Telia Company divests its stake in Tajik operator Tcell


Telia Company has agreed to sell its 60 percent holding in Central Asian
Telecommunications Development B.V., which controls CJSC “Indigo Tajikistan”
(Tcell), to the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED). AKFED is
currently the minority owner in Central Asian Telecommunications Development
B.V. with a 40 percent holding. The transaction is expected to close by the end
of the year and is subject to regulatory approvals in Tajikistan.
“The divestments of our holding in Tcell is in line with our ambition to reduce
our presence in Eurasia and increase focus on our operations in the Nordics and
Baltics. AKFED has been a significant shareholder in Tcell since inception, and
I am convinced that they will be able to further develop the company,” says
Johan Dennelind, Telia Company’s President and CEO.

The transaction price for Tcell is based on an enterprise value of USD 66
million, of which Telia Company’s 60 percent share corresponds to USD 39
million. Based on current FX-rates, the agreed price implies an EV/EBITDA
multiple of approximately 4.0x based on Tcell’s 2015 results. The transaction
will have limited result and net debt impact.

Telia Company has together with external risk consultants conducted due
diligence and background checks of the parties in this transaction.

The Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED) is part of the Aga Khan
Development Network (AKDN) and works in partnership with international
organizations and governments to stimulate the private sectors of developing
economies, with the aim of generating capital for investment in sustainable
development initiatives. AKFED is an established investor in the region with
multiple companies in its current portfolio.

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