ALFA to Acquire AT&T Equity in Mexican Telecom Operator Alestra
ALFA to Acquire 100 Percent Ownership in Alestra and to Strengthen Alestra Operations; AT&T to Expand Service to Multinational Enterprise Customers in Mexico
Monterrey , N.L. Mexico, Dallas, Texas, AT&T* and ALFA, S.A.B. de C.V. (ALFA) today announced they have reached an agreement for ALFA to acquire AT&T’s 49% stake in Alestra, S. de R.L. de C.V. (Alestra), the Mexican telecom company. Once this acquisition is completed, ALFA will be the sole shareholder of Alestra.
With this agreement, ALFA will increase its ownership in Alestra and will support the company´s growth strategy. Alestra will continue specializing in providing services to a full set of enterprise clients such as the corporate enterprise market, public and institutional sectors and small and medium businesses in Mexico with the most advanced IT and telecom solutions. In parallel, AT&T intends to continue to offer a comprehensive suite of enterprise communications solutions to multinational enterprise customers through its subsidiary AT&T Global Network Services Mexico.
AT&T and Alestra are committed to delivering the highest quality of service to customers throughout this transition. And the two companies will continue working together in the delivery of advanced enterprise solutions to multinational businesses in Mexico. The result will be an even more robust communications marketplace in Mexico, for both companies.
“Increasing our stake in Alestra will give us the opportunity to strengthen our strategy based on advanced IT and telecommunications solutions with an emphasis on the new generation of cloud services for the Mexican enterprise market and will open up additional strategic options for us,” said Alejandro Elizondo, ALFA’s Senior Vice President, Development.
“Mexico is a critical market for AT&T, and we are committed to offering multinational enterprise customers operating in Mexico a wide range of advanced communications solutions,” said Mary Livingston, AT&T’s vice president for the Canada, Caribbean and Latin America region. “This transaction is consistent with AT&T’s global strategy for providing enterprise services directly. We highly value the outstanding work AT&T is doing with ALFA and Alestra, and we’re confident that we will keep working together for our customers.”
The equity sale is expected to close in the second quarter of 2011, subject to regulatory approvals from Mexican authorities. The amount of the transaction was not disclosed.
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ALFA is a Mexican company comprising four business groups: Alpek (petrochemicals), Nemak (high tech aluminum auto components), Sigma (refrigerated food) and Alestra (telecommunications). ALFA is the world’s leading manufacturer of high-tech aluminum engine heads and blocks. It is one of the world’s largest producers of PTA, a petrochemical product, and has a leading market share in other petrochemicals in Mexico. In addition, ALFA is Mexico’s leading producer of processed meats and cheese and one of the most important telecommunications services companies in Mexico. For 2010, ALFA reported revenues of U.S. $10.8 billion, and EBITDA of U.S. $1,260 million. Currently, ALFA has manufacturing operations in 16 countries and employs more than 56,300 people. ALFA´s shares are quoted on the Mexican Stock Exchange and on Latibex, the market for Latin American shares of the Madrid Stock Exchange.
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