JYP Entertainment Corporation (KOSDAQ: 035900) engages in the entertainment business in South Korea, Japan, China and other parts of the world. It is involved in the production of movies, TV dramas, and music recordings as well as the management of artists, including such famous Korean supergroups as Wonder Girls, 2AM, 2PM, Miss A, and Rain, under its various labels.
The company, originally named Tae-Hong Planning Corporation, was founded by Park Jin Young, an actor, singer and songwriter in 1997. It eventually became JYP Entertainment in 2001. J. Tune Entertainment Co. Ltd., a record label and artists management company founded by Rain, merged with JYP Entertainment and has operated under the umbrella brand JYP Entertainment Corporation since March 2011. JYP Entertainment is headquartered in Seoul, with offices in New York and Beijing.
Jo Dong-Won is the current Chief Executive Officer and a director of JYP Entertainment Corp. Son Goo-Ho, former managing director of Softbank Ventures Korea Inc., now serves as a director of JYP entertainment. Park Jin Young is also a director of this company.
JYP Entertainment’s total revenue for the year ended June 2010 was 10.16 billion KRW (USD 8.51 million), according to its annual report, with a net income/loss of 10.36 billion KRW (USD 8.685 million) compared to a 6.35 billion KRW loss for the previous year 2009. Year on year, the company net income fell 63.24% despite revenues that grew 12.15% from 9.06 billion Won to 10.16 billion. An increase in the selling, general and administrative costs as a percentage of sales from 25.2% to 32.86% was a component in the falling net income despite rising revenues.
Many industry analysts believe that the marketing prowess of Wonder Boy Park Jin Young and the global brand value of all the artists and groups managed by JYP Entertainment are underrated company assets that could turn the company around in the future.
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