Verizon Could Pay VOD $130B+ for Wireless Stake
Think US$100 billion sounds high? Verizon Communications Inc. could pay Vodafone Group PLC up to $137 billion for outright ownership of Verizon Wireless, according to a UBS Securities LLC research note Monday. Analyst John Hodulik did the math, which is actually quite simple:
We believe Verizon and Vodafone's on-and-off negotiations (often in the press) will pay off with a deal later this year, to the benefit of both companies. Our read of the situation suggests that VZ is willing to pay 7.5-8.0x 2013 EBITDA but Vodafone is looking for 10x. Therefore, we believe the two companies will have to meet in the middle at say, 8.5-9.0x for a deal to happen. This suggests a deal price of US$130B-137B.