Activision Blizzard, Inc., a global leader in interactive entertainment, announced today that the Delaware Chancery Court, in Hayes v. Activision Blizzard, Inc., preliminarily enjoined the previously announced concurrent transactions between the Company and ASAC II LP, on the one hand, and Vivendi, S.A., on the other hand, halting the closing of the transaction unless the injunction is modified on appeal or the transaction is approved by a stockholder vote of the non-Vivendi stockholders.
Activision Blizzard remains committed to the transaction and is exploring the steps it will take to complete the transaction as expeditiously as possible.
Under the terms of the transaction, the Company will acquire approximately 429 million Company shares and certain tax attributes from Vivendi, S. A. for approximately $5.83 billion in cash or $13.60 per share. In a separate but simultaneous transaction, ASAC II LP, the investment vehicle led by Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick and Co-Chairman Brian Kelly, will concurrently purchase approximately 172 million Company shares from Vivendi for approximately $2.34 billion, in cash or $13.60 per share. The closing of the transactions is also subject to the terms and conditions previously described in Activision Blizzard’s report on Form 8-K dated July 25, 2013.
About Activision Blizzard:Activision Blizzard, Inc. is the world’s largest and most profitable independent interactive entertainment publishing company. It develops and publishes some of the most successful and beloved entertainment franchises in any medium, including Call of Duty®, Skylanders®, World of Warcraft®, StarCraft® and Diablo®. Headquartered in Santa Monica California, it maintains operations throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. Activision Blizzard, Inc. develops and publishes games on all leading interactive platforms and its games are available in most countries around the world. Forward-looking statements: This press release contains forward-looking statements including, but not limited to, those relating to the transactions and whether or not the Company will consummate the transactions and the timing of the transactions.