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.

As of March 2010, Sony Corporation has made 92 acquisitions while taking stakes at 56 companies. The company has 83 divestitures since 1983.

Acquisitions[edit]

Acquisition date Company Business Country Value Used as / Integrated with References
4 February 1982 Music Center Incorporated Professional audio  USA Sony Professional Products [1]
19 November 1987 CBS Record Group Music  USA $2,000,000,000 Sony Music Entertainment [2]
29 September 1989 Guber-Peters Entertainment Movies/Television  USA $200,000,000 Sony Pictures Entertainment [3][4]
8 November 1989 Columbia Pictures Movies/Television  USA $3,400,000,000 Sony Pictures Entertainment [5]
21 May 1993 Psygnosis Limited Video Game  UK SCE Studio Liverpool [6]
December 2000 Eidetic Games Video Game  USA Sony Bend [7]
22 January 2001 Naughty Dog Video Game  USA Sony Interactive Entertainment [8]
9 July 2002 Acuff-Rose Music Music Publishing  USA $157,000,000 Sony/ATV [9]
7 August 2002 Incognito Entertainment Video Games  USA Sony Interactive Entertainment [10]
27 September 2002 Aiwa Electronics  JPN Sony Electronics [11]
7 December 2005 Guerrilla Games Video Game  NED Sony Interactive Entertainment [12]
25 January 2006 Zipper Interactive Video Game  USA Sony Interactive Entertainment [13]
23 August 2006 Grouper Networks Video On Demand  USA $65,000,000 Crackle [14]
30 May 2007 Famous Music Music publishing  USA $370,000,000 Sony/ATV [15][16]
15 May 2007 Sigil Games Online Inc Video Game  USA Sony Online Entertainment [17]
20 September 2007 Evolution Studios Video Game  UK Sony Interactive Entertainment [18]
20 September 2007 Bigbig Studios Video Game  UK Sony Interactive Entertainment [18]
2 July 2008 Gracenote Media Management  USA $260,000,000 [19][20]
28 January 2010 Convergent Media Systems Corporation Video Integration  USA [21]
10 February 2010 iCyt Mission Technology flow cytometers  USA [22]
2 March 2010 Media Molecule Video Game  UK Sony Interactive Entertainment [23][24]
28 February 2011 Toshiba chip plant Electronics  JPN ¥53,000,000,000 Sony Electronics [25]
7 March 2011 Hawk-Eye Innovations Ltd Electronics  UK Sony Electronics [26]
2 August 2011 Sucker Punch Productions Video Game  USA Sony Interactive Entertainment [27]
28 September 2011 Micronics, Inc. Microfluidics-based diagnostic tools  USA Sony Corporation of America [28]
16 February 2012 Sony Ericsson Electronics  USA SWE $1,500,000,000 Sony Electronics [29]
29 June 2012 EMI Music Publishing Music  USA UK $2,200,000,000 Sony/ATV [30]
2 July 2012 Gaikai Cloud gaming  USA $380,000,000 Sony Interactive Entertainment [31]
9 August 2012 So-net Information and communication  JPN Sony [32]
23 August 2012 Left Bank Pictures Film and television production  USA Sony Pictures Television [33]
12 September 2012 Pixim Electronics  USA Sony Electronics [34]
15 August 2014 CSC Media Group Television  UK $180,000,000 Sony Pictures Television [35][36]
8 October 2015 Softkinetic Electronics  BEL Sony Electronics [37]
6 December 2015 Toshiba image sensor Electronics  JPN $155,000,000 Sony Electronics [38]
26 January 2016 Altair Semiconductor Electronics  ISR $212,000,000 Sony Electronics [39]
16 February 2016 Plumbee Games/Television  UK Sony Pictures Entertainment [40]
2 August 2016 eSATURNUS NV Clinical Video  BEL Sony [41]
10 August 2016 Ministry Of Sound Music  UK Sony Music [42]
31 August 2016 Ten Sports Television  IND $385,000,000 Sony Pictures Network [43]

Stakes[edit]

Date Company Stake Business Country Value References
27 October 1997 ST Liquid Crystal Display Corporation 50% LCD  JPN [44]
1 October 2001 Sony Ericsson 50% Mobile Phones  JPN SWE $250,000,000 [45][46]
8 October 2001 Square Enix 18.6%/currently 0% Video Game  JPN ¥14,900,000,000 [47][48]
26 April 2004 S-LCD 50% minus 1 share LCD  JPN KOR [49]
8 April 2005 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer 20% Movies/Television  USA $4,800,000,000 [50]
8 December 2009 Fearnet minority Video On Demand  USA [51][52]
6 March 2007 Cellius 49% Video Game  JPN [53]
2 April 2007 Field Emission Technologies Inc. 33.5% Field Emission Display  JPN [54]
14 November 2007 Moversa GmbH 50% Small Card Applications  JPN NED [55]
1 July 2009 Sharp Display Corporation 7.04% LCD Panels and Modules  JPN [56][57]
8 December 2009 Vevo minority Video On Demand  USA [58][59]
14 June 2012 Multi Screen Media majority Television  IND $271,000,000 [60]
21 June 2012 unnamed joint venture with Sumitomo Electric Electronics  Japan [61]
25 June 2012 unnamed joint venture with Panasonic OLED  JPN [62]
28 June 2012 Chemical Products Businesses of Development Bank of Japan Chemical industry  JPN [63][64]
8 July 2015 IMS Internet Media Services majority Digital marketing and communications  USA [65]
16 March 2016 Fable Pictures minority Television  UK [66]
7 April 2016 Planet TV majority Television  TUR [67]
7 June 2016 Blueprint Pictures minority Television  UK [68]

Divestitures[edit]

Date Acquirer Target company Target business Acquirer country Value References
5 December 2008 Sony Sony NEC Optiarc Sony Optiarc  Japan [69]
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 [70][71][72]
20 February 2008 Toshiba Cell Chip Factory Cell chip factory  Japan ¥90,000,000,000 [73]

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