2 FEB 2021

BERTELSMANN EXPLORES SELLING M6 GROUP FOR US$3.6 BILLION

German media conglomerate is reportedly looking to sell its controlling stake in French broadcast group and has already approached potential buyers including France’s Vivendi and Altice Europe.

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German media conglomerate Bertelsmann is reportedly looking to sell its controlling stake in French broadcast group M6 and has already approached potential buyers including France’s Vivendi and Altice Europe, according to several medias.

Bertelsmann is said to be looking for a deal worth around €3bn ($3.6bn) for the M6 Group, which it controls through its subsidiary RTL Group, and includes its flagship TV channel M6 and the radio station RTL. Shares of the company jumped 9% on Friday after Reuters, which broke the story, first reported the sale plan.

The news service says that the French TF1 Group and Italy’s Mediaset have also been approached, as has Czech billionaire Daniel Kretinsky, who owns stakes in French newspaper Le Monde and German broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1.

A successful sale of RTL Group’s a 48% stake in M6 would see Bertelsmann exit France following its deal to sell print magazine group Prisma Media to Vivendi last year. The company is apparently focused on strengthening it position in the US, acquiring publisher Simon & Schuster for almost $2.2bn in November.

WHAT DID RTL GROUP SAY?

Responding to speculation that it was seeking a buyer for its holding in French broadcaster M6, media group RTL has issued a statement suggesting that “it has repeatedly said that there is a strong case for consolidation in the European broadcasting sector”.

“RTL Group reviews such options on an ongoing basis with a view to creating value for its shareholders. There can be no certainty that this may lead to any type of agreement or transaction,” it said.