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Updated on: Tuesday, December 21, 2021, 04:48 PM IST

Zee-Sony merger: Negotiation period ends today

Sony Pictures Entertainment, the parent company of Sony Pictures Networks India (SPNI) would invest growth capital so that SPNI has a cash balance of approximately $1.575 billion./ Representative Image | Photo: Twitter

Sony Pictures Entertainment, the parent company of Sony Pictures Networks India (SPNI) would invest growth capital so that SPNI has a cash balance of approximately $1.575 billion./ Representative Image | Photo: Twitter

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Today (December 21) ends the 90-day exclusivity period to conduct due diligence for the merger of Sony and Zee Entertainment.

According to ZEEL, basis the existing estimated equity values of Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd (ZEEL) and SPNI, the indicative merger ratio would have been 61.25 percent in favor of ZEEL.

In late September, Zee Entertainment and Sony Pictures said they have received in-principle approval for a merger that will combine both companies' linear networks, digital assets, production operations, and program libraries.

Further, Sony Pictures Entertainment, the parent company of Sony Pictures Networks India (SPNI), would invest growth capital so that SPNI has a cash balance of approximately $1.575 billion, SPNI said in a statement.

"However, with the proposed infusion of growth capital into SPNI, the resultant merger ratio is expected to result in 47.07 percent of the merged entity to be held by ZEEL shareholders and the balance 52.93 percent of the merged entity to be held by SPNI shareholders," it said.

It also added that Zee Entertainment Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Punit Goenka, who is facing pressure from the two largest shareholders of the company - Invesco and OFI Global China Fund LLC - to quit the post, would continue to lead the merged entity.

(With inputs from PTI)

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Published on: Tuesday, December 21, 2021, 04:48 PM IST
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