IHS which was established in the early 2000s is the largest mobile telecommunications infrastructure provider in Africa, Europe and the Middle East and now, they have completed the acquisition of Helios Towers Nigeria Limited’s (“HTN”) 1,211 diversified tower sites throughout Nigeria. This transaction which was announced on the 10th of March 2016, is the first in-market consolidation in Africa.
IHS acquired the entire issued share capital of HTN and now has full operational control of the underlying business, according to the terms of the transaction. Business will continue as usual for HTN’s towers which will be seamlessly integrated into the IHS network and connected to IHS’s state of the art network operating Centre which monitors each tower 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The company has plans of remaining committed to maintaining HTN’s existing relationship and position with its bondholders and even held a meeting of bondholders on 22 April 2016 in order to waive any redemption rights which may have arisen in respect to the change of control.
IHS believes the benefits of the transaction extend to all stakeholders as there are meaningful synergies that will be derived from the transaction given a considerable part of the IHS portfolio is located in Nigeria. IHS will work to roll out its renewable energy solutions and diesel reduction initiatives whilst maintaining unparalleled network uptime.
Inder Bajaj, Chief Executive Officer of HTN, said, “IHS has a proven track record in telecoms infrastructure services and is the natural buyer of our business. We strongly believe their deep knowledge and extensive experience in the sector will help to continue the strong level of customer service achieved by HTN.”
Issam Darwish, Executive Vice Chairman & Group Chief Executive Officer of IHS, said,“The completion of this transaction is significant in that it combines Africa’s two original tower companies and will enable us to strengthen our service offering to our customers while focusing on their needs. We remain committed to the Nigerian tower market and this transaction provides IHS the opportunity to optimise a larger portfolio through innovative green energy solutions and delivery of market leading quality of service.”