Gulf Energy Development, Thailand’s biggest power producer by market value, offered to acquire Intouch Holdings that control’s the nation’s largest mobile phone operator for as much as THB169 billion (US$5.4 billion or $7.2 billion). Intouch shares surged the most in more than a year.

The Bangkok-based company, controlled by billionaire Sarath Ratanavadi, offered to buy 2.6 billion shares, or about 81% of Intouch, that it doesn’t already own at THB65 ($2.77) each, it said in an exchange filing. The offer price is 11% higher than Intouch’s close on Friday. While Intouch shares jumped as much as 9% on Monday, the most since March 2020, Gulf Energy tumbled as much as 5.3% to its lowest level since November.

Gulf Energy will also tender for 100% of Advanced Info Service, Thailand’s biggest mobile phone company controlled by Intouch, at THB122.86 each. The Advanced Info offering will be subject to Gulf Energy securing at least 50% of Intouch, it said.

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