Italian infrastructure fund F2i SGR SpA and Australian investment bank Macquarie Group Ltd. are among those interested in investing in a proposed fixed-broadband joint venture between Telecom Italia SpA and Enel Open Fiber SpA, Telecompaper reported Oct. 23, quoting sources cited by Il Messaggero.
Up to 15 infrastructure funds reportedly received a confidential dossier on the proposed tie-up, which valued Open Fiber's entire share capital at between €3 billion and €4 billion.
According to the report, Cassa depositi e prestiti SpA could use the proceeds of a potential sale of its stake in Open Fiber to hike its shareholding in Telecom Italia to 12% in the medium term. The Italian state lender previously considered selling its stake in Open Fiber to the Italian telco.
Telecom Italia is reportedly looking at either merging its fiber-optic broadband unit Flash Fiber Srl with Open Fiber, or taking over the Enel SpA unit before combining the networks.
F2i earlier teamed up with towers company EI Towers SpA to acquire Telecom Italia's broadcasting unit Persidera SpA for an enterprise value of €240 million.