Mobistar Acquires VOXmobile

Mobistar buys 90% of Luxembourg mobile operator VOXmobile for €80.3M

May 22, 2007

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BRUSSELS, Belgium -- Today Mobistar signed an agreement for the take-over of the Luxembourgian mobile telephone operator VOXmobile. In December 2006 the shareholders of VOXmobile authorized a business bank to investigate the strategic options for the company. After the approval of its Board of Directors Mobistar made a binding take-over offer, that was accepted by VOXmobile. Mobistar buys 90 % of the VOXmobile shares for an amount of 80.3 million euros. This amount equals proportional the estimated value of the company minus its debts after capitalisation of the shareholders loans.

VOXmobile is a Luxembourgian telecom operator that supplies mobile and fixed services for telephony and internet. The company has a licence for GSM 900/1800, UMTS and fix telephony and exploits its own network. In May 2004 commercial activities were started up and in two years VOXmobile succeeded in obtaining a market share of 20 % in the grand duchy. In 2006 VOXmobile realised a turnover of 27.673 million euros and a net result of -5.75 million euros. The group, consisting of VOXmobile and its two branches TOPLINE distribution (that exploits the points of sale) and MOSKITO productions (a communication agency), employs about a hundred people. The shareholders of VOXmobile are BIP Investment Partners S.A. and AUDIOLUX S.A., who each own 37.5 % and BIKO, an investment company owned of amongst others by its founders Jean-Claude Bintz and Pascal Koster, for the remaining quarter.

With this take-over Mobistar is looking for geographic expansion and extra growth. There are already commercial agreements between Mobistar and VOXmobile for offers to big companies in the BeLux. This approach can now be further enhanced and both parties believe in different joint projects.

This entry to Mobistar creates a lot of opportunities for VOXmobile too, such as joint product development, optimising the 2G and 3G networks and economies of scale in network investments and purchase activities.

VOXmobile will continue to exist as a separate entity and will continue to use its own infrastructure and means. The agreement stipulates a continuity of the present management who remains shareholder of 10 % of the capital. The closing date of the transaction is foreseen for 2nd July 2007 at the latest

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