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LONDON/PARIS (Reuters) -Billionaire Patrick Drahi’s Altice Group has bought a 12.1% stake worth about 2.2 billion pounds ($3.1 billion) in Britain’s BT Group, becoming its largest shareholder. “Altice holds the board and management team of BT in high regard and is supportive of their strategy,” Altice UK, a company formed for the purpose of holding the BT stake, said. The stake puts Altice ahead of Deutsche Telekom, which owned 12.06% of BT based on recent filings, Refinitiv data shows. “Altice UK has informed the BT board that it does not intend to make a takeover offer for BT,” it added. We are making good progress in delivering our strategy and plan,” BT said in a statement following Altice UK’s announcement.
Persons: Patrick Drahi’s, Altice, “ Altice, , , Drahi Organizations: Britain’s BT Group, SFR, BT, Deutsche Telekom, “ Altice, Britain’s, ” BT, Vivendi Locations: PARIS, France, Orange, Switzerland, United States, Israel, U.S
REUTERS/Rafael Marchante/File PhotoDrahi’s newly-created vehicle Altice UK announced the holding in a statement on Thursday which drove BT’s shares to a 17-month high. Altice UK is owned by Next Alt, dealmaker Drahi’s private holding, which also controls SFR, the second largest telecoms operator in France behind Orange. “Altice holds the board and management team of BT in high regard and is supportive of their strategy,” Altice UK, a company formed for the purpose of holding the BT stake, said. “Altice UK has informed the BT board that it does not intend to make a takeover offer for BT,” it added. Altice UK has ruled itself out of making a full takeover offer for six months by virtue of its statement.
Persons: Patrick Drahi, Rafael Marchante, “ Altice, , , Jefferies, Altice, Drahi, Morgan Stanley Organizations: BT Group, REUTERS, SFR, Orange, BT, “ Altice, Britain’s, Deutsche Telekom, Vivendi Locations: PARIS, Lisbon, Portugal, France, British, Spain, Switzerland, United States, Israel, Europe, Dominican Republic, U.S
Altice takes 12% stake in BT, no takeover offer plans
  + stars: | 2021-06-10 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com + 1.00   time to read: +1 min
(Reuters) - Patrick Drahi’s Altice Group said on Thursday that it had taken a 12.1% stake in Britain’s BT Group becoming its largest shareholder. Slideshow ( 2 images )“Altice holds the Board and Management team of BT in high regard and is supportive of their strategy,” Altice UK, a company formed for the purpose of holding the BT stake, said in a statement. “Altice UK has informed the BT Board that it does not intend to make a takeover offer for BT.”The stake was worth about 2.2 billion pounds based on BT’s closing price on Wednesday. BT said it noted Altice’s announcement and its statement of support for its management and strategy. “We welcome all investors who recognise the long-term value of our business and the important role it plays in the UK,” BT said.
Persons: Patrick Drahi’s Altice, “ Altice, , Organizations: Reuters, BT Group, Management, BT, “ Altice, BT Board, Britain’s, ” BT, Orange Locations: SFR, France
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