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Vivendi: life gets messier

Le Monde claims that Vivendi Universal tried to inflate its 2001 net profit by E1.5 billion, through treating the sale of its BSkyB stake improperly. Meanwhile, credit agency Moody's has cut Vivendi's bonds to junk status, and CEO Jean-Marie Messier has resigned. Although French national pride will make a breakup hard, Vivendi cannot survive in its current form.

Published By Datamonitor
02 Jul 2002
CommentWire
CommentWire

Vivendi: growth driven by utilities, not media

Published By Datamonitor
23 Jul 2001
CommentWire
CommentWire

Vivendi: diving deeper into UK water

The deal, first flagged in March this year, represents the latest and largest step in Vivendi's acquisition trail in the UK water industry. Although widely anticipated, the move will attract close scrutiny from regulators and competition authorities, which could see Vivendi agreeing to cheaper bills for customers.

Published By Datamonitor
07 May 2002
CommentWire
CommentWire

Vivendi: a case of give and take

The UK government will require Vivendi Environnement to dispose of part of its UK water assets to allow the acquisition of Southern Water. Even though Vivendi's share of the market is only 10%, as against RWE's 20% through Thames Water, it is still expected to sell its 31.4% stake in South Staffs Water to secure the deal.

Published By Datamonitor
23 Sep 2002
CommentWire
CommentWire

Vivendi Universal: to sell or not to sell

According to the French press, Vivendi's CEO is considering reducing his company's stake in Vivendi Environnement. This is a reversal of his view a month ago that selling the share was "not on the agenda". The move would re-orientate the group while also cutting its excessive debts. However, Vivendi will need to convince politicians it is a good idea.

Published By Datamonitor
28 May 2002
CommentWire
CommentWire

Vivendi Universal: between a rock and hard place

Vivendi Universal, the French media and utility group, is going through its biggest crisis ever. It needs to reduce its debt exposure and raise cash to survive, but it must comply with political pressure not to sell its environmental arm to a foreign entity, casting serious doubt over Vivendi's hope of raising much cash.

Published By Datamonitor
16 May 2002
CommentWire
CommentWire

Vivendi Environnement: fed and watered

The write-off is nowhere near as bad as it looks: Vivendi had to book the non-cash charge in preparation for a shift to new US accounting standards. The French utilities group's operating figures, meanwhile, look good - growth is up, particularly in deals with private sector firms. Vivendi looks poised to win still more services contracts in 2002.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Mar 2002
Expert View
Expert View

Vietnam's energy industry is luring foreign investment

In the past month, Vietnam has experienced an extraordinary raft of investment in major energy projects. The government has in recent years been very open to foreign capital and has already developed a strong banking sector. Now it is the turn of the energy companies and Vietnam is managing this new market very effectively, both in terms of sustainability and investment.

Published By Datamonitor
09 Nov 2010
Expert View
Expert View

Vestas in talks with Mitsubishi over possible strategic alliance

A strategic alliance between Vestas and Mitsubishi Heavy could result in Mitsubishi acquiring a 20% stake in Vestas and gaining a foothold in the European offshore market while providing finance and expertise that Vestas requires. A full takeover of the Danish company cannot be ruled out.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Sep 2012
CommentWire
CommentWire

Verbundnetz Gas: suitors are lining up

Under the terms of E.On's [EOA] takeover of Ruhrgas, the latter is required to sell a substantial stake in Verbundnetz Gas, East Germany's principal gas grid operator. A consortium of Russia's Gazprom [GAZPy.DE] and Germany's Wintershall is the front runner in the bidding for 32% of the company. If successful, this will further increase Gazprom's grip on Germany's gas supply chain.

Published By Datamonitor
01 Aug 2003

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