FAS has approved the petition of the structures “the Megaphone” about purchase of the retailer “Svyaznoy”

MOSCOW, April 9. /TASS/. The Federal Antimonopoly service (FAS) of Russia approved the petition of the company Lefbord Investments Limited (structure of the operator “MegaFon”) on the acquisition of JSC “Svyaznoy logistics” and included in “the Messenger” LLC “Mobile Telecom service”. This follows from materials of Department.

Earlier “the Megaphone” has informed that considers possibility of the conclusion of the transaction with group of Solvers of the businessman Oleg Malis to combine “the Euronetwork” and “Coherent”. “The messenger” is now under the control of the group of companies of Solvers. In turn, the “Euroset” on 100% belongs “to the Megaphone”.

In December 2017, the General Director of “MegaFon” Sergey Soldatenkov said that the operator plans within one month after the completion of the separation of “Euroset” to merge it with another retailer. The Executive Director of the company chief Vermesan clarified that “MegaFon” believes the most likely Association “the Euronetwork” “Coherent”.

The deal between Veon and “the Megaphone” on business separation of the network of salons of cellular communication “Euroset” was closed at the end of February 2018.

Controlling shareholder “Coherent” is a group of Solvers. Svyaznoy N. V., a holding company of the group “the Messenger”, “Svyaznoy logistics”, controlled by Trellas Enterprises Limited. Network “Coherent” has about 2,700 stores.

“Euroset” until 2008, belonged to its founder Yevgeny Chichvarkin. In the fall of 2008 he sold the company to Alexander Mamut, who in turn, sold 49.9% of Euroset to VimpelCom for $226 million In December 2012, Mamut sold a controlling stake of Euroset for $1.07 billion – 25% of the shares received MegaFon and Garsdale holding, 0,1% bought VimpelCom. In the summer of 2014 the share of Garsdale moved to “Megaphone”, then the operators owned the “Euroset” on a parity basis – 50% of the shares.