Vodacom shares begins trading in Tanzania
17 August 2017
Vodacom Tanzania completed the largest initial public offering (IPO) in the 19-year history of the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange (DSE), the company announced on Tuesday. Vodacom Tanzania raised R2.9 billion (TZS 476 billion) becoming the first to comply with recent regulatory changes requiring all of Tanzania's telecoms companies to list at least 25% on the DSE.
According to a statement, the shares are listed on the Main Investment Market Segment of the DSE under the ticker "VODA". Shares in Vodacom Tanzania closed at TZS 900, almost 6% higher than the TZS 850 listing price. The first official trade was recorded as 1 000 shares at TZS 900 each.
The Vodacom Tanzania IPO attracted interest from more than 40 000 local investors, most of whom are first time participants on the DSE, which Vodacom says will boost local participation in that country's capital markets, adds the statement.