ONO to proceed with IPO
February 12, 2014
By Colin Mann
A Board meeting of Spanish quad-play operator ONO has decided to go ahead with an IPO, seemingly dashing the hopes of telco Vodafone, which was reported to have made a €7 billion offer for the company.
In a statement, ONO said its Board of Directors had met to review the Group’s operational and financial performance.
“At the meeting, the Board reiterated its support for the management’s current strategic focus. The Board welcomed the significant improvement in the Group’s operational performance in 2013, which was supported by stronger penetration in mobile services, as well as increased demand for triple-play offers – of Internet, TV and fixed telephony,” it said.
“In addition, the Board endorsed the pursuit by management of the steps required for a possible stock market listing of the company. No proposal to acquire Ono, or any related matter, was presented to or discussed by the Board of Directors.”
As part of the agenda, the audited, financial statements for 2013 were prepared and March 13 was agreed as the date for the Annual General Shareholders’ meeting, at which formal approval for an IPO would be required for that process to continue,” it concluded.