Shareholders Approve TPG’s $373M PIPE Buy-out
The deal will hand TPG — which entered a trading halt this morning — an extensive dark fibre network between the eastern states of Australia, including the Pipe Pacific Cable (PPC-1) link between Sydney and Guam.
Shareholders voted in 94 per cent in favour of the deal. Final approval for the deal will be sought in the Brisbane Supreme Court on March 17.
TPG announced its intention to acquire Pipe late last year, and would not consider paying more than $6.30 per share.
Pipe shareholders had expressed concern since the proposed deal was announced. One shareholder told ARN the deal was a “disaster for the industry” and claimed TPG CEO, David Teoh, was known as a tough deal maker.
The PPC-1 cable project was near collapse last year after funding was pulled, but ISPs agreed to sign on as early customer,
An iiNet spokesman said the deal was positive for the industry.
An Internode spokesperson told ARN last year the deal would create a “serious” conflict of interest between TPG and Pipe’s wholesale customers.
Pipe was unavailable for comment at the time of publication.