At the time of writing, the telco giant’s shares are up slightly to $3.99. Whereas the retailer’s shares are up 6% to 98 cents.
Why is the Telstra share price rising?
The Telstra share price is rising today after Vita announced the sale of its Information and Communication Technology (ICT) retail business to the telco.
According to the release, the two parties have agreed a cash consideration of $110 million, subject to a net working capital and net-debt adjustment mechanism.
The release notes that the proposed transaction involves the sale of Vita’s Telstra branded retail stores and the Sprout business. Furthermore, Telstra will take over the employment relationship with the majority of staff involved with the stores and support teams.
The Vita Board believes the proposed transaction provides benefits to shareholders through realising value from the ICT channel and Sprout business now. This is rather than trading through to the conclusion of the Telstra Dealer Agreement in 2025 in an uncertain economic environment and changing ICT landscape.
What now for Vita?
If the transaction completes successfully, the Vita Board expects to distribute a large portion of the proceeds to shareholders.
It is proposing a fully franked special dividend of approximately $65 million to $75 million, representing $0.39 to $0.45 per share, plus franking credits of up to approximately $0.17 to $0.19 per share.
After which, Vita intends to utilise the remaining portion of proceeds, currently estimated to be approximately $35 million, to fund the further growth of its Artisan Aesthetic Clinics business.
It currently has 20 clinics across the country and is competing with Silk Laser Australia Ltd (ASX: SLA) in the growing beauty clinics market.