Monday 11, June 2018 by Jessica Combes

Vodacom plans $1.3 billion stake sale to raise black ownership

 

The final pricing of the deal will be confirmed in early July and the sale will take place in September

Vodacom Group Ltd. proposed raising the share of black shareholding in Africa’s largest wireless carrier by selling a stake of as much as 6.35 per cent to investors including Royal Bafokeng Holdings, Thebe Investment Corp., YeboYethu Ltd. and company staff.

The ZAR17.5 billion ($1.3 billion) deal will help Vodacom comply with a government initiative to ensure that at least 20 per cent of the company is owned by black share holders. Vodacom’s existing empowerment deal is coming to an end on 8 October. As part of the deal, current black shareholders will swap their shareholding in the South African unit of Vodacom for a stake in the total group.

“Our black shareholders wanted exposure not only to have exposure to the South African operations, but also to our international operations,” Chief Executive Office Shameel Joosub said on a conference call on Monday. “By black shareholders holding a stake in the larger group it will also provide better pricing transparency.”

Shareholders will have to approve the transaction, the company said. The final pricing of the deal will be confirmed in early July and the sale will take place in September, Vodacom said.

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