Warner Music Group Mergers and Acquisitions Summary

Media Company

Warner Music Group has acquired 9 companies of its own, including 5 in the last 5 years. A total of 1 acquisition came from private equity firms.

Warner Music Group’s largest acquisition to date was in 2013, when it acquired Parlophone Label Group for $750M. Warner Music Group has acquired in 3 different US states, and 6 countries. The Company’s most targeted sectors include media (56%) and internet software and services (34%).

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M&A Summary

  • M&A Total Activity9
    • M&A Buy Activity9
  • Total Sectors Invested 3
  • Total Countries Invested 6
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 6

Warner Music Group Corp.

75 Rockefeller Plaza,
New York, New York 10019
United States,
(212) 275-2000
www.wmg.com

Warner Music Group Corp. a music company, operating in both the recorded music and music publishing segments in over 70 countries worldwide. Major labels include Atlantic, and Warner Brothers Records. WMG administers its copyright portfolio through Warner/Chappell.


M&A Summary

Buy vs Sell

Year ≤ '15 '16 '17 '18 '19 '20 T
Buy (0.8/yr) # 5 1 1 2 - - 9
vol $750M $750M
Sell (0.0/yr) # - - - - - - 0
  9

Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
E.M.P. Merchandising Handelsgesellschaft mbH 2018-09-17 - Add-on Acquisition
Lingen, Germany · www.emp-online.com
Uproxx Media, Inc. 2018-08-02 - Divestiture
Miami Beach, Florida · www.uproxx.com
Complete Entertainment Resources Group, Inc. - Songkick Platform 2017-07-14 - Divestiture
Brooklyn, New York
X5 Music Group AB 2016-06-02 - Add-on Acquisition
Stockholm, Sweden · www.x5musicgroup.com
POLSKIE NAGRANIA Sp. z o. o. 2015-05-26 - Add-on Acquisition
Warsaw, Poland · www.polskienagrania.com.pl
ShareMyPlaylists.com Ltd. (Playlists.net) 2014-10-16 - Add-on Acquisition
London, United Kingdom · www.playlists.net
Gold Typhoon Group 2014-04-29 - Add-on Acquisition
Beijing, China · www.gold-typhoon.com.cn
Parlophone Label Group 2013-07-01 750M GBP Divestiture
, United Kingdom · www.parlophone.co.uk
Word Entertainment LLC 2002-01-01 - Add-on Acquisition
Nashville, Tennessee · www.wordentertainment.com
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Business Unit M&A

Company Acquired Add-On/Sale Date #
Warner/Chappell Music Ltd.    - Music Publishing Catalog/LionsGate Entertainment, Inc./ 2013-05-16 1
London , United Kingdom · www.warnerchappell.com Santa Monica, California

M&A by Sector

Sector Buy # Value Sell # Value
Media 5 (56%) 750M (100%) - -
Internet Software and Services 3 (33%) - - -
Digital Media 1 (11%) - - -
Total 9 $750M - -

By Geo

State/Country Buy Value Sell Value
United States 3 - - -
  Tennessee 1 - - -
  New York 1 - - -
  Florida 1 - - -
United Kingdom 2 750M - -
China 1 - - -
Germany 1 - - -
Poland 1 - - -
Sweden 1 - - -
Domestic 3 (33%) - - -
Cross-border 6 (67%) 750M (100%) - -
Total 9 $750M - -

Deal Values

buy # Total
$100M to $1B 1 $750M
TOTAL $750M
Largest Parlophone Label Group
$750M (2013-07-01)

M&A Connections

Deals %
Acquired from
PE Firm(s)
20%
1 20%
Strategic(s)
80%
4 80%

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