AT&T says it has no Vodafone acquisition plans
The German headquarters of mobile-phone carrier Vodafone is pictured in Duesseldorf, Sept. 12, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Martin Meissner
DALLAS - AT&T says it does not intend to make an offer soon for British cellphone company Vodafone.
The announcement by the largest U.S. telecommunications company means it is restricted from initiating a bid on Vodafone in the next six months, according to British takeover rules. But the Dallas company can respond to an offer initiated by Vodafone, or it can make a bid in response to an offer from another company.
AT&T Inc. says it made the announcement at the request of a United Kingdom Takeover Panel, and it cites recent speculation about a possible Vodafone deal.
Last year, Vodafone agreed to sell its 45 per cent stake in AT&T competitor Verizon Communications Inc. to Verizon for $130 billion.
U.S.-traded shares of Vodafone Group PLC fell 2.7 per cent to $37.01 in morning trading Monday. AT&T rose 7 cents to $33.49.