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Vivendi to sell off half Universal Music stock as streaming drives value up


By Bennett Bennett, Staff writer

July 30, 2018 | 3 min read

Vivendi has announced in its quarterly report that it will sell off up to 50% of its stock in Universal Music Group to one or more ‘strategic partners’.

Vivendi + UMG

Vivendi looks to sell UMG stock as primary driver of business as revenue is down 8% from last year.

The media conglomerate, which also purchased Havas last year, said that the sale will commence in the fall and looked for it to be an 18-month process. UMG was considered worth roughly $24bn by analysts, up from a valuation of $22bn given by Vivendi.

Numbers at a glance

  • Q2 revenue at $7.78bn, up 4.0% YOY
  • Key assets: Havas (advertising), UMG (music), Gameloft (mobile gaming)
  • Havas revenue for H1 down 8% to $1.02bn
  • Shares close up 1.66%

Net profit for the company was listed at $192.3m, a year-on-year decrease of 6.3%

Also announced from Vivendi: the closure of its mobile-first streaming service Studio+, seemingly a trend for standalone mobile content hubs as Verizon's Go90 service had shuttered earlier this summer. The offshoot of its Canal+ channel will have its short-form series rerouted through OTT services and streaming platform Dailymotion.

Havas’s revenue for the first half of the year was totaled at $1.02bn, a total that was down by 8.0% from this time last year, however Vivendi said profitability has been up, especially in North American agencies, and it looked poised to have a stronger second half of the year due to large new business wins.

However, UMG remained the biggest source of revenue for Vivendi, accounting for over 45% of its revenue. Streaming’s increased popularity has more than accounted for last decade’s proliferation of illegal downloads, and according to a conversation in Bloomberg, the money earned can potentially be allocated to its online gaming services like Gameloft.

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