Comcast to buy remaining 49 percent stake in Universal Studios Japan
By Anjali Athavaley
(Reuters) - Comcast Corp (CMCSA.O: Quote) said on Tuesday it would buy the 49 percent it does not already own in Universal Studios Japan (USJ) for 254.8 billion yen ($2.27 billion) as the No. 1 U.S. cable operator seeks to expand its Asian theme parks business.
The deal values the Japanese theme park operator at 840 billion yen ($7.5 billion), including the assumption of net debt.
Comcast is buying USJ from Goldman Sachs (GS.N: Quote), private equity firm MBK and other owners.
Elsewhere in Asia, the company is building a theme park in Beijing and licenses one in Singapore.
Universal Studios Japan opened in 2001 as a Japanese company with a license from NBCUniversal. Comcast bought a 51 percent stake in 2015.
The transaction is expected to close before the end of April 2017.
Comcast shares fell 0.4 percent to $37.36 in morning trading on Tuesday.
(Additional reporting by Anya George Tharakan in Bengaluru; Editing by Sai Sachin Ravikumar and W Simon)
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