Rolling Stone parent company Penske Media Corporation (PMC) has completed a purchase of the remaining 49 percent share in the company from Singapore-based BandLab Technologies, making PMC the full owner, Billboard has confirmed. The news was first reported by Vanity Fair.
In December 2017, PMC acquired a 51 percent stake in the legendary music publisher from founder Jann Wenner, buying out his remaining shares. Wenner had previously sold a 49 percent minority share to BandLab, a startup digital music company founded by Kuok Meng Ru, son of agriculture-business mogul Kuok Khoon Hong.
Terms of the new deal were not disclosed. It gives PMC -- the media company run by automotive heir Jay Penske -- full control of the iconic brand, including events, licensing rights and international editions under the parallel entity Rolling Stone International, in addition to the U.S. magazine and digital publication. BandLab paid $40 million for its portion of the company in 2016, according to Vanity Fair, while PMC paid about $50 million for its piece a year later, the New York Times reported at the time, valuing the publication around $100 million.