MTN REVEALS PLANS TO SELL 14% NIGERIAN STAKE TO LOCAL INVESTORS

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The MTN Group on Monday revealed that plans to sell a 14% stake in its Nigerian unit to local investors are ‘well advanced’.

The South African firm, which holds 78.8% of MTN Nigeria, added that the process would commence as soon as market conditions are conducive.

In June 2016, MTN Nigeria committed to listing a portion of its shares on the Nigeria Stock Exchange (NSE) as part of a settlement arrangement with the Nigerian government regarding a N330 billion fine.

The listing was initially expected to take place during 2017 but it was delayed due to regulatory and macro-economic issues.

It eventually took place on May 16, 2019 via a ‘listing by introduction’.

MTN intends to follow this with a public offer once market conditions are favourable.

Over time, MTN Group anticipates that local ownership will increase from around 20% to 35%; although in March 2020, it hinted that its sale of a roughly 15% stake may have to be carried out in phases.

MTN attributed this to the COVID-19 pandemic and a slump in oil prices.

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