IN ITS bid to broaden the shareholding base, MTN Nigeria Communications Plc (MTN Nigeria) has commenced the sale of 575 million shares held in MTN Nigeria by MTN Group to retail investors.
This was disclosed by the Chief Executive Officer of the Telecom group, Karl Toriola, during a press conference on Tuesday.
He noted that sale of the shares was not designed to raise funds for the company but to deepen its shareholding and enable more Nigerians partake in the prosperity of the company.
According to the CEO, “offer will open at 8:00am today and close at 5:00 pm on December14, 2021. Priced at N169.00 per share (the offer), the minimum subscription is for 20 shares and lots of 20 shares thereafter. The offer includes an incentive in the form of one free share for every 20 shares purchased, subject to a maximum of 250 free shares per investor. The incentive is open to retail investors who buy and hold the shares allotted to them for at least 12 months, post the allotment date.
“The public offer is an offer for sale by MTN Group, which is divesting part of its shares in MTN Nigeria to allow Nigerian institutional and retail investors to buy equities in the telecommunications giant. The book building for institutional investors was done last week with a price range of N165 and N175.
“The retail offer is the first in Nigeria to be delivered via a digital platform. By using the power of technology, it aims to facilitate the maximum possible participation by Nigerian investors. The success and growth of MTN Nigeria is intrinsically linked to that of Nigeria and Nigerians. Therefore, we are very excited to offer Nigerians the opportunity to own shares in MTN Nigeria.
“Our journey to becoming the largest network in Nigeria has been humbling, but we still have a long way to go. There is much more to do to support the evolution of an inclusive digital economy, and we continue to invest as we evolve into a truly digital operator, capable of seamlessly integrating value across the evolving telecommunications, digital and fintech segments.”
Speaking, CEO, Nigerian Exchange Limited, Temi Popoola, who said the offer will help restore investors’ confidence maintained that the current figure is too low, hoping that the retail offer will change the numbers.
The MTN Group President and Chief Executive Officer, Ralph Mupita, said the offer aligned with the group’s strategic priority to create shared value. “In the last 20 years, we have worked diligently to connect 68 million subscribers onto voice and data networks and ensure that we deliver the benefits of a modern connected life.
“With this offer, we will contribute to the further deepening of Nigeria’s equity capital markets. It is the first in a series of transactions as the MTN Group implements its plans to ensure broad-based ownership by reducing its shareholding in MTN Nigeria to 65 per cent over time. We thank the Nigerian authorities for the support we at MTN Group have received in the various approvals related to this offer, and remain committed to play our humble role in driving digital and financial inclusion across the country over the medium-term.”