Fastweb exits the community firm: its 4.5% stake in Fibercop offered to Kkr | EUROtoday

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Fastweb's journey in Fibercop ends, the secondary community firm of the previous monopolist 58% owned by Tim, 37.5% by Kkr and 4.5% by Fastweb.

The firm managed by Swisscom in Italy introduced that it has reached an settlement with Optics Bidco, a subsidiary of KKR, for the sale of its stake. KKR will purchase all of the shares held by Fastweb in Fibercop for a money consideration of 438.7 million euros. A price – explains a observe from Fastweb – in keeping with the professional rata value paid by KKR to Tim for its share (1.8 billion euros in 2020) with the transaction which stays topic to the completion of the transaction regarding NetCo performed by Kkr whose closing is predicted within the third quarter of 2024.

For Fastweb, participation within the Fibercop operation derived from the Flash Fiber operation: the wholesale jv 80% owned by Telecom Italia and 20% by Fastweb whose industrial plan envisaged connecting roughly 3 million residential models within the 29 major Italian cities with Ftth expertise, with 0.9 billion in invested capital on the finish of 2019.

As Intermonte factors out, this transfer goes within the course of strengthening «NetCo's positioning as a wholesale-only operator, with not share hyperlinks with phone operators, and inspiring competitors on equal phrases between retail operators (subsequently additionally benefiting TIM's ServCo ). In reality, the sale eliminates the final factor of vertical focus between NetCo (as community provider) and Fastweb (as reseller), but in addition of horizontal focus between NetCo and Fastweb, each community operators and rivals within the wholesale market”.

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Also value contemplating is the financial contribution, which in all probability pushed Swisscom within the course of monetizing the acquisition of Vodafone Italia in view of the 8 billion outlay (closing deal anticipated inside the first quarter of 2025).