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Back 01 Sep 2016
Type Announcement
Subject OTHERS


We refer to the announcements dated 28 January 2016 and 24 June 2016 in relation to the Proposed Merger (“Announcements”). Unless stated otherwise, the definitions used herein shall have the same meanings as set out in the Announcements.


We are pleased to announce that the High Court Division of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh (“High Court”) has, on 31 August 2016, approved the Scheme of Amalgamation for the amalgamation of Airtel Bangladesh with Robi, where Robi shall be the surviving corporation and shall hereafter be referred to as MergeCo. The approval of the High Court includes the following conditions (“Conditions”):-


  1. Spectrums assigned to Robi and to Airtel Bangladesh respectively, prior to the Proposed Merger will continue to be used by MergeCo for the time period stipulated in the letter of assignment or license. The MergeCo may renew these spectrums in accordance with applicable rules and regulations at the time of the renewal;
  2. The difference between the Robi spectrum price paid in 2011 and the price paid by Airtel Bangladesh for spectrum in 2005 of BDT507 crore (equivalent to approximately USD65.0 million) shall be payable by the MergeCo to the Bangladesh Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (“BTRC”). The BTRC shall determine on the mechanism for payment in installments in line with the 2G spectrum payment that was paid by Robi;  
  3. In the event Robi decides to return any spectrum to the BTRC, the value of the returned spectrum, has been fixed at Taka 10 crore per (equivalent to approximately USD1.3 million) MHz per year.  BTRC in consultation with Robi shall ultimately decide the issue of return of spectrum after considering the interference, quality of service and the necessity of the spectrum for providing the service;
  4. The Fees in relation to the Proposed Merger has been fixed at BDT100 crore (equivalent to approximately USD12.8 million) payable to the BTRC. The BTRC shall determine the mechanism of payment of these fees including the possibility of installment payment; and
  5. Effective Date shall be 4 weeks from the date of the receipt of the certified copy of the judgement related to the approval of the Proposed Merger upon completion of all the conditions precedent. The parties shall endeavor to complete all formalities including filing of the Proposed Merger within this timeline.


In addition to the above Conditions, the Proposed Merger is also subjected to fulfilment of other conditions stipulated in the Agreement and is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2016. The parties have, on even date, agreed to further extend the Agreement until 31 December 2016 or such other date as the parties may agree.


This announcement is dated 1 September 2016. 

Announcement Info

Stock Name AXIATA
Date Announced 01 Sep 2016
Category General Announcement for PLC
Reference Number GA1-01092016-00100