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Mannesmann Plans $20 Billion Energis Bid according to report
Posted: 24-Jan-2000 [Source: Newsbytes]

[This report suggests that Mannesmann may be preparing a US$20 billion bid for UK's Energis group.]

By Sylvia Denis -- "While Vodafone AirTouch {NYSE:VOD] continues its $140 billion hostile takeover bid for Germany's Mannesmann group, weekend reports suggest that Mannesmann may be preparing the ultimate spoiler - a $20 billion bid for the UK's Energis group.

"Energis is the telecommunications spin-off of the UK's national grid which, like many UK telecom spin-offs, has enjoyed a successful career. The company now has a thriving Internet operation, including Planet Online, as well as telecommunications deals with a number of European operators.

"Perhaps most telling is the fact that Energis is a genuine competitor to Vodafone's UK operation, especially in the Internet and landline sides of its business.

"If a merger/acquisition were to go ahead - coupled with the need to unbundle the Orange wireless operation - unraveling Mannesmann's operations to meet UK and European Union regulators could be almost too expensive and unworkable for Vodafone AirTouch and its shareholders to contemplate.

"The January 23 issue of the Sunday Times, commenting on the rumors of an Energis bid from Mannesmann, said that the German carrier is also thought to have contacted America Online Inc., which has just agreed to acquire Time Warner.

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