Azerbaijan’s Bakcell buys Vodafone Ukraine for 743 million US dollars

Russian telecommunications operator MTS Group has signed a legally binding agreement on selling Vodafone Ukraine to Bakcell, a Baku-based company incorporated in Azerbaijan’s NEQSOL Holding, Interfax Ukraine has reported.

Under the agreement, the MTS Group sold its 100 per cent stake in Preludium BV, a Netherlands-based company and full shareholder of Vodafone Ukraine, for 734 million US dollars, including a deferred payment of around 84 million US dollars.

“With the acquisition of Vodafone Ukraine, the second telecommunications operator in the Ukrainian market, we continue the strategy of expanding the international presence and entering the new markets by the companies belonging to the NEQSOL Holding group,” said NEQSOL in a statement, quoting Yusif Jabbarov, the Holding’s CEO.

He added that the telecommunications industry is among the priority areas of their work and therefore the Holding will “constantly invest in innovative and reliable telecommunication solutions.”

Vodafone Ukraine told the Ukrainian press that the company would continue providing services under the Vodafone brand, with all tariff plans, services, contracts and other obligations continuing to be in effect.

The transaction comes after the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine approved the sale of the country’s second largest mobile operator in late October.