Sunday, 09 May 2021

KPN rejects EQT/Stonepeak and KKR takeover offers

posted by KPN
Tuesday 04 May 21

The Boards of KPN concluded that both approaches fail to provide tangible and material added value over KPN’s recently updated growth strategy

Last month, media sources suggested that KPN had been approached by EQT and Stonepeak with a €12.6 billion takeover offer.   Now, Royal KPN NV (KPN) confirms that it has recently rejected an unsolicited high level approach by EQT/Stonepeak for a takeover of KPN…

Last month, media sources suggested that KPN had been approached by EQT and Stonepeak with a €12.6 billion takeover offer.
 
Now, Royal KPN NV (KPN) confirms that it has recently rejected an unsolicited high level approach by EQT/Stonepeak for a takeover of KPN. The EQT/Stonepeak proposition did not include an offer price. With this announcement KPN reacts to today’s media reports.
 
KPN adds it also recently rejected an unsolicited approach for a takeover of KPN made by KKR.
 
In line with their fiduciary duties the Board of Management and the Supervisory Board of KPN (the Boards), supported by their financial and legal advisors, reviewed the approaches which EQT/Stonepeak and KKR recently and separately made. In particular, the Boards carefully considered whether the two approaches were in the best interest of KPN compared with KPN’s successful existing strategy for sustainable success and long-term value creation of the business, taking into account the interests of its shareholders and all its stakeholders, including customers, employees, creditors and bondholders, suppliers, business partners, government and Dutch society at large.
 
The Boards concluded to reject both unsolicited approaches as they did not provide tangible and material added value to KPN’s widely supported new strategy.
 
There have been and are no discussions or negotiations with EQT/Stonepeak or KKR.
 
KPN is fully focused on the execution of its recently updated strategy ‘Accelerate to grow’ to create long-term value in the interests of all KPN stakeholders.
 
 
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