Tata Communications today said that shareholders of its majority-owned South African telecom firm Neotel and Vodafone South Africa are in discussion over a revised transaction structure of the deal. The deal, which was signed in May last year, where Vodafone’s South African subsidiary Vodacom has reached an agreement to buy Neotel, controlled by Tata Communications, for 7 billion rand. In dollar terms, the value of transaction at that time was around $676 million which has come down to $498 million due to depreciation in value of South African rand. Also Read - Vodafone Idea prepaid customers to get data rollover till weekend: Here are all details
“Neotel’s shareholders are now in discussions with Vodafone South Africa regarding a revised transaction structure,” Tata Communications said in a regulatory filing. Also Read - Vodafone Idea now rebranded as Vi in India to take on Jio and Airtel
Tata Communications owns over 68 percent stake in South Africa’s largest fixed line telephone service provider Neotel said. Also Read - Airtel reportedly giving free 1GB high-speed data for 3 days to select users
“The outcome of these discussions will directly impact the extent of the approval being sought from the Competition Tribunal and the scope of the hearing. Accordingly, Neotel and Vodacom South Africa have requested that the hearing be postponed,” Tata Communications said.
The details applicable to the postponement are to be determined at a Competition Tribunal hearing in Johannesburg today, it added. Share of Tata Communications were trading at Rs 434.95 a piece, up by 0.05 percent, around 1500 hours at BSE today.