Posted by eottoke11,512 pts Sunday, July 21, 2019

Stocks held by K-pop agency owners plummet


    The value of stocks owned by both former and current entertainment agency owners in South Korea have dropped nearly 30 percent compared to last year, data showed Sunday, as the industry struggles to cope with a slew of scandals as well as trade tensions between Korea and Japan, a key market.

    SM Entertainment founder Lee Soo-man (Yonhap)

    According to conglomerate research firm Chaebul.com, the combined value of stocks held by seven most stock-rich entertainment agency owners fell 28.7 percent to 512 billion won ($435.5 million) as of Friday.

    Former CEO and chief producer of YG Entertainment Yang Hyun-suk saw the steepest decline, with the value of his stock holdings dropping 41.1 percent to 93 billion won, from last year’s 158.5 billion won.

    Yang stepped down from leading YG Entertainment in June -- after its artists were mired in an industry-wide K-pop scandal, including allegations of drug use and prostitution -- but the former CEO still holds a 16.12 percent stake in the agency, making him the largest shareholder.

    YG’s share price ended at 27,800 won Friday, which is 41.5 percent lower from the beginning of the year.

    The value of shares held by S.M. Entertainment founder Lee Soo-man dropped 29.4 percent in the same period to 162.7 billion won. Lee owns a 19.04 percent stake in the agency named after him.

    For JYP Entertainment founder and Chief Communications Officer Park Jin-young, the value of his stock holdings fell 29.9 percent to 133.3 billion won from 193 billion won.

    Stock prices of SM and JYP have fallen 29.7 percent and 29.9 percent, respectively since the beginning of the year.

    Last year, Japan accounted for more than 15 percent of the total market share for all three major agencies.

    K-pop artists hold concerts and release several albums in Japan annually, since the neighboring country grew into a stable market nearly a decade ago.

    “Due to heightening political and economic dispute with Japan, valuation of firms in the entertainment industry have been plummeting,” Lee Ki-hoon, analyst at Hana Financial Investment said.

    “It seems the comeback of major artists slated in the near-future will not be able to lift (the dampened investor sentiment), but the situation may improve next year,” he added.

    By Jung Min-kyung (mkjung@heraldcorp.com)

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      Nova_REMIX859 pts Sunday, July 21, 2019 6
      Sunday, July 21, 2019

      The K-POP companies gotta look to new markets. There’s a ban in China and there’s slowly been an enforced ban in Japan. I suggest agencies start looking in Southeast Asia, North America, European countries and believe it or not maybe even African countries. Like a tour stop in South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, Morocco, and what not. They should try and expound upon their promotions and tour stops to EVERY continent. Believe it or not, that might make up some funds that they lost from China and Japan.


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      dizzcity1,501 pts Sunday, July 21, 2019 0
      Sunday, July 21, 2019

      As expected, the situation with Japan is really affecting investor confidence. It sucks, but what can you do?

      I suppose they can try expanding into other markets. SM has been courting the Latin music market for some time, and expanding NCT into South east Asia. JYP really invested strongly into Japan (TWICE and NIZI), so they're a little bit screwed, but you can see some efforts to expand into the U.S. and even the Middle East from their boy groups.



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