Sale of Vodafone HungarySource: RNS
9 January 2023
VODAFONE ENTERS INTO BINDING TERMS IN RELATION TO THE SALE OF VODAFONE HUNGARY
Further to the announcement on 22 August 2022, Vodafone Group Plc1 ("Vodafone") announces that 4iG Public Limited Company ("4iG") and Corvinus Zrt ("Corvinus", a Hungarian state holding company) (all together the "Parties") have completed due diligence and the Parties have entered into binding terms in relation to the sale of 100% of Vodafone Magyarország Zrt ("Vodafone Hungary") to 4iG and Corvinus (the "Transaction").
Vodafone will receive a total cash consideration of HUF 660bn (€1.7bn)2,3, which represents a multiple of 8.4x Adjusted EBITDAaL for the 12-month period ended 31 March 2022. Proceeds from the sale are intended to be used for deleveraging.
Margherita Della Valle, Vodafone Group's interim Chief Executive said: "This combination establishes a scaled converged operator across mobile and fixed communications and supports the Hungarian government's goal of creating a national Information and Communications Technology champion. The combined entity will increase competition and accelerate investment in the ongoing digitalisation of Hungary."
Completion of the Transaction is subject to customary conditions and is expected to take place in January 2023.
Notes to announcement
1. Vodafone Europe B.V. is the selling entity which is a 100% owned indirect subsidiary of Vodafone Group Plc
2. Converted from HUF to EUR based on the exchange rate of 395.48 as at 6 January 2023
3. Cash receivable subject to customary purchase price adjustments
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About 4iG Nyrt.
4iG Nyrt., a Hungarian majority-owned company based in Budapest, Hungary is the leading telecommunications and IT group in Hungary and the Western Balkan region and one of the leading companies in the knowledge-based, digital economy. The Budapest Stock Exchange listed capital market company's fresh and innovative approach and its position as Hungary's leading IT systems integrator make the group a leading residential and business service provider in the region's digital transformation. 4iG's dynamic expansion strategy has made it a key player in the telecommunications markets in Hungary and the Western Balkans. The Group is continuously expanding its services, expertise, and portfolio to meet the changes and needs of the telecommunications and IT markets. The 4iG Group currently employs nearly 6,000 people.
Corvinus International Investment Zrt.
Corvinus International Investment Zrt. (Corvinus Zrt.) is a sovereign investment management company wholly owned by the State of Hungary. Its aim is to preserve and grow national assets and to exercise state ownership in economic sectors of strategic importance. It contributes to Hungary's economic development both by making strategic and financial investments and by supervising the efficient operation of portfolio companies.
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