Paris, January 16, 2018
Vivendi enters into a hedging transaction on its stake in Fnac Darty
Vivendi has entered into a hedging transaction with Société Générale to protect the value of its 11% stake in the share capital of Fnac Darty.
Vivendi retains the option to elect a settlement in cash or shares at maturity, i.e., during the second half of 2019 at the latest.
For purposes of its own hedging in connection with this transaction, Société Générale will launch a private placement of the shares to institutional investors located in jurisdictions where their participation would be permitted under applicable securities laws.
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