Yu-Gi-Oh! Licensor ADK Set to be Acquired by U.S. Investment Firm Bain Capital

October 2, 2017 at 2:00 pm | Posted in Other Stuff | Leave a comment

Kaiba twirling his pen as he prepares to sign a check in episode 171

Asatsu-DK (ADK), the parent company of Yu-Gi-Oh! producer Nihon Ad Systems (NAS) and an owner of the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise, today announced its plans to be acquired by the Boston-based investment firm Bain Capital. Tokyo-based ADK is the third largest advertising agency in Japan. Although it is best known for its global ad business, ADK and its dozens of subsidiaries have their foot in numerous industries, including anime production. In addition to Yu-Gi-Oh!, the company is also involved with titles like Doraemon, Gundam, Pretty Cure, and One Piece.

Bain intends to purchase all of ADK’s shares in a deal worth about $1.35 billion. ADK’s largest shareholder, the U.K. advertising and PR agency WPP, owns nearly a quarter of the company and has said that the buyout undervalues ADK and that it may not sell its shares. Regardless, Bain will proceed with the transaction if it can acquire at least 50.1 percent of ADK.

(News from ADK, Reuters, Financial Times, h/t ANN)

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