- PSAM Launches Website for Vivendi Shareholders: www.valuecreationatviv.com
NEW YORK, March 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- P. Schoenfeld Asset Management LP ("PSAM") today announced that Vivendi (EPA: VIV) (the "Company") shareholders will be able to vote for the two resolutions (the "PSAM Resolutions") that PSAM submitted to the Vivendi Management Board at the Company's Annual General Meeting, to take place on April 17. The Company announced they will publish the PSAM Resolutions for shareholders to consider on March 27.
As outlined in the Vivendi company bylaws, all Vivendi shareholders who own physical shares of the Company as of the record date, 11:59PM UTC (5:59PM ET) on April 14, 2015, will be eligible to vote. PSAM also reminds all Vivendi shareholders who own shares of the Company via derivatives that they need to have their holdings in physical form on the Record Date in order to be eligible to vote at the Annual General Meeting. Shareholders will not be entitled to vote economic holdings held via derivatives. Shareholders who have any questions or need assistance in voting should contact their bank or broker custodian or PSAM's adviser, MacKenzie Partners, Inc. at 212-929-5500.
As PSAM announced on March 23, it believes that Vivendi is significantly undervalued due to its excessive cash holdings, inadequate capital return policy and the uncertainty over Vivendi's future use of its capital. Accordingly, PSAM urges Vivendi shareholders to vote FOR its resolutions, which propose that Vivendi distribute an aggregate amount of €9 billion (€ 6.66 per share) in an effort to close the valuation discount. Specifically, the PSAM Proposals stipulate that the payment to Vivendi shareholders would be in the form of a special dividend as follows:
- An amount equal to €2,857,546,032.35 from distributable profit for the year ended 31 December 2014; and
- An amount equal to €6,142,453,967.65 from share issue premium, merger premium and contribution premium.
For more information, including the white paper that PSAM sent to the Vivendi management board on March 23, please visit www.valuecreationatviv.com.
PSAM was founded by Peter M. Schoenfeld and has been providing investment advisory services since 1997, with offices in New York and London. PSAM has approximately $3.4 billion in assets under management and invests in both equity and credit securities in global event driven opportunities.
This press release is for informational purposes only and is not intended to constitute, and should not be construed as, an offer to sell, a solicitation of any offer to buy, an offer to purchase or a solicitation of consents with regard to any securities of Vivendi (the "Company", and such securities, the "Securities").
This release may contain forward-looking statements. Such statements can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "believes," "expects," "intends," "may," "estimates," "will," "should," "plans" or "anticipates" or the negative thereof or other variations thereon or comparable terminology, or by discussions of strategy. These forward-looking statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the suggested by the forward-looking statements. The information provided in this press release is derived from PSAM's analysis and subjective views on the Company and its Securities. Other persons, including the Company, may have different analysis and views on the information provided herein.
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