Goldman Sachs, Others Inject $490 Mln In Africa Tower Firm IHS

By Kevin Mwanza Published: March 3, 2014, 11:18 am

From TechCentral

Cellphone tower management company IHS has secured US$490m in new funding, made up of $420 in equity and $70m in debt, as it expands its operations across Africa.

Existing shareholders in IHS are contributing to the fund-raising exercise alongside new investors Goldman Sachs, the IFC Global Infrastructure Fund and African Infrastructure Investment Managers. Senior debt is being provided by Standard Chartered Bank for expansion of IHS’s business in Zambia.

The funding will be used for acquisitions and investment in new telecommunications infrastructure, the company said in a statement.

IHS, which describes itself as Africa’s largest independent telecoms infrastructure company by the number of towers managed, said the latest round of funding was priced at a premium to a round in 2013.

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