The possible sale is “part of a strategy for refinancing 3.4 billion euros ($4.3 billion) of debt maturing over the next two years,” OTE’s press office told the Capital.gr.
OTE, controlled by Germany’s Deutsche Telekom, has hired investment bank Citigroup to assist with the sale, with the firm’s board having taken the decision to sell the unit several days ago, Capital said.
According to Reuters, analysts believe that the Turkish mobile operator Turkcell may show interest in buying the Globul. In the past the Turkish company had expressed interest in buying Bulgarian Vivacom but it decided to suspend the sale.
Globul’s new owner will be chosen by Deutsche Telekom, which has a 40-percent stake in OTE, together with the Greek government, which has a “golden share,” Capital added.
Globul is Bulgaria’s second largest mobile phone operator with 4.3 million clients, corporate data show.
Fierce competition has led to continuous erosion of the retail prices mainly in the corporate segment and the market has approached saturation with estimated penetration of 147%, according to OTE.
Total revenues for 2011 reached EUR 412.5 M, or 2.6% lower than 2010.