Further to the announcement on 4 April 2011, and following clearance of the transaction by the relevant competition and regulatory authorities, Vodafone1 today announces the completion of the disposal of its entire 44% shareholding in SFR to Vivendi.
Vodafone has received a cash consideration of €7.75 billion (£6.8 billion2) from Vivendi and a final dividend from SFR of €200 million (£176 million). Vodafone and SFR have also entered into a Partner Market agreement which will maintain their commercial co-operation.
The £4 billion associated share buyback programme will commence shortly.
For further information:
Investor Relations - Tel: +44 (0) 7919 990 230
Media Relations - Tel: +44 (0) 1635 664444
This press release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the US Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 with respect to the anticipated return and use of the net proceeds of sale from Vodafone’s disposal of its shareholding in SFR, and its service offerings in Europe. There are a number of factors that could cause actual results and developments to differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. A review of the reasons why actual results and developments may differ materially from the expectations disclosed or implied within forward-looking statements can be found by referring to the information contained under the headings “Forward-looking statements” and "Principal risk factors and uncertainties" in Vodafone Group Plc's Annual Report for the year ended 31 March 2011. The Annual Report can be found on Vodafone’s website (www.vodafone.com/investor). All subsequent written or oral forward-looking statements attributable to Vodafone or any member of the Vodafone group or any persons acting on their behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by the factors referred to above. No assurances can be given that the forward-looking statements in this press release will be realised. Except as otherwise stated herein and as may be required to comply with applicable law and regulations, Vodafone does not intend to update these forward-looking statements and does not undertake any obligation to do so.
Vodafone is one of the world's largest mobile communications companies by revenue with approximately 371 million customers in its controlled and jointly controlled markets as at 31 March 2011. Vodafone currently has equity interests in over 30 countries across five continents and more than 40 partner networks worldwide. For more information, please visit www.vodafone.com.
Vivendi, through its subsidiaries, conducts operations ranging from music, games and television to film and telecommunications. The company provides digital and pay television services, sells music compact discs (CDs), develops and distributes interactive entertainment, and operates mobile and fixed-line telecommunications. www.vivendi.com
Société Française du Radiotéléphone (SFR) is a telecommunications company. The company designs, builds and operates telephone systems for fixed and mobile phones, designs, builds, commercializes, and operates any system, equipment, services or networks in relation to voice and data transmission in France. SFR also operates fixed and fibre-to-the-home network and systems.
- The seller is Vodafone S.A., a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Vodafone Group
- At an exchange rate of £:€ 1.13
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