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Airtel Secures Further $200M Funding

Airtel has introduced on Friday that it has secured a $200 million funding for its cell cash enterprise from Qatar Holding LLC.

Three months in the past, Mastercard invested $100 million in Airtel Cellular Commerce BV (AMC BV) — the cell cash enterprise of telecom Airtel Africa. This was two weeks after it additionally obtained $200 million from TPG’s Rise Fund.

Qatar Holding LLC is an affiliate of the Qatar Funding Authority (QIA), the sovereign wealth fund of the State of Qatar with over $300 billion in belongings.

The Center Japanese company is about to speculate $200 million into AMC BV by means of a secondary buy of shares from Airtel Africa.

AMC BV is an Airtel Africa subsidiary and the holding firm for a number of of Airtel Africa’s cell cash operations throughout 14 African international locations, together with Kenya, Uganda, and Nigeria. The cell cash arm operates one of many largest monetary companies on the continent. It gives customers entry to cell wallets, help for worldwide cash transfers, loans, and digital bank cards.

In line with a press release launched by the telecoms operator, the proceeds of the funding will probably be used to scale back debt and put money into community and gross sales infrastructure within the respective working international locations. The deal will shut in two tranches — $150 million invested on the first shut, most certainly in August. The remaining $50 million will probably be invested on the second shut.

Airtel Africa claims QIA will maintain a minority stake whereas it continues to carry the bulk stake. This transaction nonetheless values Airtel Africa at $2.65 billion on a money and debt-free foundation like different offers. Nonetheless, what’s totally different this time is that QIA is entitled to nominate a director to AMC BV’s board and “to sure customary info and minority safety rights.”

Airtel Africa’s most up-to-date report for Q1 2021 reveals indicators of progress. The telecoms operator noticed a year-on-year income progress of 53.7%, pushed by a 24.6% progress in buyer base to 23.1 million. Transaction worth went up 64.4% to $14.7 billion ($59 billion annualised); and EBITDA stood at $60 million ($240 million annualised) at a margin of 48.8%. The corporate additionally generated $124 million in income ($496 million annualised), whereas its income earlier than tax year-on-year for Q1 2021 stood at $185 million.

Mansoor bin Ebrahim Al-Mahmoud, CEO of QIA, stated the sovereign wealth fund funding in Airtel Africa would assist promote monetary inclusion in Sub-Saharan Africa. “Airtel Cash performs a essential function in facilitating financial exercise, together with for patrons with out entry to conventional monetary companies. We firmly consider in its mission to increase these efforts over the approaching years,” he added.

Airtel Africa first made it recognized that it needed to promote a minority stake in AMC BV to lift money and unload some belongings in February and offered off its telecommunication towers in Madagascar and Malawi to Helios Towers for $119 million and raised $500 million from exterior buyers within the subsequent month.

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