Africa & Middle East Telecom Insider. M&A Activity Expected to Increase for AME Mobile Operators

Date: September 22, 2010
Pages: 19
US$ 595.00
Publisher: Pyramid Research
Report type: Strategic Report
Delivery: E-mail Delivery (PDF)

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In this report, we analyze the different opportunities and challenges that the telecom markets in Africa & the Middle East present to those mobile operators interested in mergers, acquisitions and consolidations in the region. By relating the announced and/or completed M&A deals across mobile operators to various market characteristics and existing competitive dynamics, we explain the rationale behind these activities in AME. With a unique visual representation of the competitive landscape of the region, we analyze market overlaps and highlight possible footprint complementarities across the operators. When financial positions and market characteristics are also considered, our approach not only predicts the MTN-Orascom deal in retrospect but also directs attention to yet-unasked questions such as whether Etisalat can stay committed to its non-Arab African assets during a wave of consolidation or where a considerable chunk of France Telecom’s announced investments in Africa may flow. Two M&A activities “one complete and one speculative” will be discussed to provide support for our arguments.
Competitive Dynamics in AME Will Shift Through M&A Activities
  A. Targets in low-penetration AME markets offer potential growth but require expertise in cost control
  B. Targets in higher-ARPS AME markets offer diversification and stable revenue but are expensive to acquire
  C. The logic of market complementarities will continue driving M&A activities in the region
Market Detail
  Case Study: Bharti Airtel acquires Zain’s African assets
  Case Study: Where will France Telecom go?
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