France's Canal+ and South Africa's MultiChoice Group have finalized a cooperation agreement, marking a significant milestone in the acquisition deal between the two media powerhouses. This collaboration stems from Canal+'s acquisition of over 35% equity in MultiChoice, paving the way for a mandatory offer to MultiChoice shareholders.

Increasing Stake and Collaboration

Canal+, a subsidiary of Vivendi, has steadily increased its stake in MultiChoice, currently holding 36.6% of the South African entertainment company. The cooperation agreement underscores their commitment to working together to complete the buyout process seamlessly.

MultiChoice and Canal+ have pledged to cooperate in meeting offer conditions and publishing a shared offer circular. Canal+ has exceeded the minimum offer price set by South Africa's Takeover Regulation Panel, offering R125 per share to MultiChoice shareholders, a substantial increase from the initial offer.

Deadline Extension and Regulatory Compliance

While the deadline for finalizing the purchase was set for April 8, there is provision for an extension with the consent of the South African Takeover Regulation Panel. MultiChoice has established an independent board to ensure the fairness and reasonableness of Canal+'s offer, with Standard Bank of South Africa Limited serving as an independent expert.

Implications for MultiChoice and JSE

If the acquisition is successful, MultiChoice may be delisted from the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) as per Canal+'s discretion. This move could impact the Southern African stock exchange, which has witnessed several companies going private in recent years.

Opportunity for South African Investors

However, Canal+ has indicated the possibility of a secondary inward listing on the JSE, providing South African investors with an opportunity to hold shares in the merged entity. This would allow them to participate in the growth and success of the combined company.

Shaping the Future of Media

The collaboration between Canal+ and MultiChoice signifies a strategic alignment of interests and a shared vision for the future of media and entertainment. As they navigate the acquisition process and explore opportunities for collaboration, they are poised to reshape the media landscape and create value for shareholders and stakeholders alike.