MTG Joins Forces with TDC Group to Expand Nordic Reach
TDC Group and MTG announced that the MTG operations MTG Nordic Entertainment and MTG Studios (jointly MTG Nordics) will be combined with TDC Group to form a fully convergent media and communications provider with a potential reach of more than 10 million households in the Nordic region. The agreement will combine YouSee, Get, Viasat, TV3, Viaplay and numerous other into one joint company, valuing MTG Nordics at SEK$19.55 billion ($2.48 billion).
The combination brings together TDC Group’s direct-to-consumer offering in mobile, broadband and TV services with MTG Nordics’ content production, content rights, broadcasting and streaming services.
TDC Group claims the combined company will be the largest investor in content in the Nordic region. Anders Jensen of MTG Nordics, who will become deputy group CEO, said the new company intends to create an open platform to strengthen local content offering. TDC Group Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Pernille Erenbjerg will become group CEO for the new combined company.
According to the agreement, MTG will receive more than 300 million TDC shares and SEK$3.3 billion cash ($420,000). Thereby, MTG shareholders will own 28 percent of all shares in TDC Group. 100 percent of all MTG Nordics’ shares will be transferred to TDC Group.