HTA Debt (IFC-44602)

  • Africa
Geographic location 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
Stage of the project cycle. Stages vary by development bank and can include: pending, approval, implementation, and closed or completed.
Bank Risk Rating
Environmental and social categorization assessed by the development bank as a measure of the planned project’s environmental and social impacts. A higher risk rating may require more due diligence to limit or avoid harm to people and the environment. For example, "A" or "B" are risk categories where "A" represents the highest amount of risk. Results will include projects that specifically recorded a rating, all other projects are marked ‘U’ for "Undisclosed."
Voting Date
Dec 18, 2020
Date when project documentation and funding is reviewed by the Board for consideration and approval. Some development banks will state a "board date" or "decision date." When funding approval is obtained, the legal documents are accepted and signed, the implementation phase begins.
A public entity (government or state-owned) provided with funds or financial support to manage and/or implement a project.
  • Communications
The service or industry focus of the investment. A project can have several sectors.
Investment Amount (USD)
$ 200.00 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, this amount is converted to USD ($) on the date of disclosure. Please review updated project documents for more information.
Primary Source

Original disclosure @ IFC website

Updated in EWS May 10, 2022

Disclosed by Bank Nov 6, 2020

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Project Description
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Helios Towers Plc. (“HT” or the “Company”) is an independent tower company with operations across five countries in Africa, namely Tanzania, DRC, Ghana, Congo Brazzaville and South Africa. HT provides passive telecommunications infrastructure and rents out tower space to large mobile phone companies, but also internet service and data providers. HT has around 7,000 sites across these countries and aims to expand its portfolio to 12,000 across at least 8 markets by 2025. HT is currently evaluating several markets for potential expansion in Africa. The proposed Project entails the provision of a debt package of up to US$[200] million from IFC’s own account and up to US$[225] million in mobilization or parallel loans to support HT’s expansion in Africa. The underlying loans will be made to country specific operating companies (OpCos). The first country identified for financing is Senegal, where HT announced that it agreed to acquire over 1,200 sites from Free Senegal and committed to rollout 400 build-to-suit sites in the next 5 years. On top of the committed rollout, HT plans to invest) for further organic growth of additional 180 towers and the upgrade of the existing portfolio between 2021 and 2025. HT plans to close the acquisition in the first quarter of 2021 following the required regulatory approvals.

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Helios Towers PLC

Point of Contact: Tom Greenwood, Chief Operating Officer

Telephone number: +44 (0) 207 871 3670

10th Floor 5 Merchant Square, West London, W2 1AS United Kingdom  


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