Vivendi's Canal Plus to buy M7 for 1 bln euros to expand its European reach


PARIS, May 27 (Reuters) - Vivendi VIV.PA's pay-TV group Canal Plus said on Monday it would buy European rival M7 for about 1 billion euros ($1.12 billion) from private equity firm Astorg.

The acquisition would expand Canal Plus' presence on the continent to the Netherlands, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria, Hungary and Romania, it said in a statement.

M7's annual revenues amount to 400 million euros. Its acquisition would bring Canal Plus' total number of subscribers closer to 20 million, it said.

($1 = 0.8935 euros)

(Reporting by Mathieu Rosemain and Gwenaelle Barzic Editing by Geert De Clercq)

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