Vodacom Group’s Tanzanian unit plans to raise 476bn shillings (R2,8bn) in a share sale, the first of a series of initial public offerings by telecommunications companies on the domestic stock exchange this year.
The company plans to sell 560m shares at 850 shillings each after it received approval on Tuesday from the Capital Markets and Securities Authority, Godfrey Gabriel, head of corporate and market research at lead manager Orbit Securities, said by phone from the commercial capital, Dar es Salaam. Charles Shirima, a spokesman for the regulator, confirmed approval had been granted.
Tanzania in June enacted a law requiring phone companies to sell at least a 25% stake of their units in the country on the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange to boost local ownership.
The industry has more than quadrupled its subscriber base over the past decade to more than 40m users, according to the industry regulator.
Vodacom is the country’s largest operator with 31% market share, followed by Millicom International Cellular’s Tigo, Bharti Airtel and Halotel, a unit of Vietnam’s Viettel Group. Companies registered in Tanzania after July 2016 are exempt from the listing requirement for at least two years.
The offering by Vodacom will boost the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange’s market capitalisation by 2,4% to about 20,6 trillion shillings, according to data on the bourse’s website. The company didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. — (c) 2017 Bloomberg LP