Tue, Mar. 17, 9:48 AM
- Turkcell Iletisim Hizmetleri (NYSE:TKC) is up 2.3% as Russian conglomerate Alfa Group has launched a dramatic $2.8B offer to effectively take control of Turkey's top telecom -- though success is far from likely.
- Alfa has offered $54.9M/share for the 13.8% owned by Cukurova Holding -- along with Alfa and TeliaSonera, one of the three key shareholders of Turkcell. Alfa owned that same stake just last year.
- But Cukurova would have to accept the bid, and a Turkish government reluctant over Russian takeovers in Turkey would have to approve.
- Turkcell is set to hold its first shareholder meeting since 2011; if the meeting doesn't come off, Turkey's capital markets watchdog can seize control of the executive committee.
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