South Africa’s Vodacom shareholder PIC to back Safaricom deal

A branch South African mobile communications provider Vodacom is seen in Cape Town, South Africa November 10, 2015. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

JOHANNESBURG  – South African telecoms operator Vodacom Group said on Friday its second biggest shareholder, the Public Investment Corporation (PIC), will vote in favour of its 34.6 billion rand ($2.67 billion) takeover of Kenya’s Safaricom.

The PIC, which includes the Government Employees Pension Fund, holds a 15.63 percent interest in Vodacom Group.

UK-based group Vodafone moved to consolidate two of its African interests in May with the sale of a 35 percent stake in Kenya’s Safaricom to Vodacom in exchange for an increased stake in the South African company where it is already majority owner.

“In its letter of support, the PIC has undertaken to vote in favour of the resolutions required to implement the proposed transaction at the general meeting to be convened by Vodacom Group,” the company said in a statement.

Vodacom shares were up 0.23 percent to 164.09 rand at 1033 GMT.

The PIC was not available for immediate comment.

($1 = 12.9420 rand)


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