In accordance with the agreement signed on the 23rd of December 2011 and validated by the Board of Directors on the 10th of January 2012, and further to obtaining of all necessary approvals, France Telecom-Orange has completed today the disposal of 100% of Orange Communication S.A. (“Orange Switzerland”) to Matterhorn Mobile S.A. (a company indirectly owned by Funds advised by Apax Partners LLP).
Based on the agreed enterprise value of CHF 2bn (corresponding to a multiple of 6.5x 2011 EBITDA) and after deduction of the external net debt of the company, which mainly includes the upcoming payment of the spectrum Orange Switzerland has just acquired, the net proceeds to France Telecom-Orange for the sale is CHF 1.83 billion (slightly more than € 1.5 billion).
Orange Switzerland will continue to pay brand fees to France Telecom – Orange as long as it continues to use the Orange brand in Switzerland.
France Telecom-Orange is one of the world’s leading telecommunications operators with sales of 45.3 billion euros for 2011 and has 170,000 employees worldwide at 30 September 2012, including 105,000 employees in France. Present in 33 countries, the Group has a total customer base of 227 million customers at 30 September 2012, including 169 million mobile customers and 15 million broadband internet (ADSL, fibre) customers worldwide. Orange is one of the main European operators for mobile and broadband internet services and, under the brand Orange Business Services, is one of the world leaders in providing telecommunication services to multinational companies.
With its industrial project, "conquests 2015", Orange is simultaneously addressing its employees, customers and shareholders, as well as the society in which the company operates, through a concrete set of action plans. These commitments are expressed through a new vision of human resources for employees; through the deployment of a network infrastructure upon which the Group will build its future growth; through the Group's ambition to offer a superior customer experience thanks in particular to improved quality of service; and through the acceleration of international development.
France Telecom (NYSE:FTE) is listed on NYSE Euronext Paris (compartment A) and on the New York Stock Exchange.
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