PARIS, March 10 (Reuters) – Shares in French low-cost
telecoms company Iliad soared 15 percent on Monday
after it announced industry-beating sales and profit growth and
signed what could be a transformative mobile network deal with
larger rival Bouygues.
Iliad, backed by tycoon Xavier Niel, stands to benefit from
sector consolidation in prospect after media company Vivendi
received two bids for the second-biggest French mobile
PARIS (Reuters) – France’s Bouygues Telecom (BOUY.PA: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) has agreed to sell its mobile network and much of its spectrum to smaller rival Iliad (ILD.PA: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) as a way to head off competition regulators’ concerns about its pending bid for Vivendi’s SFR (VIV.PA: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz).
If Vivendi picks Bouygues’ bid for SFR over a rival offer – and if regulators approve the merger – then Bouygues will sell 15,000 mobile antennas and some of its mobile spectrum to Iliad for up to 1.8 billion euros ($2.50 billion), according to statements from both companies on Sunday.
PARIS, March 6 (Reuters) – Orange shares jumped to
a four-month high on Thursday after France’s largest telecom
operator forecast stable margins this year and higher core
profit than analysts were expecting.
Orange forecast earnings before interest, tax, depreciation
and amortisation (EBITDA) of 12.1-12.6 billion euros for 2014,
above the Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S poll average of 12.08 billion.
PARIS, March 5 (Reuters) – Two French billionaires are vying
to buy telecoms carrier SFR while a third watches closely from
the sidelines. A fourth could be the kingmaker.
SFR’s owner, Vivendi, confirmed receipt of two
offers for France’s second-biggest telecom group on Wednesday.
The bidders are cable operator Numericable
– backed by Patrick Drahi, number 215 on Forbes’
billionaires list – and Bouygues – the family company
of Martin Bouygues, Forbes’ billionaire number 408.
PARIS, Feb 26 (Reuters) – French construction-to-telecoms
group Bouygues unveiled higher core profit and a new
low-cost fixed line package on Wednesday, heating up a domestic
price war that has been weighing on revenue.
The conglomerate said it would rely on a robust construction
business and competitive telephone packages this year after
savings at its telecom and television units helped lift
operating profit by 5 percent in 2013.
PARIS, Feb 25 (Reuters) – French media-and-telecoms company
Vivendi posted an fall in underlying 2013 profits on
Tuesday hit by tough competition for its domestic mobile brand
SFR, which is set to be spun off.
Vivendi, which is restructuring to pay down debt and focus
on media, reported a 23.1 percent fall in adjusted earnings
before interest, tax and amortisation to 2.4 billion euros, hit
by the cost of revamping SFR.
PARIS (Reuters) – French media group Vivendi (VIV.PA: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) confirmed on Monday it had been approached by cable group Altice (ATCE.AS: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) over a tie-up between mobile operator SFR and cable firm Numericable (NUME.PA: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), but said it had not yet received any formal offer.
The proposal being discussed would value Vivendi unit SFR at around 15 billion euros ($20.6 billion) and would see Vivendi keep a stake of roughly 30 percent in the new company, a source close to SFR told Reuters earlier. A second source cautioned that it remained to be negotiated what proportion of the new company the two sides would own.
PARIS, Feb 24 (Reuters) – French media group Vivendi
and cable group Altice are in discussions
over a tie-up between mobile operator SFR and cable firm
Numericable, sources close to the talks said on
No agreement has yet been reached but the proposal being
discussed would value SFR, a unit of Vivendi, at around 15
billion euros ($20.6 billion) and would see Vivendi keep a stake
of roughly 30 percent stake in the newly merged company, one of
the sources said. A second source cautioned that it remained to
be negotiated what proportion of the new company the two sides
would own after the tie-up.
PARIS, Feb 19 (Reuters) – France’s largest private
broadcaster, TF1, said the TV advertising market could
shrink again this year after it posted lower sales and flat net
profit for the fourth quarter of 2013.
“In a gloomy economic climate with no sign of recovery and
visibility still poor, the net television advertising market
could see a contraction in 2014,” TF1 said on Wednesday.
PARIS, Feb 13 (Reuters) – Advertising agency Publicis
fell short of its annual growth target after a
slowdown in emerging markets such as China and India caused the
fourth quarter to end with a whimper.
Publicis, which is working to complete a $35 billion merger
with U.S. rival Omnicom to create the world’s biggest ad
group, said the weakness was temporary and predicted a rebound
to 4 percent organic sales growth in 2014.