Reaching for the Sky: Cellnex acquires Arqiva’s Telecom Towers for £2bn

Cellnex Telecom SA [CLNX: BME] – Mkt cap as of 19/10/19: €12.24bn Arqiva – not listed Introduction On the 8th of October 2019, Arqiva announced the sale of its Telecoms business (TowerCo) to Cellnex for £2bn, which Arqiva will use to reduce its leverage, currently standing at a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.9. The operation will […]

A New Behemoth in the Indian Telecom Industry: Vodafone India to Merge with Idea Cellular

Vodafone Group Plc (VOD:NASDAQ) – market cap as of 31/03/2017: £55.39bn ($69.48bn) Idea Cellular Ltd (IDEA:NSE) – market cap as of 31/03/2017: INR 309.51bn ($4.78bn) Introduction Vodafone Group PLC, a global provider of telecommunication services, and Idea Cellular Ltd, an Indian telecommunication company, announced their intention to join forces to further pursue growth in the […]

3 Italia Finally Listening to The WIND of Change: Sparks of Consolidation in the European Telecom Industry

Hutchison Holding (2CK.F) – market cap. as of 23/09/2016: HKD387bn VimpelCom Ltd (VIP) – market cap. as of 23/09/2016: $6.17bn Iliad S.A. (ILD) – market cap. as of 23/09/2016: €10.9bn Introduction On August 6, 2015 CK Hutchison Holdings Ltd. and VimpelCom Ltd. agreed to combine their Italian subsidiaries, 3 Italia and Wind Telecomunicazioni respectively, in […]

Liberty Global Bets High on Latin America

Liberty Global plc; Market Cap: $35.46bn (as of 20/11/2015) Cable Wireless Communications; Market Cap: £3.3bn ($5.5bn) (as of 20/11/2015)   Introduction On November 16, Liberty Global plc agreed to buy Cable & Wireless Communications plc in a transaction worth $5.3bn, thus strengthening its strategic footholds in the emerging markets. The deal will imply the end […]

Altice’s biggest bet: Altice to buy Cablevision in a 17.7bn deal

Altice; market cap (as of 02/10/2015): € 18.8bn Cablevision; market cap (as of 02/10/2015): $ 9.1bn   Introduction It has been a record year for M&A in the US cable market with several multibillion deals. Indeed, Comcast’s failed attempt to acquire Time Warner Cable was soon followed by Charter’s $55bn offer for TWC. Now the […]

The Finnish phoenix arises from its ashes: Nokia to merge with Alcatel-Lucent

NOKIA Corporation; Market Cap (as of 17/04/2015): €26.3bn Alcatel-Lucent; Market Cap (as of 17/04/2015): €10.5bn  Introduction On April 15, the Finnish multinational company Nokia agreed to buy the French company Alcatel-Lucent in an all-shares transaction valued at €15.6bn. The deal aims at creating a future innovation leader in the technology and services industry, merging together […]

Oi to consider the sale of Portuguese assets to focus on Brazilian telecoms market consolidation

Oi S.A.; market cap (as of 14/11/2014): $4.16bn PT Portugal SGPS S.A.; market cap (as of 14/11/2014): $1.46bn Bain Capital LLC; AUM: $75bn Apax Partners; AUM: $20bn On November 12, 2014 two major private equity funds, Apax Partners and Bain Capial LLC, have submitted a €7.075bn offer for the Portuguese assets of Oi, the Brazilian […]

Vivendi clings to telecom. Bouygues or Numericable potential partners

Vivendi: Mkt Cap €27.21bn (as of 07/03/14) Bouygues SA: Mkt Cap €9.61bn (as of 07/03/14) Numericable: Mkt Cap €3.52bn (as of 07/03/14) In November 2013, French media and telecom conglomerate Vivendi announced plans to spin off its mobile telephone division, SFR, in an effort to refocus its operations in the media sector and remove the […]

Oi and Portugal Telecom to merge amidst shifting telecoms landscape

Oi Market Cap (as of 04/10/13): $2.78bn Portugal Telecom Market Cap (as of 04/10/13): $4.02bn On Wednesday, October 2nd, Oi of Brazil and Portugal Telecom (PT henceforth) agreed to merge after three years of alliance, forming a telecommunication heavyweight which will bring together 100mln customers across the Portuguese-speaking world. The deal takes place in an […]

Italian politics complicate the latest stage of a Telecom M&A Revival

Telefonica (Market Capitalization as of 27/09: €52.5bn) Telecom Italia (Market Capitalization as of 27/09: €10.6bn)   Recent news regarding Telefonica’s interest in Telecom Italia (“TI”) came to no surprise. The deal fits into the recent revival of dealmaking within the TMT sector and culminates months of speculation surrounding Telecom Italia. M&A Revamp in Telecommunications If […]

Follow up: Vodafone pockets $130bn from sale of Verizon Wireless Stake

  Verizon Communications (Market Capitalization as of 27/05/13: $134.5bn) Vodafone (Market Capitalization as of 27/05/13: $169.2bn)   In this follow up on our May 25th article(http://bsic.it/2013/05/25/vodafone-to-do-or-not-to-do-that-is-not-the-only-problem/) we analyze this year’s biggest M&A deal yet, the sale of Vodafone of its 45% stake in Verizon Wireless (henceforth VW) to Verizon Communications for $130bn. The blockbuster deal […]

Vodafone: To do or not to do? That is not the only problem

AT&T Inc. (Market Capitalization as of 24/05/2013: $197.6bn) Verizon Communications Inc. (Market Capitalization as of 24/05/2013: $147.0bn) Vodafone Group PLC (Market Capitalization as of 24/05/2013: $144.7bn)   Vodafone: M&A since 1985 The strong winds of market activity in the US telecom landscape have recently reignited a dormant flame in the relationship between Vodafone and Verizon […]