Telstra Corporation Ltd announces $2.1 billion business sale

Credit: Telstra

Investors can expect Telstra Corporation Ltd (ASX: TLS) shares to open higher on Monday morning after the group announced to the market late on Friday night (at 7:12 pm) that it had agreed to sell a 47.7% stake in Chinese online business Autohome for $2.1 billion.

Here are the details that we know so far:

  • Telstra has entered an agreement with Ping An Insurance Group
  • The sale price has been struck at US$29.55 a share which represents a 12.7% premium to the volume weighted average price of Autohome over the past 60 days
  • Telstra will retain a 6.4% interest in Autohome
  • Telstra is expected to book an accounting gain of $1.8 billion on the sale of Autohome in its second half results. A superb return considering the original investment was only made in 2008.
  • CEO Andy Penn noted that Telstra “will take a balanced approach in considering the use of these funds, which includes potential capital management options.”

Now What:

Telstra’s share price closed Friday’s trading session at $5.24 which is only around 5% above its 52-week low of $4.98.

Telstra remains a key income stock for many investors boasting a fully franked dividend yield of close to 6%.

The stock also looks attractively priced on a price-to-earnings multiple of around 15 times.

With a domestic market leadership position, asset experience which is resulting in Telstra playing a key role in the nbn rollout, and significant cash inflows from Autohome, the prospects for Telstra’s business performance over the coming years appears to be reasonable.

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