Activision Blizzard Buys Its Independence From Vivendi For $8.17 Billion

Activision Blizzard announced that it has reached an agreement under which it will acquire from Vivendi approximately 429 million Company shares and certain tax attributes for $5.83 billion in cash, or $13.60 per share acquired.

In a simultaneous transaction, ASAC II LP, an investment vehicle led by Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick and Co-Chairman Brian Kelly, to which they have personally committed $100 million combined, separately will purchase approximately 172 million Company shares from Vivendi for approximately $2.34 billion in cash, or $13.60 per share.

All in all, Activision Blizzard is buying its independence from Vivendi for $8.17 billion.

Following the completion of the transaction, Activision Blizzard will be an independent company with the majority of its shares owned by the public. The Company will be led by Bobby Kotick as Chief Executive Officer and Brian Kelly as Chairman. Vivendi will no longer be the majority shareholder, but will retain a stake of 83 million shares or approximately 12%.

ASAC II LP—the investor group which, in addition to Kotick and Kelly, includes Davis Advisors, Leonard Green & Partners, L.P., Tencent, as well as one of the largest global institutional investors—will own a stake of approximately 24.9%.

“These transactions together represent a tremendous opportunity for Activision Blizzard and all its shareholders, including Vivendi,” said Bobby Kotick, CEO of Activision Blizzard. “We should emerge even stronger—an independent company with a best-in-class franchise portfolio and the focus and flexibility to drive long-term shareholder value and expand our leadership position as one of the world’s most important entertainment companies. The transactions announced today will allow us to take advantage of attractive financing markets while still retaining more than $3 billion cash on hand to preserve financial stability.”

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VIVENDI being merged with Activision/Blizzard was a stupid idea to begin with as it led to a dozen decent IPs being dropped in hopes to turn better profit margins.

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