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MTN, Airtel, NTEL, 13 Other Firms Scramble For 9mobile by froz(m): 8:45am On Oct 23, 2017
The scramble to acquire 9mobile, Nigeria’s fourth largest network operator, promises to be very competitive, as 16 firms have submitted expressions of interest (EoIs) to Barclays to bid for 9mobile, THISDAY has learnt.


Companies that have expressed interest in 9mobile, which until recently was Etisalat Nigeria Limited, until a debt default forced its former owner to relinquish its stake in the firm and exit Nigeria, include Africa’s biggest telecoms operator, MTN; India’s Bharti Airtel, operating as Airtel in Nigeria; and ntel, which in 2015 acquired the assets of the defunct NITEL and MTel through the federal government’s privatisation programme.

Also in the race are Bua Group, the privately held conglomerate promoted by Alhaji Abdulsamad Rabiu; Morning Side Capital Partners, promoted by the former Managing Director of Diamond Bank Plc, Mr. Alex Otti; and Africell, a subsidiary of the Lebanon-based Lintel Group of Companies, with cellular communications operations in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), The Gambia, Sierra Leone and Uganda.

Other firms that submitted EoIs are Obot Etiebet & Co, belonging to a former petroleum minister, Mr. Don Etiebet; Blackstone Private Equity; Tel-ology Holdings Limited, a special purpose vehicle led by a former chief executive of MTN Nigeria, Mr. Adian Wood, and Ericsson; De-elim Services Limited; Veittel, a firm owned by the investment arm of the Vietnamese military which has telecoms assets in Africa; AB-Bro Limited, a Nigerian venture company; Hamilton and George International Limited; and two other firms.

Industry sources confirmed to THISDAY that the 16 companies had complied with the deadline for the submission of EoIs at Barclays’ office in Ikoyi, Lagos, and are preparing to access the data room to conduct their due diligence on 9mobile, preparatory for the bid submission stage.

Etisalat Nigeria had taken out a $1.2 billion syndicated loan from a group of 13 banks but struggled to make repayments this year due to a currency crisis and recession in Nigeria.

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) was forced to intervene to save the company from collapse and prevent creditors from putting it into receivership, leading to a change in its board and management, as well as the new name 9mobile.

The crisis forced the telecoms company’s one-time parent Etisalat to terminate its management agreement with its Nigerian business and surrender its 45 per cent stake to a trustee following the central bank intervention.

9mobile CEO Boye Olusanya has said he is focused on getting the telecoms company back on track to make a profit, while working on the paperwork to eventually raise new capital, adding the company was open to new investors.

The 13 banks have put a freeze on collecting the principal and interest payments on the syndicated loan pending new investors, in order to help the company survive, the sources told Reuters.

They have also held back on taking provisions for the syndicated loan and agreed to extend it after the regulatory intervention in July.

The sources said the central bank had asked the lenders to take a five percent provision on the loan as part of their third quarter results due this month. Some lenders, such as Zenith Bank, UBA, and Access Bank have already made 30 per cent provisions to cover direct lending to 9mobile outside the syndicated loan.

9mobile has over 20 million subscribers with a 14 per cent share of the Nigerian market.

South Africa’s MTN is the market leader with 47 per cent, Globacom has 20 per cent while Airtel has 19 per cent.

The Nigerian lenders with exposure to the telecoms firm had given Barclays the mandate to handle the sale of 9mobile, after Citigroup and Standard Bank, previously in the running for the role, were dropped.

According to Reuters, the lenders decided against Citigroup and Standard Bank due to their previous ties to 9mobile.

Standard Bank’s Nigerian subsidiary, Stanbic IBTC Bank is among the group of lenders to 9mobile while Citi has advised the telecoms company in the past, said banking sources.

SOURCE: https://brandspurng.com/mtn-airtel-ntel-13-other-firms-scramble-for-9mobile/

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Re: MTN, Airtel, NTEL, 13 Other Firms Scramble For 9mobile by starchris(m): 9:26am On Oct 23, 2017
I can't believe mtn still have almost 50 percent of the market share. We need more competitors

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Re: MTN, Airtel, NTEL, 13 Other Firms Scramble For 9mobile by rodeo0070(m): 11:04am On Oct 24, 2017
Booked
Re: MTN, Airtel, NTEL, 13 Other Firms Scramble For 9mobile by biggerboyc(m): 1:11pm On Oct 24, 2017
Ok

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Re: MTN, Airtel, NTEL, 13 Other Firms Scramble For 9mobile by Nobody: 6:17am On Oct 25, 2017
Sell it?
Re: MTN, Airtel, NTEL, 13 Other Firms Scramble For 9mobile by ultron12345: 6:25am On Oct 25, 2017
Congratulations in advance to the Directors, Top Management and Shareholders of the company who will successfully make the acquisition

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Re: MTN, Airtel, NTEL, 13 Other Firms Scramble For 9mobile by nony43(m): 7:23am On Oct 25, 2017
Please Airtel should not be among the scramblers

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Re: MTN, Airtel, NTEL, 13 Other Firms Scramble For 9mobile by nony43(m): 7:24am On Oct 25, 2017
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Re: MTN, Airtel, NTEL, 13 Other Firms Scramble For 9mobile by HAH: 7:25am On Oct 25, 2017
They should not sell to any existing mobile company in Nigeria, we need new companies for new competition

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Re: MTN, Airtel, NTEL, 13 Other Firms Scramble For 9mobile by obasivic: 7:26am On Oct 25, 2017
MTN has been killing us in this country

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Re: MTN, Airtel, NTEL, 13 Other Firms Scramble For 9mobile by MrGreenMavro: 7:27am On Oct 25, 2017
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Re: MTN, Airtel, NTEL, 13 Other Firms Scramble For 9mobile by ivolt: 7:27am On Oct 25, 2017
starchris:
I can't believe mtn still have almost 50 percent of the market share. We need more competitors
More competitors will change nothing, people hardly abandon
their old network for a new one unless there is a mouth-watering
offer. What we need is better service from other operators.

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Re: MTN, Airtel, NTEL, 13 Other Firms Scramble For 9mobile by LastSurvivor11: 7:28am On Oct 25, 2017
Time to start looking for another job..
Etisalat don fall our hands..

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Re: MTN, Airtel, NTEL, 13 Other Firms Scramble For 9mobile by ToluSuo(m): 7:28am On Oct 25, 2017
Please don't quote me, I just came to book space... Morning y'all ... #PEACE... kiss

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Re: MTN, Airtel, NTEL, 13 Other Firms Scramble For 9mobile by Trendy247: 7:29am On Oct 25, 2017
U won't see Glo on the list o... Useless network!

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Re: MTN, Airtel, NTEL, 13 Other Firms Scramble For 9mobile by kuntash: 7:30am On Oct 25, 2017
May MTN NEVER win or take over this 9mobile ..



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Re: MTN, Airtel, NTEL, 13 Other Firms Scramble For 9mobile by DanielsParker(m): 7:31am On Oct 25, 2017
Their wahala
Re: MTN, Airtel, NTEL, 13 Other Firms Scramble For 9mobile by ninocia18(m): 7:33am On Oct 25, 2017
My own is that no matter who is buying it, MTN and airtel should not near that place.

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Re: MTN, Airtel, NTEL, 13 Other Firms Scramble For 9mobile by Samusu(m): 7:35am On Oct 25, 2017
So it's true
Re: MTN, Airtel, NTEL, 13 Other Firms Scramble For 9mobile by josielewa(m): 7:35am On Oct 25, 2017
if glo can buy to augment their poor network....

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Re: MTN, Airtel, NTEL, 13 Other Firms Scramble For 9mobile by GREATESTPIANIST: 7:36am On Oct 25, 2017
My 9mobile network is sooo poor.. why?
Re: MTN, Airtel, NTEL, 13 Other Firms Scramble For 9mobile by maxiuc(m): 7:37am On Oct 25, 2017
cheesy grin


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Re: MTN, Airtel, NTEL, 13 Other Firms Scramble For 9mobile by SalamRushdie: 7:37am On Oct 25, 2017
The best team to cede 9mobile to will be the team of Adrian Woods and Erricson , the next best team will be MTN even though a lot of people will kick against it. The greatest mistake will be to give it to Ntel which is currently the worst internet service provider in the world ,

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Re: MTN, Airtel, NTEL, 13 Other Firms Scramble For 9mobile by DeBlessedOne(m): 7:37am On Oct 25, 2017
Mtcheew. Smh. Did i say i want to sell 9mobile? Hungry bloggers.
Re: MTN, Airtel, NTEL, 13 Other Firms Scramble For 9mobile by columbus007(m): 7:38am On Oct 25, 2017
When I Lion is dead,u see vultures coming to feed on its carcass, this is the case of Etisalat now 9mobile,lets wait and see,

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Re: MTN, Airtel, NTEL, 13 Other Firms Scramble For 9mobile by wildchild02: 7:38am On Oct 25, 2017
Thought some banks acquired the Telecom company sometimes back?

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Re: MTN, Airtel, NTEL, 13 Other Firms Scramble For 9mobile by Gkemz(m): 7:41am On Oct 25, 2017
If that happens, many of their staff will lose their jobs as the new owner may decide not to absorb them them especially the redundant and incompetent ones who entered through the back door.

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Re: MTN, Airtel, NTEL, 13 Other Firms Scramble For 9mobile by eedriyz(m): 7:43am On Oct 25, 2017
Hmmm. If the guys managing NTEL are doing it right, then NTEL should just get this. Other wise, GLO better acquire it to boost their snail network

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Re: MTN, Airtel, NTEL, 13 Other Firms Scramble For 9mobile by Obierika: 7:43am On Oct 25, 2017
I thought NTEL is dead
Re: MTN, Airtel, NTEL, 13 Other Firms Scramble For 9mobile by Noblebrown7(m): 7:44am On Oct 25, 2017
Just passing..
Re: MTN, Airtel, NTEL, 13 Other Firms Scramble For 9mobile by femo122: 7:44am On Oct 25, 2017
undecided
Re: MTN, Airtel, NTEL, 13 Other Firms Scramble For 9mobile by Titto93(m): 7:45am On Oct 25, 2017
9Mobile needs to be handled by a competent and non corrupt hand like Rabiu Abdulsamad

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