REFILE-Altimo asks regulator to allow it to proceed with Orascom Telecom buyout

Mon May 27, 2013 11:03am EDT

MOSCOW May 27 (Reuters) - Russia's Altimo said on Monday it had asked the Egyptian Financial Supervisory Authority to waive the minimum take-up requirement in order to proceed with its buyout of minority shareholders of Orascom Telecom .

Orascom Telecom shareholders offered to sell 15.9 percent of shares listed on the Egyptian stock exchange in a buyout offer from an Altimo subsidiary, below the minimum 26.6 percent required for the buyout.

"Even though this number falls below the 26 percent minimum threshold, this is still a significant percentage representing one third of the freefloat of OTH," Altimo said in emailed comments.

"Therefore Altimo would like to honour its commitment of buying the shares at 70 cents from all shareholders that tendered and hence has applied to EFSA to waive this minimum requirement."

Altimo also said the assertions that the offer has failed were wrong as it has yet to hear back from the regulator.

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