Vivendi, Pershing Square Holdings and affiliates entered into discussions on June 4, 2021, for the acquisition of 10% of Universal Music Group B.V. (UMG) share capital owned by Vivendi, prior to the distribution of 60% of UMG share capital to Vivendi’s shareholders and the listing of the company scheduled for September 21, 2021.
Vivendi is pleased to announce that Pershing Square has committed to acquire an additional 2.9% of the UMG capital for a price of USD 1.149 billion based on an enterprise value of €35 billion for 100% of UMG’s share capital.
In line with what was communicated on August 10, 2021 and considering the 7.1% already acquired, Pershing Square will now own 10% of the UMG share capital. The closing related to the 2.9% additional will take place by September 9, 2021.
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