Warner Music Group Launches IPO – Variety


Warner Music Group Corp. introduced right now that it has launched the preliminary public providing of 70,000,00Zero shares of its Class A typical inventory, pursuant to a registration assertion on Kind S-1 filed with the U.S. Securities and Change Fee. The preliminary public providing worth is predicted to be between $23.00 and $26.00 per share. The providing consists fully of secondary shares to be bought by Entry and sure associated promoting stockholders.

The corporate, which is owned fully by Len Blavatnik’s Entry Industries, first introduced its intention to launch an IPO in February, however shortly afterward, on March 2, delayed it when the coronavirus pandemic took impact within the U.S. and Europe.

The underwriters may have a 30-day choice to buy as much as an extra 10,500,00Zero shares of Class A typical inventory from the promoting stockholders.  The Firm is not going to obtain any proceeds from the providing.  The Firm has been authorized to checklist its shares of Class A typical inventory on The Nasdaq Inventory Market LLC beneath the ticker image “WMG.”

The resumption of the IPO is in some ways not stunning. Whereas Common Music Group was lately valued at a whopping $33 billion — as a part of its settlement to promote 10% of itself to a consortium led by Chinese language tech large Tencent — a Goldman Sachs report launched earlier this month tasks a 25% drop in world music income in 2020 because of the pandemic.

Nonetheless, recorded-music and music publishing up to now have been much less affected economically by the pandemic than live-entertainment enterprise, which has been flattened by the bans on giant gatherings, main Goldman to venture a 75% income plunge for the reside trade this yr, to $7 billion.

But the pandemic took maintain within the U.S. and Europe towards the top of the final monetary quarter, when the impression was solely starting to be felt by most corporations. The pondering behind Warner’s transfer is probably going that the corporate is seeking to launch the IPO earlier than the market feels the complete impact of the pandemic.

Including to that logic is the truth that not like the opposite main labels, Warner had a tough first quarter of 2020: Though streaming revenues had been up 11% to $586 million and digital income was up 5.7% , complete income was down 1.7% in comparison with the prior year-quarter or flat in fixed forex, web loss was $74 million versus web revenue of $67 million within the prior-year quarter. Recorded music revenues had been down 2.8% yr over yr (1.5% at fixed forex) to $907 million, and bodily music gross sales had been hit onerous, dropping 27.7% ($36 million) to $94 million.

The pandemic has led Goldman to decrease its projections considerably, with music pulling in $57.5 billion in 2020 — an almost 30% drop from its authentic forecast, and depressingly decrease than 2019’s $75 billion. It additionally scaled down its publishing forecast by 5% (to $6 billion) and recorded music by 8% (to almost $21 billion). In its report, Goldman mentioned it expects a “robust rebound” within the reside sector in 2021 and a mean 6% development within the music enterprise over the subsequent decade, practically doubling in worth to $142 billion by 2030.

Tuesday’s announcement primarily places the kibosh on an report from early this month that Saudi Arabia’s Public Funding Fund, which lately acquired a $500 million stake in Stay Nation, the world’s largest live-entertainment firm, was additionally kicking the tires on Warner.

Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC, Credit score Suisse Securities (USA) LLC and Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC are performing as joint bookrunning managers and as representatives of the underwriters for the providing.  BofA Securities, Inc., Citigroup World Markets Inc. and J.P. Morgan Securities LLC are additionally performing as joint bookrunning managers.  Barclays Capital Inc., Evercore Group L.L.C., Guggenheim Securities, LLC, Macquarie Capital (USA) Inc., Nomura Securities Worldwide, Inc., RBC Capital Markets, LLC, SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, Inc., CIBC World Markets Corp., HSBC Securities (USA) Inc., SG Americas Securities, LLC; Société Générale, LionTree Advisors LLC, Raine Securities LLC, AmeriVet Securities, Inc. Bancroft Capital, LLC, Blaylock Van, LLC, C.L. King & Associates, Inc., Loop Capital Markets LLC, Roberts & Ryan Investments, Inc., Samuel A. Ramirez & Firm, Inc., Siebert Williams Shank & Co., L.L.C., Telsey Advisory Group LLC and Tigress Monetary Companions, LLC are performing as co-managers for the providing.

A registration assertion regarding the proposed preliminary public providing has been filed with the SEC however has not but develop into efficient.  These securities might not be bought nor could presents to purchase be accepted previous to the time the registration assertion turns into efficient.  This press launch doesn’t represent a proposal to promote or the solicitation of a proposal to purchase securities, and shall not represent a proposal, solicitation or sale in any jurisdiction through which such supply, solicitation or sale could be illegal previous to registration or qualification beneath the securities legal guidelines of that jurisdiction.



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