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Malaysia’s Axiata and XL Axiata to buy 66per cent in Link Net for $606.2 million

KUALA LUMPUR : Axiata Group Berhad and its Indonesian subsidiary PT XL Axiata Tbk have signed an settlement to collectively take a 66.03per cent stake in PT Link Net Tbk for $606.19 million, the Malaysia telecoms group stated on Thursday.

The price ticket on the deal has been agreed at IDR4,800 per bizarre Link Net share, or roughly IDR8.72 trillion ($606.19 million), equal to about 2.55 billion ringgit, the corporate stated.

Under the phrases of a conditional share buy settlement with Asia Link Dewa Pte Ltd and PT First Media Tbk, Axiata Investments (Indonesia) Sdn Bhd, an oblique wholly-owned subsidiary of Axiata, and XL Axiata will buy 46.03per cent and 20per cent stakes respectively.

Axiata Investments will then be required to undertake a compulsory tender provide to purchase the remaining shares in Link Net.

The deal values 100per cent fairness curiosity in Link Net at about IDR13.21 trillion.

“By leveraging the strengths of our telco business from XL Axiata and Link Net’s broadband and connectivity solutions, we look forward to delivering compelling customer-focused converged solutions for the home and enterprise segments as Indonesia continues to advance its digital economy,” Axiata President and Group CEO, Izzaddin Idris stated.

The proposed acquisition and proposed tender provide will probably be funded by way of a mixture of internally generated funds and financial institution borrowings. They are anticipated to be accomplished in the third quarter of this 12 months and are topic to regulatory and shareholder approvals.

($1 = 14,385.0000 rupiah)

(Reporting by Liz Lee. Editing by Jane Merriman)

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