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UPDATE 1 - BC Partners to acquire SEE-active media, communications co United Group

UPDATE 1 - BC Partners to acquire SEE-active media, communications co United Group Author: Flazingo Photos. License: Creative Commons, Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0)

SOFIA (Bulgaria), September 27 (SeeNews) - UK-based BC Partners said on Thursday it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire majority ownership of United Group, a leading media and communication services provider across Southeast Europe, from US-based investment group KKR.

The transaction is subject to regulatory approval, BC Partners, an international investment firm, said in a statement.

"KKR will retain a substantial minority stake," the statement reads

The price of the transaction was not disclosed.

According to The Wall Street Journal, which cited "people familiar with the matter", the deal values United Group at 2.6 billion euro ($3 billion).

United Group's fibre and cable networks cover 1.82 million homes across SEE, according to the statement.

United Group offers telecommunications and media services in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia, according to information published on the website of the company.

($ = 0.8570 euro)

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