Saregama acquires majority stake in India’s leading digital entertainment company Pocket Aces

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Saregama acquires majority stake in India’s leading digital entertainment company Pocket Aces
Saregama acquires majority stake in India’s leading digital entertainment company Pocket Aces

This acquisition will further strengthen Saregama’s strategic ambition to take a leadership position in New Music across all Indian languages.

September 28, 2023: A new chapter in Saregama’s growth story commences with the majority acquisition of a fast-growing digital entertainment company, Pocket Aces Pictures Private Limited, that owns direct relationships with 95 million+ younger digital-first customers across Instagram, YouTube, etc. Saregama will acquire 51.8% shares for ~Rs 174 crores, with a clear path to further acquire another ~41% stake in the next 15 months at pre-agreed multiples. The transaction is an all-cash deal.

This acquisition will further strengthen Saregama’s strategic ambition to take a leadership position in New Music across all Indian languages.

Pocket Aces, a youth-focused digital content creator and publisher, boasts an IP catalogue of over 3000 content pieces ranging across web series, sketches, music videos, and reels on its channels FilterCopy, Nutshell, and Gobble, and releases over 30 new pieces of content every day. The company’s talent management arm, Clout, manages over 100+ digital influencers, and its long-form studio, Dice Media, has created relatable youth-centric web series across OTT platforms such as Netflix, Hotstar, and Amazon.

Pocket Aces’ revenue from operations was Rs. 104 crore in FY23. Revenue has grown by a 34% CAGR over the last 4 years and is expected to grow even faster in the future.

Acquiring Pocket Aces will add on a whole new dimension of IP and a distribution network of over 95 million followers, which Saregama will leverage to further popularise its music library among the 18–35 audience segment. It will also create synergies across the artist and influencer management and long-format video creation businesses of the two companies.

Avarna Jain, Vice Chairperson Saregama, said, “This acquisition signifies the confluence of tradition and innovation. While we have always been leaders in the realm of music and media, this partnership with Pocket Aces will add new dimensions to our business as we tap into the burgeoning young digital audiences.”

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