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2017-10-13 17:45 CEST
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WENDEL :IHS to expand its operating footprint in the Middle East through the acquisition of 1,600 towers in Kuwait from Zain

IHS to expand its operating footprint in the Middle East through
the acquisition of 1,600 towers in Kuwait from Zain 

Wendel welcomes the agreement signed by IHS Holding Limited (IHS), the largest independent tower operator in EMEA by tower count and the third largest independent multinational tower company globally, to acquire more than 1,600 towers in Kuwait from Mobile Telecommunications Company K.S.C.P. (Zain), Kuwait's leading mobile operator, for $165 million. The transaction has been approved by Kuwait's Communication and Information Technology Regulatory Authority (CITRA), is still subject to other regulatory and statutory approvals, and is expected to close in the first quarter of 2018. Upon the conclusion of this transaction, IHS will manage ca. 25,000 towers[1].

The transaction will result in the formation of a new entity that will acquire and manage Zain's tower assets in Kuwait, with Zain retaining a minority shareholding in this newly formed entity. Under the terms of the transaction, Zain is selling only its passive physical infrastructure to the new company and will retain its intelligent software, technology and intellectual property with respect to managing its network. The newly formed entity will be responsible for maintaining and expanding Zain's tower footprint across Kuwait.

This transaction is part of IHS's broader strategy to apply its operational expertise throughout emerging markets. Upon completion, it will be the first sale and leaseback of telecom towers in the Middle East region by a licensed mobile operator, and IHS will become the first independent tower operator in the region. IHS's pioneer position in the Kuwait independent towerco industry combined with a dynamic telecom market offer attractive prospects in terms of telecom infrastructures sharing.

This acquisition will not require any additional investment from IHS's shareholders and will contribute positively to IHS long-term value creation.



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[1] Excluding WIP.