Shareholders in telecommunications company Vox, including Rand Merchant Bank, have agreed to buy out fellow investor Investec as part of a R2-billion recapitalisation of the company.
Metier Private Equity and the Internet company’s management are also part of the transaction, Vox CEO Jacques du Toit said by phone. The group will then look to accelerate fibre roll-out outside of South Africa’s main cities and to the country’s small businesses.
“Based on the current growth rate that Vox is experiencing, the majority of our shareholders decided not to sell the business,” said Du Toit. “Additional investment will be focused on accelerating our growth strategies.”
Investec was part of a group that bought Vox for R452-million in 2011, and owns about one third of the company. The Johannesburg-based lender didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
Vox is among a number of fast-growing companies leading the relatively nascent fibre-to-the-home broadband market in South Africa, building improved infrastructure and bringing down the cost of high-speed Internet. Vox has completed about 40 small acquisitions to build scale in recent years, said Du Toit.
Competitors include Dark Fibre Africa and Vumatel, both part-owned by billionaire Johann Rupert, and Liquid Telecom.