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Mobile & Wireless

Tele2 to sell Russian operations for USD 2.4 bln

Thursday 28 March 2013 | 08:43 CET | News
Tele2 has agreed to sell its mobile operations in Russia to the bank VTB for USD 2.4 billion plus USD 1.15 billion in net debt. The deal values Tele2 Russia, the fourth-largest mobile operator in Russia with almost 23 million customers, at 4.9 times EBITDA for 2012. 

Tele2 said it expects a capital gain of SEK 15.6 billion on the sale, of which SEK 12.5 billion or SEK 28 per share will be distributed to shareholders. The remainder will be re-invested in its business, with a renewed focus on the markets Sweden, the Netherlands, Norway and Kazakhstan. 

VTB said it sees the takeover as a good financial investment, and it will seek financial and strategic partners to further develop the company. Bloomberg reports that Russian telecoms investor Alfa, which controls rival mobile operator Vimpelcom, has already expressed interest in taking over Tele2 Russia for USD 3.6-4.0 billion. It held talks with Tele2 and its shareholder Kinnevik last year, but a takeover bid at a "significantly higher price" was rejected by Tele2, Alfa's subsidiary A1 said. 

The takeover is expected to close shortly and be included in Tele2's Q2 results. After selling its largest country operation, Tele2 revised its guidance for the medium term to exclude the Russian activities. It now expects a CAGR of 5-7 percent in revenues until 2015, reaching at least SEK 35.6 billion; EBITDA will grow at an estimated CAGR of 10-12 percent in the period to SEK 8.3 billion; and each operation in the group should return at least 20 (previously 24) percent on capital employed.

The company also maintained its dividend policy and a net debt target of 1.25-1.75 times EBITDA.


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Categories: Mobile & Wireless
Companies: Alfa / Tele2 / Tele2 Russia / Vimpelcom
Countries: Russian Federation
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