Vodafone Group's wholly-owned subsidiary, Vodafone International has agreed to transfer part of its indirect shareholding in Safaricom to Vodacom, its sub-Saharan African subsidiary.
Based on the agreed terms of the transaction, Vodafone will be exchanging a 35% indirect interest in Safaricom for 226.8 million new ordinary Vodacom shares. The transaction, which has a value of €2,361 million based on Vodacom’s closing share price on Friday 12 May 2017, will increase Vodafone’s ownership in Vodacom from 65% to 70%. Vodafone will continue to hold a 5% indirect interest in Safaricom following the transfer, in addition to the indirect interest held through Vodacom.
As part of the transaction, Vodafone Group has given appropriate assurances to the Government of Kenya to ensure the ongoing success of the long standing partnership between Safaricom, the wider Vodafone Group and the Government of Kenya.
Following the transaction, Vodafone Group will continue to report its direct and indirect holdings in Safaricom under the equity method. The transaction is not expected to have a material impact on Vodafone Group’s free cash flow or its earnings.