Tencent in talks to buy Warner Music stake – WSJ

FILE PHOTO: People visit Tencent’s booth at the World 5G Exhibition in Beijing, China, Nov. 22, 2019. REUTERS/Jason Lee/File Photo

(Reuters) – Chinese internet giant Tencent Holdings Ltd (0700.HK) is in talks to invest $200 million (162.5 million pounds) in Warner Music Group, ahead of the record company’s slated initial public offering next week, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday.

Warner Music is also working to line up institutions that, along with Tencent, would serve as anchor investors contributing a total of more than $1 billion toward a fundraising goal of as much as $1.8 billion, the report added, citing people familiar with the matter.

The listing by the world’s third-largest recording label, home to artists such as Cardi B, Ed Sheeran and Bruno Mars, could potentially be the largest New York IPO so far in 2020.

Warner Music in March had delayed its IPO as the COVID-19 pandemic rocked capital markets and slammed the brakes on many listings.

The company is expected to price its IPO on June 2 with the stock then debuting on Nasdaq the following day under the symbol “WMG”.

Tencent was not immediately available for comment, while Warner Music declined to comment.

Reporting by C Nivedita in Bengaluru; Editing by Amy Caren Daniel

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