Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2005/11/18/tdc_bid/
$11.5bn bid for TDC
Group bear hug
TDC could be about to become the latest operator to be snapped up after a group of businesses offered almost $11.5bn (£6.7bn) for the Danish telco.
The FT reports that a group comprising Apax, Blackstone, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, Permira and Providence have all chipped in to make the bid although a rival group of investors is also understood to be preparing a bid too.
Speculation that TDC could be the target of a takeover has been circulating for some time now.
In April the operator was linked to an approach by UK telco Colt and an un-named international group of investors.
TDC is active in central and northern Europe with operations in Sweden, Austria and the Middle East, among others.
A year ago TDC - previously Tele Danmark - announced it was buying Swedish IP and business telecoms outfit Song for $552m. Song provides businesses with IP and data services, and operates in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden.
In the UK, it is behind no-frills discount cellco easyMobile which has recently expanded its operation into The Netherlands and Germany. ®