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Canal+ Offers $2.9 Billion Bid for MultiChoice, Expanding Africa Media Presence

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French media conglomerate Vivendi’s Canal+ has officially submitted a $2.9 billion bid to acquire MultiChoice, the parent company of DStv and GOtv. The offer, made on Monday, aims to expand Canal+’s footprint in Africa’s burgeoning media market.

Under the proposed deal, Canal+ intends to purchase shares at 125 rands ($6.7) each, pending approval from MultiChoice’s independent board. This acquisition could significantly enhance Canal+’s presence in Africa, which boasts the world’s fastest-growing and youngest population.

While negotiations are in the early stages, there is speculation that South African billionaire Patrice Motsepe may join forces with Canal+ to facilitate the transaction.

Canal+ initially invested in MultiChoice in 2020 and currently holds a 35% stake in the company, triggering the takeover offer. In a joint statement, the companies highlighted the potential benefits of combining forces, stating that a merged entity would be better equipped to address the challenges and opportunities arising from the digitalisation and globalisation of the media and entertainment sector.

MultiChoice has a robust presence in English-speaking countries such as South Africa, Nigeria, and Kenya, further enhancing the strategic value of the proposed acquisition.

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