Are Verizon and AT&T partnering to buy Vodafone?

April 2, 2013
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Vodafone, one of the largest mobile carrier conglomerates on earth, is rumored to be the subject of a buyout. An unsubstantiated report suggests that AT&T and Verizon are planning to purchase Vodafone for the sum of $245 billion. That price, which ends up being about $3.93/share, is a 40% premium over the current value.

Reported by CNET and Financial Times, this is an interesting development in Verizon’s ongoing issues in their partnership with Vodafone. Vodafone and Verizon are often rumored to be disillusioned with one another, and have been exploring options for dissolving the relationship or merging wholly. All manner of avenues have been explored, and a buyout seemed the least likely of scenarios.

This deal is expansive, but beneficial, to both AT&T and Verizon. According to the anonymous-yet-reliable source, Verizon would get back the 45% stake Vodafone has invested in the company, while the remainder of Vodafone interest outside of the US would go to AT&T. In a nutshell, Verizon gets Verizon, and AT&T gets the world.

Let’s understand this is a rumor, and nothing official has been confirmed or denied. If it’s in the works, the buyout would have implications worldwide… and that’s significant. AT&T has positioned themselves well to be a truly world-wide carrier, and Verizon has the best network stateside.

We’ll be keeping an eye on this one, for sure.

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