Paris, December 3, 2009
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Vivendi announced today it has exceeded a threshold of an additional 5% holding in the capital of GVT.
Vivendi’s percentage holding in GVT, excluding unexercised purchase options, is now of 59.4% (81.5 million shares of the 137.2 million shares comprising GTV’s capital) compared to 50.9% (69.8 million shares) on November 30, and to 38.1% (48.9 million shares) on November 13.
Its total stake, including unexercised purchase options, now stands at 71.3%. This represents 97.9 million shares compared to 86.3 million shares (62.85% of GVT’s capital) on November 30 and 73.8 million shares (57.5% of GVT’s capital) on November 13.
Vivendi’s objective with such increase in participation is to further consolidate its controlling interest in GVT.
Vivendi has not entered into any contracts governing voting rights with respect to securities issued by GVT shares nor the sale or purchase of securities issued by GVT, other than those that have been publicly disclosed.
A world leader in communications and entertainment, Vivendi controls Activision Blizzard (#1 in video games worldwide), Universal Music Group (#1 in music worldwide), SFR (#2 in mobile and fixed telecom in France), Maroc Telecom Group (#1 in mobile and fixed telecom in Morocco), Canal+ Group (#1 in pay-TV in France), GVT (#1 alternative operator in fixed telecom and internet in Brazil) and owns 20% of NBCU (leading U.S. media and entertainment group).
In 2008, Vivendi achieved revenues of €25.4 billion and adjusted net income of €2.7 billion. With operations in 77 countries, the Group has about 49,000 employees.
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