UPDATE 1-Dos Santos says seeking key role in Portuguese-speaking telecoms world

jueves 4 de diciembre de 2014 12:42 GYT

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By Sergio Goncalves

LISBON Dec 4 (Reuters) - Isabel dos Santos, the daughter of Angola's president, wants to become a major shareholder in Brazil's Oi to develop a leading telecoms business across the Portuguese-speaking world, Mario Silva, a director of her Terra Peregrin firm said on Thursday.

Dos Santos last month made an offer for Portugal Telecom SGPS, owner of a 25.6 percent stake in Oi following the Portugal Telecom merger which Oi is now effectively seeking to unwind.

Silva said Terra Peregrin's bid will not go ahead if Oi sells PT Portugal, the domestic Portuguese telecoms business which European rival Altice SA this week agreed to buy from Oi for 7.4 billion euros.

"We have had very positive and uplifting conversations with shareholders in PT SGPS," Silva said.

"Indeed, two and a half months ago the shareholders that met at a shareholder assembly ratified the idea of advancing with the merger (with Oi), not the sale of PT Portugal."

However, some analysts have questioned the likelihood of dos Santos's bid succeeding at the offer price of 1.35 euros, which Silva said will remain unchanged.

Silva added that dos Santos would not have progressed with her bid, "without talking with some of the biggest stakeholders in Oi", but would not elaborate further.   Continuación...