DHX Media closes sale of Peanuts minority stake to Sony

Global children’s content company DHX Media has closed its sale of a minority stake in Peanuts to Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc.

The Sony division has indirectly purchased 49 per cent of DHX Media’s 80 per cent interest in Peanuts for $235.6 million in cash, subject to certain adjustments contemplated in the original agreement.

DHX Media now owns 41 per cent of Peanuts, SMEJ owns 39 per cent and the members of the family of Charles M Schulz retain their 20 per cent interest.

DHX Media and SMEJ have also completed their agreement to extend the duration of the current licensing and syndication agency agreement with SMEJ’s consumer products division, Sony Creative Products Inc in Japan.

SCP has successfully grown the Peanuts business by over 200 per cent as its agent since 2010.

Michael Donovan, executive chair and CEO of DHX Media, said: “Through this transaction we have reduced our debt, while retaining control of Peanuts and strengthening our relationship with a world-leading entertainment and consumer products company.

“Peanuts is enormously popular around the world, and we look forward to working with Sony to continue driving growth for Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the rest of the Peanuts gang.”

DHX Media has used the net proceeds from the transaction to reduce indebtedness under its term credit facility. 

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