Telenet completes BASE Company NV acquisition

The acquisition of BASE Company NV ("BASE") by Telenet Group Holding NV (hereinafter "Telenet") and the subsequent sale by BASE of its 50% stake in VikingCo NV ("VikingCo") to MEDIALAAN NV ("MEDIALAAN") have taken place today. Both transactions were completed following the approval of the Belgian Competition Authority and the European Commission, on January 28 and February 4, 2016, respectively.

On February 4, 2016, Telenet announced that the European Commission had approved its planned acquisition of BASE. Based on this approval, Telenet and Koninklijke KPN N.V. proceeded to implement their agreement for the acquisition of BASE by Telenet for €1,325 million.

The acquisition of BASE is financed through a combination of existing cash and cash equivalents, and committed loans. To this end, Telenet International Finance S.à r.l., the group's finance centre, has fully drawn the outstanding commitments under the Term Loan AA, amounting to €800 million, supplemented by withdrawals of €200 million and €217 million respectively, under the revolving credit facilities Z and X. The remainder, including related fees and expenses, will be financed through existing cash and cash equivalents.

In light of the European Commission's approval and following the Belgian Competition Authority's approval, BASE then sold its 50% stake in VikingCo, the entity that operates the 'Mobile Vikings' brand in Belgium, to MEDIALAAN immediately after the acquisition. MEDIALAAN has also gained control of the other 50% of shares in VikingCo, and has thereby become the sole owner of Mobile Vikings' customer base. VikingCo now operates as a 'light MVNO' on the BASE network.

Last year, Telenet also signed an agreement with MEDIALAAN to transfer the entire 'JIM Mobile' customer base to MEDIALAAN, at the latest within two years. The current branded partner agreement between BASE and MEDIALAAN, on the basis of which the JIM Mobile products are being sold at this point in time, will still continue for some time. BASE will transfer the JIM Mobile customers to MEDIALAAN, at the latest within two years, which will enable MEDIALAAN to become a 'full MVNO' player on the BASE network for both JIM Mobile and Mobile Vikings customers. The transaction creates a platform for MEDIALAAN to become a new, high-performing MVNO player.

There are no changes for the customers of Telenet and BASE for the time being.

About Telenet BV

As a provider of entertainment and telecommunication services in Belgium, Telenet Group is always looking for the perfect experience in the digital world for its customers. Under the brand name Telenet, the company focuses on offering digital television, high-speed Internet and fixed and mobile telephony services to residential customers in Flanders and Brussels.

Under the brand name BASE, it supplies mobile telephony in Belgium. The Telenet Business department serves the business market in Belgium and Luxembourg with connectivity, hosting and security solutions. More than 3,000 employees have one aim in mind: making living and working easier and more pleasant.

Telenet Group is part of Telenet Group Holding NV and is quoted on Euronext Brussel under ticker symbol TNET. For more information, visit Liberty Global - one of the world’s leading converged video, broadband and communications companies, innovating and empowering people in six countries across Europe to make the most of the digital revolution – owns a direct stake of 58.9% in Telenet Group Holding SA/NV (excluding any treasury shares held by the latter from time to time).

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