MTS and MegaFon said about the hypothetical possibility to purchase Tele2

Operators MTS and “MegaFon” has expressed willingness to purchase a competitor, Tele2, in the case that it will be put up for sale. The representatives of MTS and “MegaFon” announced at the conference “Renaissance Capital”, the report said the analysts of the investment Bank.

Both operators could buy Tele2 as a whole or to divide it, the report says. The meeting discussed only the theoretical possibility of a transaction and not a “substantive information”, reported “Interfax” one of the participants of the conference.

“Any talk about this are hypothetical in nature,” said RBC representative of MTS Dmitry Solodovnikov. MegaFon has not received any proposals for the purchase of Tele2, said RBC representative of the operator Julia Dorokhin. According to her, “always carefully considering all proposals for M&A, if any”. “Before deciding on the purchase we conduct a detailed analysis of the subject of the transaction, and if the “Megaphone” the asset will be of interest, then a decision is made,” said Dorokhin.

“Rumors about the sale of Tele2, including the parts already went to the media a few years ago, but turned out to be unfounded. The company successfully develops, increasing market share, demonstrates good financial indicators”, said the representative of the operator Konstantin Prokshin.

In January 2016, the newspaper “Vedomosti” reported that at the end of 2015, the shareholders of VimpelCom had discussed the possibility of a merger with Tele2. In March, a source close to the shareholders of the operator, told RBC that talks of “VimpelCom” on cooperation with Tele2 moved to the “phase of silence”.

The representative of “VympelCom” have refused comments.