Vodafone Group and STC sign a memorandum of understanding in relation to Vodafone's 55% shareholding in Vodafone Egypt and a new partner market agreement
Vodafone Group Plc1 (“Vodafone”) announces that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding2 with Saudi Telecom Company (“stc”) in relation to a potential sale of Vodafone’s 55% shareholding in Vodafone Egypt to stc.
Vodafone and stc (“the Parties”) have agreed a cash consideration of US$2,392m (€2,171m3) for Vodafone’s 55% shareholding in Vodafone Egypt, equivalent to an Enterprise Value for 100% of Vodafone Egypt of US$4,350m (€3,948m3), implying a September FY’20 LTM multiple of 7.0x Adjusted EBITDA and 11.2x Adjusted OpFCF.
The Parties have agreed the basis for a long-term Partner Market Agreement, which will include use of the Vodafone brand, preferential roaming arrangements, access to Vodafone’s central procurement function, and a range of other services. This agreement will ensure that Vodafone Egypt will be able to continue to offer its business and consumer customers world-class services and innovations.
Vodafone will continue to have a significant presence in Egypt through its substantial Shared Services centres, recently rebranded as _VOIS (Vodafone Intelligent Solutions). The centres in Cairo, Giza and Alexandria employ around 7,800 people and provide a range of services to Vodafone’s operations around the world. The success of _VOIS is expected to continue and Vodafone has plans to recruit at least 1,000 more people over the coming 12-18 months.
Nick Read, Chief Executive of Vodafone Group, said: “I am deeply proud of our business in Egypt, being the clear number one leader in the market. Under stc, I believe they will continue to flourish. This transaction is consistent with our efforts to simplify the Group to two differentiated, scaled geographic regions - Europe and sub-Saharan Africa. Additionally, it will reduce our net debt and unlock value for our shareholders. We look forward to continuing our close relationship with the business through a Partner Market agreement, and building on our significant shared service operations in Egypt, known as _VOIS (Vodafone Intelligent Solutions).”
Nasser al Nasser, Chief Executive of stc, said: “The potential acquisition of Vodafone Egypt is in line with our expansion strategy in the MENA region. The transaction, which is still subject to a detailed due diligence, confirms stc’s eagerness to maintain a leadership position not only in the KSA, but also in the wider region. Vodafone Egypt is the leading player in the Egyptian mobile market and we look forward to contribute further to its continuous success.”
The parties intend to enter into definitive agreements in relation to the transaction following completion of due diligence on Vodafone Egypt by stc. The transaction is expected to close by the end of June 2020, subject to regulatory approval.
Additional financial information:
Contribution of Vodafone Egypt to Vodafone Group financial statements
12 month period to September 2019
Vodafone Group reported €m7
Adjustment to reflect the impact of partner market fees €m
Adjusted financials €m
Vodafone Group reported €m8
Adjustment to reflect the impact of partner market fees €m
Adjusted financials €m
1. The selling entities are Vodafone Europe B.V. and Vodafone International Holdings B.V., which are 100% owned indirect subsidiaries of Vodafone Group Plc
2. The Memorandum of Understanding is non-binding. There is no certainty that the parties will enter into definitive agreements or that the transaction will be completed
3. On a cash and debt free basis, converted from US$ to € at a rate of 0.9076 (as of 27.01.2020)
4. Adjusted EBITDA for the12 month period to 30 September 2019 based on Vodafone Group reported EBITDA of €600m, which includes €13m of Intercompany charges. The total partner market fees payable to Vodafone Group following completion of the transaction would be €48m per year
5. Adjusted EBITDA for the 12 month period to 31 March 2019 based on Vodafone Group reported EBITDA of €516m, which includes €12m of Intercompany charges. The total partner market fees payable to Vodafone Group following completion of the transaction would be €48m per year
6. Adjusted OpFCF defined as Adjusted EBITDA minus Capex
Converted from EGP to € at an average rate of 19.4 based on actual reported fx for the 12 month period to 30 September 2019
Converted from EGP to € at an average rate of 20.6 based on actual reported fx for the 12 month period to 31 March 2019
Vodafone Group is one of the world’s leading telecoms and technology service providers. We have extensive experience in connectivity, convergence and the Internet of Things, as well as championing mobile financial services and digital transformation in emerging markets.
Vodafone Group has mobile operations in 24 countries, partners with mobile networks in 41 more, and fixed broadband operations in 19 markets. As of 30 September 2019, Vodafone Group had approximately 625 million mobile customers, 27 million fixed broadband customers and 22 million TV customers, including all of the customers in Vodafone’s joint ventures and associates. For more information, please visit: www.vodafone.com.
Saudi Telecom Company (“stc”) is leading the MENA region’s digital transformation through its operations in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Bahrain as well as its international investments such as in Malaysia. stc offers a variety of ICT and digital solutions to its customers, with services across the telecommunications, IT, financial technology, digital media and cybersecurity sectors including landline, mobile, Internet services and computer networks.
stc was established in 1998 and is listed on the Tadawul. Its current market capitalization of 184 billion SAR (US$49.1 billion) as at 27 January 2020 makes it the largest telecom company in the region and one of the top 20 globally. Headquartered in Riyadh, stc employs almost 13,500 staff in Saudi Arabia and approximately 19,000 across the stc Group. For more information, please visit: www.stc.com.sa
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