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Telefonica completed the sale of its 4.56% stake in China Unicom for a further $ 1.4 billion

2012-07-31   • Industry News  |   10178  |  

According to foreign media reports, Telefonica announced on Monday that it had completed the sale of 4.56% of China Unicom Shares at a price of 1.14 billion euros (1.4 billion U.S. dollars).
In a preliminary statement last month, Telefónica said Telefónica still holds 5.01% of China Unicom in the global telecoms market after the completion of its 4.56% sale to China Unicom's parent company.
The company said the sale "will increase the financial flexibility of Telefónica."
Telefonica said it has agreed to hold the remaining China Unicom shares in its hands at least for the next 12 months after the transaction is completed. At the same time, the two companies will still maintain strategic cooperation.
Telefonica last week said it will cut 30% of the company's top executives and cancel this year's dividend distribution after the company's second-quarter net profit fell.
In the second quarter of this year, Telefónica net income of 1.33 billion euros (1.63 billion US dollars), down 13.7% over the same period last year, while its revenue increased by only 0.1% to 154.7 billion euros.