The Wall Street Journal: Talent agency parent Endeavor sets stage for late-2019 IPO

Endeavor LLC, the international entertainment and marketing colossus that owns Hollywood’s biggest talent agency and the Ultimate Fighting Championship league, is kicking its plans for an initial public offering into high gear.

The company, once known as William Morris, has or is about to file confidential paperwork for an IPO, according to people familiar with the matter. That would put the Hollywood conglomerate on track to hit the public markets by the end of this year.

Endeavor was valued at around $4 billion in March 2018 when it raised $400 million from Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund, according to PitchBook. The company moved to return that investment last fall after the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi and allegations that the Saudi crown prince was involved.

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