|15 February, 2020

Telecom Egypt still doesn’t know what to do with its Vodafone Egypt stake: source

Vodafone International owns 55% of Vodafone Egypt’s shares, while TE owns 45%

The building of Vodafone Egypt Telecommunications Co is seen at the Smart Village in the outskirts of Cairo, Egypt, October 27, 2015. Image for illustrative purposes.

The building of Vodafone Egypt Telecommunications Co is seen at the Smart Village in the outskirts of Cairo, Egypt, October 27, 2015. Image for illustrative purposes.

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An official source at Telecom Egypt (TE) said that the company is studying all alternatives and options for its stake in Vodafone Egypt, and has yet to decide what is most appropriate, both in terms of investment and trade.

The source added that TE did not address the Egyptian Competition Authority (ECA), noting that only Vodafone Egypt has addressed the authority, so far.

Telecom Egypt is not a business sector company, but rather a company that was established in accordance with the Companies Law. It was later transformed from a body to a company by the Egyptian government so that it may be managed by a board of directors. This was also done in order to separate ownership from management.

TE has appointed Hermes and Citibank to define investment alternatives for its stake in Vodafone Egypt in light of Saudi STC’s agreement with Vodafone International to acquire its stake in Vodafone Egypt for $2.4bn.

Vodafone International owns 55% of Vodafone Egypt’s shares, while TE owns 45%, and under the right of pre-emption, Telecom Egypt is entitled to make an offer to purchase Vodafone’s global stake.

Vodafone Egypt addressed the ECA to find out the legal position regarding the use of preemption rights on the part of TE.

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