IHS Towers Ltd. has postponed an initial public offering that would have valued the company at as much as $10 billion, according to people familiar with the matter, because of concern that a sale may take place too close to an election in its home market of Nigeria.
Africa’s largest tower company, whose shareholders include Goldman Sachs Group Inc., Wendel SA and South African wireless carrier MTN Group Ltd., was seeking to raise about $1 billion in New York, said the people, asking not to be identified as the details aren’t public. The share sale may now be postponed until next year, they said.
A representative of IHS Towers declined to comment.
The listing of Lagos-based IHS will be deferred until at least after Nigerian presidential elections scheduled for February, said the people. Investors are also seeking confirmation that the planned sale of struggling IHS customer 9mobile, Nigeria’s fourth-biggest mobile-phone company, will go ahead, according to one of the people.
Teleology Holdings Ltd. agreed to buy 9Mobile, formerly known as Etisalat Nigeria, earlier this year after a consortium of banks seized control of a 45 per cent stake in 2017.