Telecel Centrafrique (IFC-40265)

Countries
  • Central African Republic
Where the impacts of the investment may be experienced.
Financial Institutions
  • International Finance Corporation (IFC)
International, regional and national development finance institutions. Many of these banks have a public interest mission, such as poverty reduction.
Project Status
Proposed
Bank Risk Rating
B
Risk rating varies among banks and may refer only to the particular investment and not to the risk for the project as a whole. Projects marked 'U' have an 'Unknown' risk rating at the time of disclosure.
Voting Date
Jul 31, 2018
The estimate day the bank will vote on a proposed investment. The decision dates may change, so review updated project documents or contact the EWS team.
Borrower
NIEL FINANCE & SERVICES S.A.
The holder of the loan, grant, or other investment.
Investment Amount (USD)
$ 25.00 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, converted to USD$. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Project Cost (USD)
$ 25.00 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, converted to USD$. Please see updated project documentation for more information.
Bank Documents
Primary Source

Original disclosure @ IFC website

Updated in EWS Feb 1, 2019

Disclosed by Bank Jun 8, 2018


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Project Description

The proposed project involves a mezzanine investment of up to US$12.5 million by IFC as well as a mobilisation of up to US$12.5 million from Parallel Lenders to support Niel Finance and Services S.A. (“NFS” or the “Sponsor”) with funding for the upgrade and deployment of the telecom infrastructure of its subsidiaries, including Telecel Centrafrique, (“Telecel CAR”), the leading provider of mobile services in Central Africa Republic (“CAR”) and its sister company, Telecel Global, an integrated wholesale telecom services provider of international voice, data and SMS services in CAR and other sub-Saharan Africa countries, as well as the refinancing of a portion of Telecel CAR’s existing debt (the “Project”).Telecel CAR is implementing a Capital Expenditure (“CapEx”) program that will enable further digital inclusion in CAR by making quality mobile and broadband services available to previously under- and un- served populations in the country. This will be achieved through the deployment of the necessary telecom infrastructure for the delivery of digital services to the government, individuals and businesses in CAR. Telecel CAR will increase its 2G and 3G sites in CAR from 167 to 197 through new site deployments, site upgrades from 2G to 3G, and the rehabilitation/re-installation of about 20 sites that were destroyed by the civil disturbances. Through Telecel CAR’s sister company, the Project will help in substantially improving the quality and capacity of digital connectivity in CAR by deploying fiber infrastructure for the first time in the country.

Investment Description
  • International Finance Corporation (IFC)
Private Actors
  • Niel Finance and Services S.A -- Implementing Company

Niel Finance and Services S.A. is a privately held Mauritius based company.  NFS acts as an investment company holding its shareholders’ interests in telecom operating companies in sub-Saharan Africa.  NFS’s shareholders are Mr. Laurent Foucher, Mr. Nicolas Bourg, Mr. Damush Mohammed and Carat S.A.R.L (wholly owned by Mr. Hugues Mulliez), each with a 25% ownership stake.

Contact Information

Telecel Global
Malek Atrissi
Chief Operating Officer
+961 1 381 553
matrissi@telecelglobal.com
Ghattas Center, Bank Audi Building Badaro St.,Beirut, Lebanon
www.telecelglobal.com

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