Vivendi games over Activision cash sound worrying

July 8, 2013

The French group reportedly wants to lever up Activision, its video games subsidiary, to pay itself a huge dividend. That would suggest fuzzy strategy at Vivendi. It would also raise concerns that a Moroccan selloff could fail, or that life in mobile land may get even tougher.

Vivendi has nine months to show investors its worth

December 7, 2009

The French conglomerate might not see any of the $5.8 billion it is making from the sale of its 20 percent stake in NBC Universal until September next year. Given its poor track record in creating shareholder value, Vivendi should use the time to convince investors that it deserves to keep the cash.