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Indonesia’s Mitratel targets $1.68bn towers IPO

The company will use 40% of the proceeds from the IPO for organic CAPEX, 50% for inorganic CAPEX, and 10% for working capital as well as other needs of the business.

By João Marques Lima

Founder and Editor, The Tech Capital

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November 11, 2021 | 4:00 AM GMT

State-owned Telkom Indonesia’s (IDX: TLKM) tower business unit PT Dayamitra Telekomunikasi (Mitratel) said it plans to raise up to 24 trillion rupiahs (US$1.68 billion) in an initial public offering (IPO).

Telkom CEO Ririek Ardiansyah told a parliament committee the operator is planning to sell a stake of 29.85% or 24.54 billion shares at a price range of 775 rupiahs to 975 rupiahs.

The company said it aims to launch the offering this coming November 16-18 and list in the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) by November 22.

Wealth fund Indonesia Investment Authority has previously pledged to invest $500 million to $800 million in Mitratel’s IPO.

HSBC Holdings Plc, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Morgan Stanley, PT BRI Danareksa Sekuritas and PT Mandiri Sekuritas are joint global coordinators for the offering.

Mitratel manages more than 28,000 telecommunications towers throughout Indonesia, with more than half situated outside Java.

The company will use 40% of the proceeds from the IPO for organic capital expenditure, 50% for inorganic capital expenditure, and 10% for working capital as well as other needs of the business.

The towerco’s investment director Hendra Purnama has previously said the business plans to use part of the IPO capital to acquire a further 6,000 tower sites in Indonesia as well as invest in 5G and expand further into the wider South East Asia market as well as Asia Pacific.

The company’s last deal saw it take control over 4,000 tower sites from Telkomsel for $436 million.

SOE Minister Erick Thohir said: “Mitratel’s IPO is expected to have a positive impact on sustainable for Mitratel, TelkomGroup, BUMN and also the state. Hopefully, Mitratel can build market leadership in the tower provider industry which is the infrastructure national telecommunications by SOEs and subsidiaries to strengthen digital resilience national.”

If successful, Mitratel’s IPO would beat the record IPO of e-commerce Bukalapak, which raised $1.5 billion in July.

According to Bloomberg’s calculations, 2021 is set to become Indonesia’s IPO record year with more than $3.4 billion raised, beating the previous record of $3 billion in 2010.

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