- Bouygues (BOUYY) has offered €10.5B ($14.42B) to acquire a 49% controlling stake in Vivendi's (VIVHY, VIVEF) SFR mobile unit.
- Bouygues would then merge its telecom subsidiary with SFR and list the combined entity as soon as possible.
- Vivendi would be left with a 46% holding after the merger and advertising firm JCDecaux 5%.
- However, the deal would probably face a tough regulatory review given that SFR and Bouygues Telecom are the number two and three mobile operators in France by subscribers.
- Bouygues also faces competition for SFR from Amsterdam-listed Altice, which has reportedly offered €11B in a deal that would leave Vivendi with 30%+ of the new company.
at CNBC.com (Aug 1, 2014)