Sep. 9, 2015, 11:34 AM
- Vivendi (OTCPK:VIVHY +0.4%) is continuing its ownership push in Telecom Italia (TI +2%), raising its stake yet again in the carrier, to 15.5%.
- The holding is worth €3.3B (about $3.7B) today.
- "Rome was not built in a day," said CEO Arnaud De Puyfontaine of Vivendi's steps toward building a southern Europe-focused media group. "When you got a big plan you have different steps and it’s not by the snap of your fingers that you do that."
- Vivendi's move comes even as TI is considering a savings-stock conversion that would have the effect of diluting the French conglomerate's stake.
- The French company has gathered €9B in cash after disposing of other telecom assets over the past few years.
- Previously: Telecom Italia mulling $6B savings-stock conversion (Sep. 04 2015)
- Previously: Bolloré ousts Canal Plus chief, takes hands-on role (Sep. 03 2015)
- Previously: JPMorgan reverses course, bumps Vivendi two notches to Buy (Sep. 01 2015)
Jun. 16, 2015, 2:05 PM
- Vivendi (OTCPK:VIVHY), already taking on an 8% stake in Telecom Italia (NYSE:TI) via Telefonica (NYSE:TEF), is looking at boosting its position in TI to as much as 15% as soon as next month.
- Vivendi Chairman Vincent Bolloré is looking to trade on Italian connections to aid an expansion there. The company may raise its stake in TI to 10-15%; a 15% holding would be valued about €3B ($3.4B).
- Bolloré's plans for Vivendi have been ripe for speculation since he set a plan in motion to divest telecom assets and focus on media. He fought off an activist threat earlier this year led by P. Schoenfeld, which pressed for a sale of Universal Music Group and a €9B special dividend.
- In U.S. trading, Vivendi is down 0.6%, while Telecom Italia is up 0.3% after being down nearly 3% most all morning.
May 20, 2015, 6:52 PM
- With Vivendi (OTCPK:VIVHY +1.8%) set to become the largest shareholder in Telecom Italia (NYSE:TI), TI's chairman has told shareholders he's welcoming foreign investment.
- "We reject the logic that foreign investments in Telecom Italia are dangerous; whoever brings capital and know-how contributes to make our company stronger, regardless of whether the investor is Italian or a foreigner," said Giuseppe Recchi.
- After Vivendi completes the sale of Brazilian unit GVT to Telefonica (NYSE:TEF), it will obtain an 8.3% stake in TI, which -- after investment vehicle Telco (Telefonica and three Italian finance partners) sells its 22% stake -- will make it the biggest shareholder. But Vivendi's CEO says it's not getting back into telecoms and that the investment is opportunistic.
- "Pending ownership developments, the relationship with (Vivendi Chairman Vincent) Bollore today is that with a big media company," says TI CEO Marco Patuano.
- TI is also headed for a change to the shareholder base, approving rules that will give directors from its main investor group just two-thirds of the board rather than four-fifths.
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