Orange rubbishes talk of rival offer on Masmovil - Mobile World Live

Orange rubbishes talk of rival offer on Masmovil

05 JUN 2020

Orange dismissed reports it was preparing a counter offer for Masmovil, after a consortium of private investors made a €2.96 billion bid to acquire the Spanish operator earlier this week.

A representative told Mobile World Live, Orange is “not contemplating” joining the hunt for Masmovil, denying a report by El Economista stating the operator’s board was discussing a move.

The operator said its Spanish unit has a “privileged position” in the country’s telecoms sector and has its full support to grow “organically”.

Earlier this week, Masmovil co-founder and CEO Meinrad Spenger revealed the board approved of a €2.96 billion bid by a consortium comprised of Lorca Telecom BidCo, Cinven Capital Management and KKR Associates Europe, believing their proposal would benefit shareholders and stakeholders.

GSMA Intelligence figures placed Masmovil as Spain’s fourth-largest operator by connections at end-Q1, with 7.6 million. Orange Spain had 16.4 million, with Telefonica’s Movistar on 16.2 million and Vodafone Spain 13.5 million.

In 2019, Masmovil dismissed rumours it was mulling a takeover of Vodafone Spain.



Manny Pham

Manny joined Mobile World Live in September 2019 as a reporter based in London. He has previous experience in telecoms having worked for B2B publication Mobile News for three years where he climbed up to the position of Features Editor....

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