April 27, 2020 / 2:47 PM / a month ago

Saudi Arabia's PIF discloses 5.7% stake in Live Nation

April 27 (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's sovereign wealth fund, the Public Investment Fund (PIF), disclosed a 5.7% passive stake in Live Nation Entertainment Inc on Monday, sending the concert promoter's shares up 2% in early trading.

The ownership of 12.34 million shares makes the investment fund the third-largest stakeholder in the company, according to Refinitiv data.

PIF, which manages over $300 billion in assets, disclosed an 8.2% stake in coronavirus-hit Carnival Corp earlier in April.

Live Nation is an entertainment company that promotes events including ticketing, sponsorship and advertising services.

The company, whose shares are down 44% so far this year, warned of a hit to its business earlier in April as a result of postponement or cancellation of shows due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Liberty Media Corp is the largest shareholder in Live Nation, with a 25.05% stake, followed by Vanguard, which has a 7.09% stake according to Refinitiv data. (Reporting by Ayanti Bera in Bengaluru; Editing by Anil D'Silva)

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