New Delhi : Bharti Airtel Limited (“Airtel”), a leading global telecommunications services provider with operations in 17 countries across Asia and Africa, today said that, through its subsidiaries, it has entered into a definitive agreement with Millicom International Cellular S.A. (“Millicom”) under which Airtel Rwanda Limited (“Airtel Rwanda”) will acquire 100% equity interest in Tigo Rwanda Limited (“Tigo Rwanda”). The acquisition will consolidate the Rwandan telecom market and position Airtel as a strong number 2 operator in Rwanda. The consideration for the transaction is based on approximately 6x EBITDA multiple, payable over two years. The agreement is subject to regulatory and statutory approvals.
“We are also committed to the long term viability of our operations in two other countries i.e. Kenya and Tanzania, to ensure that in 2018 all our 15 operations in Africa start contributing positive margins and cash flows towards a healthy and profitable Airtel Africa” Sunil Bharti Mittal, Chairman, Bharti Airtel, said.
” Acquisition to consolidate the Rwandan telecom market and position Airtel as a strong number 2 operator in Rwanda with revenues of over USD 80 million and a revenue market share of over 40 %. Existing Millicom Rwanda customers will join over 370 million customers on Airtel’s global network across 17 countries and enjoy the benefits of a superior network, international roaming, and high quality 3G, 4G speed as well as Airtel Money services”
The agreement aims to bring together the strengths of Airtel and Millicom in Rwanda and offer benefits to customers in the form of a wider network, affordable voice and data services, and superior customer care. The existing customers of Tigo Rwanda will join Airtel’s global network, which currently serves over 370 million customers across 17 countries. They will enjoy, amongst other things, benefits of the ‘One Airtel’ network with lower roaming rates across Africa and South Asia, an exciting bouquet of innovative services including Airtel Money.
On completion, the proposed acquisition will undergo seamless integration, both on the customer as well as the network side, and further strengthen our market position.
Over the years Airtel has been solidifying its market position to become a key player in the continent with in-country acquisitions. In the past, Airtel acquired assets in Uganda (Warid) and Congo B (Warid), Kenya (yu Mobile) and consolidated operations in Ghana (Millicom). The customers in these markets today enjoy a superior and wider network, affordable voice & data services, Airtel Money and better customer care.