South Africa’s Blue Label pays $four hundred million for Cell C stake

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* Blue Label Telecoms can pay 5.5 billion rand for a forty five per cent stake in debt-laden cellular agency Cell C Ltd

* Blue Label can pay three.5bn rand and 2bn will come from an settlement with South Africa’s Internet 1 UEPS Applied sciences

* Cell C was based in 2001 by Saudi Arabia’s Oger Telecom

 

Blue Label Telecoms, the most important distributor of pre-paid airtime and knowledge in South Africa, can pay 5.5 billion rand ($four hundred million) for a forty five % stake in debt-laden cellular agency Cell C Ltd, it stated on Wednesday.

The deal will give Blue Label a share of income on a product it distributes in addition to a serious stake in an organization dealing with a shopper backlash on account of sluggish community speeds.

For Cell C, the deal is a part of its efforts to pay down debt which pressured it right into a restructuring cope with bondholders in 2014, involving pushing again the maturity of a few of its brief-dated borrowing to July 2018.

Cell C, based in 2001 by Saudi Arabia’s Oger Telecom, has struggled to compete towards established South African rivals Vodacom and MTN Group.

To fund the Cell C deal, Blue Label can pay three.5 billion rand from out there money and funding amenities, whereas 2 billion will come from an settlement with South Africa’s Internet 1 UEPS Applied sciences, Blue Label stated in a press release.

Funds processing and know-how agency Internet 1 is shopping for 117.9 million Blue Label shares for two billion rand, giving it a 15 % stake within the airtime distributor.

Shares in Blue Label rose eight.9 % to shut at 20.20 rand and Internet 1 shares surged 10 % to 139 rand, the 2 greatest performers on the JSE Allshare index.

Internet 1 Chief Government and Chairman Serge Belamant stated the funding was the beginning of a strategic alliance that might improve worth for shareholders in each companies because of cooperation between their native and worldwide operations.

He additionally stated Blue Label’s forty five % stake in Cell C would assist all three corporations concerned appeal to extra clients quicker and supply cross-promoting alternatives.

Blue Label Joint Chief Government Brett Levy stated the stake in Cell C won’t compromise his agency’s distribution offers with different telecoms corporations.

“It’s enterprise as normal with the likes of Vodacom and MTN,” he advised an investor name.

Internet 1 expects to pay for the transaction by means of a mixture of money and debt plus the issuance of 5 million shares, the corporate stated on Wednesday.

Cell C will concern new shares to employees, senior administration and present shareholders following the deal to assist scale back its borrowing to a most of eight billion rand, Blue Label stated.

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