& cplSiteName &

Eurobites: M&A Speculation Circles Colt

Paul Rainford
4/23/2014
50%
50%

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ericsson reports Q1; Orange lines up man from the ministry; Spirent profits up; Russia's Zuckerberg does a runner.

  • Financial analysts are hinting that Colt Technology Services Group Ltd (London: COLT) might be sold following Tuesday's first-quarter financials and the announcement of a strategic shift that will see the service provider withdraw from the majority of its wholesale voice deals. The Guardian reports that analysts believe Colt's majority owner, Fidelity Investments, might be running out of patience with the operator and may look to sell its near 65% stake. Colt's share price stood almost unchanged at 130 pence Wednesday morning on the London Stock Exchange, giving the operator a market value of about £1.16 billion (US$1.95 billion). (See Eurobites: Colt Cuts Back on Carrier Voice Deals.)

  • Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC) saw its share price slide by more than 4% as it reported a 9% year-on-year decrease in first-quarter revenues to 47.5 billion Swedish kronor (US$7.24 billion), but the vendor's margins have improved and it is predicting better sales numbers for the second half of this year. (See Ericsson Looks to Future as Q1 Sales Slump.)

  • Orange (NYSE: FTE) CEO Stephane Richard is looking to beef up his management team with the addition of France's current Treasury chief, Ramon Fernandez, reports the Wall Street Journal. Richard was recently given at least four more years in charge by the Orange board.

  • Spirent Communications plc , the test and measurement vendor, has released its first-quarter interim financials, showing revenues up 16% year-on-year to $111.9 million and profits up 9% to $8.3 million. Recent contract wins include Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. , which chose Spirent TestCenter to validate the performance of its CloudEngine data center switch. (See Spirent Reports Q1 Interim Financials .)

  • OpenCloud Ltd. , the Service Provider Information Technology (SPIT) vendor that specializes in service brokers, went great guns in 2013, increasing revenues by 46% as customers looked to make the transition to IMS and VoLTE and explore the potential of WebRTC. The vendor, which doesn't provide any actual revenue numbers to go with its impressive percentages, says the early indications are that its growth spurt will continue in 2014. (See OpenCloud Boasts Strong Growth in 2013, Vodafone Egypt Deploys OpenCloud, and Building a Business Case for VoLTE.)

  • Things aren't quite so rosy at Telia Company : The Nordic operator reports first-quarter revenues down 2.5% to 23.97 billion Swedish kronor ($3.65 billion), while EBITDA slipped 1.9% to SEK8.34 billion ($1.27 billion). In his statement accompanying the results, President and CEO Johan Dennelind pointed the finger at "changing customer behavior and an evolving convergence trend." He also criticized the recent European Parliament vote in favor of net neutrality, saying that "this may limit the possibilities for us to meet demand from our customers." (See TeliaSonera Reports Q1.)

  • Pavel Durov, the founder of Russian social network VKontakte, has left the country after being "fired" as two allies of President Putin took control of the social media operation, report TechCrunch and the BBC, among others. The Facebook-like site had apparently got up the President's nose by giving free rein to voices critical of the Moscow regime.

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

    (3)  | 
    Comment  | 
    Print  | 
  • Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View        ADD A COMMENT
    Vishnu Goel
    50%
    50%
    Vishnu Goel,
    User Rank: Light Sabre
    4/25/2014 | 8:12:59 AM
    Re: Spirent ?
    The logical question now for this T&M company should be if it will pass the 1 Billion mark on its own? Will it use its cash for adjacencies business,or develop new blades/software platforms? M&A can be the next steps.Vishnu Goel T&M +919810101238
    Gabriel Brown
    50%
    50%
    Gabriel Brown,
    User Rank: Light Sabre
    4/24/2014 | 3:43:36 AM
    Re: Does the speculation make sense?
    Vodafone has bags of cash, is known to be in the market for wireline properties, and has big ambitions in enterprise. Maybe now's a good time to sell?
    Ray@LR
    50%
    50%
    Ray@LR,
    User Rank: Blogger
    4/23/2014 | 7:59:36 AM
    Does the speculation make sense?
    Re Colt - Fidelity is the majority shareholder and has been for some time. It has major representation on the board and surely the latest strategy decisoin has been discussed and approved at board level. I am not a financial analyst but if Fidelity wants to sell its stake in Colt I can't see that this would be a good time to do it -- if the new strategy pays off and in a year's time the margins are up and Colt is striking voice deals with enterprises at decent margins, then surely that's the time to sell up? Maybe I'm missing something. 
    From The Founder
    Cisco's Conrad Clemson, recently promoted to head up the company's Service Provider Apps & Platforms developments, talks to Light Reading's Founder and CEO Steve Saunders about how he's bringing cloud video, mobile and virtualization together to empower network operators.
    Flash Poll
    Live Streaming Video
    Charting the CSP's Future
    Six different communications service providers join to debate their visions of the future CSP, following a landmark presentation from AT&T on its massive virtualization efforts and a look back on where the telecom industry has been and where it's going from two industry veterans.
    LRTV Custom TV
    4.5G Evolution: Peter Zhou on Advanced MIMO Technologies & 5G Business Prep

    2|25|17   |     |   (0) comments


    In the process of service transformation, operators need to catch three major opportunities and start deploying in 4.5G networks, such as video, household broadband access and digital transformation of vertical industries. 5G is coming. Operators don't need to wait for it to happen but should progressively deploy 4.5G networks by introducing 5G-oriented ...
    LRTV Custom TV
    What WTTX Can Deliver

    2|23|17   |     |   (0) comments


    Mohamed Madkour explains the benefits of WTTX while Dimitris Mavrakis discusses the challenges of delivering home broadband access.
    LRTV Custom TV
    Huawei on Mobile Broadband

    2|23|17   |     |   (0) comments


    Mohamed Madkour shares his vision on MBB for the next three years.
    LRTV Custom TV
    Analysys Mason Talks About the Future of Digital Operations

    2|23|17   |     |   (0) comments


    The future of digital operations has three key aspects: 1. Highly automated operations for both service and network; 2. Highly converged BSS/OSS for business and resources; 3. Highly merged management and control for real-time cloud native operations.
    LRTV Interviews
    Software Trends in the Telecom Sector

    2|23|17   |   03:40   |   (0) comments


    Heavy Reading senior analyst James Crawshaw talks with Telecoms.com Editorial Director Scott Bicheno about trends and developments in the telecoms software sector and what to expect at MWC 2017.
    LRTV Custom TV
    Huawei's Pre-MWC Analyst Briefing 2017 Highlights

    2|22|17   |     |   (0) comments


    Huawei shares its vision for this year's MWC.
    LRTV Interviews
    MWC17: 5G, Cloud RAN & More

    2|21|17   |   04:35   |   (0) comments


    Ovum Senior Analyst Julian Bright talks to Scott Bicheno from Telecoms.com about all things MWC, including Cloud RAN, Huawei's pitch to the industry and the road to 5G.
    LRTV Interviews
    MWC 2017's Key 2-Letter Terms

    2|20|17   |   08:29   |   (1) comment


    5G, AI, VR... these are just some of the two-letter terms that will dominate show-floor chat at MWC 2017 in Barcelona, according to these two blow-hards (a.k.a. Scott Bicheno of Telecoms.com and Light Reading's Ray Le Maistre). And then there's PB...
    LRTV Interviews
    Key Trends for Mobile Operators in Developing Markets

    2|20|17   |   06:37   |   (0) comments


    Ovum's Matthew Reed talks to Scott Bicheno from Telecoms.com about the challenges and opportunities facing mobile operators in the developing markets of Africa and the Middle East.
    LRTV Documentaries
    YouTube Takes on Facebook Live-Streaming

    2|17|17   |     |   (0) comments


    Popular 'YouTubers' will be the first to get the new service on their smartphones. You have been warned.
    LRTV Custom TV
    Open Source NFV/SDN Automation

    2|17|17   |   05:54   |   (0) comments


    AT&T ECOMP (Enhanced Control, Orchestration, Management and Policy) code is transitioning into the Linux Foundation for placement into open source. In this video, Carol Wilson provides an update on the maturation of open source ECOMP and meets with industry leaders from AT&T, Bell Canada, Orange, Linux Foundation and Amdocs to discuss what this means for the ...
    LRTV Documentaries
    Uber & NASA Collaborate on Flying Car Project

    2|16|17   |     |   (0) comments


    Is Uber for real? Well, it's hired NASA engineer Mark Moore to lead the project, and he wouldn't come cheap.
    Upcoming Live Events
    March 21-22, 2017, The Curtis Hotel, Denver, CO
    March 22, 2017, The Curtis Hotel, Denver, CO
    March 22, 2017, The Curtis Hotel, Denver, CO
    May 15-17, 2017, Austin Convention Center, Austin, TX
    May 15, 2017, Austin Convention Center - Austin, TX
    June 6, 2017, The Joule Hotel, Dallas, TX
    All Upcoming Live Events
    Infographics
    With the mobile ecosystem becoming increasingly vulnerable to security threats, AdaptiveMobile has laid out some of the key considerations for the wireless community.
    Hot Topics
    Uber's HR Nightmare: Company Investigates Sexual Harassment Claims
    Sarah Thomas, Director, Women in Comms, 2/21/2017
    Broadband Has a Problem on the Pole
    Mari Silbey, Senior Editor, Cable/Video, 2/21/2017
    Verizon to Start Fixed 5G Customer Trials in April
    Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, 2/22/2017
    Sprint to Go Gigabit Crazy at MWC!
    Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, 2/22/2017
    MANO Marriage: ECOMP, Open-O Converge as ONAP
    Carol Wilson, Editor-at-large, 2/23/2017
    Like Us on Facebook
    Twitter Feed
    BETWEEN THE CEOs - Executive Interviews
    Light Reading founder and CEO Steve Saunders chats with Sportlogiq CEO Craig Buntin about sports data analysis.
    Eyal Waldman, CEO of Mellanox Technologies, speaks to Steve Saunders, CEO of Light Reading, for an exclusive interview about the 100 GB cable challenge, cybersecurity and much more.
    Animals with Phones
    No One Likes This Click Here
    Take a hint!
    Live Digital Audio

    Playing it safe can only get you so far. Sometimes the biggest bets have the biggest payouts, and that is true in your career as well. For this radio show, Caroline Chan, general manager of the 5G Infrastructure Division of the Network Platform Group at Intel, will share her own personal story of how she successfully took big bets to build a successful career, as well as offer advice on how you can do the same. We’ll cover everything from how to overcome fear and manage risk, how to be prepared for where technology is going in the future and how to structure your career in a way to ensure you keep progressing. Chan, a seasoned telecom veteran and effective risk taker herself, will also leave plenty of time to answer all your questions live on the air.