Vivendi and Lagardère agree on terms for disposal of 20% share in Canal+ France
Joint Press Release
Paris - The Vivendi and Lagardère Groups welcome the successful outcome of the mediation led by René Ricol under the authority of the Paris Tribunal de Commerce (commercial court) and the terms agreed concerning the disposal by Lagardère Group of its 20% stake in Canal+ France for €1.020 billion in cash.
This agreement, which will be submitted for information to the appropriate works councils, puts an end to all disputes between the two groups related to this participation.
Vivendi wishes to thank Lagardère Group for successfully supporting the development of Canalsatellite and Canal+ France over the past ten years.
The Lagardère and Canal+ Groups will continue to pursue their cooperation in program production and the publishing and distribution of television channels.
Vivendi groups together leaders in content and media. Canal+ Group is the French leader in pay-TV, also operating in French-speaking Africa, Poland and Vietnam; its subsidiary StudioCanal is a leading European player in production, acquisition, distribution and international film sales. Universal Music Group is the world leader in music; it recently strengthened and diversified its position with the acquisition of EMI Recorded Music.
In telecommunications, Vivendi owns GVT, the leading alternative broadband operator in Brazil, and SFR, a French leader in telecoms.
Lagardère is a pure media group (Book and e-Publishing; Press, Audiovisual, Digital and Advertising Sales Brokerage; Travel Retail and Distribution; Sports and Entertainment) and is among the world leaders in the sector.
Lagardère shares are listed on Euronext Paris.
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Some of the statements contained in this document are not historical facts but rather are statements of future expectations and other forward looking statements that are based on management’s beliefs. These statements reflect such views and assumptions prevailing as of the date of the statements and involved known and unkwown risks and uncertainties that could cause further results, performance or future events to differ materially from those expressed or implied in such statements.
Please refer to the most recent Reference Document (Document de reference) filed by Lagardère SCA with the French Autorité des marchés financiers for additional information in relation to such factors, risks and uncertainties.
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