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State-owned Corvinus Nemzetközi Befektetési has acquired an indirect minority stake in mobile telco Yettel through a share swap deal with Antenna Hungária, a unit of listed IT company 4iG, the economic development ministry said on Monday. The transaction further increases the state’s share and role in the “strategically important telecommunications sector” and gives it a minority stake in two of the sector’s leading players, the ministry said in a statement. In addition to further diversifying the state’s investment portfolio in the telecommunications sector, the transaction “enables it, as an owner, to contribute more strongly and efficiently to the development of the sector … ensuring further advantages to subscribers, the performance of the Hungarian economy and the country’s competitiveness”, it added.
4iG said in a statement that Antenna Hungária had raised its stake in Vodafone Magyarország to 70.5% after acquiring a 19.5% stake in Vodafone Hungária from Corvinus in a swap for 25% of the subsidiaries of PPF Telecom Group: Yettel Magyarország, Yettel Real Estate and CETIN Hungary.
As a result of the transaction, Corvinus’s stake in Vodafone Magyarország was reduced to 29.5%. 4iG said Vodafone Magyarország’s board will be expanded to seven members from five at present. Representatives of Antenna Hungária will sit in five of the seats. Antenna Hungária and Corvinus closed the acquisition of Vodafone Hungary for a consideration of 660 billion forints (EUR 1.7bn) in January. The economic development ministry said the deal would have no direct impact on Vodafone Magyarország or Yettel Magyarország clients.