Russia’s Altimo Moves to Buy 48% Shares of Orascom Telecom
Russian investment firm Altimo has prepared a tender to buy 48.08 percent stakes of Orascom Telecom – the parent group of Mobilink – against USD 1.8 billion to value Orascom Telecom at mere USD 3.67 billion.
Altimo made this offer to minority stakeholders of Orascom, many of whom hold shares through Egypt’s stock exchange or through global depositary receipts in London.
It maybe recalled that 51.9 percent Orascom Telecom stakes are already held by VimpelCom, a group which is majorly owned (47.9%) by Altimio as well (see below graph)
VimpelCom had earlier hinted that it could be the part of the tender, however, yesterday it announced not to become a party of the deal.
Mikhail Fridman’s Altimo made the offer by convincing the minority stake holders to take this attractive opportunity to cash-out their investment with certainty and with a significant premium to the historic trading levels in highly volatile emerging markets.
Analysts, however, believe that the offer undervalues the Orascom Telecom.
At least 26.2 percent minority stakeholders must accept the buy-out offer of Altimo that would indirectly give Altimo the controlling stake in the company.
Orascom said it will appoint an advisor to evaluate the tender offer; its board is due to disclose its opinion within 15 working days.