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Spotify, Universal Music Group, and the Question of Tech vs. Content

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Vivendi has argued that its Universal Music Group unit is worth more than Spotify. A coming sale could answer that question.

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Thursday, April 18


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Music Publishing Market Competitive Analysis By 2025 : Universal Music Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Warner Music Group, BMG Rights Management, Kobalt Music – Market Reports

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Music publishing involves the acquisition of rights to, and licensing of, musical compositions (as opposed to recordings) from songwriters, composers or other rights holders. Music publishing revenues are derived from five main royalty sources: Mechanical, Performance, Synchronization, Digital and Other.In addition, music publishing includes other responsibilities, such as acquiring songs, administering copyrights, exploiting the artistic material, and protecting copyrights. QYResarch observes that Universal Music Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Warner Music Group, and BMG Rights Management are still essentially the largest participants in this market. In 2017, the global Music Publishing market size was 4330 million US$ and it is expected to reach 6940 million US$ by the end of 2025, with a CAGR of 6.1% during 2018-2025.

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Contrasting VIVENDI SA/ADR (VIVHY) and SMARTONE TELECO/S (STTFY)

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VIVENDI SA/ADR (OTCMKTS:VIVHY) and SMARTONE TELECO/S (OTCMKTS:STTFY) are both utilities companies, but which is the superior stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, analyst recommendations, valuation, dividends, risk, profitability and institutional ownership. VIVENDI SA/ADR pays an annual dividend of $0.41 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.4%. Comparatively, SMARTONE TELECO/S has a beta of 0.15, suggesting that its share price is 85% less volatile than the S&P 500.

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French group Vivendi says it may challenge validity of Mediaset AGM decisions

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French group Vivendi says it may challenge validity of Mediaset AGM decisions. PARIS (Reuters) - French media conglomerate Vivendi said it could mount a legal challenge to decisions adopted at Mediaset's annual general meeting (AGM), after Mediaset refused to allow Vivendi a vote at the Italian company's shareholder meeting. "The decision of the Mediaset board is against all basic principles of shareholder democracy. It is both unlawful and against the interests of Mediaset and, in particular, of its minority shareholders," Vivendi said in a statement. "Under these circumstances, Vivendi is not in a position to participate at the Mediaset shareholders' meeting and reserves all its rights to challenge in court the validity of the resolutions adopted today," it added.

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Wednesday, April 17


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Mediaset rules out a cross border deal that would include Vivendi

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Mediaset rules out a cross border deal that would include Vivendi. SEGRATE, Italy (Reuters) - Mediaset is in contact with various players over a cross-border tie-up but has no intention of including its shareholder Vivendi in any potential deal, the head of the holding controlling the Italian private broadcaster said. Mediaset has been embroiled in a legal battle with Vivendi since 2016 when the French media conglomerate, controlled by billionaire Vincent Bollore, pulled out of a deal to buy Mediaset's pay-TV unit. In view of a possible deal, Mediaset's annual general meeting on Thursday will vote on a loyalty share scheme that is traditionally used by controlling shareholders to strengthen their grip on companies. As Mediaset considers Vivendi's stake illegitimate, it could attempt to prevent Vivendi from attending the meeting, two sources familiar with the matter told Reuters.

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Tuesday, April 16


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Why Vivendi Investors Let the Bollore Show Continue

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(Bloomberg Opinion) -- Whatever you think about Vincent Bollore’s motives and approach to corporate governance, it’s hard to argue with one thing: he has generated healthy returns for shareholders of Vivendi SA. That might explain why they voted to approve a new buyback program at the annual meeting Monday, even though it will likely see the billionaire extend his control of the French media conglomerate. If you had invested $1 in Vivendi when he assumed the chairmanship in 2014, you’d have the equivalent of $1.83 in your pocket today. The returns for media firms in the Stoxx 600 Europe Index have meanwhile averaged 32 percent, while France’s benchmark CAC 40 Index has returned 41 percent. By some estimates, the unit could be valued more highly than its parent company’s entire market capitalization. As I’ve written before, the cancellation of shares acquired in that buyback could see the Bollore family secure majority control of Vivendi.

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Vivendi AGM backs plans for possible share buyback

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Vivendi AGM backs plans for possible share buyback. Reuters15 April 2019, 17:07 GMT. PARIS (Reuters) - Shareholders at Vivendi's annual general meeting on Monday backed plans by the French media conglomerate for a possible share buyback that could give billionaire Vincent Bollore's holding company greater control of Vivendi. The Vivendi AGM also formally approved on Monday Vincent Bollore's replacement on the board of Vivendi by his son Cyrille. Bollore's family holding company - Groupe Bollore - owns around 26 percent of Vivendi's share capital and 28.5 percent of Vivendi's voting rights. What to read next.

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Global Music Publishing Market Displays Higher Growth Inclinations during 2019-2028: SONGS Music Publishing, Kobalt Music, BMG Rights Management

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Global Music Publishing Market Displays Higher Growth Inclinations during 2019-2028. Request Sample Copy Here :- https://market.us/report/music-publishing-market/request-sample. The primary vital manufacturers included in this report are Universal Music Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Warner Music Group, BMG Rights Management, Kobalt Music, SONGS Music Publishing It offers profitable data, for example, product contributions, revenue division, and a business report of the instructing players in the global music publishing market. Generally speaking, the report gives a top to bottom knowledge into 2018-2028 global music publishing market industry covering extremely imperative parameters.

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UPDATE 3-Vivendi Q1 sales jump, company pushes on with UMG stake sale

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Vivendi plans to sell the stake in UMG, whose soaring profit has been a key driver of the group's stock price, in order to maximize UMG's value and help fund the purchases of other businesses. The growing public thirst for subscription and ad-based music streaming services, and the recent signing of several major license deals, have put the owners of music rights such as UMG in the spotlight of investors' as they compete with streaming platforms such as Spotify. Vivendi shares rose 1.1 percent as analysts welcomed more strong figures from UMG, which helped offset lower sales at Vivendi's Canal Plus TV unit. UMG's revenues rose 22.9 percent from last year to 1.5 billion euros, helped by chart-topping songs from U.S. pop star Ariana Grande and sales from the soundtrack of hit movie "A Star Is Born."

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Vivendi first quarter sales jump; makes progress on UMG stake sale

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Vivendi first quarter sales jump; makes progress on UMG stake sale. ReutersApril 15, 2019, 6:05 AM GMT. PARIS (Reuters) - French media conglomerate Vivendi posted higher first-quarter revenue on Monday, and said it was making progress on the planned sale of up to 50 percent of its UMG music arm. First-quarter sales rose 10.7 percent from last year to 3.46 billion euros ($3.91 billion), helped by growth at UMG and by its recent acquisition of the Editis publishing business. ($1 = 0.8843 euros). What to read next.

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