Masmovil, a Spanish publicly listed mobile network operator (MNO), acquired Lycamobile Spain, for €372m.
With the deal, subject to the authorization of antitrust authorities (CNMC), Masmovil has also opted to retain the Lycamobile brand in Spain for the long term.
Launched in 2010 Lycamobile Spain was part of Lycamobile, the world’s largest mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) and part of the Lyca Group.
Launched in 2010, Lycamobile Spain has since become the country’s leading MVNO, achieving market penetration with over 1.5 million customers.
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Lycamobile Spain Acquired by Fast Growing Spanish MNO Masmovil for €372m
– Sale allows Lycamobile to continue its growth in existing and new markets – Masmovil to retain the Lycamobile brand in Spain
London, March 2, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Lycamobile, the world’s largest mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) and part of the Lyca Group, is delighted to announce the sale of Lycamobile Spain (“the Company”) to the publicly listed Masmovil, a Spanish mobile network operator (MNO).
The deal is valued at €372 million and Masmovil has also opted to retain the Lycamobile brand in Spain for the long term. The deal is subject to the authorisation of antitrust authorities (CNMC).
Lycamobile Spain launched in 2010 with the aim of delivering low-cost mobile services of the highest quality to the market. The Company has since become the country’s leading MVNO, achieving impressive market penetration with over 1.5 million customers.
Masmovil’s acquisition of the Company is an affirmation of the accomplishment of Lycamobile in the market.
Commenting on the transaction, Allirajah Subaskaran, founder and Chairman of the Lyca Group said: “When we entered Spain, we dreamed of building the country’s largest MVNO with high-quality, cost effective mobile services. We have now succeeded in that mission, and the acquisition by Masmovil is an affirmation of our success and we are proud that Masmovil has retained the Lycamobile brand for the long term. We wish Masmovil the very best and continued success and growth in Spain.”
“We will now turn our attention to building our global presence with entry into new and exciting markets to add to our existing 23 markets, and furthering Lycamobile’s capabilities in the industry by rolling out similar MNO launches to that which we recently did in Uganda.”
“We would like to thank our loyal customers, our business partners, and the dedication of our Spanish Lycamobile team, who made our story in the country such a success.”
Macfarlanes LLP and Cuatrecasas advised Lycamobile on English and Spanish law respectively.