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Airtel announces first closing of money minority investments with The Rise Fund , Mastercard

Airtel Africa, a leading provider of telecommunications and mobile money services, with a presence in 14 countries across Africa has announced first closing relating to the Airtel Money minority investment transactions with both TPG’s The Rise Fund and Mastercard, previously announced by the Group on March 18, 2021 and April 1, 2021 respectively.

With the conditions for first closing having now been met, The Rise Fund and Mastercard have invested $150million and $75million respectively in a secondary purchase of shares in AMC BV from a subsidiary of Airtel Africa, with a further $50million and $25million respectively to be invested at second close upon further transfers of mobile money operations into AMC BV.

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Under the AMC BV shareholders’ agreement, The Rise Fund is now entitled to appoint a director to the board of AMC BV and both Mastercard and The Rise Fund now have certain customary information and minority protection rights.

As previously reported, the proceeds from these transactions will be used to reduce Group debt and invest in network and sales infrastructure in the respective operating countries.

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