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 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 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 Activity26
    • M&A Buy Activity Activity21
    • M&A Sell Activity Activity5
  • Total Sectors Invested 7
  • Total Countries Invested 6
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 9
  • M&A Advisors 4

The Walt Disney Company

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

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 ≤ '14 '15 '16 '17 '18 '19 T
Buy (0.6/yr) # 18 - 1 2 - - 21
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)

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