Ooooooh ! Le titre aguicheur !
Après Sony, Microsoft et EA c’est au tour de T2 (Take Two Interactive) d’être la cible de rumeurs sur le rachat de la division jeux du géant français des médias.
Le temps nous dira ce qu’il adviendra.
Mon opinion personnelle (ouais, tout le monde s’en fout) : VU SA devrait essayer de garder VUG, c’est un secteur porteur (sans dec’ ?), surtout avec Blizzard et Sierra Entertainment (HL2, TF2, CS2, etc…).
[quote]PARIS -(Dow Jones)- New York-based Take-Two Interactive Software Inc. is mulling a bid for the video games business of Vivendi Universal SA which the French media conglomerate has put up for sale to reduce its borrowings.
Take-Two Interactive would make a bid for VU Games with financial partners, according to a source familiar with the situation.
The source said Take-Two - which notched up revenue of $794 million in the year to Oct. 31, 2002 - values VU Games at near $1 billion, well short of the $ 1.6 billion that Vivendi Universal Chairman Jean-Rene Fourtou is said to be looking for.
However, the source’s estimate of the value of a possible Take-Two bid contrasts with reports that VU Games might be sold for only $800 million or less.
Other parties reported to be considering a bid for the video-games business are private equity firms Thomas Lee Partners, General Atlantic and Francisco Partners, as well as Bain Capital with TA Associates.
The source said negotiations on the fate of the video-games business are at an advanced stage.
Vivendi Universal has been seeking a buyer for its games business - a small player in the sector - for many months after it dropped plans last year to raise $800 million from a partial spin-off of the unit through a listing on Nasdaq as market conditions worsened.
The source also said that Vivendi Universal could be close to receiving a fresh offer for its entertainment division.
He declined to give further details, but said that other than the reported interest of Viacom Inc. (VIA), General Electric Co.'s (GE) NBC unit, and Liberty Media Corp. (LMCB), there was at least one other party interested in making a bid « at the right price » for Vivendi Universal Entertainment. The unit is valued around $16 billion excluding around $5 billion in debt.
Oil billionaire Marvin Davis has made repeated offers for all of Vivendi Universal’s U.S. media assets, while Barry Diller, whose USA Interactive (USAI) is a minority shareholder, in VUE, is also seen as a potential bidder.
Earlier this month, USA Interactive said that any bid for VUE’s assets from a U.S. competitor - such as Viacom - could prompt USA Interactive to take action to defend its interests.
Vivendi Universal is groaning under EUR13 billion in debt although it has made progress in improving its short-term access to cash, most recently with a $950- million securitization of film revenues organized by eight U.S. and European banks.
Vivendi Universal, which holds its annual meeting in Paris Tuesday, plans to sell EUR7 billion in assets by year end.[/quote]
Ce message a été édité par GuiX le 28/04/2003