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About VIVENDI SE

Vivendi is one of the world's biggest media companies, offering music, movies and TV, games, and more. Its Universal Music Group (UMG) is the world's biggest recorded music company, featuring artists such Ariana Grande, Post Malone, Taylor Swift, and the Rolling Stones. Canal+ Group is a pay-TV provider in France, Africa, Europe, and Asia. It also is a major producer and distributor of motion pictures. The Vivendi property Havas is a global advertising and public relations agency. The Gameloft unit develops and produces video games with an emphasis on mobile games such as Asphalt, Minion Rush, and Dragon Mania. France, Vivendi's home country, accounts for about 30% of revenue.

Operations

UMG (generates around 45% of total revenue) communicates regularly with a wide range of outside stakeholders, including but not limited to: artists and their managers; songwriters; retailers and digital music services; performers rights organizations (such as Broadcast Music Inc., ASCAP and SESAC); local, provincial and national officials in countries in which the company operates (as well as others, such as European authorities); trade associations; and ad hoc working groups or coalitions (such as the Digital Creators Coalition and the US Alliance for Music), among many others. 

Canal+ Group (around 35% of revenue) is a collective of private and public institutional organizations from the audiovisual industry.

The Havas Group's (around 15%) agencies belong to numerous professional associations and bodies, providing a forum for consultations with industry stakeholders including peers, customers, suppliers, regulators and consumers

Editis (around 5% of revenue) is France's second-largest publishing group and a major player in the European book market. A leading operator among publishers, authors, bookstores and all sale outlets, it offers stellar support and service on both paper and digital formats.

Gameloft (less than 5%) is one of the french video game publisher flagships, Gameloft enjoys world-renowned expertise, with around 190 smartphone games developed in its over 15 studios.

Geographic Reach

Paris-based, Vivendi has operations located in France (generates around 30% of total revenue), Americas (more than 31%), Rest of Europe (around 25% of revenue), Asia and Oceania (around 10% of revenue), and Africa (around 5%).

Sales and Marketing

With 8.4 million subscribers in mainland France as of December 31, 2019, Canal+ Group boasts the largest portfolio of pay-TV customers. This figure includes 3 million customers from partnerships with telecom operators.

Interforum has been a key link in the publishing chain for more than forty years, connecting publishers to sales outlets Broad and qualitative marketing is a means for Interforum to offer its partner publishers access to all sales outlets from bookstores to large cultural retailers, hypermarkets, supermarkets, online sales, specialized bookstores and export companies. Interforum has a total of over 15,000 customers. Games are delivered through smartphone and tablet app stores, such as the Apple App Store, Google Play, the Windows Store and Amazon Appstore.

Advertising costs amounted to €416 million in 2019 (compared to €371 million in 2018).

Financial Performance

UMG enjoyed a record year in 2019, with revenues of €7.2 billion, a 14% increase on a constant basis compared to 2018. This strong growth continues to be primarily driven by streaming, an activity that is steadily growing, spearheaded by several successful UMG artists.

The company's net income in 2019 increased to €1.7 million compared to €1.2 million in the prior year.

Cash held by the company at the end of 2019 decreased to €2.1 million. Cash provided by operations was €1.3 million, while cash used for investing and financing activities were €1.6 million and €1.3 million, respectively. Main uses of cash were for investments and transactions with shareowners.

Strategy

In 2019, Vivendi carried out a number of strategic transactions, including the acquisition of Editis, the announcement of the partial sale of Universal Music Group's (UMG) share capital, the acquisition of M7 and the completion of agreements with Netflix and Disney. All these transactions contributed to its strategic roadmap and clear and unwavering pursuit since 2014 to become a world leader in the culture at the crossroads of entertainment, media and communications.

The company's decision in 2014 to refocus on content and media has more than paid off, with each new investment and each new project embodying this strategy and uniting the group around its core DNA: entertainment. Currently, at least 83% of the population considers entertainment to be a vital need. It is ever present and will be even more so for generations to come. Vivendi's results for 2019 clearly indicate that it is fully equipped to create and assist brands in delivering original, quality and diverse content

Mergers and Acquisitions

In early 2020, Vivendi announced he acquisition of 10.6% of the Lagardère share capital. This acquisition is a long-term financial investment reflecting Vivendi's confidence in the future prospects of the French group which enjoys international leadership positions in its businesses and which, like many others, is experiencing difficult times at the moment. Terms were not disclosed.

In 2019 Vivendi acquired Editis, the second-largest French-language publishing group for €900 million. The deal adds another market leading media company to Vivendi's portfolio.

VIVENDI SE

42 AVENUE DE FRIEDLAND
PARIS 75008
Phone: 33 01 45 63 99 09

Firm 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,

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
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Eden Prairie, MN
New York, NY
Pittsburgh, PA
Nashville, TN
Glen Allen, VA
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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
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La Rochelle, France
La Roche Sur Yon, France
Lille, France
Luneville, France
Lyon, France
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Massy, France
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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
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Villeneuve Sur Lot, France
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Leuven, Belgium
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Norwich, England
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Hamburg, Germany
München, Germany
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Le Port, Réunion
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