Viacom 8-K 2005
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of
the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): December 19, 2005
NEW VIACOM CORP.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
Registrants telephone number, including area code: (212) 258-6000
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Section 1. Registrants Business and Operations
Item 1.01 Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement
On December 19, 2005, New Viacom Corp. (New Viacom) and Viacom Inc. (Viacom) entered into a separation agreement that sets forth the allocation of assets, liabilities, rights and obligations of New Viacom and Viacom (to be renamed CBS Corporation) following the separation of Viacom into two publicly traded companies consisting of the businesses of New Viacom and CBS Corporation (CBS Corp.).
The separation agreement provides that:
All of the assets primarily related to the New Viacom business as well as certain other specific assets, will be retained by or transferred to New Viacom or one of its subsidiaries;
All of the assets of Viacom not retained by or transferred to New Viacom will be assets of CBS Corp. or one of its subsidiaries;
Liabilities will be allocated to and assumed by New Viacom to the extent they are related to the New Viacom business, as well as certain other specified liabilities;
Liabilities of Viacom not retained by or transferred to New Viacom will be liabilities of CBS Corp.;
Specified liabilities related to businesses of Viacom that were sold or discontinued prior to the date of the separation will be assumed by New Viacom or will remain with CBS Corp.; and
Shortly prior to the separation, which is expected to occur on December 31, 2005, New Viacom will pay a special cash dividend to Viacom (to be renamed CBS Corporation) in an amount sufficient to establish CBS Corp.s opening debt balance from continuing operations at $7 billion, subject to certain adjustments.
This description of the Separation Agreement is qualified in its entirety by reference to the text of the Separation Agreement, a copy of which is filed as Exhibit 10.1 to this Current Report on Form 8-K and is incorporated herein by reference.
Section 9. Financial Statements and Exhibits
Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits
(c) Exhibits. The following Exhibit is filed as part of this Report on Form 8-K:
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
Date: December 21, 2005