CK Hutchison mulls Indonesian telecom deal with Axiata: Bloomberg

FILE PHOTO: The company logo of CK Hutchison Holdings is displayed at a news conference in Hong Kong, China March 17, 2016. REUTERS/Bobby Yip/File Photo

(Reuters) - CK Hutchison Holdings Ltd 0001.HK is weighing a combination of its Indonesian telecommunications business with that of Malaysia's Axiata Group Bhd AXIA.KL, Bloomberg reported on Monday, citing people with knowledge of the matter.

CK Hutchison, the ports-to-telecoms arm of retired billionaire Li Ka-shing's businesses, informally explored a combination of its Indonesian wireless business with the Malaysian carrier's Indonesian unit, PT XL Axiata EXCL.JK, the report said. The companies have not begun any substantive negotiations, it added.

Hutchison did not immediately respond to a request seeking comment.

Axiata did not confirm or deny the report, but said, “Axiata has created significant value uplift and attractiveness for its operations and as evidenced in the last one year, we have attracted a lot of suitors to partner with us and seeking to acquire our assets, including Telenor, Mistui (ADS), Sumitomo (ADA) among others.”

Last week, Telenor TEL.OL and Axiata ended talks to create a telecoms joint venture. Executives said Axiata was discussing deals with other parties and considering an initial public offering of its tower business. [nL5N25X1GW]

Reporting by Mekhla Raina in Bengaluru; Editing by Cynthia Osterman