Elliott Assoc Wants Action at Telecom Italia

PURPOSE OF TRANSACTION

 

The Reporting Persons believe the securities of the Issuer are undervalued and represent an attractive investment opportunity.  The Reporting Persons believe that the Issuer’s governance, valuation, strategic direction and relationships with Italian authorities would be improved by replacing certain members of the board with new, fully independent and highly qualified directors.

In this regard, on March 14, 2018, the Reporting Persons nominated Fulvio Conti, Massimo Ferrari, Paola Giannotti De Ponti, Luigi Gubitosi, Dante Roscini and Rocco Sabelli to the Board to replace six of the directors appointed in 2017 from the Vivendi list.

The Reporting Persons believe that a fully independent Board should and would consider taking steps to maximize shareholder value, including simplifying the Issuer’s capital structure so as to allow all shares the same voting and economic rights.

The Reporting Persons also believe that the Issuer should separate part of the Issuer’s NetCo and Sparkle units through a sale and use the proceeds to reduce leverage and that the Issuer should reintroduce a dividend.

The Reporting Persons intend to consider, explore and/or develop plans and/or make proposals with respect to, among other things, the matters set forth in the previous paragraph and potential changes in, the Issuer’s operations, management, organizational documents, Board composition, ownership, capital or corporate structure, sale transactions, dividend policy, and strategy and plans.

The Reporting Persons intend to communicate with the Issuer’s management and Board about, and may enter into negotiations with them regarding, the foregoing and a broad range of operational and strategic matters and to communicate with other shareholders or third parties, including potential acquirers, service providers and financing sources regarding the foregoing.

The Reporting Persons may exchange information with any such persons pursuant to appropriate confidentiality or similar agreements.

The Reporting Persons may change their intentions with respect to any and all matters referred to in this item 4.  They may also take steps to explore and prepare for various plans and actions, and propose transactions, before forming an intention to engage in such plans or actions or proceed with such transactions.

 

The Reporting Persons intend to review their investment in the Issuer on a continuing basis and depending upon various factors, including without limitation, the Issuer’s financial position and strategic direction, the outcome of any discussions referenced above, overall market conditions, other investment opportunities available to the Reporting Persons, and the availability of securities of the Issuer at prices that would make the purchase or sale of such securities desirable, the Reporting Persons may endeavor (i) to increase or decrease their respective positions in the Issuer through, among other things, the purchase or sale of securities of the Issuer, including through transactions involving the Ordinary Shares and/or other equity, debt, notes, other securities, or derivative or other instruments that are based upon or relate to the value of securities of the Issuer in the open market or in private transactions, including through a trading plan created under Rule 10b5-1(c) or otherwise, on such terms and at such times as the Reporting Persons may deem advisable and/or (ii) to enter into transactions that increase or hedge their economic exposure to the Ordinary Shares without affecting their beneficial ownership of Ordinary Shares.  In addition, the Reporting Persons may, at any time and from time to time, (i) review or reconsider their position and/or change their purpose and/or formulate plans or proposals with respect thereto and (ii) consider or propose one or more of the actions described  in subparagraphs (a) – (j) of Item 4 of Schedule 13D.

Link: https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/904495/000090266418001882/0000902664-18-001882-index.htm


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