Aditya Birla Group Chairman Kumar Mangalam Birla on Monday said that he is “pleased and honoured to be the chairman” of the new merged company after Idea Cellular approved its amalgamation with Vodafone India and Vodafone Mobile Services. “It gives me immense pleasure that we reached to an agreement to merge our companies Idea Cellular and Vodafone. We are number two and number three companies in present telecom sector with a customer base of 400 million,” Birla said. The move will create the country’s biggest telecom services provider with a customer base of over 394 million. While Birla will be the Chairman of the company, Vodafone will appoint CFO. The merger makes possible synergies of USD 10 billion, said Vodafone CEO Vittorio Colao. Vodafone and Idea to have equal stakes in the merged entity over a period of time, said chiefs of both companies. According to a report, Vodafone will hold 45.1 per cent in the combined entity. While Aditya Birla Group will have 26 per cent, IDEA’s minority shareholder will be 29.9 per cent.
The board of directors of Idea Cellular at its meeting held today approved the “scheme of amalgamation of Vodafone India Limited (VIL) and its wholly owned subsidiary Vodafone Mobile Services Limited (VMSL) with the company”, Idea said in a regulatory filing.
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The transaction is subject to necessary approvals from concerned authorities, including SEBI, Department of Telecom, RBI etc.
“Upon the amalgamation becoming effective, the entire business of VIL and VMSL, excluding VIL’s investment in Indus Towers Limited, its international network assets and information technology platforms, will vest in the company,” the filing said.
The turnover of Vodafone India is Rs 5,025 crore and of VMSL is 40,378 crore. Idea Cellular’s turnover is Rs 36,000 crore.
The net worth of VIL is 12,855 crore, VMSL’s 3,737 crore and of Idea Cellular is Rs 24,296 crore, as per the filing.
Vodafone’s market share was 18.16 per cent with 204.68 million mobile customers and that of Idea was 16.9 per cent with 190.51 million at the end of December 2016, as per the Trai data.
At present, Airtel with a market share of 23.58 per cent and a customer base of 265.85 million is the country’s largest telecom player.
(With agency inputs)