TeliaSonera and Telenor to combine their operations in Denmark
TeliaSonera and Telenor have entered into an agreement to merge their Danish operations into a new joint venture where the parties will own 50 percent each. The new joint venture will create a robust mobile operator who is able to increase investments in networks to the benefit of our customers.
“We are making a necessary and natural move by forming a joint venture with Telenor building on the network partnership we already have with them. By joining forces we can secure investments in Denmark, to the benefit not only of our customers but to the Danish society as a whole,” says Robert Andersson, EVP and Head of Region Europe in TeliaSonera.
The new company will have a combined number of mobile subscriptions of around 3.5 million. With a combined mobile subscriber market share of approximately 40 percent, revenues of more than DKK 9 billion and a significant synergy potential, the transaction creates a robust operator.
The need for consolidation in the Danish telecom market has been apparent for a while as operators face continued pressure on revenues and profitability, limiting the room for investments and innovation. Telenor and TeliaSonera have since 2012 cooperated in Denmark through their joint mobile network. The parties now agreed that an independent joint venture is the strategically preferred route to capture synergies and to create value.
“Competition in Denmark is intense and we face continued pressure on revenue growth and profitability, making consolidation inevitable. By combining the assets and customer bases of Telenor and TeliaSonera in Denmark, the joint venture will become a robust operator. We will be able to offer our customers a high-quality network with outstanding connectivity and the best customer experience in Denmark,” says Kjell Morten Johnsen, EVP and Head of Telenor Region Europe.
The merger of the two operations aims for annual efficiency gains of at least DKK 800 million, with full effect from 2019. The largest areas of synergies are envisaged for distribution, sales and marketing and call centers, administrative costs, network and IT. Integration costs are expected to total DKK 800 million during 2015-2017.
Benefits for customers
The combination of TeliaSonera and Telenor, two companies willing to invest and considered as technology leaders in telecommunications, will also bring substantial benefits to customers in Denmark. It will provide a larger distribution network as well as the best network connectivity in terms of coverage and performance. In addition, the merger will put the joint venture into a better position to invest in attractive and user-friendly services. Combining the fixed networks and services of the two companies will create an even better broadband provider for Danish consumers and businesses.
The Board of the new joint venture company will have a balanced representation from Telenor and TeliaSonera. The board will have seven members, of which each party shall appoint three. The Chair of the Board shall be appointed unanimously by the parties.
The recruitment process to find a CEO for this joint venture will commence and the two companies are confident in finding the right candidate for this job in due course.
Telenor and TeliaSonera have agreed that the enterprise values of their respective operations are fairly equal and hence the agreement is based on equal ownership. Differences in net debt and changes in working capital from signing to closing will be settled in cash.
Telenor and TeliaSonera have agreed upon the key transaction terms. The transaction requires approval from the EU Commission. The parties expect EU clearance and closing of the transaction during 2015. The operations remain separate and operate independently up to the closing of the transaction.
Analyst and media telephone conference at 09.00 am CET
TeliaSonera and Telenor invite you to a conference call with TeliaSonera’s CFO Christian Luiga and Telenor’s CFO Richard Olav Aa.
Dial-in number: +44 (0) 2071 928000
Access code: 44826589
You can also listen to the conference call afterwards until December 8, 2014.
Replay number: +44 (0) 1452 55 00 00
Access code: 44826589
Press conference in Denmark at 11.30 am CET
TeliaSonera and Telenor invites you to a press conference with Robert Andersson, EVP and Head of Region Europe in TeliaSonera, and Kjell Morten Johnsen, EVP and Head of Telenor Region Europe.
Place: Radisson Blu, Amager Boulevard 70, Copenhagen
TeliaSonera AB discloses the information provided herein pursuant to the Swedish Securities Markets Act and/or the Swedish Financial Instrument Trading Act. The information was submitted for publication at 08.00 a.m. CET on December 3, 2014.