After more than a year of on-and-off negotiations, India’s Bharti Airtel and South Africa’s MTN Group appear to be close to striking a deal that could lead to a tie. Bharti Airtel shares jumped as much as per cent on Thursday on news that it had called off merger talks with MTN after the two companies. The SOUTH AFRICAN government said that it supported the proposal merger of Bharti-Airtel and the MTN group in principle. The Indian Government agreed.

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The potential transaction, when completed, would be expected to create value for Bharti shareholders, the release said. This also marks the seventh attempt by MTN to enter into a merger or strategic alliance with global communication majors. Indian telecom major Bharti Airtel has informed the exchanges that it is in talks to pick up a stake in MTN, Africa’s largest mobile group.

Reliance to buy majority stake in renewable energy services firm Kanoda. ET was the first paper to flag off the issue of dual listing as a major stumbling block for the deal in its edition dated July 31, In a press statement, the Indian telecom major said that if the deal goes through, it would be achieved through a scheme of arrangement, which would include the following principal elements: Bharti would buy about 36 percent of existing MTN shares at 86 rand each, plus half a newly issued Bharti global depositary receipt, to be listed in Johannesburg, for each MTN share.

Some Indian analysts said the firms would not have embarked on new talks unless control issues had bhrti settled. But the South Africans wanted assurances for the xnd, which the Indian government was not in a position to give as it said that allowing dual listing will need major amendments to key corporate laws and cannot be done in haste.

But the risks of capital outflows may not be huge. Find this comment offensive? Neither Ambani could succeed in doing the deal. Looking ahead, the Indian government needs to think about the changes in our capital account regime that will facilitate the large cross-border transactions that Indian companies aspire to.


Bharti wished MTN management and its board success. Thereafter, the MTN board met and formally called off the deal. This is our second attempt at forging a deep and meaningful alliance with MTN. MTN shareholders would take another 11 percent of Bharti.

The MTN deal not going through should not be seen as a dampener. Fill in your details: It is a very well considered move and there is a very strong rationale. This deal structure needed an approval from the government of South Africa, which has expressed its inability to accept it in the current form. China Mobile Ltd is under pressure at home from an expensive buildout of a new, untested third-generation network that it may seek to expand to developing markets.

MTN, which had The South African giant has in the past been in failed discussions with the likes of Vodafone, China Mobile and Reliance Communications. Shares of Bharti ended flat in cautious trade at Rs Naturally, friends and well-wishers of Sunil Mittal are disappointed.

Never miss a great news story! My Saved Articles Sign in Sign up. The deal was complicated. The announcement also disappointed South African markets. The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.

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The Companies Act will also have to be amended to take into account taxation and accounting implications for a dual-listed company. But the Indian company has not totally given up, if its statement has is anything to go by. South African communications minister Siphiwe Nyanda said before the announcement on Wednesday that MTN should remain a domestic company. Get instant notifications from Economic Times Allow Not now You can switch off notifications anytime using browser settings.

Shares are a common currency for acquisition and Indian companies would be shut out of overseas buyout opportunities if they are not allowed to issue them. Choose your reason below and click on the Report button. Telecom News Telecom Policy. The South African rand slipped 2. Get instant notifications from Economic Times Allow Not now. Bharti said the deal would be discussed exclusively till July.


But it has expressed an interest in Nigeria, a key MTN market.

Ironically, the transaction under discussion did not involve any loss of national identity for MTN. NIFTY 50 10, 2. Bharti has not given up yet In the end, the politics of national pride derailed the deal as South Africa did not want MTN to lose its independent identity.

Thu, Oct 01 RCom has snapped up a few small emerging-market assets and is believed to be considering more. It is premature to conclude that Bharti had reached the end of the road for its overseas acquisition plans, said Monish Chatrath, executive director and head of risk advisory services and markets leader at consultancy Mazars.

To see your saved stories, click on link hightlighted in bold. Although it is one of the few companies whose name has not been linked with Zain, Bharti could expand into several African markets with a stake in Zain or its African operations. As an entrepreneur, you just move on.

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Bharti also indicated its gratitude to the Indian government for its support: There are targets that Bharti could pursue, analysts said. That would have meant investors selling other assets to comply with limits.

Bharti and MTN said discussions were at an early stage and the firms had set an exclusivity deadline of July Drag according to your convenience. Mhn probably have more money flowing out due to over and under-invoicing on the trade account.