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Etisalat drops $12bn bid for Zain
21 March 2011
Etisalat has abandoned its plan to buy Zain because of regional unrest and resistance from some Zain board members
Etisalat has discarded its $12 billion offer for a large stake
in Kuwaiti operator Zain. The deal fell through due to the
results of Etisalat's due diligence process, a lack of
unanimity among Zain board members and political unrest in the
The takeover would have given Etisalat access to new markets in
the region, including Iraq, Kuwait and Morocco.
Etisalat - based in Abu Dhabi and officially called Emirates
Telecommunications - launched its original offer worth about
$11.7 billion for a 46% stake in Zain in September 2010. The
company missed its first self-imposed due diligence deadline of
January 15 2011 and its second due diligence deadline expired
at the end of February.
Zain is 24.6%-owned by Kuwait Investment Authority and majority
owned by Al-Khair National Stocks and Real Estate Company.
Last week, it accepted a $950 million offer to sell its Saudi
business to Prince Alwaleed bin Talal's Kingdom Holding and
Batelco Group. In 2010 Zain sold its sub-Saharan African
operations to Bharti Airtel for $10.7 billion.