Telefónica closes the acquisition of GVT and becomes the leading Brazilian integrated operator

Telefónica Brasil‘s Extraordinary Shareholders’ Meeting supported the purchase of Global Village Telecom (GVT) from Vivendi. The closing of this transaction, announced in September 2014, places Telefónica Brasil as the Brazilian market’s leading integrated operator, both in terms of clients—with over 105 million accesses after the integration —and of revenues; and with a high value customer profile.

With sustainable growth and a high-quality service offer as its main goals, Telefónica Brasil now has national coverage and is the unchallenged leader in the mobile business and fixed ultra-broadband, while also strengthening its position in pay TV. All of this is possible because the company has the best network infrastructure, an innovative portfolio that consolidates it as a Digital Telco, and a well-differentiated, high-definition TV offer combined with on-demand content, interactive applications and access to multi-device content.

Additionally, the integration of Vivo with GVT makes the complementarity between them obvious. While Vivo has the largest national 3G network, with coverage in 3,200 Brazilian municipalities, as well as 4G (which covers more than 140 cities nationwide), GVT has an extensive fibre optics network reaching 156 cities in 20 Brazilian states, besides the Federal District.

In accordance with the provisions of the purchase terms*, the closing of this transaction has been formalised for a total of 4,663 million euros (by means of cash settlement and debt assumption), as well as the hand over of 12% of the share capital of the new Telefónica Brasil—resulting from the integration. In the coming weeks, Vivendi will exchange 4.5% of this interest for 8.3% of the ordinary shares of Telecom Italia, according to the terms agreed by the parties.

On the other hand, the Telefónica Brasil’s Board of Directors and Shareholders’ Meeting have approved the proposal of appointing Amos Genish as Telefónica Brasil’s new Executive Chairman. He has been chosen to lead the integration process of both companies and to define a clear strategy for the future that is entirely focused on clients.

The green light to the transaction received from Telefónica Brasil’s Shareholders’ Meeting, summoned to that effect, follows the approval granted from the relevant Brazilian authorities during the first quarter of this year:Brazil’s Administrative Council of Economic Defence (CADE)—Brazil’s antitrust agency—and ANATEL, the country’s telecommunications regulator.

Moreover, the transaction has already been enthusiastically backed by shareholders, both at Telefónica Brasil and at the parent company (Telefónica S.A.), as proven by the success of the recent capital increases connected to financing the acquisition of GVT.

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Source: Telefonica

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