📱 Verizon Pays Over $6B to Acquire TracFone
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Verizon Pays Over $6B for TracFone – Targets the Prepaid Segment in the US
In a deal worth around $6.3B, Verizon Communications will acquire TracFone from América Móvil. The deal will be a big boost to Verizon as it looks to become a substantial player in the prepaid and value segments of the US wireless business.
What Happened? Verizon has been eyeing prepaid business for a while, as this is a segment that tends to outperform during a recession when consumers look to save money on their phone plans. TracFone, with 21M customers, is the largest MVNO in the US. (A Mobile Virtual Network Operator does not own the networks, but signs agreements with network owners and resells wireless services for a markup). It currently operates on Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and USM networks.
As the telecom industry transitions to the 5G networks, the deal will allow Verizon to become the exclusive network for TracFone customers, add to its 4M prepaid subscribers, and bring all of TracFone’s consumer brands under its umbrella. Verizon expects to save $800M by moving TracFone’s customers to its network and not having to pay the other networks. More importantly, the deal keeps TracFone out of competitors’ hands.
As part of the cash-plus-stock deal, América Móvil will receive $3.125B in cash and $3.125B in Verizon stock, with an additional $650M payable over two years if TracFone meets specific performance targets. The merger is expected to consummate in the second half of 2021, and accretive to Verizon in year one.
Market Reaction: Verizon gained 0.89% to settle at $60.32 while America Movil rose 7.74% on Monday.
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