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Dyal Capital purchasing minority stake in Sacramento Kings, per report

Dyal Capital will own less than 5% of the team.

According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, Dyal Capital is nearing a deal to purchase a minority stake of the Sacramento Kings. The deal also potentially impacts the valuation of the team. From the WSJ:

The deal, which could be announced as soon as this week, would give the investment firm a nearly 5% stake in the team at a valuation of $1.5 billion, the people said. (Another person pegged the valuation at closer to $1.8 billion.)

The Kings were most recently valued in Forbes estimates at $1.8 billion. Carmichael Dave did note that a lower sales price could be based on the nature of the shares.

That said, that's not how valuation works. The valuation is based on the last sale, but the team valuation is only actually important to people who own a stake or want to buy a stake.

The other interesting wrinkle is that the Kings won't be the only team partially owned by Dyal Capital.

The deal would be its fund’s second such transaction. On July 6, Dyal said it would take a similar-sized stake in the Phoenix Suns.


Dyal is initially hoping to raise about $1 billion for the fund and plans to build a portfolio of minority investments in six different teams, with a goal of eventually doubling that, according to people familiar with the strategy. It also could increase its stake in an existing holding if other minority owners are looking to sell.

Carmichael Dave also tweeted that the league is assisting in these transactions. Presumably the deals don't give Dyal Capital much decision-making influence, otherwise there would be conflict of interest concerns with them owning stakes in multiple teams.

As Dave notes, this transaction likely involves multiple minority owners but there have been no reports yet as to which owners might be selling all or part of their shares.

This news likely has no impact on Kings fans, but is of interest given the myriad reports over the years about infighting or disagreements among minority owners.

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July 12, 2021 2:53 pm

It appears to be a vulture capitalist firm, but then, aren’t they all?

July 12, 2021 2:55 pm
Reply to  andy_sims

Vulture capitalist is a redundancy.

July 12, 2021 2:55 pm

Maybe it will get Vivek closer to losing power. Probay not, but we can hope!!!

July 12, 2021 3:18 pm

Can it play SF?

July 12, 2021 3:20 pm

Follow up questions. Doesn’t Vivek have the option to purchase shares that go up for sale? Many agreements have them. Pretty sure I read that Vivek has one.

If yes, doesn’t that per se mean he declined to purchase these shares?

Vivek owns the controlling shares but well less than 50% right?

If Vivek ever decides to sell … please god let him sell and just one solid and deep pocketed owner … his stake is more valuable at resale with 32% of the franchises than 27% right? Another buyer might want 50% and real control instead of the drivers seat in this clown car. Right!

Because the last owners weren’t liquid based upon an ill timed real estate and construction project, which impacted the fiscal options for the club for years before most fans realized. And our owner took on a hotel and redoing the two roughest blocks on a street that have swallowed many investors over several decades just before a pandemic and many workers not coming downtown … might be relevant no?

Perhaps the shares were over valued (but seems not) and all logical people would pass. But, if Vivek said pass on 5% share on the team … ugh … not sure it’s clear this doesn’t bleed into basketball ops.

July 12, 2021 3:28 pm
Reply to  4on5

Honestly want to learn more about the questions above from the knowledgeable people here.

But the Kings have both tons of equity but also real and major losses

That may impact how liquid they are now and going forward

How liquid a bad small market team with a payroll north of the salary cap is essentially always relevant for almost every small market team over the past 20 years in the league.

The most likely reason for Vivek failing to purchase this 5% would be his liquidity, right

July 12, 2021 4:20 pm
Reply to  Greg

Yep, essentially these are nothing more than non-controlling shares in the company, and likely because they intend to get a payout for said shares in the form of dividends or share of profits. It’s also possible he owns the most he’s allowed to depending on the team’s corporate governance. I wouldn’t be surprised if this gets them corporate boxes they can lease at a profit as well.

Now all of that can be changed if the board agrees, but more likely what this means isn’t so much about how the former minority owners felt about the team, but more them cashing out from what the team was purchased at. At 525 million, that’s essentially a 1 billion dollar over evaluation, and I’m sure those share holders are probably drinking some pretty good champagne right now.

Sometimes it’s as simple as folks wanted to get out at a profit, and this was too good a deal to pass up.

July 12, 2021 4:29 pm

Quick follow up to this, obviously they aren’t getting the share price of the 1.5 billion, but they are going to enjoy a very large payout compared to where they bought in, which was my main point.

July 12, 2021 6:23 pm
Reply to  Greg

You believe that on a per share basis it’s not more valuable to sell 50.1% of the franchise to a bazillionaire than just 35%? (You don’t get to 50.1% without getting to 35?

If he in fact didn’t buy because he’s not liquid enough to do it … you don’t think that relevant to questions like is Luke still here primarily because the team can’t afford to fire him, pay him completely out under the contract (thanks Matina) and hire a replacement?


July 12, 2021 8:46 pm
Reply to  Greg

You’re out of your depths on this one.

July 13, 2021 7:42 am
Reply to  4on5

You – Can I get some feedback on my opinion?
Everyone – …
You – No, really, a little feedback, please?
Someone – gives feedback
You – bro, you don’t know what I’m talking about

Ok, then.

July 12, 2021 11:18 pm
Reply to  4on5

Vivek owns the controlling shares but well less than 50% right?

I think he now controls somewhere around 22-23%.

From a 2017 article by Kevin Arnovitz (still a fascinating read) on the Kings:
Though he owns less than 20 percent of the franchise, Ranadive was named Sacramento’s majority owner or controlling governor. It was an unusual arrangement that required approval from the NBA, but this distinction gave him unchecked power to make important organizational decisions, even if those disagreeing represented a greater share of ownership.”

Is DeMarcus Cousins or the Sacramento Kings the real problem? (

I believe he acquired something like a 3% stake from another minority owner since

July 12, 2021 6:51 pm
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July 13, 2021 7:43 am
Reply to  Kosta

Great, we’re acquiring another guard…

July 12, 2021 7:14 pm

A faceless investment service seems like a perfect fit for one of the worst ownerships in NBA history.

July 13, 2021 7:49 am
Reply to  Greg

they aren’t really paying attention to the quality of the team.

obviously 😜

July 12, 2021 7:36 pm

I bet they asked the league to help them find investors of any team that are willing to sell. This just looks like a long term hold by an investment firm, more so in the rising value of NBA teams in general than any particular team.

July 12, 2021 9:26 pm
Reply to  Greg

on the same page…”find investors of any team” = minority members willing to sell their ownership stake

July 13, 2021 7:45 am

In some NBA cities, I can understand why writers and fans do not want to wade into the business side of ownership. The Kings have the longest NBA playoff drought ever in one NBA city in large part because their last owners had liquidity issues. The local media and almost all the fan sites missed that story for a very long time, often parroting illogical claims that the team was still owned like most NBA teams for 2-3 years, before owners that were flat broke — by NBA standards — were acknowledged as having a material liquidity issue. Now a franchise that is suffering massive losses and has NBA majority owner with just a 23 percent stake in the team … who almost certainly has a right of first refusal and undisputedly has the option to bid … appears to have passed all of the shares that were just sold. This issue being covered this way and with such little attention is why this city does not typically have nice things regarding the Kings.

July 13, 2021 2:17 pm
Reply to  4on5

Well, considering you clearly have all the answers, then why were you asking questions further up above?

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