Valcon obtains more than 97% of VNU shares, to seek delisting

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Haarlem, the Netherlands—Valcon, the consortium of private equity firms that late last month nailed down a deal to buy Anglo-Dutch media giant VNU for $9.7 billion, said Thursday that stockholders representing more than 97% of VNU shares had accepted Valcon’s offer.

The move paves the way for Valcon to officially take over VNU, whose assets include media research firm ACNielsen and trade titles such as Billboard and The Hollywood Reporter.

VNU will request that the listing of its ordinary and preferred shares on Euronext Amsterdam be terminated. Valcon also intends to initiate a “squeeze-out procedure” in order to acquire all shares held by minority shareholders.

—Matthew Schwartz

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