Vivendi eyes $12.4B USA Networks deal

On Sunday evening, Reuters reported that French media conglomerate Vivendi Universal was close to an agreement to buy the entertainment assets of USA Networks Inc. for about $12.4 billion in cash, stock and assumed tax liability.

Details were reportedly still being finalized, with announcement of an agreement likely
within a week.

Under the transaction, Vivendi Universal would pay about $9 billion for the
stake it does not already own in USA Networks' entertainment assets, which
include cable channels, the USA Network and a television production unit.

A spokeswoman for USA Networks and a spokesman for Vivendi, which already
owns 44 percent of USA Networks, had no comment on the