ORANGE and MASMOVIL sign an agreement to combine their activities in Spain
• Following the period of exclusive negotiations that began on March 8e 2022, ORANGE and MASMOVIL (LORCA JVCO) have signed a binding agreement to combine their activities in Spain.
• The transaction involves an enterprise value of 18.6 billion euros, 7.8 billion euros for ORANGE Spain and 10.9 billion euros for MASMOVIL.
• The transaction is subject to the approval of antitrust authorities and other competent administrative authorities and is expected to be finalized during the second half of 2023 at the latest.
As indicated in the prior announcement, the combination of the activities of ORANGE Spain and MASMOVIL would take the form of a 50-50 joint venture co-controlled by ORANGE and MASMOVIL (LORCA JVCO), with equal governance rights in the combined entity. The agreement between the parties includes a right to trigger an IPO under certain conditions for both parties after a defined period and, in such event, an option for ORANGE to take control of the combined entity at the price of l ‘Initial Public Offering.
The joint venture between MASMOVIL and ORANGE will create a sustainable player with the financial capacity and scale to continue investing to foster the future of infrastructure competition in Spain for the benefit of consumers and businesses.
A joint venture between the two complementary businesses would lead to significant efficiencies, allowing the combined company to accelerate investments in FTTH and 5G that will benefit Spanish customers.
As part of the final agreement, the enterprise value of ORANGE Spain is set at 7.8 billion euros (7.2x EBITDAaL 2022E and 37.1x EBITDAaL 2022E – eCapex) and that of MASMOVIL (which includes acquisition of EUSKALTEL) to 10.9 billion euros (8.7x EBITDAaL 2022E and 14.9x EBITDAaL 2022E – eCapex)2.
The due diligence conducted since March shows potential synergies in excess of €450 million per year to be achieved by the fourth year after closing.
The transaction is supported by a €6.6 billion non-recourse debt package which will fund, among other things, a €5.85 billion upfront payment to ORANGE Group and MASMOVIL shareholders. This distribution to shareholders will be asymmetrical as it also incorporates an equalization payment in favor of ORANGE to reflect the different levels of indebtedness of the two stand-alone companies. This debt package is mainly composed of bank debt, provided by a large pool of banks. MASMOVIL’s existing debt will remain in place. Post-closing, the financial policy agreed between ORANGE and LORCA JVCO includes a leverage target of 3.5x the net debt/EBITDA ratio to facilitate an IPO of the joint venture in the medium term.
The transaction is subject to the approval of antitrust authorities and other competent administrative authorities and is expected to be finalized during the second half of 2023 at the latest. Until these approvals and closing conditions are satisfied, the two companies will continue to operate independently.
Christel Heydemann, CEO of ORANGE, said:“I am very pleased to announce today the conclusion of these negotiations. This agreement paves the way for the creation of a joint company that combines the strengths of ORANGE and MASMOVIL into a single stronger operator that will allow investments in 5G and Fiber, to the benefit of customers across Spain. I firmly believe that the creation of this new company is of fundamental importance for the Group, the Spanish telecom market and for our customers.”
Meinrad Spenger, CEO of MASMOVIL, commented: “It’s a great day for Spanish consumers as well as for our stakeholders. Together with ORANGE, we plan to form a strong operator with a sustainable business model and the ability to invest in class-leading infrastructure, technology and talent. We anticipate this will drive competition, digitalization and innovation in the Spanish market.”
See attached presentation on orange.com for the main facts and figures concerning this operation.
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About MASMOVIL Group
MASMOVIL Group is the operator that has led the growth in Spain in recent years. It offers fixed, broadband Internet, mobile, TV and new services such as 100% green energy, e-health, home security and personal finance services for individuals and businesses. and wholesale through its main brands: Yoigo, MASMOVIL, Pepephone, Lebara, Llamaya, Lycamobile and Virgin telco and the regional brands Euskaltel, R, Telecable, Embou and Guuk.
In Portugal, MASMOVIL owns the Nowo brand, which offers fixed and mobile services for residential customers.
The Group has FTTH fixed networks and 3G, 4G and 5G mobile network infrastructures. It has coverage of more than 27 million households available in fiber and 18 million with ADSL, and its 4G/5G mobile network covers 98.5% of the Spanish population.
MASMOVIL has launched its 5G services covering more than 900 cities in Spanish territory. The Group has almost 15 million mobile and fixed services in Spain after the acquisition of Euskaltel.
MASMOVIL achieved net zero carbon emissions in 2020, positioning itself as the first telecom operator in Europe to achieve such a goal and the lowest absolute residual emissions. Moreover, it is the first telecommunications operator in Europe to become a B-Corp Company.
MASMOVIL has been participated by Cinven, KKR and Providence Equity Partners since November 2020 with the aim of accelerating the Group’s investment strategy.
MASMOVIL Group website: https://www.grupomasmovil.com/
ORANGE Group – Tom Wright; email@example.com; +33 6 78 91 35 11
ORANGE Spain – Beatriz Valverde; firstname.lastname@example.org; +34 616 093 913
MASMOVIL Group – Fernando Castro; email@example.com; +34 656 160 378