Millicom receives a 24% stake in leading African towers company, Helios Towers Africa
Stockholm, 07 October, 2015 – Millicom and Helios Towers Africa (“HTA”), one of
the leading, independent telecommunications towers companies in Africa,
today announced that Millicom will own 24% of shares in HTA on a fully diluted
basis following a shareholding reorganisation.
As a result of the reorganisation, Millicom will exchange shares which were
previously held in HTA’s tower companies in Ghana, DRC and Tanzania, into shares
in HTA’s parent company.
This transaction will simplify the share ownership structure of HTA, align
interest among shareholders and move Millicom’s shareholding to the parent HTA
company. The transaction does not change access to commercially sensitive
information, which is held exclusively by HTA.
In 2010, HTA acquired, through its different operating companies, a portfolio of
2,450 Millicom-owned towers in Ghana, DRC and Tanzania. At that time, Millicom
retained equity stakes in the individual tower companies. These equity positions
are now being exchanged for shares in HTA.
HTA recently raised US$363 million in new equity from existing and new
shareholders to fund acquisitions and new growth in existing markets. The share
exchange is being undertaken at the same valuation as the funding round.
Tabitha Aldrich-Smith, Interim Communications Director
Tel: +352 277 59084 (Luxembourg) / +44 7971 919 610 / email@example.com
Nicolas Didio, Director, Head of Investor Relations
Tel: +352 277 59125 (Luxembourg) / +44 203 249 2220 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Bell Pottinger (Helios Towers Africa Enquiries)
Victoria Geoghegan / Nick Lambert / Philip Peck
Tel: +44 20 3772 2562
Millicom is a leading telecom and media company dedicated to emerging markets in
Latin America and Africa. Millicom sets the pace when it comes to providing
innovative and customer-centric digital lifestyle services to the world’s
emerging markets. The Millicom Group employs more than 16,000 people and
provides mobile services to over 59 million customers. Founded in 1990, Millicom
International Cellular SA is headquartered in Luxembourg and listed on NASDAQ
OMX Stockholm under the symbol MIC. In 2014, Millicom generated revenue of USD
6.4 billion and EBITDA of USD 2.1 billion.
About Helios Towers Africa
HTA is one of the leading, independent telecommunications towers companies in
Africa with over 5000 towers under ownership and management, and a significant
HTA currently operates in Ghana, Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of Congo and
the Republic of Congo. HTA acquires, builds and manages telecom infrastructure,
leasing it to operators in Africa. HTA pioneered the sale-leaseback model in
Africa, buying towers held by single operators and leasing them back to the
seller and multiple other operators simultaneously. Both HTA’s model of shared
telecoms infrastructure and its scale, help deliver improved efficiency for
operators, reduced costs for users and increased accessibility; and HTA has been
operational since 2009 and its investors include: Helios Investment Partners,
Albright Capital Management, RIT Capital Partners, Quantum Strategic Partners
Ltd, the International Finance Corporation and ALAC.