Sep. 25, 2013, 1:25 PM
- At a parliamentary hearing in Rome, Telecom Italia (TI -4.8%) reiterated his opposition to a sale of the company's Brazilian and Argentine assets, at least over the near-term. Bernabe argued selling the units, responsible for 40% of TI's 2012 revenue, would hurt the carrier's international profile.
- TIM (TSU -4.8%), TI's Brazilian unit, is joining TI in selling off after rallying yesterday. A downgrade to Hold from Stifel could be contributing to the losses. Telecom Argentina (TEO +0.3%), in which TI owns an indirect 37% stake, is up slightly.
- Bernabe's remarks come a day after Telefonica (TEF +0.8%) announced a deal that could let it eventually take full control of holding company Telco and its 22.4% TI stake. Telefonica, whose Brazilian unit (VIV -2.9%) competes with TIM, is widely believed to be pushing TI to sell TIM to shore up its balance sheet and appease regulator Anatel (previous).
- Bloomberg reports Anatel would prefer TIM be sold in full rather than have its assets sold piecemeal. That could translate into a sale into a major foreign carrier such as Vodafone or AT&T, which in turn would spell tougher competition for Telefonica and fellow Brazilian carriers Oi (OIBR -9.6%), America Movil (AMX), and NII Holdings (NIHD +1.1%).
Aug. 13, 2013, 12:49 PM
- Shares of Telecom Argentina (TEO +8.1%) are up sharply, even though no news has hit the wires.
- 54.7% of TEO shares are owned by Nortel Inversora (NTL +7.6%), itself 68% owned by Telecom Italia (TI) and 32% owned by the Werthein Group. (20-F)
- One possible reason for today's jump is the potential of a sale by Telecom Italia of its 37.2% indirect stake in TEO, as the Italian giant contends with the threat of a credit downgrade. The beleaguered telco recently ruled out floating a stock offering as a means to pare its onerous €28.8B net debt load, and has nixed a number of other strategic alternatives.
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Telecom Argentina SA provides fixed-line public telecommunication services, international long-distance service, data transmission and Internet services in Argentina. Its segments include Fixed Services, Personal Mobile Services & Nucleo Mobile Services.
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