NAIROBI May 8 The main shareholder in Uganda's
sole power distributor, Umeme Ltd, said on Thursday
it planned to sell 45.1 percent out of the 60.08 percent stake
it owns in the utility through a private placement.
Umeme Holdings, a subsidiary of London-based private equity
firm Actis, said in a statement in Kenya's Daily Nation
newspaper that it anticipated the sale will have no effect on
the management or board of the utility or its finances.
"A seamless transaction would allow the original founding
shareholder of Umeme to reduce its shareholding through
secondary sales to investors on the Ugandan and Kenyan markets,"
Umeme Holdings said.
"The decision by the company to reduce its investment and
bring in new investors by private treaty is guided by the need
to ensure that the bulk of the shares to be sold are placed with
Umeme's shares were suspended on Tuesday from trade on the
Kenyan and Ugandan bourses pending the sale. Umeme Holdings said
the suspension will be lifted on Friday. Umeme's shares closed
at 360 shillings ($0.14) on Monday.
The company reported an 89 percent rise in pretax profits
last year, to 115.2 billion Ugandan shillings.
($1=2517 Ugandan shillings)
(Reporting by George Obulutsa; Editing by Greg Mahlich)