Paris, April 3, 2012
The Notes will not be registered under the Securities Act of 1933, or any applicable state or foreign securities laws, and are subject to substantial restrictions on transfer. In particular, the Notes may not be offered or sold in the U.S., or to or for the benefit of U.S. persons, absent registration under the Securities Act or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements of the Securities Act. This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any security and shall not constitute an offer, solicitation or sale in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful.
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Vivendi Priced $2 billion of Notes in Three Tranches due 2015, 2018 and 2022
Vivendi has agreed to sell:
• $550 million in amount of 2.4% notes due 2015 at a price equal to 99.994% of the principal amount,
• $650 million in amount of 3.45% notes due 2018 at a price equal to 99.962% of the principal amount,
• $800 million in amount of 4.75% notes due 2022 at a price equal to 99.662% of the principal amount.
This operation is part of a private offering to qualified institutional buyers following Rule 144A under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), and outside the United States to non-US persons in compliance with Regulation S under the Securities Act.
Vivendi intends to use the net proceeds from the offering to fund its concurrent tender offer for any and all of its outstanding $700 million 5.750% notes due 2013. The remaining proceeds will be used to refinance drawings under Vivendi’s bank facilities.
This financing falls within Vivendi’s objective of rebalancing its debt structure between bank debt and bond debt. The issuance of the notes in U.S. dollars also enables Vivendi to diversify its bond investor base and to increase the average duration of its debt.
United Kingdom. This communication is only being distributed to and is only directed at (i) persons who are outside the United Kingdom or (ii) investment professionals falling within Article 19(5) of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Financial Promotion) Order 2005 (the “Order”) or (iii) high net worth companies, and other persons to whom it may lawfully be communicated, falling within Article 49(2)(a) to (d) of the Order or (iv) persons to whom an invitation or inducement to engage in investment activity (within the meaning of section 21 of the FSMA, as defined below) may otherwise lawfully be communicated or cause to be communicated (all such persons together being referred to as “relevant persons”). The notes are only available to, and any invitation, offer or agreement to subscribe, purchase or otherwise acquire such notes will be engaged in only with, relevant persons. Any person who is not a relevant person should not act or rely on this document or any of its contents.
France. No prospectus (including any amendment, supplement or replacement thereto) or any other offering material has been prepared in connection with the offering of the notes that has been approved by the Autorité des marchés financiers or by the competent authority of another State that is a contracting party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area and notified to the Autorité des marchés financiers; no notes have been offered or sold nor will be offered or sold, directly or indirectly, to the public in France; the prospectus or any other offering material relating to the notes have not been distributed or caused to be distributed and will not be distributed or caused to be distributed to the public in France; such offers, sales and distributions have been and shall only be made in France to qualified investors (investisseurs qualifiés) and/or a restricted circle of investors (cercle restreint d’investisseurs), all as defined in Articles L. 411-2 II, D. 411-1 to D. 411-4, D.744-1, D. 754-1 and D. 764-1 of the French Code monétaire et financier, in each case investing for their own account, or to persons licensed to provide the investment service of portfolio management for the account of third parties (service d’investissement de gestion de portefeuille pour compte de tiers) as defined in Article L. 411-2 II of the French Code monétaire et financier. The direct or indirect distribution to the public in France of any so acquired notes may be made only as provided by Articles L. 411-1, L. 411-2, L. 412-1 and L. 621-8 to L. 621-8-3 of the French Code monétaire et financier and applicable regulations thereunder.
European Economic Area. All offers of notes will be made pursuant to an exemption under the Prospectus Directive 2003/71/EC (and amendments thereto, including Directive 2010/73/EU (the “2010 Prospectus Directive”), to the extent implemented in member states (the “Member States”) of the European Economic Area (the “EEA”) and any implementing measures) (the “Prospectus Directive”), as implemented in Member States of the EEA, from the requirement to produce a prospectus for offers of securities to the public. Accordingly, all offers of notes are only addressed to “qualified investors” in these Member States within the meaning of the Prospectus Directive or have been or will be made otherwise in circumstances that do not require the Issuer or any of the initial purchasers to publish a prospectus pursuant to the Prospectus Directive. Any person making or intending to make any offer within the EEA of Notes which are the subject of the placement contemplated should only do so in circumstances in which no obligation arises for the company or any of the initial purchasers to produce a prospectus for such offer. Neither the company nor any of the initial purchasers have authorized, nor do they authorize, the making of any offer of notes to the public through any financial intermediary, other than offers made by the initial purchasers which constitute the final placement of notes contemplated.
Cautionary Statement Concerning Forward Looking Statements. This press release may contain forward-looking statements. Although Vivendi believes that such forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, such statements are not guarantees of future performance. Actual results may differ materially from the forward-looking statements as a result of a number of risks and uncertainties, many of which are outside our control, including but not limited to market conditions as well as the risks described in the documents Vivendi filed with the Autorité des Marchés Financiers (French securities regulator) and which are also available in English on Vivendi’s website (www.vivendi.com). Investors and security holders may obtain a free copy of documents filed by Vivendi with the Autorité des Marchés Financiers at www.amf-france.org, or directly from Vivendi. These forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this press release and Vivendi disclaims any intention or obligation to provide, update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Unsponsored ADRs. Vivendi does not sponsor an American Depositary Receipt (ADR) facility in respect of its shares. Any ADR facility currently in existence is “unsponsored” and has no ties whatsoever to Vivendi. Vivendi disclaims any liability in respect of such facility.