India's Essar says in binding pact to sell Kenya telecoms business

MUMBAI Sat Aug 30, 2014 8:32am EDT

MUMBAI Aug 30 (Reuters) - Essar Capital Ltd, part of India's Essar conglomerate, said it had signed binding agreements with Bharti Airtel Ltd and Safaricom Ltd to sell its telecoms business in Kenya for about $120 million.

Under the agreements, Safaricom will take over Essar Telecom Kenya Ltd's network, IT and office infrastructure, while Bharti Airtel will acquire its subscribers.

The deals received conditional approval from Kenya's telecoms regulator in March.

Essar Telecom Kenya operates under the Yu brand name. Essar Global Fund Ltd, whose investment manager is Essar Capital, and its partners had invested in the Kenyan telecoms company in 2007-08, according to a statement from Essar. (Reporting by Devidutta Tripathy; Editing by Mark Heinrich)

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