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Spark welcomes clearance for Connexa mobile towers deal

Friday 5th May 2023

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Following its announcement on 15 December 2022, Spark New Zealand (“Spark”) has today confirmed that Connexa has been granted clearance by the Commerce Commission to acquire the passive mobile telecommunications tower assets of 2degrees Mobile Limited and 2degrees Networks Limited (“2degrees”) from its owners Macquarie Asset Management and Aware Super Limited.

 

Connexa is the independent mobile towers business in which Spark is a shareholder.

 

As confirmed at the time of announcement, Spark will not contribute equity to the acquisition, which will result in its shareholding in Connexa being diluted from 30% to approximately 17% (of the resulting larger business) following completion of the acquisition. Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan will provide funding for the deal and its shareholding will increase to approximately 83%. Spark will retain certain governance rights including Board representation and will benefit from the value accretive expansion of the business.

 

Spark CEO Jolie Hodson says, “We welcome the Commerce Commission’s approval of the acquisition, which we believe will support the faster deployment of new digital infrastructure across Aotearoa through greater efficiencies created by infrastructure sharing.”

 

Completion is subject to approval from the Overseas Investment Office (OIO) which is well advanced at this stage.

 

Authorised by:

Alexa Preston

Finance Lead Partner – Group Performance & Investor Relations

 

For more information contact

For media queries please contact:

Althea Lovell

Corporate Relations Partner

(64) 21 222 2992

althea.lovell@spark.co.nz

 

For investor queries please contact:

Alexa Preston

Finance Lead Partner – Group Performance & Investor Relations

(64) 21 997 902

Alexa.Preston@spark.co.nz

 

About Spark

Spark is New Zealand's largest telecommunications and digital services company, with a purpose to help all of New Zealand win big in a digital world. Spark provides mobile, broadband, and digital services to millions of New Zealanders and thousands of New Zealand businesses.

www.sparknz.co.nz



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