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MTN Plans to Acquire Telkom Impeded Following A Rival Proposal From Another Telecom Company

Ongoing discussions between MTN Group, Africa’s largest telecommunications company, and South African mobile network operator, Telkom for possible acquisition have been halted as a rival network, Rain Network submitted a merger proposal to Telkom.

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Ongoing discussions between MTN Group, Africa’s largest telecommunications company, and South African mobile network operator, Telkom for possible acquisition have been halted as a rival network, Rain Network submitted a merger proposal to Telkom.

In July, MTN entered talks with Telkom about a possible acquisition of its company. The two companies, in a joint statement, said: “Shareholders are advised that MTN Group Limited (MTN) and Telkom have entered into discussions in relation to MTN acquiring the entire issued share capital of Telkom in return for shares or a combination of cash and shares in MTN”.

Telkom went on to further state that the discussions about the possible acquisition were still at an early stage and that there it wasn’t guaranteeing MTN that the acquisition deal would be successful.

So after MTN’s proposal, on October 2022, Telkom came out to announce that it had received a non-binding proposal from Rain Network, a South African mobile communications company that provides voice, messaging, data, and converged services.

The proposed deal would see Telkom acquiring Rain in return for Rain getting issued shares in Telkom, which the company stated that its board was evaluating the Rain proposal.

In August, Rain initially announced that it was intending to submit a formal proposal to the Telkom board. That proposal, however, was stopped in its tracks before it even reached the Telkom board.

Rain pointed to the fact that the number of combined Rain and Telkom sites will be equivalent to those of Vodacom and MTN, a situation which would not only help break the duopoly of the two but would also result in material capital and operational cost savings for the resultant entity.

Citing anonymous sources, Bloomberg stated that negotiations about the price and other terms between MTN and Telkom had been halted for the time being, though MTN hasn’t decided to walk away from the deal.

According to Bloomberg, a spokesperson for Telkom referred to the company’s statement from October 4th, which said that MTN’s proposal was still under consideration by both parties and that shareholders should exercise caution.

Investors King understands that if the deal is later accomplished, the MTN and Telkom deal would see the creation of an entity that would be the largest mobile operator by subscribers in South Africa, overtaking MTN’s current rival Vodacom.

The move would likely raise antitrust concerns, given the number of major mobile networks in the country would be reduced to three from four, with the vast majority of subscribers controlled by the top two carriers.

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Elon Musk Completes Twitter Acquisition, Fires CEO, CFO, and Legal Adviser

Elon Musk completed Twitter’s $44 billion takeover last night, he immediately fired an executive director reported to have spearheaded Donald Trump’s suspension on Twitter.

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As the world’s richest man, Elon Musk completed Twitter’s $44 billion takeover last night, he immediately fired an executive director reported to have spearheaded Donald Trump’s suspension on Twitter.

Sources revealed that Elon Musk accused Chief Executive Parag Agrawal, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Ned Segal, and a few other top members of the microblogging platform of misleading him over the number of bots and fake accounts on the platform. 

It will be recalled that Musk had initially backed out of the acquisition deal after he alleged misrepresentation of fake accounts. 

This, therefore, led to a legal battle between Musk and Twitter Inc.

After the acquisition was completed late Thursday, Musk who is the CEO of electric vehicle manufacturing company, Tesla tweeted “The bird is freed”, subtly referring to the Twitter Logo.

With the complete takeover of Twitter, analysts and observers have expressed their expectation to see a change in the operational modality of the company. 

Similarly, the new owner, Elon Musk has also mum some changes which include the reactivation of the Former U.S President’s account which was suspended for inflammatory tweets. 

Twitter had accused Donald Trump of instigating violence with his tweet which led to the attack on U.S Capitol. 

Investors King had earlier reported that Elon Musk intends to take a number of measures which include the reactivation of Donald Trump’s Twitter account to turn the fortune of the company around. 

Before the suspension, the former president has one of the most engaging Twitter handles on the platform. 

Meanwhile, Elon Musk has set out a very ambitious transformation for his new company ‘Twitter”. He indicated that he will transform the platform into a “super app” which offers several things from money transfer to shopping and ride-hailing. 

Already, the social media giant is reportedly planning to integrate a cryptocurrency wallet that will support both the deposit and withdrawal of digital assets. 

In addition, Twitter also enables Bitcoin wallet address which allows Twitter users to attach their Bitcoin address to their profile. 

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Strategic Capital Investment Ltd Acquires Polaris Bank for N1.355 Trillion

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has completed the sales of Polaris Bank to Strategic Capital Investment Limited (SCIL), a new core investor.

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The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has completed the sales of Polaris Bank to Strategic Capital Investment Limited (SCIL), a new core investor.

In a statement signed by Osita Nwanisobi, Director of Corporate Communications, SCIL has acquired 100% equity in Polaris Bank.

According to the statement, SCIL paid N50 billion to acquire the equity and has accepted the terms of the agreement which include the full repayment of the sum of N1.305 trillion, being the consideration bonds injected into the bridge bank through AMCON, to be repaid over a 25-year period.

Explaining the reasons for the sales, the CBN said it will prevent the imminent collapse of the bank, enable its stabilisation and recovery, protect depositors’ fund, prevent job losses and preserve systemic financial stability.

Commenting on the transaction Mr. Godwin I. Emefiele, Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria said: “This sale marks the completion of a landmark intervention in a strategic institution in the Nigerian banking sector by the CBN and AMCON.

“We commend the outgoing board and management for their vital role since the bridge bank was established; in stabilising the Bank’s operations, its balance sheet and implementing strong governance structures to address the issues that led to the intervention.

“This process has provided the CBN with an unprecedented opportunity to recover its intervention funds in full and promote financial stability and inclusive growth. We wish SCIL well as they implement growth plans to build the bank from the strong foundations that have been established.”

Divestment Committee (the ‘Committee’) comprising representatives of the CBN and AMCON, and advised by legal and financial consultants. The Committee conducted a sale process by ‘private treaty’, as provided in Section 34(5) of the AMCON Act to avoid negative speculations, retain value and preserve financial system stability.

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Access Bank Plans Expansion Into Angolan Market

Access Holdings Plc has announced its planned acquisition of  a 51 percent majority equity stake in Angolan Bank, Finibanco.

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Access Holdings Plc has announced its planned acquisition of  a 51 percent majority equity stake in Angolan Bank, Finibanco.

Investors King learnt that Access Bank Plc is expanding its presence to Angola through the acquisition of a 51 percent stake in Finibanco.

The acquisition of Finibanco was disclosed in a filing to the Nigerian Exchange Limited by Access Holdings Plc.

Finibanco is a full-service commercial bank with over 20 branches and around $300 million in total assets in Angola.

According to Access Holding Secretary, Mr Sunday Ekwochi, the Angolan market as the sixth largest economy in Africa and the seventh largest country overall, with a vast and diversified natural resource base and a growing population, represents a strong potential for the bank’s growth aspirations

The Secretary further stated that the transaction is subject to regulatory approvals in Nigeria and Angola. The transaction is expected to be completed during the first half of 2023. This will however be subjected to customary conditions.

Access Bank has been on an acquisition spree since the beginning of 2021. The acquisition of a majority stake in Finibanco makes it Access’s sixth acquisition in the last 18 months.

In June 2022, it acquired a $37 million stake in Kenya Sidian Bank. Other acquisitions include African Banking Corporation of Botswana Limited, African Banking Corporation Zambia Limited, as well as Cavmont Bank.

Access bank is one of the leading banks in Nigeria. As a commercial bank, it operates through a network of more than 700 branches and service outlets, spanning 3 continents, 17 markets and 45 million customers.

The lending bank employs 28,000 people in its operations in Nigeria and has subsidiaries in sub-Saharan Africa and the United Kingdom. It also has a branch in Dubai, UAE and representative offices in China, Lebanon and India.

As at 31 March 2022, Access Bank had total assets of approximately US $28.8 billion.

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