Airtel Africa appoints eight global banks to work on IPO

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Airtel Africa operates in 14 international locations throughout Africa the place it presents 2G, 3G and 4G cell providers and cell commerce via ‘Airtel Money’. Photo: AFP

Mumbai: Telecom operator Bharti Airtel Ltd stated it has appointed eight global banks for the deliberate preliminary public providing (IPO) of its African unit. Airtel Africa Ltd, a subsidiary of the Indian Telecom big, has appointed J.P. Morgan, Citigroup, BofA Merrill Lynch, Absa Group Limited, Barclays Bank PLC, BNP Paribas, Goldman Sachs International and Standard Bank Group for its IPO, it stated in an change submitting.

Bharti Airtel shares jumped as a lot as 3.14% intraday to Rs 338.25 per share following the announcement.

The proposed IPO of the African unit follows a $1.25 billion fund increase by Airtel Africa, led by Warburg Pincus, Temasek, Singtel, ComfortableBank Group International and others.

Earlier this month, Airtel Africa additionally introduced its newly-constituted board of administrators that features representatives from Bharti Airtel and the buyers. “The new Board of Directors brings a wealth of industry and governance experience to further drive the Airtel Africa business,” the Telecom operator stated within the submitting.

Airtel Africa is a pan-African Telecommunications firm with operations in 14 international locations throughout Africa.

The proposed providing hit a roadblock earlier this month when the Tanzanian authorities not solely disapproved the IPO, but additionally claimed that the federal government owns the Tanzanian unit.

Airtel Africa’s revenues grew 10.8% year-on-year,led by a progress in information and Airtel cash, the financing arm of the operator. It reported the identical within the second quarter ended 30 September 2018. The Company additionally witnessed an enchancment of EBITDA margin by 3.9% Y-o-Y to 37.1%.

Mobile information site visitors expanded 53% to 89 billion megabits year-on-year. While information buyer base elevated by 32.1% to 27.1 million, Airtel Money buyer base elevated to 12.9 million, boosting the full transaction worth on Airtel Money platform by 31% to $ 6.Three billion, the submitting added.

The Indian unit’s revenues fell 3.6% Y-o-Y, persevering with its downward spiral after Reliance Jio’s entry in late 2016.

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