Egypt's Orascom Telecom sets mid-April meeting to approve split

Reuters, Tuesday 29 Mar 2011

Shareholders to convene as company seeks to boost capital to LE14bn

Egyptian group Orascom Telecom will hold a shareholder meeting on 14 April to approve a split of the company and a capital increase, it said on Tuesday.

Financial regulator EFSA has approved the meeting at which Orascom Telecom will seek to boost its capital to 14 billion Egyptian pounds (US$2.35 billion) from 7.5 billion to fund its debt as well as divide the company into two.

Russian mobile operator Vimpelcom shareholders have approved a $6 billion-plus purchase of Wind Telecom, which owns OT, creating one of the world's biggest mobile operators by number of subscribers.

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