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Tele Columbus IPO

German Hedge Fund-Backed Tele Columbus Plans to Raise €300M over IPO

Tele Columbus, a German hedge fund-backed cable company, is planning to raise the amount of €300 million or $360 million over its initial public offering in the first half of 2015.
Berlin-based Tele Columbus, Germany's third-largest cable TV operator, is looking to raise at least $362 million (€300 million) in its IPO, which will include new shares as well as stock from existing owners through a holding company. The estimate does not include a potential 10 percent additional new shares, which Tele Columbus can issue as part of an option it has.
The company plans to use the bulk of proceeds from the IPO to pay off existing debt and provide "more financial flexibility" as Tele Columbus aims to expand its footprint. Currently, the company serves around 1.7 million homes, most of them in Eastern Germany.
Tele Columbus is under pressure from rivals, including John Malone's Liberty Global and mobile carrier Vodafone, which are aggressively expanding in Germany in a bid to link up fixed-line and mobile networks. Tele Columbus had tried to sell itself off to Kabel Deutschland, Germany's leading cable group, but the deal was blocked in 2013 by German regulators.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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