SEOUL (Reuters) -- South Korean social media giant Kakao has reached a 40% stake in K-pop agency SM Entertainment, the target said on Tuesday, in a deal that left former bidder Hybe stuck with more than half of its stake in SM.
Hybe, the manager of hit boy band BTS, had hoped to sell its entire 15.8% stake into a tender offer from Kakao and affiliate Kakao Entertainment after losing a battle for control of the pioneering K-pop agency.
But Kakao's tender offer for a 35% stake at 150,000 won ($115) per share attracted acceptances for more than double the targeted stake, forcing it to scale back allotments in proportion.
Hybe said it was left with an 8.81% stake in SM, which closed at 94,300 won on Tuesday afternoon, leading to a paper loss of about 4.2 billion won ($3.23 million), according to Reuters calculation.
It had bought its stake for 120,000 won per share, mostly from SM founder Lee Soo-man, who is considered the "godfather" of the K-pop industry.
If Hybe had been able to sell its entire stake into Kakao's offer, it stood to pocket a gain of around $87 million, a 25% quick return from an investment made just a month ago.
Hybe plans a substantial number of acquisitions and investments this year as the K-pop giant looks to boost its U.S. presence, Chairman Bang Si-hyuk said this month.
SM is home to popular K-pop groups such as Girls' Generation, H.O.T., EXO, Red Velvet, Super Junior, SHINee, NCT Dream and Aespa.