Paris, November 27, 2014
Vivendi: completion of the SFR sale
Vivendi today announced the closing of the combination between SFR and Numericable.
Vivendi received €13.366 billion in cash of which €200 million will be contributed to the financing of the Numericable acquisition of Virgin Mobile. The amount of €13.166 billion will be subject to a contradictory accounting analysis in accordance with the contract.
Vivendi will keep a 20% stake in the new combined entity, which it will be free to sell after a one year lock-up period. Altice has call options which are exercisable in several tranches at market value subject to
a floor (1) between the 19th and the 43rd month following today’s closing.
The Group has the potential to receive an earn-out of €750 million depending on the future financial performance of the new entity (2).
Balance sheet optimization and repayment of bonds
Vivendi has total outstanding bond debt of €6.7 billion with an average remaining term of 4 years at an average rate of 4.1%. In order to enhance the efficiency of its balance sheet, the Group has decided:
a) To allocate a portion of the sale proceeds to the early redemption of all 8 tranches of its euro and U.S. dollar denominated bonds that have a make-whole call option, representing a total principal amount of €4.25 billion3 and US$0.6 billion4. This transaction, which will be completed before the end of the year, will result in a cash payment of approximately
€0.6 billion in addition to the principal amount of €4.7 billion;
b) To take the necessary measures for the tranches that do not contain a make-whole call option (€1.95 billion in total)5 in order to enable early repayment of these bonds if it so chooses.
3 Make-Whole: Euros
- Vivendi EUR 1.050.000.000 4.75% maturity: July 13, 2021
- Vivendi EUR 500.000.000 4.875% maturity: November 30, 2018
- Vivendi EUR 1.250.000.000 4.125% maturity: July 18, 2017
- Vivendi EUR 700.000.000 2.50% maturity: January 15, 2020
- Vivendi EUR 750.000.000 2.375% maturity: January 21, 2019
4 Make-Whole: US Dollars
- Vivendi USD 700.000.000 6.625% maturity: 2018
- Vivendi USD 650.000.000 3.450% maturity: 2018
- Vivendi USD 800.000.000 4.750% maturity: 2022
5 Bonds Tranches without Make-Whole Option
- Vivendi EUR 500.000.000 4.25% maturity: December 1, 2016
- Vivendi EUR 700.000.000 4.875% maturity: Decembre 2, 2019
- Vivendi EUR 750.000.000 4% maturity: Mars 31, 2017
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(1) Volume Weighted Average price (VWAP) of Numericable Group’s share price over the 20 business days before the completion date grossed-up by an annual rate of 5% during the period ranging from the closing of the transaction until the date of exercise of the call option.
(2) EBITDA – Capex at least equal to €2 billion during one fiscal year