Pershing Square Tontine Holdings signs SPAC deal to purchase 10% stake in Universal Music Group

In a joint statement, Pershing Square Tontine Holdings along with Universal Music Group (UMG) said, William Ackman’s company has signed a deal to purchase a 10% stake in UMG.

“As announced, the transaction is based on an enterprise value of 35 billion euros ($41.55 billion) for 100% of UMG’s share capital,” said Vivendi.

UMG, which is being spun-off by France’s Vivendi, will complete its planned Euronext Amsterdam listing in late September, said the media group.

Tontine said it will distribute UMG shares to its shareholders only after the completion of listing.

“Promptly following the completion of the listing and the effectiveness of the registration statement, the UMG shares acquired by PSTH will be distributed to our shareholders,” said Tontine.

Vivendi plans on cashing in on its UMG crown jewel by spinning off the entity to existing shareholders.

Earlier this year, the consortium led by Tencent Holdings Ltd purchased an additional 10% stake in UMG making the total equity stake controlled by the Chinese tech giant to 20%.

“The arrival of major American investors provides further evidence of UMG’s global success and attractiveness,” said Vivendi.

Tontine said it will continue to exist as RemainCo after the transaction with an access to about $2.9 billion in cash and intends to pursue a business combination with an operating business promptly.

Tontine became the biggest ever SPAC when it raised $4 billion in an initial public offering (IPO) last summer, with Ackman’s hedge fund Pershing Square committing a minimum of an additional $1 billion.

($1 = 0.8424 euros)

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