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Activision to offer $2.5B in senior notes to help finance Vivendi deal

  • Activision Blizzard (ATVI +4.7%will offer $1B in 2020 senior secured notes, $1B in 2021 senior unsecured notes, and $0.5B in 2023 senior unsecured notes.
  • Proceeds will be used to help finance Activision's repurchase of 429M shares (38.2% of the company) from Vivendi.
  • Separately, an investor group led by CEO Bobby Kotick and Co-Chairman Brian Kelly plans to purchase 172M shares (15.3%) from Vivendi. The consortium includes Tencent, Fidelity Management, Davis Advisors, and Leonard Green and Partners.
  • Moody's assigned Activision a Ba1 rating and ratings of Ba2 and Ba3 on its debt issuances.
  • Previous: Activision credit facility going live next week; CS cuts estimates
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