Paris, 1st July, 2013
Vivendi: Universal Music Group completes
Parlophone sale for £487 million
Vivendi and Universal Music Group announced today the completion of the sale of Parlophone to Warner Music Group.
The transaction amounts to £487 million in cash.
This sale represents the final significant divestment requested by the European Commission for the EMI Recorded Music acquisition, bringing today the sale proceeds to a total net amount of £562 million in cash (approximately €700 million) for Vivendi.
Vivendi is one of the few multimedia groups in the world to operate across the entire digital value chain. It creates and publishes content for which it develops broadcast networks and distribution platforms.
Vivendi combines number of companies that are leaders in content and media: the French leader in pay-TV (Canal+ Group), the world leader in music (Universal Music Group) and the world leader in video games (Activision Blizzard). In telecommunications, Vivendi operates the French leader in alternative telecoms (SFR), the Moroccan leader in telecoms (Maroc Telecom) and the leading alternative broadband operator in Brazil (GVT).
In 2012, Vivendi achieved revenues of €29 billion and adjusted net income of €2.55 billion. The Group has over 58,000 employees.
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