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Mastercard to invest about Rs 733 crore in Airtel Africa's mobile money biz

Sources privy to the development said Mastercard would get about 3.75 per cent stake in the company

Airtel Africa | Mastercard | Bharti Airtel

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

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The transaction values Airtel Africa's mobile money business at $2.65 billion on a cash and debt-free basis

on Thursday announced that would invest USD 100 million (about Rs 733 crore) in its wholly-owned subsidiary Airtel Mobile Commerce BV (AMC BV).

would hold a minority stake in AMC BV on completion of the deal, with continuing to hold the majority stake, an Airtel statement said.

Sources privy to the development said would get about 3.75 per cent stake in the company.

AMC BV is currently the holding company for several of Airtel Africa's mobile money operations and is intended to own and operate the mobile money businesses across all of Airtel Africa's 14 operating countries.

"Airtel Africa, a leading provider of telecommunications and mobile money services, with a presence in 14 countries across Africa, announces the signing of an agreement under which Mastercard, a leading innovator and global technology company in the payments industry, will invest $100 million in Airtel Mobile Commerce BV...," Airtel statement said.

The transaction values Airtel Africa's mobile money business at USD 2.65 billion on a cash and debt-free basis.

The transaction is subject to regulatory nod, and the transfer of specified mobile money business assets and contracts into AMC BV.

"Alongside the investment, the Group and Mastercard have extended commercial agreements and signed a new commercial framework which will deepen their partnerships across numerous geographies and areas including card issuance, payment gateway, payment processing, merchant acceptance and remittance solutions, among others," Airtel statement said.

The proceeds from the transaction will be used to reduce Group debt and invest in network and sales infrastructure in the respective operating countries.

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First Published: Thu, April 01 2021. 16:39 IST