TV3 owners look for other options aside IPO

The owners of one of Ghana’s private TV stations TV3, Media Prima BHD of Malaysia are looking for other options apart from the ealier announced proposal for an initial pubic offer (IPO) on the Ghana Stock Exhange to raise additional capital, Malaysian media has reported.

According to the reports, Media Prima said on Thursday December 31, 2009 that the company was seeking other options in addition to the proposed IPO as a result of what it describes as “unfavourable market conditions.”

In Janaury 2009, Media Prima announced it was going to float shares on the Ghana Stock Exchange to recapitalise its operations.

The 12-year-old TV3 said it wanted to raise money so it can expand its operations to cover the whole of Ghana, replace obsolete equipment with new modern equipment, train people and provide better, superior entertainment. Adding that it wants to do even better as a business and pay shareholders decent returns. received information at that time that listing documents for the station has been approved by the two authorizing bodies, the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Ghana Stock Exchange (GSE).

TV3 intended to float an initial public issue of 48 million shares and offer for sale 22.09 million shares by GAMA Media at a price of GH¢0.10 per share.

Media Prima after the sales would hold 51% of TV3’s capital of 172.33 million shares.

The initial share offer is expected to raise GH¢4.8 of which GH¢3.8 million would be for capital expenditure, while the rest would be for working capital.

By Emmanuel K. Dogbevi

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