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Notes 11-15

14. Investments in associated undertakings

At 31 March 2009, the Company had the following principal associated undertakings carrying on businesses which affect the profits and assets of the Group. The Company’s principal associated undertakings all have share capital consisting solely of ordinary shares, unless otherwise stated, and are all indirectly held. The country of incorporation or registration of all associated undertakings is also their principal place of operation.


Principal activity 

Country of
or registration

Cellco Partnership(2) Network operator USA 45.0
Société Française du Radiotéléphone S.A. Network operator France 44.0
Safaricom Limited(3)(4)(5)(6) Network operator Kenya 40.0


Rounded to nearest tenth of one percent.
Cellco Partnership trades under the name Verizon Wireless.
The Group also holds two non-voting shares.
Following completion of the share allocation for the public offering of 25% of Safaricom’s shares previously held by the Government of Kenya on 28 May 2008 and termination of the shareholders’ agreement with the Government of Kenya the Group changed the consolidation status of Safaricom from a joint venture to an associated undertaking.
During the year ended 31 March 2009, under an agreement with Mobitelea Ventures Limited, the Group completed the purchase of a 5% indirect equity stake in Safaricom increasing the Group’s effective interest in Safaricom to 40%.
At 31 March 2009, the fair value of Safaricom Limited was KES 48 billion (£421 million) based on the closing quoted share price on the Nairobi stock exchange.

The Group’s share of the aggregated financial information of equity accounted associated undertakings is set out below. The amounts for the year ended 31 March 2007 include the share of results in Belgacom Mobile S.A. and Swisscom Mobile A.G. up to the date of their disposal on 3 November 2006 and 20 December 2006, respectively (see note 30). The amounts for the year ended 31 March 2009 include the share of results in Safaricom from 28 May 2008, at which time its consolidation status changed from being a joint venture to an associated undertaking.

Revenue 19,307 13,630 12,919
Share of result in associated undertakings 4,091 2,876 2,728
Share of discontinued operations in associated undertakings 57
Non-current assets 50,732 25,951
Current assets 4,641 2,546
Share of total assets 55,373 28,497
Non-current liabilities 8,668 1,830
Current liabilities 11,394 3,736
Minority interests 596 386
Share of total liabilities and minority interests 20,658 5,952
Share of equity shareholders’ funds in associated undertakings 34,715 22,545