music business industry

announced 8/23/2019 via BusinessWire

Hasbro, Inc., will acquire Entertainment One Ltd

synopsis: Hasbro, Inc., a global play and entertainment company, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Entertainment One, a global independent studio that specializes in the development, acquisition, production, financing, distribution and sales of entertainment content.
buyer: Hasbro, Inc. (HAS:$4,675.89)
Hasbro is a global play and entertainment company committed to Creating the World's Best Play Experiences. From toys and games to television, movies, digital gaming and consumer products, Hasbro offers a variety of ways for audiences to experience its iconic brands. "
target: Entertainment One Ltd (LSE:ETO:$1,173.08)
Entertainment One is a global independent studio that specializes in the development, acquisition, production, financing, distribution and sales of entertainment content.
price ($mm)[EV]
$3,420 [$4,001]
rev ($mm)
$1,144
EBITDA ($mm)
$136
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3.7x
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30.7x
closed 12/8/2017 via PR Newswire

Kobalt Music Group Ltd., acquired SONGS Music Publishing

synopsis: SONGS Music Publishing, the world's leading independent contemporary music publisher, has sold its catalog to Kobalt Capital's fund, where it will be administered and serviced by Kobalt Music Publishing, a music services company. SONGS offers its writers innovative deals with content buyers and a deep commitment to both A&R and Creative Licensing.
buyer: Kobalt Music Group Ltd.
Kobalt is the leading independent music services company. Kobalt’s Music Publishing, Label Services, and Neighboring Rights divisions each offer an alternative to the traditional music business model, empowering artists, songwriters, publishers and labels with advanced technology and control. "
target: SONGS Music Publishing
SONGS Music Publishing is the leading independent contemporary music publisher and is widely known as the principal independent competitor to the four majors in contemporary music publishing. SONGS offers its writers deals with content buyers and a deep commitment to both A&R and Creative Licensing.
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closed 1/10/2018 via BusinessWire

Round Hill Music, acquired Carlin America, Inc.

synopsis: Round Hill Music has acquired Carlin Music, one of the largest of a few remaining independent music publishers in the world. Carlin Music, comprised of Carlin America, Carlin U.K. and E.B Marks Music, has a vast catalog of more than 100,000 songs including pop & rock classics “Are You Lonesome Tonight”, “Fever”, “Happy Together” among many others.
buyer: Round Hill Music
Round Hill Music is an independent music rights company. Round Hill provides a full administrative platform for songwriters and artists that delivers everything from sync licensing, song placements, music production, label services and transparent, accurate global royalty processing and accounting. "
target: Carlin America, Inc.
Carlin Music is one of the few remaining independent music publishers in the world. Carlin Music, comprised of Carlin America, Carlin U.K. and E.B Marks Music, has a vast catalog of more than 100,000 songs including pop and rock classics “Are You Lonesome Tonight”, “Happy Together” among others.
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$245
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closed 8/10/2017 via PR Newswire

STX Entertainment, acquired Lalela Music

synopsis: STX Entertainment announced the acquisition of Lalela Music, a preeminent production music library for film, TV and other media. Founded in 2009, Lalela Music is a South African production music library featuring global composing talent. Its 28,000 cues have been used on major networks, top shows, as well as premium cable networks.
buyer: STX Entertainment
STX Entertainment is a fully integrated, diversified, global media company designed from inception to unlock value from the 21st century’s changed media landscape. "
target: Lalela Music
Founded in 2009, Lalela Music is a South African production music library featuring global composing talent. Its 28,000 cues have been used on major networks, top shows, as well as premium cable networks.
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closed 6/2/2017 via BusinessWire

Concord Music Group, acquired Imagem Music Group

synopsis: Concord Bicycle Music, one of the largest independent record and music publishing companies in the world, has acquired global independent music publishing and theatrical rights company Imagem Music Group. Imagem is comprised of three distinct business units: Rodgers & Hammerstein (theatrical), Imagem Music (pop), and Boosey & Hawkes(classical).
buyer parent: MassMutual
buyer: Concord Music Group
The Concord Music Group is one of the largest independent record and music publishing companies in the world and owner of a rich and, in many cases, historically significant catalog of recordings. "
target: Imagem Music Group
Imagem Music Group is the number one independent music publishing company in the world, unique for its leadership role in classical music, Broadway, and pop/rock. Imagem Music's expanding pop catalogue includes such writers as Pink Floyd, Elvis Presley, Genesis, Iron Maiden, Mark Ronson and more.
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closed 9/29/2016 via BusinessWire

Ole, acquired Compact Media

synopsis: ole announced it has acquired rights management company Compact Media in a deal that furthers ole’s commitment to delivering IP rights management services across the globe. London-based Compact Media manages Audio-Visual Secondary Rights for more than 700 clients around the world and will remain under its own brand and direction of David Johnson.
buyer: Ole
ole is one of the world’s foremost rights management companies with investments of over $500M in music intellectual property (IP). Founded in 2004, ole is engaged in IP acquisitions, creative development, and worldwide rights management. "
target: Compact Media
Serving content creators, Compact is the leading independent company that provides a global resource for ensuring long-term value of AV content rights, delivering international rights management and royalty collection.
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closed 9/28/2016 via BNC Analysis

Kobalt Music Group Ltd., purchased Music, Neighboring Rights and Publishing businesses from Fintage House B.V.

synopsis: Kobalt has acquired the music division of Fintage House in a deal that paves the way for the independent music services company to become the market leader in the neighboring rights business. Following the acquisition of its music and publishing division, Fintage House will continue to focus on its TV, film and other business lines.
buyer: Kobalt Music Group Ltd.
Kobalt is a leading independent music services company. Kobalt’s Music Publishing, Label Services, and Neighbouring Rights divisions empower artists, songwriters, publishers and labels with advanced technology, transparency, flexibility, ownership and control. "
seller: Fintage House B.V.
Fintage House is a privately owned global rights company. Fintage House has been responsible for collecting revenues for clients. Fintage’s expertise in neighboring rights ensures that all music artists receive money that is due to them from every possible source available across the world.
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closed 7/6/2016 via BNC Analysis

BMG Rights Management GmbH, acquired Alberts

synopsis: Alberts, the longest running independent Australian music label, which launched AC/DC, The Angels and The Easybeats, has been acquired by international music company BMG.
buyer parent: Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA
buyer: BMG Rights Management GmbH
BMG offers a new digital-age service alternative to songwriters, artists and rights owners in the music industry. It is a rights management company equally representing music publishing and recording rights. "
target: Alberts
Alberts is a creative music rights management company with its hub based in Sydney, Australia. Their full service music company includes Record Label, Publishing, Licencing, Song Pitching, Inhouse studios, producers, engineers and inhouse music lovers.
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closed 5/25/2016 via BNC Analysis

Hal Leonard Corporation, acquired Music Minus One

synopsis: Hal Leonard Corp. said that it has purchased Music Minus One, a producer of play-along recordings with a library of more than 1,100 titles. Music Minus One offers close to nine hundred albums, devoted to classical, chamber music, opera, lieder, popular, through the Romantic and Classical periods in music.
buyer: Hal Leonard Corporation
Hal Leonard Corporation is the world's largest educational music publisher, with the #1 methods for learning guitar (the Hal Leonard Guitar Method), piano (the Faber Piano Method), and school music instruments, plus publications for learning virtually every instrument imaginable. "
target: Music Minus One
Music Minus One offers close to nine hundred albums, devoted to classical, chamber music, opera, lieder, popular , jazz and religious music from all times and periods, from the Baroque, through the Romantic and Classical periods in music.
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closed 5/25/2016 via Company Press Release

Spirit Music Group, acquired Polar Patrol Publishing

synopsis: Spirit Music Group has announced the acquisition of Polar Patrol Publishing. Polar Patrol Publishing's catalog includes successful songs written by Snow Patrol, Belle and Sebastian, and Ed Sheeran co-writer Johnny McDaid, to name a few.
buyer parent: Pegasus Capital Advisors, L. P.
buyer: Spirit Music Group
Spirit Music Group, founded in 1995, is one of the world’s leading independent music publishers, owning and/or managing more than 40,000 songs spanning 7 decades and every musical genre. "
target: Polar Patrol Publishing
Polar Patrol Publishing was founded by Jonny Quinn, Nathan Connolly, and Gary Lightbody from the band Snow Patrol, and its catalog includes successful songs written by Snow Patrol, Belle and Sebastian, and Ed Sheeran co-writer Johnny McDaid, to name a few.
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announced 6/29/2015 via AP - Associated Press

BMG Rights Management GmbH, will acquire Verse Music Publishing

synopsis: BMG, an international group of music companies focused on the management of music rights, acquired Verse Music Group, a global entertainment company that owns over 50,000 copyrights through the acquisition of iconic brands and music catalogs.
buyer parent: Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA
buyer: BMG Rights Management GmbH
BMG Rights Management is an international group of music companies focused on the management of music rights. They cover the entire range of rights administration, development, and funding of new master recordings and exploitation worldwide. "
target parent: Wicks Group of Companies
target: Verse Music Publishing
Verse Music Group owns over 50,000 copyrights through the acquisition of iconic brands and music catalogs such as, Salsoul Records, West End Records, Bethlehem Records and Golden Records and featured songs by artists Rod Stewart, Jennifer Lopez, Commodores, Tupac, and Celine Dion among many others.
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closed 5/20/2015 via BNC Analysis

Downtown Music, LLC, acquired Eagle-i Music Ltd.

synopsis: Downtown Music Publishing has acquired London-based music publisher Eagle-i Music, and names the acquired firm's co-founder, Roberto Neri, as managing director of Downtown UK. Eagel-i Music is a 21st Century music company, specialising in Music Publishing and also offers a wide range of creative services.
buyer: Downtown Music, LLC
Downtown Music Publishing is a leading global music rights management business with offices in New York, Amsterdam, London, Los Angeles and Nashville. Established in 2007, the Company owns and manages some of the most well-known song copyrights in popular music. "
target: Eagle-i Music Ltd.
Eagel-i Music is a 21st Century music company, specialising in Music Publishing and also offers a wide range of creative services.
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closed 7/24/2013 via BNC Analysis

Ole, acquired Better Angels Music, LLC

synopsis: ole has acquired the music publishing catalog of Nashville-based Better Angels Music Publishing Group. The catalog includes more than 2,000 unexploited songs, as well as more than 100 commercially-released songs, and several master recordings.
buyer: Ole
ole is one of the world's largest independent, full-service music publishers, with offices in Los Angeles, Nashville and Toronto. ole boasts a team of 32 experienced industry professionals focused on acquisitions, creative development and worldwide administration. "
target: Better Angels Music, LLC
Better Angels Music, LLC offers music-publishing services including in-house production, A&R, and publishing and label services. The company was founded in 2007 and is based in Nashville, Tennessee.
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closed 7/3/2013 via Market Wire

Ole, purchased Music Publishing Catalog from Sony Pictures Entertainment

synopsis: ole is pleased to announce that it has acquired a music publishing catalog comprised of music from Sony Pictures Entertainment's film and television releases between 1993 and 2012.
buyer: Ole
ole is one of the world's largest independent, full-service music publishers, with offices in Los Angeles, Nashville and Toronto. ole boasts a team of 32 experienced industry professionals focused on acquisitions, creative development and worldwide administration. "
seller parent: Sony Corporation
seller: Sony Pictures Entertainment
The Sony Pictures Music Publishing Catalog includes compositions from a variety of TV shows such as "Wheel of Fortune," "Breaking Bad," "Dawson's Creek," "The Nanny," "Rescue Me," and films including "Angels & Demons," "The Da Vinci Code," and more.
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closed 2/22/2013 via Company Press Release

Reservoir Media Management, Inc., acquired P & P Songs Ltd

synopsis: Reservoir is pleased to announce the acquisition of British independent music publishing company P&P Songs. P&P Songs was founded by respected music publishing veterans Peter McCamley and Paul Flynn. Under their leadership, the catalog grew into an enviable collection of contemporary Top 40 singles and classic pop and rock gems.
buyer: Reservoir Media Management, Inc.
Reservoir Media Management is a full service boutique music publishing company dedicated to building a rich and diverse portfolio of music catalogs. "
target: P & P Songs Ltd
P & P Songs was established in July 2005 by Peter McCamley & Paul Flynn. P & P Songs Limited offers music publishing services.
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closed 4/3/2013 via BNC Analysis

Bertelsmann AG, acquired BMG Rights Management GmbH

synopsis: German media giant Bertelsmann has completed its takeover of music rights group BMG, buying the 51 percent stake held by private equity group Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. to secure full control of BMG.
buyer: Bertelsmann AG
Bertelsmann produces, serves and markets media. Their content is contributed by RTL Group, Random House, Gruner + Jahr, and also Arvato and Direct Group in more than 50 countries. Bertelsmann’s claim is to inspire people around the world with first-class media and communications offerings. "
target parent: Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co.
target: BMG Rights Management GmbH
BMG Rights Management is an international group of music companies focused on the management of music rights. They cover the entire range of rights administration, development, and funding of new master recordings and exploitation worldwide.
price ($mm)
$500*
rev ($mm)
$264
EBITDA ($mm)
$66
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3.6x
EV / EBITDA
14.3x
closed 9/19/2012 via

Round Hill Music, purchased Publishing Catalog from Arthouse Entertainment

synopsis: Round Hill Music announced that it has acquired Kara DioGuardi and Stephen Finfer’s interest in a 150 song catalog from Arthouse Entertainment, LLC, comprised of many recent popular hits from artists including Bruno Mars, Cee Lo Green, Katy Perry, Flo Rida, Iyaz, Carrie Underwood, and others.
buyer: Round Hill Music
Founded in 2011 and headquartered in New York with offices in Los Angeles, Round Hill Music, LLC, is a full service music publisher and creative rights management company. "
seller: Arthouse Entertainment
Arthouse Entertainment is a boutique music publisher with over 12 years of sustained success. Arthouse actively signs and develops hit songwriters, producers, and artists.
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closed 9/19/2012 via BNC Analysis

Reservoir Media Management, Inc., acquired Reverb Music Limited

synopsis: Reservoir Media Management has acquired Reverb Music, a U.K. music publishing firm, with 30,000 copyrights and agreements and more than 100 songwriters. As part of the deal, Reverb MD Annette Barrett will remain the head of the London office and European operation, which will continue under the Reverb brand, according to the announcement.
buyer: Reservoir Media Management, Inc.
Reservoir Media Management is a full service boutique music publishing company dedicated to building a rich and diverse portfolio of music catalogs. "
target: Reverb Music Limited
Reverb Music is a music publishing firm based in the United Kingdom. Reverb Music has 30,000 copyrights and agreements and more than 100 songwriters.
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announced 7/4/2012 via BNC Analysis

Lloyds TSB Development Capital, will acquire Boomerang Plus plc

synopsis: Lorraine Heggessey, the former controller of BBC1 and head of TalkbackThames, has led a buyout of indie production group Boomerang Plus, which is to be relaunched as Boom Pictures. The deal is backed by private equity firm LDC.
buyer parent: Lloyds Banking Group
buyer: Lloyds TSB Development Capital
LDC (Lloyds TSB Development Capital) is the private equity arm of the Lloyds Banking Group and is authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority. Since 1981 LDC has completed over 400 investments and has ongoing interests in over 70 businesses across the UK. "
target: Boomerang Plus plc
Boomerang+ creates entertainment, factual, sport, music, drama and children's programmes for television, radio and the web.
price ($mm)[EV]
$11 [$6]
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$42
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$3
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0.1x
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1.9x
closed 6/28/2012 via Company Press Release

Lauren Keiser Music Publishing Company, purchased Publications Division from Southern Music Co., Inc.

synopsis: Lauren Keiser Music Publishing Company acquires Southern Music Co., Inc.'s Publications Division. The division is responsible for publishing performance and music copyrights of gifted American composers in addition to producing publications of talented writers and artists.
buyer: Lauren Keiser Music Publishing Company
Lauren Keiser Music Publishing firm publishes performance and music copyrights of gifted American composers in addition to producing publications of talented composers, writers and artists. "
seller: Southern Music Co., Inc.
Southern Music Company was both a retail and wholesale distributor of music from over 500 publishers from around the world. In addition, they also published the music of many world renowned composers, arrangers and editors. They have published over 5,000 educational and concert music works.
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Entertainment One Ltd

SONGS Music Publishing

Carlin America, Inc.

Lalela Music

Imagem Music Group

Compact Media

Fintage House B.V.

Alberts

Music Minus One

Polar Patrol Publishing

Verse Music Publishing

Eagle-i Music Ltd.

Better Angels Music, LLC

Sony Pictures Entertainment

P & P Songs Ltd

BMG Rights Management GmbH

Arthouse Entertainment

Reverb Music Limited

Boomerang Plus plc

Southern Music Co., Inc.

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