Cinesite enters into a US$235 million funding package to support continued growth

Member News  |  20 December 2022

As one of the world’s largest independent visual effects and animation studio collectives, they announced a series of transactions, which will result in a US$235 million funding package.

Antony Hunt, CEO of Cinesite Group

This support will enable the company to continue its organic and acquisition revenue growth over the next few years, further develop its world class talent and serve its customers with creative innovation and reliability that they can depend on.

NatWest Corporate Bank led the financing alongside Barclays, who are the company’s long standing bankers, with flexibility to allow more institutions to join the banking club as required. The overall package includes, debt, equity and mezzanine lines from existing shareholders.

The Cinesite group, which has grown its revenue fourteen-fold since 2014, will use the funding to accelerate its growth by offering clients greater creative capacity, allowing the company to enter new geographies and business segments while building on its studio partnership model to expand its talent base and global footprint.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
Marvel Studios

Cinesite is an award winning studio group with more than 30 years of industry experience. Its expanding capacity of over 2,500 artists and technicians serve Hollywood studios, streaming services and international production companies. Headquartered in London, the Cinesite group also has facilities in Montreal and Vancouver alongside partner studios in Berlin, Munich (Trixter) Belgrade, Skopje (FX3X) Montreal (Squeeze Animation and L’Atelier Animation), Quebec City (Squeeze), Mumbai (Assemblage Entertainment) and Vancouver (Image Engine) enabling it to scale to thousands of VFX and animation artists worldwide.

Continuing our strong support to the sector, we are delighted to lead the arrangement of this package of funding for the Cinesite group. The business has a well-established track record and an outstanding reputation for producing high quality animation and VFX.

David Munoz, Director of Technology, Media and Telecoms at NatWest Corporate Banking

We have had an excellent relationship with Cinesite for over 10 years and are pleased to be able to support their future growth. This deal highlights our ongoing commitment to the business, as well as the sector as a whole, and we look forward to their continuing success.

Richard Green, Relationship Director, Technology, Media and Telecoms at Barclays Corporate Banking
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
Marvel Studios

Across the Cinesite group we are very well-positioned with significant opportunities to capitalise on increasing demand from Hollywood studios, production companies and streaming services. The platform we have built over the last few years, coupled with the three decades of experience, world-class talent and trusted reputation will help us greatly in scaling and widening the scope of our business.

Antony Hunt, CEO of Cinesite Group

As a long-standing investor, seeing the achievements of Cinesite during our tenure made it an easy decision to continue our support. The company is well known for consistently delivering the top quality that is needed in this market and as investors our experience is the same – a management team that delivers.

Hans Oerlemans, Managing Director of Gryphion

Recent Cinesite group credits include Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Willow, The School for Good & Evil, Obi-Wan Kenobi, The Witcher S2, Matilda, Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank, Thor: Love & Thunder, The Book of Boba Fett, The Addams Family 2 and She-Hulk.

The studios are currently in production on projects including Iwaju (Disney+) , Foundation S2 (Apple), Poirot (20th Century Studios), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem (Nickelodeon), The Witcher S3 (Netflix) and I Am Groot (Marvel  Studios) to name a few.