AEG Facilities and SMG Confirm Massive Merger

ASM Global could assist AEG higher tackle Live Nation.

Over a yr in the past, Onex, a Toronto non-public fairness agency, acquired SMG.  Live Nation had reportedly sought to bid for the American venue operator.

Confirming the acquisition, Wes Westley, SMG’s CEO, said the deal allowed the venue operator to give attention to long-term progress.

Now, AEG Facilities has confirmed a brand new cope with Onex.

Creating an enormous international venue operator.

Both AEG and SMG will merge, making a jointly-owned venue operator.  They’ll personal and handle 310 venues world wide.  This contains NFL stadiums equivalent to Soldier Field, NBA arenas, conference facilities, and performing venues in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.  Other venues embody London’s Wembley and O2 arenas, the Barclays Center, and the Staples Center.

Dubbed ASM Global, AEG Facilities and Onex will every personal 50% the brand new international facility administration firm.  Headquartered in Los Angeles, each AEG and Onex have agreed to maintain SMG’s fices in West Conshohocken, Pennsylvania.

Speaking about SMG, Bob Newman, President AEG Facilities, stated,

We have the very best respect for SMG’s progress story for greater than 30 years virtually solely beneath Wes’ management.  They have created an incredible firm with an incredible and deep secure improbable staff and it’s thrilling to mix that into one household.

He confirmed the merger doesn’t embody AEG’s different leisure districts and properties in Los Angeles, Hamburg, London, and Berlin.  In addition, the brand new firm gained’t handle venues at present beneath improvement.

Newman will function President and CEO ASM Global.  Westley will be a part of the brand new firm’s Board Directors.

Speaking concerning the new firm, Dan Beckerman, CEO AEG, defined,

ASM will fer a powerful array capabilities that may speed up the event and deployment new companies and produce various enterprise, sports activities and leisure experiences to municipalities, companions and followers world wide.

The merger requires regulatory approval.  Once accepted, each corporations purpose to finish the merger on the finish this yr.