Telenor and TeliaSonera to merge Danish operations to create robust mobile contender

On 3 December 2014 Telenor and TeliaSonera entered into an agreement to merge their Danish operations into a new joint venture where the parties will own 50 percent each. The new joint venture will create a robust mobile operator which is able to increase investments in networks to the benefit of our customers.

Published: 3 December 2014 08:00

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The new company will have a combined mobile subscriber base of around 3.5 million. With a combined mobile subscriber market share of approximately 40%, revenues of more than DKK 9 billion and a significant synergy potential, the transaction creates a robust operator.

The need for consolidation in the Danish telecom market has been apparent for a while as operators face continued pressure on revenues and profitability, limiting the room for investments and innovation. Telenor and TeliaSonera have since 2012 cooperated in Denmark through their jointly owned mobile network. The parties now agree that an independent and full-function joint venture is the strategically preferred route to capture synergies and to create value.

Efficiency gains

The merger of the two operations aims at achieving annual efficiency gains of above DKK 800 million, with full effect from 2019.  The largest areas of synergies are envisaged for distribution, sales & marketing and call centers, general & administrative cost, network and IT. Integration costs are expected at around DKK 0.8 billion during 2015-2017.

Benefits for customers

The combination of TeliaSonera and Telenor will also bring substantial benefits to customers in Denmark. It will provide a larger distribution network as well as improved network connectivity and performance. In addition, the merger will put the joint venture into a better position to invest in attractive and user-friendly services. Combining the fixed networks and services of the two companies will create an even better broadband provider for Danish consumers and businesses.

“Competition in Denmark is intense and we face continued pressure on revenue growth and profitability, making consolidation inevitable. By combining the assets and customer bases of Telenor and TeliaSonera in Denmark, the joint venture will become a robust operator. We will be able to offer our customers a high-quality network with outstanding connectivity and the best customer experience in Denmark,” says Kjell Morten Johnsen, EVP and Head of Telenor Region Europe.

“We are making a necessary and natural move by forming a joint venture with Telenor building on the network partnership we already have with them. By joining forces we can secure investments in Denmark, to the benefit not only of our customers but to the Danish society as a whole,” said Robert Andersson, EVP and Head of Region Europe in TeliaSonera.

Governance structure

The Board of the new joint venture company will have balanced representation from Telenor and TeliaSonera. The board will have seven members, of which each party shall appoint three.  The Chairman of the Board shall be appointed unanimously by the parties.

The recruitment process to find a CEO for this joint venture will commence and the two companies are confident in finding the right candidate for this job in due course.

Valuation

Telenor and TeliaSonera have agreed that the enterprise values of their respective operations are fairly equal and hence the agreement is based on equal ownership. Differences in net debt and changes in working capital from signing to closing will be settled in cash.

Timeline

Telenor and TeliaSonera have agreed upon the key transaction terms. The transaction requires approval from the EU Commission. The parties expect EU clearance and closing of the transaction during 2015. The operations remain separate and operate independently up to the closing of the transaction.

Analyst and media telephone conference at 09.00 am CET

Telenor and TeliaSonera invite you to a conference call with Telenor’s CFO Richard Olav Aa and TeliaSonera’s CFO Christian Luiga.

The presentation material is available here

Dial-in number: +44 (0) 2071 928000
Access code: 44826589
A replay of the conference will be available until December 8, 2014.
Replay number:  +44 (0) 1452 55 00 00
Access code: 44826589

Press conference in Denmark at 11.30 am CET

Telenor and TeliaSonera invite you to a press conference with Kjell Morten Johnsen, EVP and Head of Telenor Region Europe and Robert Andersson, EVP and Head of Region Europe in TeliaSonera.

Location: Radisson Blu, Amager Boulevard 70, Copenhagen

Media Contact:

Glenn Mandelid,
Head of Media Relations,
glenn.mandelid@telenor.com,
+47 926 61 300

Meera Bhatia,
Communications Manager,
meera.bhatia@telenor.com,
+47 4684 4959

Investor/analyst contact:

Marianne Moe,
Head of Investor Relations,
marianne.moe@telenor.com,
+47 916 17 631