OTHER TRANSACTIONS THAT HAD NO EFFECT ON THE COMPOSITION OF THE GROUP
T-MOBILE US share buy-back program
Under the share buy-back program launched in December 2017, T-Mobile US acquired further common stock for an amount of USD 1.1 billion (EUR 0.9 billion) in the first half of 2018. Including the common stock acquired prior to that date, the total volume of shares repurchased under the share buy-back program amounts to USD 1.5 billion (EUR 1.3 billion). In addition, in the first quarter of 2018, Deutsche Telekom purchased shares in T-Mobile US on the capital market for a total amount of USD 0.2 billion (EUR 0.2 billion). As a result, Deutsche Telekom holds around 63 percent of the shares in T-Mobile US.
On April 27, 2018, T-Mobile US’ Board of Directors authorized an increase in the total share buy-back program to up to USD 9.0 billion, consisting of the USD 1.5 billion in repurchases already executed and for up to an additional USD 7.5 billion of T-Mobile US common stock until the end of 2020. The additional buy-back authorization is contingent upon the termination of the business combination agreement with Sprint.
Acquisition of OTE shares
In March 2018, Deutsche Telekom exercised its right of first refusal as invited by the Greek privatization authority Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund (HRADF) and acquired a 5 percent stake in its Greek subsidiary OTE. The transaction was completed in May 2018 through the acquisition of additional shares in the amount of EUR 0.3 billion. As a result, Deutsche Telekom AG holds around 45 percent of the company’s shares.
On May 16, 2018, Daimler Financial Services AG, Deutsche Telekom AG, and the Federal Republic of Germany reached an agreement to end the Toll Collect arbitration proceedings. The settlement was notarized in early July 2018 and confirmed by the arbitral tribunal, bringing the arbitration proceedings to an end. The agreed settlement amount of around EUR 3.2 billion includes services previously provided to the Federal Republic of Germany. Daimler Financial Services AG and Deutsche Telekom AG have both agreed to make final payments of EUR 550 million each. These payments to the Federal Republic of Germany will be made on behalf of Toll Collect GbR in three tranches over the period until 2020.
The Federal Republic of Germany has announced that, on expiration of the operating agreement on August 31, 2018, it will exercise its option to purchase 100 percent of the shares in the operating company, Toll Collect GmbH. Even after the Federal Republic of Germany has acquired Toll Collect GmbH, the consortium Toll Collect GbR – comprising Deutsche Telekom AG, Daimler Financial Services AG and Compagnie Financière et Industrielle des Autoroutes S.A. (Cofiroute) – will continue to exist with an unchanged ownership structure.
The bank guarantees for third parties for a maximum amount of EUR 100 million that were issued during the term of the operating contract will remain in place until their scheduled expiration on October 15, 2018. In addition, the equity maintenance undertaking entered into by the aforementioned consortium members under the operating agreement will remain in place until the Federal Republic of Germany assumes full control of Toll Collect GmbH, but will be replaced as of August 31, 2018 by a guaranteed equity base of at least EUR 50 million for Toll Collect GmbH.