Warner Music Group Mergers and Acquisitions Summary

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Warner Music Group has acquired 12 companies, including 6 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 7 countries. The Company’s most targeted sectors include media (59%) and internet software and services (25%).

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M&A Summary

  • M&A Total Activity12
    • M&A Buy Activity12
  • Total Sectors Invested 3
  • Total Countries Invested 7
  • M&A Buy/Sell Connections 6

Warner Music Group

Warner Music Group Corp.

1633 Broadway,
New York, New York 10019
United States,
(212) 275-2000
www.wmg.com

Warner Music Group is home to a collection of the best-known record labels in the music industry including Asylum, Atlantic, East West, Elektra, Fueled By Ramen, Nonesuch, Reprise, Rhino, Roadrunner, Rykodisc, Sire, Warner Bros., and Word, as well as Warner/Chappell Music. WMG comprises an array of businesses aimed at helping artists achieve long-term creative and financial success while providing consumers with the highest-quality music content available. WMG is engaged in the recorded music business (including artist services) and the music publishing business, and is a leading company in national and international repertoire that operates through numerous international affiliates and licensees in more than 50 countries. Warner Music Group was formed in 1929 and is headquartered in New York, New York.


M&A Summary

Buy vs Sell

Year ≤ '17 '18 '19 '20 '21 '22 T
Buy (1.0/yr) # 7 2 - 1 2 - 12
vol $750M $750M
Sell (0.0/yr) # - - - - - - 0
  12

Most Recent M&A

Company Date Value Type
300 Entertainment 2021-12-16 - Add-on Acquisition
New York, New York · dna.300ent.com
Rotana Music 2021-02-16 - Stake Purchase
Dubai, United Arab Emirates · www.rotana.net
IMGN Media 2020-08-14 - Add-on Acquisition
New York, New York · www.imgn.media
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
View All >>

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 7 (58%) 750M (100%) - -
Internet Software and Services 3 (25%) - - -
Digital Media 2 (17%) - - -
Total 12 $750M - -

By Geo

State/Country Buy Value Sell Value
United States 5 - - -
  New York 3 - - -
  Florida 1 - - -
  Tennessee 1 - - -
United Kingdom 2 750M - -
China 1 - - -
Germany 1 - - -
Poland 1 - - -
Sweden 1 - - -
United Arab Emirates 1 - - -
Domestic 5 (42%) - - -
Cross-border 7 (58%) 750M (100%) - -
Total 12 $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
Investor(s)
8%
1 (8%)
Strategic(s)
33%
4 (33%)

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