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Access Industries acquires WMG

WMG stock to be delisted after $3.3 billion purchase

It’s a wrap: Warner Music Group announced Wednesday that Len Blavatnik’s Access Industries had completed its acquisition of the music company.

The $3.3 billion purchase, approved by stockholders July 6 (Daily Variety, July 7), represented a price of $8.25 per share.

WMG’s stock will now be delisted from the New York stock exchange. Firm was the only publicly-traded U.S.-owned music major.

Industry watchers will now turn to WMG’s much-discussed designs on No. 4 major EMI Music, which is being shopped by Citigroup.

While a splicing of the two firms has long been in the wind, a Monday story in the New York Post suggested that WMG’s high debt level could scuttle any merger of the companies.

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