Orange to pay €268mn for majority stake in DT’s fixed operations in Romania

Orange to pay €268mn for majority stake in DT’s fixed operations in Romania
By bne IntelliNews November 10, 2020

French group Orange, already a major player on Romania's telecom market, will take over Deutsche Telekom’s fixed operations in the country for €268mn, according to a press release. 

The subject of the transaction is the 54% stake in Telekom Romania Communications and Deutsche Telekom’s fixed-mobile convergent subscriber base in Romania, Orange announced.

The French group will pay €268mn to Deutsche Telekom on a debt-free, cash-free basis and subject to customary adjustments at the closing of the transaction.

Telekom Romania Communications and the convergent customer base were valued just under €500mn.

The Romanian state holds the remaining 46% stake in Telekom Romania Communications, which is the former state telecom company Romtelecom.

Deutsche Telekom will keep ownership of Telekom Romania Mobile Communications through its Greek subsidiary OTE.

The closing of the transaction is subject to customary condition precedents, notably antitrust clearance by the European Commission and other relevant authorities, and is expected to be completed within the second half of 2021.

Until this approval and the completion of the transaction is obtained, both companies will continue to operate independently.