Changes in the composition of the Group

In the first three quarters of 2019, Deutsche Telekom conducted the following transactions, which (will) have an impact on the composition of the Group. Other changes to the composition of the Group not shown here were of no material significance for Deutsche Telekom’s interim consolidated financial statements.

Acquisition of Tele2 Netherlands Holding N.V.

On December 15, 2017, Deutsche Telekom signed an agreement with the Tele2 Group on the acquisition of 100 percent of the shares in the telecommunications provider Tele2 Netherlands Holding N.V. (Tele2 Netherlands) by T‑Mobile Netherlands Holding B.V. (T‑Mobile Netherlands). After the European Commission issued its approval without conditions on November 27, 2018, the transaction was consummated on January 2, 2019. Tele2 Netherlands has been included in Deutsche Telekom’s consolidated financial statements as a fully consolidated subsidiary since the acquisition date. This transaction will establish a stronger, more sustainable provider of convergent fixed-network and mobile services on the Dutch market.

Consideration totaling EUR 734 million was transferred from the Deutsche Telekom Group to the Tele2 Group at the acquisition date. This consisted of a provisional cash payment (taking purchase price adjustments into account) of EUR 234 million and the transfer of a 25 percent share in T‑Mobile Netherlands (prior to the business combination) that was measured at a fair value of EUR 500 million. As a consequence of this transaction, Deutsche Telekom now recognizes non-controlling interests of 25 percent in the combined company resulting from the aforementioned transfer of 25 percent of the shares in T‑Mobile Netherlands (prior to the business combination) and the non-controlling interests in Tele2 Netherlands.

The purchase price allocation and the measurement of Tele2 Netherlands’ assets and liabilities at the acquisition date had almost been finalized by September 30, 2019. The fair values of Tele2 Netherlands’ acquired assets and liabilities recognized at the acquisition date are presented in the following table:

millions of €

Fair value
at the
acquisition date





Cash and cash equivalents


Trade and other receivables


Contract assets


Other assets








Other intangible assets


Of which: customer base


Of which: spectrum licenses


Of which: other


Property, plant and equipment


Right-of-use assets


Other assets








Lease liabilities


Trade and other payables


Other provisions


Contract liabilities


Other liabilities




Lease liabilities


Other provisions


Deferred tax liabilities


Contract liabilities




Deutsche Telekom has measured the non-controlling interests in the acquiree at fair value. This means that the full-goodwill method has been used.

The preliminary acquired goodwill of EUR 203 million to be recognized in Deutsche Telekom’s consolidated statement of financial position is calculated as follows:

millions of €

Fair value
at the
acquisition date

Consideration transferred


+ non-controlling interests


– fair value of the acquired assets


+ fair value of the acquired liabilities




The goodwill reflects the value of expected synergies arising from the acquisition, expected new customer gains, and the value of the assembled workforce. None of the goodwill is expected to be deductible for income tax purposes.

The spectrum licenses were measured using the guideline transaction method, with the fair value being derived on the basis of the price analyses used in the spectrum auctions carried out in the European telecommunications industry. The spectrum licenses are amortized over the expected useful life of 10 to 11 years. The customer base was measured using the multi-period excess earnings method. Under this method, the fair value of the customer base is determined by calculating the present value of profit/loss after taxes that can be assigned to the existing customers. The customer base is amortized over the useful life of 5 to 15 years.

The carrying amounts of the acquired receivables are based on the fair values. The gross amounts of the receivables amount to EUR 279 million. No material contingent liabilities have been identified.

The deferred tax liability comprises the tax effect on the temporary differences between the fair value of the different assets and the respective carrying value for tax purposes.

No material transaction-based costs were incurred by September 30, 2019.

Deutsche Telekom’s net revenue increased by EUR 447 million in the reporting period due to the acquisition of Tele2 Netherlands. Net profit for the current reporting period includes profit/loss before taxes of EUR 23 million from Tele2 Netherlands. Since the business combination took place before the beginning of the 2019 financial year, net revenue and net profit would not have been other than as reported.

Sale of Telekom Albania

On January 15, 2019, OTE concluded an agreement concerning the sale of its stake in Telekom Albania to the Bulgarian company Albania Telecom Invest AD for a purchase price of EUR 50 million. The transaction was consummated on May 7, 2019. The gain on deconsolidation resulting from the sale is immaterial from the Group’s perspective.

The following transactions are expected to change the composition of the Deutsche Telekom Group in future:

Agreed business combination of T‑Mobile US and Sprint

Together with their respective majority shareholders Deutsche Telekom AG and Softbank K.K., T‑Mobile US and Sprint Corp. concluded a binding agreement on April 29, 2018 to combine their companies. The agreement is subject to approvals by the regulatory and anti-trust authorities and certain other customary closing conditions. Under the agreement, T‑Mobile US will acquire all of the shares in Sprint. In return for every 9.75 Sprint shares, the company’s shareholders will receive one new T‑Mobile US share without any additional cash contribution. On completion of the transaction, Deutsche Telekom will hold around 42 percent of T‑Mobile US’ shares and Softbank around 27 percent, while the free float will account for around 31 percent. Due to the voting-rights agreement with Softbank, and to the fact that individuals nominated by Deutsche Telekom will hold the majority of the seats on the new company’s Board of Directors, T‑Mobile US will continue to be included as a fully consolidated subsidiary in the consolidated financial statements. For more information, please refer to the section “Group organization, strategy, and management.”

Transfer of the stake in Ströer SE & Co. KGaA to plan assets

On August 14, 2019, Deutsche Telekom transferred its 11.34 percent stake in Ströer SE & Co. KGaA to Deutsche Telekom Trust e.V., where it will be used as plan assets to cover existing pension obligations. This transaction resulted in income of EUR 142 million from the divestiture of the stake, which had previously been accounted for using the equity method. For more information, please refer to the section “Selected notes to the consolidated statement of financial position.”