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R4.3bn windfall for MTN in Nigeria after share sale

By , ITWeb's news editor.
Nigeria , 01 Feb 2022
MTN Group president and CEO Ralph Mupita.
MTN Group president and CEO Ralph Mupita.

Mobile operator MTN has raised R4.3 billion in Nigeria after the company successfully concluded a share sale scheme in its most lucrative market.

In a statement today, MTN says further to the announcement of 30 November 2021, “MTN Group is pleased to announce the successful completion of its Series 1 offer for sale of 575 million MTN Nigeria shares to Nigerian investors”.

The mobile operator notes that the offer was implemented by way of a bookbuild to qualified institutional investors and a fixed price offer to retail investors.

According to MTN, the offer was 1.2 times oversubscribed with a total of 802 million shares subscribed for by more than 126 000 investors.

These included Nigerian retail and institutional investors, where participating Nigerian pension funds represent approximately 6.5 million Nigerian contributors.

The offer further marks the first time that a digital application platform, PrimaryOffer, was used for a Nigerian public offer, says MTN.

It adds that more than 74% of retail offer subscribers applied via the PrimaryOffer platform. Many of these investors are new market participants.

Gross proceeds from the offer amount to approximately R4.3 billion, says the operator, adding that following the offer, MTN Group’s shareholding in MTN Nigeria reduces from 78.8% to 75.6%.

It explains that a further maximum of 4.27 million MTN Nigeria shares (0.02%) will be allocated to qualifying retail investors who hold the shares allocated to them until 31 January 2023, being 12 months following the offer allocation.

The news comes after MTN Nigeria this week delivered growth across all its revenue lines in the country, for the financial year ended December 2021, which it says demonstrates the underlying strength and momentum of the business.

In the year, MTN Nigeria’s service revenue grew by 23.3%, exceeding its mid-teen target, driven mainly by growth in voice, data and fintech service revenue lines, according to Karl Toriola, MTN Nigeria CEO.

Commenting on the capita raise, Ralph Mupita MTN Group president and CEO said: “We are pleased that this offer has given so many Nigerians the opportunity to become owners of MTN Nigeria.

“With over 6.6 million Nigerians directly or indirectly becoming shareholders in MTN Nigeria, the objective of broadening the shareholder base, and creating shared value has been achieved. We are proud that our offer was the first Nigerian public offer to use the digital application platform, PrimaryOffer, which enabled wider investor participation across Nigeria.

“We thank the Nigerian authorities for their support of this offer. We remain committed to playing our humble role in driving digital and financial inclusion in Nigeria over the medium-term.”

MTN Group says it will continue its work to deliver on its stated intention of broadening the local shareholder base in MTN Nigeria, subject to market condition and regulatory approvals, with a goal to hold approximately 65% of the business in the medium-term.

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