List of acquisitions by Sony Corporation

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Sony Corporation (commonly referred to as Sony) (Japanese: ソニー株式会社 Sonī Kabushiki Kaisha?) (TYO: 6758) is a multinational conglomerate corporation headquartered in Minato, Tokyo, Japan, and one of the world's largest media conglomerates. Each acquisition is for the respective company in its entirety, unless otherwise specified. The acquisition date listed is the date of the agreement between Sony and the subject of the acquisition. The value of each acquisition is listed when available, then it is undisclosed. If the Sony service that is derived from the acquired company is known, then it is also listed here.

As of March 2010, Sony Corporation has made 92 acquisitions while taking stakes at 56 companies. The company has 83 divestitures since 1983. Sony's biggest acquisition to date is that of Columbia Pictures, valued at U$3.4 billion at the time of purchase.

Acquisitions[edit]

Number Acquisition date Company Business Country Value (USD) Used as / Integrated with References
1 4 February 1982 Music Center Incorporated Professional audio  USA N/A Sony Professional Products [1]
2 19 November 1987 CBS Record Group Music  USA U$2,000,000,000 Sony Music Entertainment [2]
3 29 September 1989 Guber-Peters Entertainment Company Movies/Television  USA U$200,000,000 Sony Pictures Entertainment [3][4]
4 8 November 1989 Columbia Pictures Entertainment Movies/Television  USA U$3,400,000,000 Sony Pictures Entertainment [5]
5 21 May 1993 Psygnosis Limited Video Game  UK SCE Studio Liverpool [6]
6 ? 2000 Eidetic Games Video Game  USA Sony Bend [7]
7 22 January 2001 Naughty Dog Video Game  USA Sony Computer Entertainment [8]
8 9 July 2002 Acuff-Rose Music Music Publishing  USA U$157,000,000 Sony/ATV [9]
9 7 August 2002 Incognito Entertainment Video Games  USA Sony Computer Entertainment [10]
10 27 September 2002 Aiwa Electronics  JPN Sony Electronics [11]
11 7 December 2005 Guerrilla Games Video Game  NED Sony Computer Entertainment [12]
12 25 January 2006 Zipper Interactive Video Game  USA Sony Computer Entertainment [13]
13 23 August 2006 Grouper Networks Video On Demand  USA U$65,000,000 Crackle [14]
14 30 May 2007 Famous Music Music publishing  USA U$370,000,000 Sony/ATV [15][16]
15 15 May 2007 Sigil Games Online Inc Video Game  USA Sony Online Entertainment [17]
16 20 September 2007 Evolution Studios Video Game  UK Sony Computer Entertainment [18]
17 20 September 2007 Bigbig Studios Video Game  UK Sony Computer Entertainment [18]
18 2 July 2008 Gracenote Media Management  USA U$260,000,000 [19][20]
19 28 January 2010 Convergent Media Systems Corporation Video Integration  USA [21]
20 10 February 2010 iCyt Mission Technology flow cytometers  USA [22]
21 2 March 2010 Media Molecule Video Game  UK Sony Computer Entertainment [23][24]
22 28 February 2011 Chip Plant Chip Plant  JPN ¥53,000,000,000 Sony Electronics [25]
23 7 March 2011 Hawk-Eye Innovations Ltd Electronics  UK Sony Electronics [26]
24 2 August 2011 Sucker Punch Productions Video Games  USA Sony Computer Entertainment [27]
25 28 September 2011 Micronics, Inc. Microfluidics-based diagnostic tools  USA Sony Corporation of America [28]
26 16 February 2012 Sony Ericsson Electronics  Japan, Sweden U$1,500,000,000 Sony Electronics [29]
27 29 June 2012 EMI Music Publishing Music  United States, United Kingdom U$2,200,000,000 Sony/ATV Music Publishing [30]
27 2 July 2012 Gaikai Cloud gaming  USA U$380,000,000 Sony Computer Entertainment [31]
28 9 August 2012 So-net Information and communication industry  JPN Sony [32]
29 23 August 2012 Left Bank Pictures Film and television production  USA Sony Pictures Television [33]

Stakes[edit]

Date Company Stake Business Country Value (USD) References
? 1995 Sony/ATV 50% Music Publishing  USA U$110,000,000 [34]
27 October 1997 ST Liquid Crystal Display Corporation 50% LCD  Japan [35]
1 October 2001 Sony Ericsson 50% Mobile Phones  Japan, Sweden U$250,000,000 [36][37]
8 October 2001 Square Enix 18.6%/currently 0% Videogames  Japan ¥14,900,000,000 [38][39]
26 April 2004 S-LCD 50% minus 1 share LCD  Japan, South Korea [40]
8 April 2005 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer 20% lost in bankruptcy Movies/Television  USA U$4,800,000,000 [41]
8 December 2009 Fearnet minority Video On Demand  USA [42][43]
6 March 2007 Cellius 49% Videogames  Japan [44]
2 April 2007 Field Emission Technologies Inc. 33.5% Field Emission Display  Japan [45]
14 November 2007 Moversa GmbH 50% Small Card Applications  Japan,  Netherlands [46]
1 July 2009 Sharp Display Corporation 7.04% LCD Panels and Modules  Japan [47][48]
8 December 2009 Vevo minority Video On Demand  USA [49][50]
14 June 2012 Multi Screen Media  ? Television  India,  United States [51]
21 June 2012 unnamed joint venture with Sumitomo Electric Electronics  Japan [52]
25 June 2012 unnamed joint venture with Panasonic OLED  Japan [53]
28 June 2012 Chemical Products Businesses of Development Bank of Japan Chemical industry  Japan [54][55]

Divestitures[edit]

Date Acquirer Target company Target business Acquirer country Value (USD) References
5 December 2008 Sony Sony NEC Optiarc Sony Optiarc  Japan [56]
1 January 2011 Samsung Electronics Transcorp. Company Samsung Transcorp. Company  Indonesia [citation needed]
14 February 2011 Sony Media Nusantara Citra Sony MNC Networks  Indonesia [citation needed]
1 October 2008 Sony Sony BMG Sony Music Entertainment  Japan $1,200,000,000 [57][58][59]
20 February 2008 Toshiba Cell Chip Factory Cell chip factory  Japan ¥90,000,000,000 [60]

Notes[edit]

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