Endeavor has officially made a move that many from Wall Street to Hollywood have long awaited and filed with the SEC to become a publicly traded company.
No scope was given in the S-1 prospect of how much the company hopes to withdraw from the original public offer, even though the 200-page document contained a number of financial statistics along with a note by CEO Ari Emanuel. (Read the full note below.)
"As the entertainment industry is moving towards a closed ecosystem model with less transparency, our customers and businesses need more insight, resources and solutions than ever before , "wrote emanuel. "We believe that being a public company will only further accelerate our ability to look around corners and open new categories and opportunities for them in the Endeavor network."
For the year ending December last year, the prospectus Endeavor Group Holdings generated 3.6 billion. dollars in revenue, a net income of DKK 231.3 million. USD, a net income of DKK 100.1 million. USD and an adjusted EBITDA of DKK 551.1 million. The expansion of its talent representation roots, which was solidified in the 2009 merger with William Morris, has endeavored to endorse private equity and the debt market to acquire assets that it sees as complementary, including the UFC and IMG. Through IMG, the company has considerably deepened its commitment to sports, fashion and live events.
Writers Guild of America, who has been locked in a dispute with agencies over the emergence of production activity and its inherent complexities and conflicts, has long been on record as a skeptic of Endeavour's IPO plan. In March, the guild blew up the notion of a public company aiming to satisfy both Wall Street and its customers, priorities which it is considered "impossible to reconcile."
Although the negotiations are resuming between the guild and the agencies, the dispute is recognized as a risk factor in Endeavour's filing, which admits that the duration of the battle is "unknown". The result of the fight adds, "including the commercial landscape that will exist in the future between writers and agents, could have a negative impact on our business."
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The other unknown is the condition of the listing market. Uber investors spread for months on the chance that the transport disruption went public, only to see its market debut last week proving a disappointment. Shares in the company are trading at around $ 40, approx. 10% below their offer price.
Following the offer, Endeavor Group Holdings will have four classes of ordinary shares: Class A, Class B, Class X and Class Y share price, the filing listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol " EDR. " Class A and Class X strain will have one vote per. Share. Holders of class Y shares will have 20 votes per day. Shares and B shares will not vote.
Emanuel and CEO Patrick Whitesell, together with Silver Lake Partners, will hold the majority of Class X and Y shares with Silver Lake also own most of the A shares. Class A shares will be listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol "EDR."
Here is Emanuel's full note:
In the early 1990s, I read George Gilders Life After Television ]. It changed the way I thought about content and distribution. That book was a catalyst that led me to leave a large, established talent agency to start a new and crushed.
Industry leaders said there was no room for this new & # 39; Endeavor & # 39; but we were focused on breaking new ground. We saw an opportunity to use disruptions to our advantage and build a company and platform for where the world was headed.
We knew we had to stretch over the television and become a companion in the film industry. For that we went with my partner, Patrick Whitesell. Eight years later, we merged with the iconic William Morris Agency to further diversify into books, music, theater, and non-scripted television. This merger launched a decade of growth for our company, which is characterized by more than 20 acquisitions – highlighted by sports, fashion and media giant IMG and mixed martial arts leader UFC. These companies, combined to form a platform that is not only characterized by its lifespan, have, overall, resisted over 120 years of disruption – but also its access, scale and global network.
Content is no longer defined solely by the traditional categories that our companies were founded. TV, movie and live events have been joined by others, including podcasts, experiences, social media, multiplayer video games and esports. Wherever you are in the world and no matter how you define content, Endeavor is likely to play a role.
As the demand for content continues to grow, it is important to develop new distribution channels to complement our customers' creative needs. We have built a number of companies across streaming, audio, experiences, games and education to ensure that our customers and Endeavor are well placed, no matter where the entertainment landscape looks like in the coming decades.
Confidence that some of the world's most influential creators and visionaries have placed in us to help guide their careers is both a privilege and a responsibility. Every decision we have made since these early days reflects our commitment to enhancing their influence and maximizing their economic potential. Our unique platform enables them to connect with each other and our IP and own assets in ways that are far more meaningful than if we were approaching in isolation.
As the entertainment industry is moving towards a closed ecosystem model with less transparency, our customers and businesses will need more insight, resources and solutions than ever before. We believe that being a public company will only further accelerate our ability to look around corners and open new categories and opportunities for them in the Endeavor network.
As a public company, we continue:
• Navigate forever Content development
• Growing an environment that encourages cross-platform links and a forward-looking decision-making approach
• Aggressive advocacy for them who have put their trust in us
• Embroider diversity, integration and equality across our platform – content, customers and employees
• Define success based on long-term growth and innovation, not short-term gains
This company has been a catalyst for culture-defining content for more than a century. We have a great responsibility to carry out this mission forward.
We hope you follow us as we begin this next chapter.