In a public announcement VNU said today (January 16, 2005)
VNU RECEIVES BUYOUT PROPOSAL OF EUR 28.00 TO 28.50 PER COMMON SHARE FROM PRIVATE EQUITY CONSORTIUM
"Haarlem, the Netherlands
VNU N.V. (ASE: VNU), a leading global information and media company, said today that it has received a non-binding proposal to purchase the company for EUR 28.00 to 28.50 per common share from a private equity consortium consisting of AlpInvest Partners, The Blackstone Group, The Carlyle Group, Hellman & Friedman, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., Permira and Thomas H. Lee Partners. This proposal was made by this private equity consortium after several weeks of diligence and access to VNU management [...]"