Claro - Digicel Merger Request Received

The Competition Superintendence of El Salvador has acknowledged receipt of a new request for the acquisition of 100% of Digicel’s shares by Claro in March 2012.

Friday, July 20, 2012

From a communciation from the Superintendence of Competition (SC):

SC Receives new application from CLARO - DIGICEL
The Board (CD) of the Superintendencia de Competencia (SC), has received a new application for a new merger request made by the company America Movil, which owns the CLARO brand, for the purchase all of Digicel’s shares.

"The new application has been accepted for processing. We have 90 days to review its features and decide whether the merger will be authorized, permitted with conditions or denied", said Francisco Diaz Rodriguez.

The previous application was approved conditionally by the CD of the SC. The company did not accept the conditioning and decided not to continue with the process.

In March CLARO filed a new application, which has been accepted for processing after the company completed the necessary information.

The SC has a period of 90 days, ending on September 25, to perform the technical, economic and legal analysis which will allow them to decide whether to authorize, authorize with conditions or deny the economic concentration, as appropriate.
Regarding the conditions that the SC imposed on CLARO in 2011, when CLARO requested authorization to purchase Digicel, the Board (CD) of the SC decided to approve the merger subject to the fulfillment of conditions "ex ante" (previous) and "ex post "(post) designed to minimize the negative impact that the operation might have on competition in the mobile market and ensure the welfare of consumers.

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