Israeli-French businessman Patrick Drahi has elevated his stake in UK telecom big British Telecom (BT) Group plc (LSE: BT) from 18% to 24.5%. The deal was accomplished by Drahi’s firm Altice UK, which reportedly purchased 650 million shares for £147.85 per share for a complete buy of £960 million.
Patrick Drahi is the controlling shareholder in Altice, which is the mother or father firm of Israeli telecom Sizzling Telecommunications. Along with Israel, Altice, which is taken into account one of many world’s main telecom teams, additionally has main operations in France, Portugal, the US and different international locations. Altice bought a 12% stake in BT in 2021, growing its holding to 18% final yr.
Drahi repeated that he has no plans to try to take management of BT and intends cooperating with the corporate, expressing excessive regard for the corporate’s present administration. Earlier this month BT introduced a restructuring program, which is able to see it shed 55,000 jobs by 2030
It stays to be seen whether or not Drahi pursues the identical technique with BT as he did with Sizzling. He first entered the Israeli market by shopping for a small stake in Sizzling from Financial institution Leumi after which started step by step growing his holdings till he ultimately achieved management of the corporate.
BT is among the world’s greatest telecom corporations and a few market sources imagine it’s only a matter of time till he will increase his stake additional within the firm.
Printed by Globes, Israel enterprise information – en.globes.co.il – on Might 23, 2023.
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