The EBRD plans to take a minority stake alongside a consortium of investors in the acquisition of 100% of a newly created tower company (“TowerCo”), with the aim of consolidating a portfolio of mobile towers which will be separated from Telekom Srbija in Serbia and Montenegro. and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Completion of the acquisition will be subject to obtaining necessary regulatory approvals.
the project’s objectives
The project supports TowerCo’s independent business model and passive infrastructure sharing in the region, while positively contributing to the development of mobile markets in Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro.
Impact of the transition
ETI score: 72
ETI score: 72
The project contributes to the transition impact objectives under the following transition qualities:
Competitive: The main objective concerns the sale of TowerCo’s passive infrastructure assets, which, as a result of the transaction, are transferred into private ownership. In addition, the creation of an independent TowerCo will increase the rental rate of towers.
Well governed: The acquisition of TowerCo through a consortium of international investors will lead to the implementation of international corporate governance standards.
TowerCo will be a newly established entity and, together with its newly established subsidiaries in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro, will own 1,863 mobile towers (including 36 sites under construction which will be delivered in 2024) which will be carved out by TSG in Serbia, Bosnia. Herzegovina and Montenegro.
The EBRD’s participation is complementary in that it contributes to closing the market financing gap, supporting the acquisition of currently state-owned telecommunications assets and leading to the implementation of international standards of corporate governance.
Environmental and social summary
Categorized B (ESP 2019) with low to medium risk. Environmental and social (E&S) issues associated with the Bank’s equity investment in TowerCo’s acquisition as part of a consortium of investors are limited and can be addressed through standard mitigation measures. TowerCo’s environmental and social due diligence (ESDD) is led by the lead investor and carried out through the services of an external environmental and social consultant, whose scope includes the requirements of TowerCo’s environmental and social policies. the EBRD. The project was assessed with respect to issues related to labor issues, contractor management, occupational and community health and safety risks, stakeholder engagement, procurement of land and the future institutional capacity of TowerCo to implement the PRs. The Bank has worked with the lead investor in previous projects and can confirm that it has substantial in-house expertise in managing long-term infrastructure investments. The ESDD confirms that the assets are currently managed in accordance with the respective national legislations. TSG will support TowerCo during the ownership transition period via a Transition Services Agreement (TSA – expected to be in place for up to 15 months). During this period and until the TowerCo E&S team and ESMS are established, TSG E&S procedures will be implemented. TSG has an integrated management system, certified according to ISO 14001 (Environmental Management) and 45001 (OHS) standards. The final ESDD report will be submitted to investors after the FRM deadline. However, the EBRD E&S team has had several meetings/interviews with the consortium and its consultant, and an Environmental and Social Action Plan (ESAP) largely agreed between the parties is being finalized and will be agreed before the Board . The ESAP includes targeted measures/actions, such as (but not limited to) the development of management systems, health and safety procedures and a stakeholder engagement plan for the transition phase and the operational phase.
Technical cooperation and subsidies
N / A.
PSD latest update
November 17, 2023
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