DUBAI, March 4 Etisalat expects to
complete its 4.2 billion euros ($5.78 billion) purchase of a
controlling stake in Maroc Telecom by the end of May, a
top executive at the United Arab Emirates company said on
In November, Etisalat agreed to buy Paris-listed Vivendi's
53 percent holding in Maroc Telecom for 3.9 billion
euros, plus a further 300 million euros in 2012 dividends from
the Moroccan firm.
Maroc Telecom has operations in Gabon, Mauritania, Burkina
Faso and Mali.
"It depends on regulatory approvals from the different
countries where Maroc Telecom is operating. Based on our current
estimation it will be before the end of May," Serkan Okandan,
Etisalat's chief financial officer, told Reuters by telephone,
when asked when he expected the deal would be completed.
"We expect to get all the approvals before the end of May
and depending on that we are expecting to close that
Etisalat reported a 70 percent jump in fourth-quarter profit
on Tuesday. ($1 = 0.7260 euros)
(Reporting by Matt Smith; Editing by Olzhas Auyezov)