“A technology fund has put in an offer for ANA’s business, which exceeds a call option of $2bn; ANA has 60 days to exercise the option”, the source told BR late yesterday.
Market sources indicated that SoftBank Group, a Japanese fund that recently raised $100bn, has its eyes set on ANA. SoftBank is a Japanese multinational telecoms and internet firm and has operations in broadband, fixed-line telecommunications, e-commerce, Internet, technology services, finance, media and marketing.
The other possible buyer was “Facebook, a US-based social media company”, an industry source told BR.
ANA chief executive, Grant Fredericks, didn’t’ confirm or deny the speculation, but told BR that “the market can expect an announcement later this year. I cannot deny that we are in an advance stage with more than one global group interested in buying ANA.”
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