This excerpt taken from the ATVI DEFA14A filed Dec 5, 2007.
Now Id like to explain what this means for Vivendi shareholders. First, I would like to remind everybody that Vivendi owns highly profitable telecom and pay TV platforms in Europe, two global content businesses, Universal Music and Vivendi Games, and 20% of NBC Universal.
This transaction further reinforces our leadership position in the entertainment sector. We will exchange Vivendi Games and cash for a majority stake in Activision Blizzard to create a global interactive entertainment leader. We will invest between $1.7 billion and $2.4 billion in Activision Blizzard. This investment demonstrates our commitment to the video games industry, one of the fastest-growing sectors in entertainment. This transaction enables us to show shareholders the true economic value of Blizzard Entertainment. Blizzard Entertainment generates $1.1 billion in revenues and more than $500 million in operating income.
In the future, we will also leverage Activisions development and marketing expertise within Vivendi Games to accelerate the return on investment we have made in console, wireless and casual online businesses. As the majority shareholder, we are committed to keeping Activision Blizzard publicly traded. Vivendi Games current management team has done an exceptional job of turning this business around from its significant losses. We expect operating income of $358 million in 2007.