Aug 28 Deutsche Telekom AG is open to a sale of its T-Mobile US Inc unit, if an offer values the business at $35 a share or more, Bloomberg reported on Thursday, citing a person familiar with the matter.
Senior managers at Deutsche Telekom, which rejected an offer from Iliad SA for T-Mobile earlier this month, discussed the business' valuation at a strategy meeting on Thursday in Berlin, Bloomberg said, citing a source.
Deutsche Telekom could not immediately be reached for comment. T-Mobile did not immediately respond to requests for comment. A spokeswoman for Iliad declined to comment on the report.
T-Mobile US shares were up 2.2 percent at $30.10 on Thursday afternoon on the New York Stock Exchange.
Deutsche Telekom derives about a third of its sales and a fifth of core profit from the United States, but believes T-Mobile US lacks critical mass, frequencies and capital to compete with leaders AT&T Inc and Verizon Communications Inc.
(Reporting by Karen Rebelo in Bangalore, Marina Lopes in Washington and Leila Abboud in Paris; editing by Matthew Lewis)