BARCELONA Nov 21 Mexico's America Movil
will likely keep its stake in Dutch phone group KPN
following its failed takeover attempt, KPN's chief
executive predicted on Thursday.
America Movil, controlled by billionaire Carlos Slim, owns a
near 30 percent stake in KPN but pulled out of takeover
negotiations last month after KPN's board rejected its 2.4 euros
a share offer.
"Looking at where the share price is today, looking at our
expectations of the financial performance of KPN, and taking
into account the average price they paid for their current 29.7
percent stake, I think they will keep their 29.7 percent stake,"
KPN Chief Executive Eelco Blok told a Morgan Stanley investor
conference in Barcelona.
"But that's my analysis of the situation and it's up to
America Movil to take their decision."
KPN's shares closed at 2.45 euros on Thursday. America Movil
paid about 3.24 euros a share for its stake, including stock
bought as part of a rights issue by KPN earlier this year.
Blok said the talks had floundered solely on price.
"They were not willing to move on price. And therefore we
decided not to continue the discussion on non-financial
commitments and governance, he said.
KPN was able to resist Slim's advances thanks to an
independent foundation tasked with protecting its stakeholders,
which acquired a near 50 percent stake, effectively blocking a