EchoStar Completes Vivendi Stake Buyback

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EchoStar Communications Corp. confirmed Monday that it has completed the
buyback of Vivendi Universal's stake in the company.

EchoStar even got a bargain in the deal, paying $1.07 billion for the stake,
for which Vivendi paid $1.5 billion last year.

The sale is part of Vivendi's attempt to raise money to whittle down a
grinding $34.4 billion debt load and ward off a potential bankruptcy. The French
media conglomerate gathered in another $1.91 billion Monday by selling one-half
of its stake in Vivendi Environment, a water distribution business.

Vivendi's aim is to raise $16.5 billion by the end of 2004.

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