Thursday, January 28, 2010

Ticket Nation

Analysis: The Potential In Live Nation Entertainment
January 27, 2010 - Touring By Glenn Peoples, L.A.

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Here's the Live Nation-Ticketmaster merger in a nutshell: a company with nearly a 40% gross margin percentage and a slight but positive net profit (Ticketmaster) is going to build a live events powerhouse with a company with a 20% gross margin percentage and recurring annual losses (Live Nation).

The pair generated about $4.4 billion in revenues through the first three quarters of 2009 but their combined net loss was $33 million.

A merger makes sense if there are cost savings, or if the merged company can generate more revenue than the two companies could do on their own. These are called synergies, as in 2 + 2 = 5. Monday's news that the U.S. Department of Justice approved the companies' merger has the business world wondering what Live Nation plus Ticketmaster equals.

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Here's a much funnier version posted on Oregon Live. LINK


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