Sunday, October 19, 2008

PCCW - abandons sale of stake in HKT

PCCW abandons HKT stake sale

PCCW became the latest high-profile Asian company to abandon plans to sell a significant stake in one of its key business units in the wake of last week's world stock market crash.

After an emergency board meeting on Sunday, Hong Kong's dominant telecommunications operator said that the market downturn had "significantly impacted" the offers received for a 45 per cent stake in HKT, a newly created holding group for most of its core fixed-line, broadband and television assets.

PCCW started the sale process in May and hired UBS to find a buyer in a deal, which was then expected to raise up to $2.5bn.

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