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AGL Energy has has entered into a conditional agreement offering to acquire Southern Phone Company Limited (SPC), one of Australia’s largest regional telecommunications businesses with 100,000 customers nation-wide.

The proposal is part of AGL’s plans to pursue growth in the convergence of energy and data, believing it will bring significant benefits to its customers.

The offer, if accepted, would see the acquisition of all issued capital of SPC, from its current 35 local council shareholders for $27.5 million.

AGL intends to maintain SPC’s business operations, brand and unique product offerings focused on regional customers.

This agreement is subject to a number of conditions, including acceptance by SPC shareholders of AGL’s offer.

AGL CEO and Managing Director, Brett Redman, said the acquisition presents a range of exciting opportunities for our residential and small business customers.

“AGL’s first step into the broadband and data sector, which is part of our growth strategy, builds on our strong regional presence as an energy retailer and SPC’s telecommunication services and capabilities,” Mr Redman said.

“The acquisition allows us to create space for new products and services that meet the needs of increasingly connected customers as energy and data converge.

“We are focused on responding to our customers’ evolving needs as we transform from a major energy retailer to a major, broader essential service provider.

“We believe the acquisition, as part of our broader strategy, will create significant value for our connected customers and also for our shareholders.”

Charlotte Pordage is Editor of Utility magazine, a position she has held since November 2018. She joined the team as an Associate Editor in October 2017, after sharpening her writing and editing skills across a range of print and digital publications. Charlotte graduated from Royal Holloway, University of London, in 2011 with joint honours in English and Latin. When she's not putting together Australia's only dedicated utility magazine, she can usually be found riding her horse or curled up with a good book.

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