Liberty Global acquires 4.92% interest in VodafoneMonday, February 13th, 2023
Liberty Global Acquires 4.92% Interest in Vodafone
- CEO Mike Fries calls stake an “opportunistic and financial investment”
DENVER, Colorado — Liberty Global plc (“Liberty Global”) (NASDAQ: LBTYA, LBTYB and LBTYK) announced today that it has acquired 1,335 million shares in Vodafone Group PLC (“Vodafone”) representing 4.92% of the outstanding share capital (excluding treasury shares). The transaction was principally funded through an attractive non-recourse financing, requiring equity funding from Liberty Global of approximately £225 million.
Mike Fries, CEO of Liberty Global, commented, “We believe, like many others, that Vodafone’s current share price does not reflect the underlying long-term value of their operating businesses, or their announced consolidation and infrastructure opportunities. We continue to remain disciplined about our capital and fully expect that the equity used to fund this investment will be replenished with the sale of certain non-core assets over time.”
No regulatory approvals are required for an investment at this level and Liberty Global does not intend to seek board representation at Vodafone.
The investment in Vodafone is part of Liberty Global’s investment portfolio of more than 75 companies and funds across content, technology, and infrastructure, including stakes in companies such as ITV, Televisa Univision, AtlasEdge, Plume, and the Formula E racing series.
Liberty Global confirms that it is not considering an offer for Vodafone. This is a statement to which Rule 2.8 of the UK Takeover Code (the “Code”) applies.
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