The Super D-Alliance deal taps the value of smart financiers, industry veterans and long relationships.

Super D's acquisition of Alliance Entertainment is giving the music and video industry's credit managers and independent label owners an old-school concern: How much debt is involved, and what does it mean to the pecking order of who gets paid when?

Whenever an acquisition takes place, label owners want to know who they're supplying credit to and what their financials look like, because traditional industry terms call for labels to provide trusted retail and wholesale accounts with two months' credit. So, should they give Super D the same large credit line they gave Alliance?

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