Getty Images Announces Investment by Koch Equity Development
NEW YORK - Getty Images, a world leader in visual communications, has reached an agreement with Koch Equity Development LLC (KED), the investment arm of Koch Industries, whereby KED will make a $500 million non-controlling preferred equity investment in the company.
Under the transaction, the Getty family continues to retain control over Getty Images following its acquisition of controlling interest from the Carlyle Group earlier this year. Consistent with its 2017 financial investment in support of Meredith's acquisition of Time Inc., KED will have no input into Getty Images content or editorial coverage.
Commenting on the transaction, Mark Getty, Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board said: "In September we announced my family were resuming control of Getty Images – a business that bears our name and one that we fervently believe in. KED demonstrated they share a belief in Getty Images, a long-term outlook and focus on growth. We are extremely excited about this partnership and what it means for Getty Images."
"KED's investment in Getty Images serves as strong validation of Getty Images' market position, content and capabilities," said Craig Peters, Getty Images Chief Operating Officer and incoming CEO. "The Company is very excited to have additional financial support and flexibility as we continue to pursue our vision and strategy."
Brett Watson, KED Senior Managing Director and Head of Principal Investments added: "There are limited opportunities to invest in proven market leaders with durable differentiation and attractive business models. Getty Images is one of those rare opportunities and we look forward to participating in the company's sustained growth."
With this investment, KED has now made more than $9 billion of industry-agnostic, principal investments into public, private and family-owned businesses since 2012. KED's investment in Getty Images is consistent with its approach of providing long-term capital to businesses in partnership with existing ownership and management.
"This transaction, like American Greetings, Meredith, Guardian and others preceding it, is another great example of KED supporting a family-controlled business with a unique, non-controlling equity investment," stated Matt Flamini, KED President. "We are excited to partner with the Getty family for the long-term success of the company."
J.P. Morgan served as sole placement agent to Getty Images. Berenson and Company served as financial advisor to the Getty Family. Weil, Gotshal and Manges provided legal counsel to the Company. PJT Partners served as financial advisor to KED and Jones Day provided legal counsel.