Saudi's Arabsat inks $278m Greek deal

Satellite operation Hellas SAT sold in debt-trimming move

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Saudi's Arabsat inks $278m Greek deal Deutsche Telekom-controlled OTE is said to have sold Hellas SAT to trim debt. (Shutterstock)
By  Stephen McBride Published  February 10, 2013

Saudi-based Arabsat has agreed terms with Greek operator OTE to buy its satellite operation Hellas SAT for EUR208m ($278m), reported Reuters.

Deutsche Telekom-controlled OTE is said to have made the sale as part of an asset-selling initiative designed to trim its debt, as its two biggest markets, Greece and Romania succumb to austerity measures.

"We achieved a significant agreement," said OTE's chief executive Michael Tsamaz, describing the deal's value as "satisfying". The transaction is expected to close in the second half of the year.

On Monday Standard and Poor's upgraded OTE's credit rating following the operator's EUR700m bonds sale on January 30, which indicated a slackening debt market for the beleaguered Greek economy.

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