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August 26, 2019

Stocks held by K-pop agency owners plummet

PUBLISHED : July 21, 2019 - 16:14

UPDATED : July 21, 2019 - 16:15

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The value of stocks owned by both former and current entertainment agency owners in South Korea dropped nearly 30 percent compared to last year, data showed on July 21, as the industry is struggling to cope with a slew of scandals as well as trade tensions between Korea and Japan, a key market.

According to conglomerate research firm Chaebul.com, the combined value of stocks held by seven most stock-rich entertainment agency owners fell 28.7 percent to 512 billion won ($435.5 million) as of July 19.



Former CEO and chief producer of  YG Entertainment Yang Hyun-suk saw the steepest decline, with the value of his stock holdings dropping 41.1 percent to 93 billion won, from last year’s 158.5 billion won.

Yang stepped down from leading YG Entertainment in June –- after its artists were mired in an industry-wide K-pop scandal, including allegations of drug use and prostitution -- but the former CEO still holds majority stake of 16.12 percent in the agency.

YG’s share price ended at 27,800 won July 19, which is 41.5 percent lower from the beginning of the year.

The value of shares held by S.M. Entertainment founder Lee Soo-man dropped 29.4 percent in the same period to 162.7 billion won. Lee owns 19.04 percent stake in the agency named after him.

For   JYP Entertainment founder and Chief Communications Officer Park Jin-young, the value of his stock holdings fell 29.9 percent to 133.3 billion won from 193 billion won.

Stock prices of SM and JYP fell 29.7 percent and 29.9 percent, respectively, since late 2018.

By Jung Min-kyung(mkjung@heraldcorp.com)

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