We provide an overview of the Australian and New Zealand telecommunications markets through Telecom Corporation New Zealand's (TCNZ) acquisition of AAPT Ltd in 2000, which amounted to more than NZ$2 billion. A few years later and after writing off approximately NZ$1 billion, TCNZ is considering a sell-off at a considerable loss. We discuss the strategic reasons behind the acquisition and explain how smaller telcos are struggling to compete with the incumbent telecom in Australia. We further conduct an event study to assess the impact of the acquisition on both TCNZ's and AAPT's share prices and look at some of the post-acquisition issues.
Tourani-Rad, A. and Toth, Z. (2006), "Difficulties in Value Creation: Telecom New Zealand's Acquisition of AAPT Ltd", Choi, J. and Click, R. (Ed.) Value Creation in Multinational Enterprise (International Finance Review, Vol. 7), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 209-227. https://doi.org/10.1016/S1569-3767(06)07009-9Download as .RIS
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