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About VIVENDI

Vivendi's way of life is to provide movies, TV, videos, games, music, and more. After selling its telecommunications assets, which accounted for more than half of the company's business, the French firm is concentrating on digital media, movies, TV, games, and music. Vivendi's media assets include Universal Music Group (UMG) and CANAL+, the top pay-television provider in France, and Europe's largest distributor and producer of films.

Operations

Canal+ Group is Vivendi's biggest business, bringing in 54% of revenue. UMG, which gets most of its revenues from recorded music by artists such as Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, LMFAO, and Rihanna, accounts for 45% of revenue. The other 1% is from the Vivendi Village unit, which include Vivendi Ticketing, Wengo (expert counseling), Watchever (subscription video-on-demand), and the Paris concert hall L'Olympia.

Geographic Reach

Headquartered in France, the company is present in 67 countries. France accounts for 45% of revenue; the rest of Europe, 25%; the US, 17%; and the rest of the world, 13%.

Financial Performance

The company's revenue dropped 2% in 2014 from 2013, mainly attributable to a 7% decrease in UMG revenue. Canal+ sales rose 3% and Vivendi Village revenue rose 35% in 2014. Canal+ counted about 680,000 more subscribers in 2014 with strong performance from Africa and Vietnam. The movie division banked on releases such as Paddington , The Imitation Game (winner of the Academy Award for best adapted screenplay), and RoboCop to post higher results. Net income, however, jumped 141% higher in 2014 with a big assist from discontinued operations. The company actually posted a loss for the year, but income from the discontinued telecommunications operations more than made up for it.

Strategy

Vivendi completed its exit of the highly competitive telecommunications business to invest more in media and content. It sold telecom operators SFR to Numericable, Maroc Telecom (in Morocco) to Etisalat, and GVT (Brazil) to Telefonica.

The company added to its entertainment portfolio with several acquisitions.

Mergers and Acquisitions

In 2015 Vivendi began negotiations with Orange to acquire an 80% stake in Dailymotion, a video-streaming website, for about $235 million. Vivendi would help Dailymotion accelerate its growth internationally and to enhance its content.

Vivendi's Canal+ Group acquired a majority stake in Studio Bagel, the top comedy channel network on YouTube in France, in 2014. Also in 2014 UMG acquired the British company Eagle Rock Entertainment, a producer and distributor of music programming for DVD, Blu-Ray, and digital TV and media.

VIVENDI

42 AVENUE DE FRIEDLAND
Paris 8e Arrondissement 75008
Phone: 33 01 71 71 10 00

Stats

Employer Type: Publicly Owned
Chairman, Supervisory Board: Vincent Bolloré
Vice Chairman, Supervisory Board: Philippe Bénacin
CEO: Arnaud Roy de Puyfontaine

Major Office Locations

Paris 8e Arrondissement,

Other Locations

Los Angeles, CA
New York, CA
Palo Alto, CA
Santa Monica, CA
Universal City, CA
Woodland Hills, CA
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Miami Beach, FL
Atlanta, GA
Chicago, IL
Jacksonville, IL
Boston, MA
Baltimore, MD
Eden Prairie, MN
New York, NY
Pittsburgh, PA
Nashville, TN
Glen Allen, VA
Richmond, VA
Beijing, China
Guangzhou, China
Shanghai, China
Bengaluru, India
Chennai, India
Gurgaon, India
Hyderabad, India
Kolkata, India
Lower Parel, Mumbai-400013, India
Mumbai, India
New Delhi, India
Milano, Italy
Roma, Italy
Chiyoda-Ku, Japan
Cardiff, Wales
Barueri, Brazil
Brasilia, Brazil
Guarulhos, Brazil
Osasco, Brazil
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Sao Joao Das Duas Pontes, Brazil
Sao Paulo, Brazil
Calgary, Canada
Montréal, Canada
Ottawa, Canada
Ancenis, France
Arcachon, France
Argenton Sur Creuse, France
Arras, France
Auch, France
Bagneres De Bigorre, France
Bastia, France
Beaupreau-En-Mauges, France
Bellac, France
Besancon, France
Boulogne Billancourt, France
Bourg Saint Andeol, France
Bressuire, France
Caluire Et Cuire, France
Castelnau Le Lez, France
Chateau Gontier, France
Chauvigny, France
Clermont Ferrand, France
Cognac, France
Dangeau, France
Frontignan, France
Genas, France
Grisolles, France
Huelgoat, France
La Rochelle, France
La Roche Sur Yon, France
Lille, France
Luneville, France
Lyon, France
Marseille, France
Massy, France
Mayenne, France
Meaux, France
Mende, France
Metz, France
Millau, France
Montpellier, France
Nantes, France
Nantua, France
Narbonne, France
Pantin, France
Paris, France
Perpignan, France
Puteaux, France
Reims, France
Rennes, France
Romorantin Lanthenay, France
Sable Sur Sarthe, France
Saint Amand Montrond, France
Saint Cloud, France
Saint Denis, France
Saint Dizier, France
Sainte Gemmes Sur Loire, France
Saint Gildas Des Bois, France
Saint Peray, France
Sete, France
Toulouse, France
Valbonne, France
Valence, France
Vars, France
Venissieux, France
Villefranche Sur Saone, France
Villeneuve Sur Lot, France
Villeurbanne, France
Stockholm, Sweden
Brussel, Belgium
Bruxelles, Belgium
Leuven, Belgium
Zaventem (Brucargo), Belgium
Bristol, England
London, England
Manchester, England
Norwich, England
Frankfurt Am Main, Germany
Hamburg, Germany
München, Germany
Stuttgart, Germany
Le Port, Réunion
Saint Denis, Réunion
Sainte Marie, Réunion
Sainte Suzanne, Réunion
Saint-Joseph, Réunion
Saint Leu, Réunion
Saint Louis, Réunion
Saint Paul, Réunion
Saint Pierre, Réunion
Glasgow, Scotland
Baie Mahault, Guadeloupe
Saint Martin, Guadeloupe
Fort De France, Martinique
Basel, Switzerland
Genève, Switzerland
Lausanne, Switzerland