Telecom Argentina II (IFC-40857)

Countries
  • Argentina
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
Jan 10, 2019
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Borrower
TELECOM ARGENTINA S.A.
The holder of the loan, grant, or other investment.
Sectors
  • Communications
The service or industry focus of the investment. A project can have several sectors.
Investment Type(s)
Loan
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Loan Amount (USD)
$ 350.00 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)
$ 1,000.00 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, converted to USD$. Please see updated project documentation for more information.
Primary Source

Original disclosure @ IFC website

Updated in EWS Dec 14, 2018

Disclosed by Bank Dec 7, 2018


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Project Description

In October 2016, IFC signed and fully disbursed a loan of US$500 million with Telecom’s mobile services subsidiary, Telecom Personal S.A. (“Personal”), including US$100 million for IFC’s own account, US$300 million B Loan and US$100 million Parallel Loan (refer to Project “Telecom Personal” # 36171, which has shown a satisfactory E&S performance during the first year of IFC supervision). In 2017, Personal was merged into Telecom Argentina. In January 2018, Telecom Argentina and Cablevision merged and the surviving entity is Telecom Argentina. The proposed project consists of a new corporate finance facility of up to US$350 million to Telecom, out of which US$100 million A-loan and the remainder to be mobilized through either MCPP or B Lenders. Telecom Argentina has a total of US$8 billion worth assets, including 6,049 telecommunication sites and 3,050 real estate properties (48% owned by the company and 52% under lease contracts). The loan will fund the company’s continued rollout of 4G mobile network and further expansion of its fixed broadband services. Telecom will install additional 770 telecommunication sites providing 4G connectivity across the country. Additionally, the project will support the expansion of Wi-Fi circuit in Argentina (former Cablevision), and the expansion of company’s fiber-optic network.

Investment Description
  • International Finance Corporation (IFC)

The total project cost is estimated at US$1.0 billion. The proposed IFC investment is up to $350 million debt financing, including up to US$100 million loan from IFC’s own account and the remaining to be mobilized.

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