Bharti Airtel is in talks with Warburg Pincus to raise around $1.5 billion by selling 15 percent of Bharti Airtel International, its holding company for African operations
The proceeds will be used to pay off some of the company’s Rs 95,000-crore debt and to counter the increased competition in the Indian telecom market.
“The proposed transaction is a precursor to its planned listing of the African business in the overseas market in which Bharti Airtel aims to raise a similar amount,” a source was quoted as saying by the newspaper.
The deal is likely to be completed by December. Bharti Airtel’s Africa unit will reportedly be valued at $8-9 billion for the transaction.
Bharti Airtel in talks with Warburg Pincus to raise $1.5 billion: Report
Incidentally, Warburg Pincus was the first marquee investor to invest in Bharti Airtel in the early 1990s.
In December 2017, Airtel had announced that a Warburg Pincus affiliate would buy up to 20 percent stake in its direct-to-home arm Bharti Telemedia for $350 million.
As a part of the deal, Bharti Airtel sold 15 percent stake in the subsidiary, while the remaining 5 percent was sold by another group entity.