MTN Group says it will sell up to 575 million shares held in MTN Nigeria at N169 per share to retail investors.
In a statement on Tuesday, Uto Ukpanah, the company’s secretary, said the offer opens at 8:00 am on Wednesday, December 1, 2021, and closes at 5:00 pm on December 14, 2021.
The statement added that the minimum subscription is for 20 shares and in multiples of 20 shares after.
It also includes a bonus share of one share for every 20 shares bought by a retail investor subject to maximum bonus shares of 250 per investor.
“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.”
Commenting on the price announcement, Karl Toriola, MTN Nigeria CEO, said: “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.”
Ralph Mupita, MTN Group president and CEO, said the offer aligns with MTN 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,” Mupita said.
“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% over time.
“We thank the Nigerian authorities for the support we as 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.”
The telco giant said investors will submit applications through the issuing houses, receiving agents (authorised stockbrokers and Nigerian banks), and online via a unique digital application platform, PrimaryOffer, administered by the Nigerian Exchange Limited.
MTN listed on NGX in 2019 at N90 per share and currently trades at N190 — recording over 100 appreciation in share price since then.
Last week, MTN concluded book building for institutional investors at a price range of N165 and N175.