Verizon: All Together Now?

The time could be right for Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ)'s reported $40 billion dollar bid to buy its erstwhile partner Vodafone Group plc (NYSE: VOD) out of their Verizon Wireless joint venture, according to analysts.

In the past, Verizon has made no secret of its interest in buying out Vodafone's stake in the wireless venture. So Sunday's report from the U.K. newspaper Business that Verizon has put forward an informal $40 billion bid for the operation isn't that surprising, especially now that AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T)'s bid for BellSouth Corp. (NYSE: BLS) will consolidate the operations of Verizon Wireless's major U.S. rival, Cingular Wireless . (See Cingular's Converged Future.)

"Any time is a good time to bid for Verizon Wireless," says Roger Entner, analyst at Ovum Ltd. . "It's a great organization and growing very nicely."

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— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Unstrung

materialgirl 12/5/2012 | 4:01:55 AM
re: Verizon: All Together Now? Do VZ and VOD have a contractural buy-out value? Is $40B enough? Without an open market, how can a "fair" price be decided? What does the VZ balance sheet look like after this deal? With margins in cellular voice being squeezed, and questionable high-bandwidth offerings needed to boost ARPU (if not profits), what is the ROI on this $40B? Perhaps VOD is smart to bail now.
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