HYBE Issues Official Statement Announcing The Completion Of Acquisition Of Lee Soo Man’s Shares, Becoming The Largest Shareholder Of SM Entertainment Published February 22, 2023 10:10 amBy JM StaffCategorized as Kpop HYBE has now officially become the largest shareholder of SM Entertainment! On February 22, HYBE issued an official statement in English to its SNS accounts to announce the news. Read their statement below! OPEN LETTER TO FANS, ARTISTS,EMPLOYEES AND SHAREHOLDERSOF SM ENTERTAINMENTDear SM Entertainment fans, employees, artists, and shareholders,lam Jiwon Park, CEO at HYBE.lam pleased to share that today, February 22, 2023, HYBE completed the acquisition of a 14.8% stake in SM Entertainment(“SM”) held by SM’s founder and former Chief Producer Lee Soo-man, and became the single largest shareholder in SM.As promised on February 10, HYBE resolved the governance issue between former Chief Producer Lee’s and SM, during the course of the share acquisition. SM will be moving to become a company with a transparent governance structure that prioritizes shareholder value.| would like to share more details on the similarity between HYBE and SM’s corporate philosophy, and the synergy we can collaborate to create in the coming future.Collaborative Innovation based on Mutual CorporatePhilosophyAs leaders and pioneers of the K-pop industry, both HYBE and SM have been triumphing on the global stage. HYBE’s vision to become a leading global entertainment lifestyle platform company under its mission “we believe in music” is closely interconnected with the goal of SM 3.0 to ‘leap forward as a fan- and shareholder-centered global entertainment company. Additionally, integrating HYBE and SM’s creative capabilities and content-oriented culture will showcase a historic innovation in the global scene.Allowing Complete Autonomy of Creative Work based onMulti-Label System HYBE has been successfully operating its multi-label system by giving autonomy to respective labels. Our key factor behind the success is to guarantee complete autonomy over the creator’s work with passion. HYBE does respect SM’s legacy and creative values.We will share our business model and networking capacities with SM to help its distinct, creative work lead the world.Leaping Forward as a Game Changer on the Global StageLeveraging our expertise and global network, HYBE will activelysupport SM artists’ endeavors in making a presence in the global music industry. Both companies will work together towards establishing the global ground where our artists can introduce their music.We can share our experiences that have ultimately led us to ourleading position in the global K-pop scene including the UnitedStates, South America, and India. HYBE will also be able to benefit from SM’s wealth of experience from their artists’ success in China, Japan, and Southeast Asia. With our collaborative effort, we can become the most innovative game changer in the global music industry.Two leading fandom platforms, HYBE’s Weverse and SM’s Bubble, will expand beyond Korea and compete in the global arena.We will also create new opportunities leveraging the two companies’ capabilities in solution business pipelines, from concert, distribution and original story IP to business development.The global music industry is undoubtedly paying close attention to K-pop and its international success. Yet it still has so much possibility to reach a greater fanbase with more content and experiences to offer. K-pop flourished in an environment where we could challenge ourselves. We should conserve the ground so that we can stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the world’s major record labels.Last but not least, | am aware of the concerns that fans, artists,employees, and shareholders of SM have, due to rumors andspeculations around the company. HYBE fully respects the direction laid out in SM 3.0 growth strategy, as well as the value and vision SM’s employees and artists have created.would like to express my regret to SM artists in particular, whomay have been troubled by the turn of events. We respect SM’sartists as much as we do our artists at HYBE. Leveraging theexpertise we have accumulated, we will do our best to createa brighter future for all artists under SM.This is an era of change for both companies. We wish anyshort-term business decisions or prejudgement by some leaderswould no longer cause confusion and uncertainty. | hope themanagement can come to a wise and reasonable conclusion to ensure that our shared visions and business directions are on the right track.As stated in our DNA, ‘Win Together, HYBE is full of winning spiritson succeeding together. We hope to enjoy more success with fans, employees, artists, and shareholders of SM in the coming future.If we work side by side, we can continue to lead K-pop’s globalphenomenon.” What do you think of this?