Securities and Exchange Commission
Washington, D.C. 20549
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of
the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): September 17, 2018 (September 11, 2018)
Warner Music Group Corp.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
(State or other jurisdiction
|1633 Broadway, New York, New York||10019|
|(Address of principal executive offices)||(Zip Code)|
Registrants telephone number, including area code: (212) 275-2000
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|ITEM 1.01.|| |
ENTRY INTO A MATERIAL DEFINITIVE AGREEMENT.
On September 17, 2018, Warner Music Group Corp. (the Company) announced that its indirect subsidiary, Warner Music Group Germany Holding GmbH, a limited liability company under the laws of Germany (WMG Germany) had signed a definitive agreement to acquire certain shares of E.M.P. Merchandising Handelsgesellschaft mbH, a limited liability company under the laws of Germany (EMP), all of the share capital of MIG Merchandising Investment GmbH, a limited liability company under the laws of Germany (MIG), certain shares of Large Popmarchandising BVBA, a limited liability company under the laws of Belgium (Large), and each of EMP and MIGs direct and indirect subsidiaries (the Transaction), pursuant to the Sale and Purchase Agreement, dated as of September 11, 2018 (the Agreement) by and between SP Merchandising Holding GmbH & Co. KG, a limited partnership under the laws of Germany (the Seller) and WMG Germany. EMP is one of Europes leading specialty music and entertainment e-tailers. Pursuant to the Agreement, the Seller has agreed to sell, and WMG Germany has agreed to buy, directly or indirectly, the outstanding shares of capital stock of EMP, MIG, Large and each of EMP and MIGs direct and indirect subsidiaries (the Acquired Companies).
The cash consideration to be paid for the Acquired Companies reflects an agreed enterprise value of the Acquired Companies of approximately 155.0 million (equivalent to approximately $180 million), and may be adjusted based on the net debt and working capital of such businesses at closing, among other post-closing adjustments.
The Agreement contains customary warranties, indemnities, and covenants by the Seller and WMG Germany. The consummation of the Transaction is subject to the satisfaction of certain conditions precedent, including, but not limited to, competition authority approval in Germany. The closing is expected to occur in the fourth calendar quarter of 2018. The Agreement contains certain termination rights for both the Seller and WMG Germany, including if the closing has not occurred within one hundred eighty (180) days following the date of the Agreement.
The foregoing description of the Agreement and the Transaction does not purport to be complete and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the Agreement, a copy of which is filed as Exhibit 2.1 hereto and is incorporated herein by reference.
This information shall not be deemed filed for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the Exchange Act), or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that section, nor shall it be deemed incorporated by reference in any filing under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the Exchange Act, except as expressly set forth by specific reference to such filing.
|ITEM 9.01.|| |
FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AND EXHIBITS.
Exhibit. The following Exhibit is furnished as part of this Current Report on Form 8-K.
|Sale and Purchase Agreement, dated as of September 11, 2018, by and among SP Merchandising Holding GmbH & Co. KG and Warner Music Group Germany Holding GmbH.|
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
|Warner Music Group Corp.|
|Date: September 17, 2018||By:||/s/ Paul M. Robinson|
|Paul M. Robinson|
|Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary|