The amalgamation is likely to generate operating and capital expenditure synergies of about $500 million, the firms said on Thursday in a statement.
The combined entity serving 45 million customers will be seen by the move as well as the trade is the initial merger in the cellular telecommunications sector in Pakistan.
Mobilink Chief Executive Jeffrey Hedberg will end up being the CEO of the combined company.
“Jointly with ongoing investments, the fresh thing will enable Mobilink and Warid to hasten the access to high speed cellular telecommunications and offer consumers and companies with a best-in-class cellular network, more competitively priced services and more extensive accessibility to enablement facilities including cellular financial services,” Mobilink said in a statement.
Commenting on the deal, Jean-Yves Charlier, Chief Executive Officer of VimpelCom, said: “we’re delighted to announce the deal using the Dhabi Group investors today to join our companies in Pakistan. Together with the improvement of Warid to our strong customer base at Mobilink, we are going to serve more than 45 million customers and provide a best-in-class cellular and high speed information network – a crucial component in the electronic enablement of the market in Pakistan. This trade follows several strategic milestones for the business, including 3 Italia in Italy and the deal to offer our operations and our recent joint venture statement with WIND. That is another significant part of our journey to keep on delivering on our strategy to transform VimpelCom and enhance our competitive position in our running markets.”
The trade is likely to create Opex and Capex synergies using a net present value of about USD 500 million.
The partnership with Mobilink of Warid will create value for all stakeholders and pave the method for cost-efficient and special telecommunication services for customers. Both parties bring their strengths that are unique to the amalgamation. Warid, using its powerful postpaid base and high quality 4G/LTE network will complement the standing in the marketplace of Mobilink. We’re really very happy to carry on to add to the strengthening of the competitive landscape for the entire market of Pakistan as well as the more extensive telecom sector.
The Dhabi Group stockholders as well as VimpelCom have consented a corporate governance structure that was clear. Upon successful conclusion of the trade, the CEO Jeffrey Hedberg of Mobilink will end up being the CEO of the combined company and the CFO Andrew Kemp of Mobilink will end up being the CFO of the combined function.
Within the trade, Mobilink will get 100% of the shares of Warid in consideration for the Dhabi Group investors getting about 15% of the shares of Mobilink. Following conclusion of the trade, the parties intend to unite Warid.
The Trade is anticipated to close within half a year from today, subject to getting approvals from the fulfillment of customary closing conditions as well as the relevant authorities in Pakistan.
The amalgamation is anticipated to close within 6 months from closure of the trade, issue to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions.