Bolloré now controls over 15% of Vivendi

Bolloré Group now controls over 15% of Vivendi’s shares following the cancellation of additional shares by the media giant last week. Vivendi has cancelled 86,874,701 of its own shares, representing 6.35% of the total outstanding shares, as part of its repurchase programme. In addition to owning 15.41% of Vivendi shares, Bolloré now controls 16.41% of […]

Vivendi acquires more Ubisoft shares

Vivendi has said it now owns over 20% of the share capital of games giant Ubisoft. As of June 14, the French media giant owned 20.1% of the share capital and 17.76% of Ubisoft’s voting rights. In a notification to the French markets regulator, Vivendi said that aimed to make further acquisitions in shares of […]

Vivendi reassures Gameloft staff as it closes in on remaining shares

Vivendi has written to Gameloft employees to reassure them that the company’s innovative spirit will be in safe hands under the media giant’s ownership. The move follows Vivendi’s acquisition of a majority of Gameloft shares as a result of its hostile takeover of the gaming company. “You will join shortly an international content and media […]

Vivendi pushes forward with gaming ambitions

Vivendi has succeeded in securing a majority of shares in Gameloft, the French games company subject to its hostile takeover bid since mid-February, according to local reports. Vivendi secured the support of a majority of Gameloft shareholders at the end of last week, with the decision of Amber Capital, owners of a 15% stake, to […]

Vivendi moves closer to taking control of games company

Vivendi has moved closer to taking full control of Gameloft after the French games company’s third-largest shareholder said it would sell to the media giant. The decision by Amber Capital means that Vivendi’s hostile takeover attempt has now secured control of 44% of the mobile games company’s shares, more than twice the amount owned by […]

Vivendi ups stakes in Gameloft battle

Vivendi’s long-running hostile attempt to take over French games company Gameloft has entered a new phase with its public tender offer price for the company’s shares increasing automatically from €720 to €8 per share. The increase results from stock market rules triggered by the media giant’s a result decision to buy a tranche of Gameloft […]

Vivendi taking 26% stake in Banijay-Zodiak

Vivendi has signed an agreement to take a 26.2% stake in the new production company resulting from the combination of Banijay Group and Zodiak Media. Vivendi had previously confirmed it was in talks to take a minority stake in the production outfit. The Banijay-Zodiak transaction, scheduled to complete in the first half of next year, […]

Vivendi ups stakes in games companies

Vivendi has upped its stakes in French games producers Ubisoft and Gameloft. Vivendi now holds 11.6 million shares in Ubisoft and 8.68 million Gameloft shares, taking its stakes in the two companies to 10.39% and 10.2% respectively. “These investments are part of a strategic vision of operational convergence between Vivendi’s content and platforms on one […]

Vivendi takes stakes in games companies

Vivendi has take stakes in French games specialists Ubisoft and Gameloft. The media giant has acquired 7.36 million Ubisoft shares for €140.3 million, giving it a stake of 6.6%. it acquired 5.24 million Gameloft shares for €19.7 million, giving it a stake of 6.2% in the latter. Vivendi previously held a 61.1% stake in US-based […]