Cinedigm Corp. (NASDAQ: CIDM) has announced it has closed on a portion of the transactions contemplated by the Stock Purchase Agreement signed on Friday, December 27, 2019 to acquire approximately 29% of the outstanding equity of leading Chinese entertainment company Starrise Media Holdings Limited (Starrise) (1616. HK) from two existing holders in an all-stock transaction valued at approximately US$68 million. On February 14, 2020, the Company closed on the purchase of 162,162,162 Starrise shares and issued 21,646,604 shares of Common Stock as consideration on February14, 2020, and expects to close on the remainder of the Starrise shares as soon as practicable.
Starrise’s ordinary shares are listed on the main board of the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited. In calendar year 2018, Starrise reported approximately US $139 million in total revenues and gross profits of US $31 million, a 97% increase from 2017 revenues and 196% increase in gross profits. Cash and cash equivalents at the end of calendar year 2018 were approximately US $41 million. In the first half of calendar year 2019, the company reported revenues of approximately US $67 million and gross profits of US $19 million, a 11% increase in revenues and 104% increase in gross profits. Cash & cash equivalents at the end of the first half of calendar year 2019 were approximately US$35 million.
Starrise’ Film/TV business segment mainly invests in film, television and other short form content. Starrise distributes film content theatrically and to all key media platforms in China and is committed to significantly growing its investment in entertainment content for the rapidly expanding Chinese theatrical and digital marketplaces. Recent prominent film investments by Starrise include The Wandering Earth, one of the most successful Chinese films ever released, generating almost US$700 million at the box office in China in 2019, and The Grandmaster of Kung Fu, a successful internet-released action movie.