What is the distribution for fiscal year 2014?

On April 17, 2015, the Shareholder meeting has approved the proposed resolution for the payment of an ordinary dividend with respect to 2014 of €1 per share, comprising €0.20 relative to the Group’s business performance and a €0.80 return to shareholders as a result of asset disposals. It was paid as of April 23, 2015


Implementation of previously announced distributions

The closing of GVT sale and of the 20% interest in Numericable-SFR has enabled the Vivendi Management Board, in accordance with its commitment, to decide on the principle of two interim ordinary dividends payment, each in the amount of €1 per share, in respect of 2015.


Payment calendar:

–          Ex-distribution date of June 25, 2015 and a payment date of June 29, 2015. This first interim dividend will be paid out of the retained earnings

–          Ex-distribution date of February 1, 2016  and a payment date of February 3, 2016. This second interim dividend would be taken from distributable income thanks to the positive earnings resulting from the GVT and SFR disposals, subject to verification by the Group’s auditors,

Dividend and distribution history (click here)


 On what date do I have to own Vivendi shares to qualify for dividend or distribution payment?
To receive the dividend or the distribution paid by the company, you must own your shares, at the latest, on the Record date, one day before the Ex date.


Are distributions subject to income tax?

To the extent that all earnings and other distributable reserves have previously been distributed, this distribution would be considered a return of capital distribution to shareholders. As such, the amount does not constitute a distribution of earnings.

Under French law, the amount of this non-taxable distribution to the shareholders of the company, whether natural or legal persons, should be deducted from the tax basis of the shares held.

For any clarification on the tax regime applicable to this distribution, in particular pertaining to the adjustment to the tax basis of the shares held, shareholders are urged to contact their personal tax adviser.


How can I recover part of the withholding tax in France if I am a non-resident?
Since January 2007, non-residents who wish to recover part of the French withholding tax must use the following forms, which come in two bundles:

  • The first bundle is for certifying one’s tax residency. It consists of five identical forms: two in French (reference no. 5000 FR), Dutch (reference no. 5000 NL), English (reference no. 5000 EN), Spanish (reference no. 5000 ES) and German (reference no. 5000 DE).
  • The second bundle is for liquidation of the withholding tax and for reimbursement of the tax credit. It consists of five identical forms: two in French (reference no. 5001 FR), Dutch (reference no. 5001 NL), English (reference no. 5001 EN), Spanish (reference no. 5000 ES) and German (reference no. 5001 DE).

Applicants can receive an information leaflet in French (reference no. 5000NOT FR), Dutch (reference no. 5000NOT NL), English (reference no. 5000NOT EN), Spanish (reference no. 5000NOT ES) or German (reference no. 5000NOT DE) explaining all the steps you need to take to recoup withholding tax.

You can obtain these forms:

  • from the tax authorities in your country of residence
  • through the non-resident tax center (Centre des impôts des non-résidents, 10 rue du Centre, 93465 Noisy-le-Grand, France)
  • on the website of the French tax authority, www.impots.gouv.fr (under “formulaires Cerfa 12816*01”)