An Independent Havas Could Lead to Structural Changes and Acquisitions

Owner Vivendi will consider spinning off the agency network to drive growth

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French media company Vivendi’s announcement that it’s exploring a sale of Havas—as well as sister company Canal+ Group and stakes in publisher Lagardère and Telecom Italia—could unlock more value for the agency, making it attractive to potential buyers, sources tell Adweek.

The potential sale follows the partial sale of record label Universal Music Group (UMG) in 2020, when 10% was acquired by a consortium led by Chinese media company Tencent. Since the listing of UMG, Vivendi has seen a substantially reduced valuation, meaning growth for its subsidiary companies has been limited.

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