Board of Kuwait’s Viva advises shareholders to decline Saudi Telecom’s takeover bid

By bne IntelliNews December 23, 2015

The board of directors of Kuwaiti mobile operator Viva advised shareholders not to accept the takeover bid offered by Saudi Telecom Company (STC), Viva said in a statement posted on the bourse website. Last week, STC made a non-binding offer to purchase the remaining shares of Viva that it does not own for KWD1 per share valuing the stake at KWD369.5mn ($1.21bn). Prior to the offer, STC owned 26% of Viva’s shares with a further 6% belonging to Kuwait Investment Authority, another 10.6% stake held by the Public Institute for Social Security and the rest freely traded on the stock exchange.

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