Private Equity Firms Are Flocking To Vodafone's Tower Unit, Valued In The Billions

  • Private equity firms like KKR & Co Inc KKR and Global Infrastructure Partners competed for a stake in Vodafone Group Plc's VOD wireless towers unit, Bloomberg reports.
  • Swedish investment firm EQT AB also explored a potential investment in Frankfurt-listed Vantage Towers AG VTAGY which is worth €13.4 billion ($13.4 billion) at present.
  • Vodafone has invited suitors to participate in an auction process.
  • Vodafone currently holds around 82% of Vantage.
  • In August, Vodafone forged an agreement with Hungarian 4iG and state-run Corvinus Zrt to divest its Hungarian business for 715 billion forints ($1.8 billion) in cash.
  • In July, Vodafone agreed to sell its operations in Ghana to Telecel Group for undisclosed terms.
  • Europe's phone carriers sold off infrastructure assets to raise money for costly fiber-optic rollouts and wireless network upgrades and to cut their large debt piles. 
  • In July, Deutsche Telekom AG DTEGY agreed to sell a majority stake in its towers unit to Brookfield Asset Management Inc BAM and DigitalBridge Group, Inc DBRG in a deal valuing the business at €17.5 billion.
  • Price Action: VOD shares traded higher by 0.68% at $12.55 on the last check Thursday.
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