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Waning share price forces Vodafone's new CEO to consider towers selloff

By Chris Kelly, Total Telecom
Monday 17 September 18

With current CEO Vitorrio Colao set to step down from his role by the end of the year, Vodafone's share price has faltered under the weight of its levels of debt

Vodafone's new CEO, Nick Read, is considering selling of the company's towers business unit, as the company's share price continues to fall. Vodafone's debt levels rose to €31 billion following the acquisition of a string of Eastern European assets from Liberty Global…

Vodafone's new CEO, Nick Read, is considering selling of the company's towers business unit, as the company's share price continues to fall.

Vodafone's debt levels rose to 31 billion following the acquisition of a string of Eastern European assets from Liberty Global, earlier this year. According to reports in the Financial Times, Read is open to the possibility of selling off the company's 110,000 strong towers business, which has been valued at close to €12 billion.

Vodafone's share price has been on a downward trajectory since current CEO and industry veteran, Vittorio Colao, announced that he would be retiring at the end of the year. Vodafone Group's share price stood at 207.20 on the 14th May 2018 (the day before Colao announced his resignation) and has fallen steadily to 167.44 today.

Speaking at a Goldman Sachs conference in New York, Read said that he would consider the sale of the company's tower business unit, if an appropriate deal could be struck.

Read also announced that the company would look to cut costs by streamlining and automating its customer service division. This would entail approximately 1,700 redundancies in Egypt, India and Romania – approximately 8 per cent of the company's global customer service workforce.

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