BMG Rights Management is acquiring independent music publisher Chrysalis. Chrysalis shareholders will receive 160 pence in cash for each Chrysalis Share held. The Acquisition values Chrysalis at approximately £107.4 million.
Hartwig Masuch, the CEO of BMG, said: “We believe that our offer represents compelling value for Chrysalis’ shareholders as evidenced by the strong endorsement BMG has received from Chrysalis’ Board and its major shareholders. The acquisition of Chrysalis represents an important step forward in our strategy as we build a major, global music rights business. Chrysalis’ extensive and high quality catalogue represents an excellent fit with our existing business. Our strategy is to provide state-of-the-art, comprehensive and transparent management of music rights and the operational excellence of Chrysalis reinforces this commitment. BMG looks forward to working with Chrysalis to build on its success to date for the benefit of all stakeholders.”
Chris Wright, Chairman and Co-Founder of Chrysalis, said: “Today’s deal marks the end of one era and the start of another for Chrysalis, a company which has been at the heart of the music industry since I founded it jointly with my original partner, Terry Ellis, more than four decades ago. Our continued progress – evolving from management, recorded music, television and radio to focus on music publishing – has been clearly recognised by BMG. As we embark together on the next chapter of the Chrysalis story, I am proud of both our track record and our future prospects in an industry in which we have both innovated and pioneered.”
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