EQT Infrastructure has walked away from its AU$5.25 a share in cash proposal for Vocus that was disclosed last month.
Vocus informed the ASX on Tuesday evening that after conducting due diligence, EQT decided not to proceed to a formal offer.
"As we said in our Interim Results on 27 February, we are in the early stages of a business turnaround. We have great confidence that our strategy will deliver significant value to our shareholders in the medium to long term," Vocus managing director and CEO Kevin Russell said in a statement.
"There is growing demand for our strategically valuable network assets and we have a substantial opportunity to gain market share in Vocus Networks, which is the core of our business."
In its half-year results announced in February, Vocus reported revenue as being up 1% to AU$974 million, while underlying earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, and amortisation (EBITDA) was down 10% to AU$171 million, and statutory earnings before interest and tax was down a third to AU$50 million.
The worst performing group was its business division, which saw revenue drop 27% and EBITDA fall 30%, followed by its consumer division which experienced a 12% revenue drop and a 5% EBITDA fall. Headed in the other direction were its network and services and New Zealand groups, which reported a 27% jump in revenue and 5% revenue boost, respectively, as well as increases in EBITDA of 3% and 11%.
Two years ago, Vocus was engaged with takeover proposals from Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co (KKR) and Affinity Equity Partners that resulted in nothing.
Former Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull joined KKR last week.
Vocus receives all cash takeover proposal from EQT Infrastructure
EQT offers AU$5.25 for shares that have traded below AU$4 for most of the year.
Vocus getting out of NBN land grab to focus on fibre links and wireless
NBN is complex and economically unattractive, and retail will shift towards fixed wireless and mobile, the company has said.
ACCC starts breaking out Vodafone NBN customer connections
Vodafone Australia is sitting around the level of Aussie Broadband and MyRepublic in the latest ACCC Wholesale Market Indicators Report.
SUSE acquired from Micro Focus by EQT
The oldest Linux business, SUSE, is changing hands.