FUNimation has been receiving unsolicited interest from potential acquirers, according to Bloomberg. Among the companies expressing interest have been Comcast’s Universal film division and Sony Pictures. Universal has decided not to proceed, according to the report; the status of the Sony interest is unknown.
FUNimation has annual sales of over $100 million, and has grown over 10% a year since 2013. It partnered with Crunchyroll last year to share properties and split functions in the U.S. market (see “Anime Market Re-Aligns – Crunchyroll and FUNimation Partner”). FUNimation released the hit anime Your Name in U.S. theaters this year (see “U.S. Theatrical Release for Hit Anime ‘Your Name’ Announced”).