African media giant, MultiChoice Group disclosed on Thursday that French pay-television giant Groupe Canal+ has continued buying up its shares, so much so that its stake has doubled to 12% in the past month.
MultiChoice disclosed on 5 October that Canal+, which is owned by French media conglomerate Vivendi, had acquired 6.5% of its equity. That has now risen to 12% of the company’s total ordinary shares in issue on the JSE.
“As a publicly held company, MultiChoice regularly engages with its strategic partners and maintains an open dialogue with the investment community. The group’s policy is not to comment on its individual shareholders nor on its interactions with them,” MultiChoice said in Thursday’s statement. “The company remains committed to acting in the best interests of all shareholders and to create sustainable long-term shareholder value.”
MultiChoice shares have risen to a record above R140 this week on Canal+’s buying spree as well as investor speculation that some sort of bid for the pan-African pay-TV group – hostile or otherwise might be on the cards soon.
Canal+ is owned and controlled by Vivendi and produces movies and television shows. It has a significant pay-TV business and a film library of more than 5 000 titles. It is headquartered in Issy-les-Moulineaux, outside Paris.