U.S. buyout fund KKR and China’s Tencent Music Entertainment Group are exploring rival bids for up to half of Vivendi’s iconic Universal Music division, a deal potentially worth up 20 billion euros ($22.73 billion).
Tencent Music Entertainment Group on Tuesday filed to go public in the U.S., kicking off what will likely be one of the biggest technology IPOs to date.
Tencent Music revealed sharp growth in its Tuesday filing, with revenue more than doubling in 2017 to $1.66 billion. About 70% of revenue came from its social entertainment services, including online karaoke, live streaming and sales of merchandise. It posted a profit of $199 million in 2017, up from roughly $2 million a year earlier.