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Vodafone India and Idea Cellular agree merger terms

March 20, 2017  | Subscribers Only

Seth Wallis-Jones Seth Wallis-Jones Principal Analyst, Telecommunications
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Discussions between Vodafone and Idea Cellular have concluded with a deal agreed to merge the two businesses. While Vodafone will take a greater stake in the combined business, mechanisms are in place to equalise shareholdings over the next four to nine years.

  • Vodafone India was independently valued at INR828 billion ($12.4 billion) while Idea was valued at INR722 billion ($10.8 billion).
  • The deal does not include holdings in Indus Towers for which Idea intends to sell off its 11.5% stake, while Vodafone will explore options for its 42% stake in Indus Towers. Both companies also intend to sell their standalone towers which include 15,400 tenancies for Idea and 15,800 tenancies for Vodafone.
  • Vodafone will own 45.1% of the combined business, transferring a stake of 4.9% to Ideas parent company the Aditya Birla Group for INR39 billion in cash. Aditya Birla will then own a 26.0% stake.  Ideas other shareholders will own the remaining 28.9% of the business.
  • The business will be immediately deconsolidated from Vodafone and operated as a joint venture with Vodafone’s additional shareholding under restricted rights with votes exercised jointly.  Aditya Birla has the right to acquire an additional 9.5% stake in the business over four years. If ownership is not equalised by that point, Vodafone will reduce its own stake to match that of Aditya Birla. 

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