Liberty World takes 5% ‘opportunistic’ stake in Vodafone

Liberty Global disclosed a near-5% stake in British telecom group Vodafone on Monday, saying its bigger rival’s share worth didn’t replicate its operations’ “underlying long-term worth” even because it dominated out a bid.

“We consider, like many others, that Vodafone’s present share worth doesn’t replicate the underlying long-term worth of their working companies, or their introduced consolidation and infrastructure alternatives,” Liberty’s CEO Mike Fries stated.

Vodafone, which earlier this month reported a steeper-than anticipated slowdown in its third quarter, didn’t instantly reply to Reuters’ request for a remark.

Fries referred to as the stake in Vodafone, whose shares have closely lagged London’s blue-chip index over the previous two years with a 30% drop, an “opportunistic and monetary funding.”

The British firm, whose boss of 4 years, Nick Read, stepped down in December, has been promoting belongings to concentrate on Europe and Africa, however the offers haven’t boosted its inventory worth, which has fallen in worth over the previous 5 years.

U.S.-listed Liberty World, with a market worth of $9.94 billion, is the newest to disclose a holding in Vodafone, whose largest shareholder is UAE’s e&, previously referred to as Etisalat, whereas French telecoms billionaire Xavier Niel additionally owns a stake, based mostly on Refinitiv information.

Shares in Vodafone, which operates in 24 international locations and has a Dutch three way partnership with Liberty World, closed 2.1% increased at 94 pence on the FTSE 100 index, giving the corporate a market worth of 25.50 billion kilos.Liberty World, which has beforehand purchased stakes in British broadcaster ITV, information middle supplier AtlasEdge and the Formulation E racing sequence, stated it didn’t intend to hunt a board seat.

The deal, by way of which Liberty World purchased 1.34 billion Vodafone shares, or about 4.93% of the corporate, wanted an fairness funding of 225 million kilos from Nasdaq-listed Liberty World, in accordance with its assertion.


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