mtn Nigeria Communications Plc (MTN Nigeria) has announced that the public offer to retail investors for the sale of up to 575 million shares held in MTN Nigeria by MTN Group will be priced at N169.00 per share (the offer).
The offer will open at 8 am on 1 December and close at 5pm on 14 December 2021, said a statement signed on Tuesday by the Company Secretary, Uto Ukpanah.
The minimum subscription is for 20 shares and lots of 20 shares thereafter, and the offer includes an incentive in the form of one free share for every 20 shares purchased, subject to a maximum of 250 free shares per investor.
The incentive is open to retail investors who buy and hold the shares allotted to them for at least 12 months, post the allotment date.
The Retail Offer, according to the statement, 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.
“The success and growth of MTN Nigeria are intrinsically linked to that of Nigeria and Nigerians,” said MTN Nigeria Chief Executive Officer, Karl Toriola, while commenting on the price announcement. “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.”
MTN Group President and Chief Executive Officer, Ralph Mupita, 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,” he 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 playing our humble role in driving digital and financial inclusion across the country over the medium-term.”
Investors will be able to 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.