Deutsche Telekom is Withdrawing from the Netherlands – and is Strengthening its Business in the USA

Deutsche Telekom is getting closer to the majority in the US mobile operator T-Mobile US and is also bringing Japanese technology investor Softbank on board. The Japanese – known for their stakes in corporations such as Uber and Alibaba – are rising to the second largest private shareholder in Telekom with a stake of 4.5 percent, as the Bonn-based Dax group announced on Tuesday. At the same time, Telekom is finally withdrawing from the Netherlands and selling its subsidiary T-Mobile Netherlands for around five billion euros in order to buy shares in T-Mobile US with part of the proceeds.

So far, Telekom holds 43.2 percent of the US subsidiary, which last year merged with its smaller competitor Sprint, which until then belonged to Softbank. Due to a voting rights agreement, Telekom is currently able to consolidate the US mobile operator in its balance sheet and is thus benefiting from the rapid growth on the other side of the Atlantic. Telekom boss Tim Hottges had told his shareholders in May that the goal was to exceed the 50 percent mark. After the sale in the Netherlands and the Softbank entry, it will be at least 48.4 percent.

Specifically, the Bonn-based company is issuing 225 million new treasury shares to SoftBank with a valuation of 20 euros per share and in return will receive around 45 million T-Mobile US shares at an average price of 118 dollars per share. Marcelo Claure from Softbank is to move into the supervisory board. “This cooperation promises value enhancement potential for both companies, SoftBank and Deutsche Telekom,” said Hottges.