Vodafone Bids For ONO

February 10th, 2014 by · 1 Comment

With the sale of its 45% interest in Verizon Wireless set to close in the next few weeks, Vodafone is certainly wasting no time putting the incoming cash hoard to work.  Last week there was talk of Tata, and now according to reports out of Europe this morning the British group has followed through on earlier Spanish rumors and made a real bid for Ono

They have apparently offered €6.9B in cash for the Spanish cable MSO, although Ono’s board hasn’t yet responded. It’s a deal that will probably look a lot like their €7.7B deal for Kabel Deutschland over in Germany this past summer. Apparently, Vodafone’s plan to revitalize its European wireless businesses is to pair them with last mile cable assets.

Ono generated €752M in EBITDA last year, which would put the EV/EBITDA multiple for this deal below 10. That might not be enough to trump Ono’s other options, one of which supposedly includes an IPO.  On the other hand, everybody likes cash and it’s probably close enough to allow the two sides to hammer out a deal if there are no other hurdles to worry about.

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Categories: Cable · Mergers and Acquisitions · Wireless

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  • schmuckinsurance says:

    it is the working assumption that vodafone will be acquired by AT&T or even Softbank but today the CEO is laying out a different playbook one where using his VZ funded piggybank to get bigger spending $30-$40bn on acquisitions. Specifically he has said there isn’t much in european mobile regulators would allow so he has 3 choices: emerging mkts wireless, euro cable of which LBTYA and VOD has done plenty of or global enterprise.

    If Dan’s bankers are worth their salt, you would think they are jointly pursuing a sale alongside an IPO for Zayo. Why wouldn’t they call Newbury or when Mason or SEAM looks for liquidity do the same?

    The quote that caught my attention:
    “While the executive was careful not to name any acquisition targets he said Vodafone is keen to build up its fixed-line assets in Europe, its enterprise business around the world and its mobile business in emerging markets.”

    The link: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/02/10/us-vodafone-colao-idUSBREA191T320140210?feedType=RSS&feedName=technologyNews

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