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Telefonica hires Goldman Sachs to sell UK mobile masts stake, El Confidencial says

by Wanda Rich
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MADRID (Reuters) – Spain’s Telefonica has hired investment bank Goldman Sachs to sell its 50% stake in a mobile masts operator in Britain, El Confidencial reported on Monday, citing sources close to the matter.

The stake in Cornerstone Telecommunications Infrastructure Limited, which Telefonica shares with UK rival Vodafone, would be worth around 2 billion euros ($2.4 billion), El Confidencial said.

A spokesman for Telefonica declined to comment and officials at Goldman Sachs didn’t immediately reply to a request for comment.

The Spanish telecom firms had said it was open to selling the stake in Cornerstone when it sold its mobile phone masts in Europe and Latin America to American Tower for 7.7 billion euros earlier this year.

Telefonica is in the process of selling down assets to cut its debt, and also plans to use proceeds from some divestments to fund other acquisitions.

($1 = 0.8485 euros)

(Reporting by Inti Landauro and Clara-Laeila Laudette; Editing by Mark Potter)