PARIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Regulatory News:
Vivendi and Vodafone announce today the signing of an agreement for Vivendi to acquire Vodafone’s 44% stake in SFR.
The amount of the transaction will be €7,950 M, split as follows:
€7,750 M, corresponding to a 6.2 multiple of SFR’s reported 2010 EBITDA (€3973 M);
A lump sum of €200 M, reflecting the generation of cash between January 1st, 2011 and July 1st, 2011.
Additionally, SFR and Vodafone will extend their commercial co-operation for a further three years.
Commenting on the agreement, Jean-Bernard Lévy, Chairman of the Management Board and Chief Executive Officer declared: “We are very pleased to reach our strategic objective to own 100% of SFR, which will help Vivendi to focus further on profitable growth and innovation. I am very confident that this will greatly benefit both the Group’s industrial development and our millions of subscribers and consumers globally. The transaction will create a significant increase in Vivendi’s adjusted net income, enabling us to raise the dividend to our shareholders.”
This agreement is subject to customary Competition Authority approval. Completion of the transaction is expected by end June, 2011.
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Vivendi is at the heart of the worlds of content, platforms and interactive networks.
Vivendi combines the world leader in video games (Activision Blizzard), the world leader in music (Universal Music Group), the French leader in alternative telecoms (SFR), the Moroccan leader in telecoms (Maroc Telecom Group), the leading alternative telecoms provider in Brazil (GVT) and the French leader in Pay TV (Canal+ Group).
In 2010, Vivendi achieved revenues of €28.9 billion and adjusted net
income of €2.7 billion. With operations in 77 countries, the Group has
over 51,300 employees.
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ANALYST CONFERENCE (in English, with French translation). The call number will be given later.
|Chairman of the Management Board|
Date: Monday April 4, 2011; 17:30 pm Paris time – 16:30 pm London time – 11:30 am New York time
|Media invited on a listen-only basis.|