SM Entertainment releases latest statement for future development.

SM Entertainment has released an official statement in response to HYBE’s announcement that it will no longer be attempting to take over the company.

On March 12, HYBE announced that it had come to an agreement with Kakao regarding their highly public battle to secure management rights and control of SM Entertainment. In a formal statement, HYBE declared that it would “discontinue the acquisition process of SM Entertainment,” leaving the door open for Kakao to take over the company.

Shortly afterwards, SM Entertainment responded with the following statement:

SM Entertainment will respect HYBE’s decision to halt its takeover of SM, as agreed upon by Kakao and HYBE.

SM will use this agreement as an opportunity to push forward at full speed with our “SM 3.0” strategy that we promised to our shareholders, company members, fans, and artists; and we will make sure to achieve our vision for the future of leaping forward as a global entertainment company that focuses on its fans and shareholders. In doing so, we will raise our enterprise value for all shareholders and continuously expand our policies for shareholder returns.

Kakao announced today in a statement, “SM Entertainment’s strongest assets and driving force are its employees, artists, and fandoms; and in order to respect them, we will maintain autonomous/independent operations, and we will accelerate global growth with a focus on the current management’s strategic direction and vision for the future, including ‘SM 3.0.’” The “SM 3.0 board of directors” that will be launched at the upcoming shareholder meeting on March 31 will create the world’s greatest “IP x IT” synergy with Kakao, the optimal horizontal strategic partner, and will open up the “Next Level” of the K-pop industry.

We would like to express our deep gratitude to the SM shareholders, fans, employees, artists, and everyone else invested in this matter who rooted for and supported SM Entertainment until the end, even amidst the unexpected confusion that followed our SM 3.0 strategy announcement on February 3.

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