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Paramount Global (NASDAQ: PARA) has finalized a monumental merger agreement with Skydance Media, marking a significant development in the entertainment industry. The merger, valued at over $8 billion, received unanimous approval from Paramount’s board after months of speculation and negotiation.

As part of the deal, Paramount’s class A shareholders will receive either $23 per share in cash or stock, while class B shareholders will receive $15 per share, totaling approximately $4.5 billion in cash for public shareholders. The merger includes a substantial $4.2 billion investment in Paramount by a consortium led by the Ellison Family and Redbird Capital, supplemented by an additional $1.5 billion in primary capital for the new entity, New Paramount.

Post-merger, Skydance Media will hold approximately 70% of New Paramount’s outstanding shares, solidifying its position as a major player in the entertainment sector. This acquisition not only grants Skydance access to Paramount’s valuable studio assets but also includes Paramount’s streaming service Paramount+ and popular channels such as Nickelodeon, MTV, and Comedy Central.

Paramount Global Chair, Shari Redstone, expressed confidence in the merger’s potential, stating, “Our goal with the Skydance transaction is to ensure Paramount’s continued success in today’s dynamic environment.” The merger was approved by a special committee of Paramount’s board, established earlier this year to oversee the negotiations.

David Ellison, founder of Skydance Media, will assume the roles of Chairman and CEO of the combined entity, with Jeff Shell, former NBC Universal CEO, joining as President. Together, they aim to leverage their combined strengths to drive innovation and growth in the competitive entertainment landscape.

The Paramount-Skydance merger represents a strategic move to enhance content creation capabilities and expand market reach, signaling a transformative phase for both companies as they navigate the evolving entertainment industry landscape.

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By: Montel Kamau

Serrari Financial Analyst

8th July, 2024

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