Tencent, Weiying To Invest $85M In Korea’s YG Entertainment

China’s Tencent Holding Ltd. and its online ticketing arm Weiying Technology has agreed to make a US$85 million strategic investment in Korean entertainment firm YG Entertainment, according to a company announcement.

YG Entertainment plans to issue new common shares amounting to US$55 million to a wholly owned subsidiary of Tencent and Fengying. At the same time, the two investors decided to buy US$30 million in aggregate from YG’s largest shareholder, Hyun-Suk Yang and its CEO, Min-Suk Yang.

Weiying Technology and Tencent will respectively invest US$55 million and US$30 million and hold 8.2% and 4.5% in YG, becoming the third and fourth largest shareholders of YG after L Capital Asia, the investment arm of LVMH Group.

An investment agreement is scheduled to be signed on May 31 by Suman Wang, general manager of Film/Drama Department and editor in chief of Tencent Video and Lin Ning, CEO of Weiying Technology.

The three parties also have plans to establish a joint venture in China to promote YG artists, actors and actresses.

YG and QQ Music already have an exclusive content partnership.

Weiying just completed a RMB4.5 billion (US$694 million) series C+ round in Weiying in April.

CMC Holdings, Chinese mobile gaming firm iDreamSky, Everbright Financial Holding Asset Management Co., Ltd. and Ocean Capital Group Co., Ltd are Weiying’s other backers.

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