CJ ENM to Possibly Acquire SM Entertainment

CJ ENM to Possibly Acquire SM Entertainment


According to the investment banking industry (IB) it was announced that CJ ENM is a perferred bidder to acquire SM Entertainment and CJ ENM plans to sign a contract by the end of the year. They planning to take over Lee Soo Man's 18.73% shares of the company. Lee Soo Man's stake is worth between 600 - 700 billion won out of SM Entertainment's total worth of 3.4 Trillion won. 

Lee Soo Man will continue to be in charge of SM's head producer in charge of the overall operation and content business. It is still being discussed as to whether CJ ENM's music business division will be separate from SM Entertainment. 

In addition to the new acquisition, CJ ENM owns MNet, TvN, CJ Films, Studio Dragon, TVing, CJ CGV, CJ CheiJedang, and Olive Young.

Previous candidates for buyers included Kakao Entertainment, Naver, and HYBE. Currently, the largest shareholders of the company after Lee Soo Man is Korea Investment Management (4.455), Alibaba (3.71%), and National Pension Service (3.68%). 

SM Entertainment was founded in 1995 by Lee Soo Man and has become one of the best-known K-pop companies with artists such as BoA, TVXQ, EXO, SHINEE, Super Junior, SNSD, Red Velvet, NCT, aespa, and so on. 

Meanwhile, SM's idol to fan communication platform Dear U is expected to be listed on KOSDAQ on November 10. 

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Ciera Reeves

Ciera is the founder of KpopWise. She has been a fan of Korean pop culture since 2005. She co-founded the international music website TuneN2IM in May 2009, an outlet for artists all over the globe to promote their works, including interviews with various Korean singers, songwriters and producers. She was also a contributor to various Asian media websites. Her bias group is VIXX. She is largely a 2nd-3rd generation K-pop fan, but she is actively keeping up on the current acts. twitter

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