New York, New York · www.mlbam.com
FilmFlex Movies Ltd. 2014-05-28 - Divestiture
London, United Kingdom · www.filmflexmovies.co.uk
Maker Studios, Inc. 2014-03-24 950M USD Add-on Acquisition
Culver City, California · www.makerstudios.com
Lucasfilm Ltd. 2012-10-30 4.1B USD Add-on Acquisition
San Francisco, California · www.lucasfilm.com
Babble Media, Inc. 2011-11-14 40M USD Add-on Acquisition
New York, New York · www.babble.com
Indiagames Ltd. 2011-10-06 - Add-on Acquisition
Navi-Mumbai, India · www.indiagames.com
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Business Unit M&A

Company Acquired Add-On/Sale Date #
Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc. 2017-12-14 The YES Network 2019-08-29 1
New York, New York · www.21cf.com New York, New York · web.yesnetwork.com
Maker Studios, Inc. 2014-03-24 Instafluence 2015-07-09 1
Culver City, California · www.makerstudios.com Tempe, Arizona · www.instafluence.com
Disney Publishing Worldwide, Inc.    - FamilyFun 2012-01-20 1
Glendale,, California New York, New York
ABC, Inc. 1995-08-01 Chilton Business Group 1997-06-23 1
Burbank, California · www.disneyabctv.com Radnor, Pennsylvania
ABC, Inc.    - ESPN, Inc. 1984-05-01 2
Burbank, California · www.disneyabctv.com Bristol, Connecticut · www.espnmediazone.com
ABC, Inc.    - ESPN, Inc. 1984-01-02 1
Burbank, California · www.disneyabctv.com Bristol, Connecticut · www.espnmediazone.com

M&A by Sector

Sector Buy # Value Sell # Value
Media 6 (29%) 105.9B (98%) 3 (50%) 11.3B (95%)
Internet Software and Services 7 (33%) 390M (< 1%) - -
Digital Media 4 (19%) 1.8B (2%) 1 (17%) -
Publishing - - 2 (33%) 650M (5%)
Communications 1 (5%) - - -
Consumer Products 1 (5%) - - -
Leisure 1 (5%) - - -
Software 1 (5%) - - -
Total 21 $108.0B 6 $11.9B

By Geo

State/Country Buy Value Sell Value
United States 16 107.6B 5 11.9B
  California 10 37.5B 3 11.3B
  New York 4 70.1B - -
  Georgia 1 - - -
  Colorado 1 - - -
Canada 1 350M - -
  British Columbia 1 350M - -
Finland 1 20M - -
France 1 - - -
India 1 - - -
Spain 1 - - -
United Kingdom - - 1 -
Domestic 16 (76%) 107.6B (100%) 5 (83%) 11.9B (100%)
Cross-border 5 (24%) 370M (< 1%) 1 (17%) -
Total 21 $108.0B 6 $11.9B

Top M&A Advisors

Financial Deals
J.P. Morgan Securities LLC
1
Allen & Company
1
Legal Deals
Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP
1
Covington & Burling LLP
1

Deal Values

buy # Total
> $1B 6 $105.9B
$100M to $1B 3 $2.1B
< $100M 3 $80M
TOTAL $108.0B
Largest Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc.
$66.1B (2017-12-14)
sell # Total
> $1B 1 $10.6B
$100M to $1B 2 $1.3B
TOTAL $11.9B
Largest The Walt Disney Company - 21 Regional Sports Networks & Fox College Sports
$10.6B (2019-05-03)

M&A Connections

Deals %
Acquired from
PE Firm(s)
100%
3 100%
Divested to
PE Firm(s)
17%
1 17%
Strategic(s)
83%
5 83%

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