Cable and Wireless to buy Columbus International
The International media is reporting that Cable and Wireless Communication (CWC) is to buy Columbus International, a privately-owned fibre-based telecoms provider in the Caribbean, Central America and the Andean region.
The Financial Times says Cable and Wireless will pay US$1.9 billion plus assume about US$1.2 billion in net debt from Columbus’ balance sheet, pushing the total value of the acquisition to US$3.1 billion.
Cable and Wireless Communication is the parent company of LIME in Jamaica while Columbus Communications, the operator of FLOW, is owned by Columbus International.
"This is a transaction that transforms CWC, providing a step-change in growth and returns," Phil Bentley, CWC’s chief executive is quoted as saying.
— Brendan Paddick (@BrendanPaddick) November 6, 2014
In 2009, there were reports that the locally based LIME was in acquisition talks with FLOW but that was rejected.
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It is reported that Columbus shareholders will receive roughly 36 per cent of shares in the new entity following the acquisition.
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