Disclaimer: I don’t claim to be an expert on any of this lmao
In 2013, SM Entertainment had an annual revenue of $227 million USD. [x]
This article quotes EXO’s revenue as a group in 2013 to be $30 million USD–with the huge success of Growl (along with Wolf and MID promos) plus a long list of advertisements EXO did, this number sounds very reasonable. [x]
Across the time Lu Han was in EXO, (roughly) 2012-2014 (first quarter), [x] SM’s revenue was $429 million USD. Assuming EXO’s earnings were 13% of SM’s total for whole time (as determined from the above numbers), EXO’s total revenue for those 2.5 years was about $55.7 million USD.
SM’s net profit for that time period was $61 million (the cost after all of their operating expenses) so again, assuming EXO is 13% of all that, their net profit was $7.9 million. [x]
If the aforementioned article’s number of $5,000 per month per person for training is correct, that’s $60,000 per year for training. Lu Han’s 2 years of training would put him $120,000 in debt.
Lu Han has recently said that they only gave him $8,400 USD for his 2.5 years, [x] so using that plus his debt ($128,400) times 12 for all of EXO ($1.5M), it seems like SM is giving the group just 19% of their entire net profit to split among 12 members.
Maybe it’s just me, but fuck, that number sounds way too low.
And it begs the question–exactly how much of that 81% is going straight to the company’s leaders?
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