Lagardère is taking legal action against Vivendi and Groupe Canal+ for the restitution of €1.6 billion in cash to Canal+

  Lagardère is taking legal action against Vivendi and Groupe Canal+ for the
  restitution of €1.6billion in cash to Canal+ France

Business Wire

PARIS -- February 13, 2013

Regulatory News:

In its capacity as a Canal+ France shareholder^1, Lagardère (Paris:MMB)has
summoned Vivendi and Groupe Canal+ (hereinafter “the Vivendigroup”) to appear
in the Paris commercial court on March 21, 2013, for the purposes of obtaining
a restitution from the Vivendi group to Canal+ France of its cash, which
amounted to close to €1.6billion on November 30, 2012.

Lagardère believes that the Vivendi group is making permanent use of Canal+
France’s entire cash surplus under a cash management agreement, the legality
of which Lagardère contests.

Lagardère considers that the use made by the Vivendi group of this cash
management agreement has caused significant harm to Canal+ France, since it:

(i) receives a very low interest, which does not take into account either the
amounts at stake or the permanent nature of its use by the Vivendi group;

(ii) is providing low-cost funding for the goals pursued by the Vivendi
group’s wholly-owned subsidiaries;

(iii) is exposed to financial risks that are not justified given the absence
of any guarantee protecting Canal+ France.

Lagardère believes that this action is necessary to defend Canal+ France’s
corporate interests.

Lastly, Lagardère regrets that this situation, which was created by the
Vivendi group, has caused a deadlock preventing Canal+ France, as things
stand, from going ahead with an IPO in normal conditions.

Lagardère is a world-class pure-play media group (Book and e-Publishing;
Press, Audiovisual, Digital and Advertising Sales Brokerage; Travel Retail and
Distribution; Sport Industry and Entertainment).

With a holding of around 7.5%, Lagardère jointly controls EADS.

Lagardère shares are listed on Euronext Paris.

^1 Lagardère owns a 20% stake in Canal+ France.

Contact:

Press
Thierry FUNCK-BRENTANO, +33 (1) 40 69 16 34
tfb@lagardere.fr
or
Ramzi KHIROUN, +33 (1) 40 69 16 33
rk@lagardere.fr
or
Investor Relations
Anthony MELLOR, +33 (1) 40 69 18 02
amellor@lagardere.fr
 
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