Indonesia’s Indosat to Boost Bond Sale To Rp 3t, Citing High Demand
Elizabeth Gloria Berahmana
Indosat, the country’s second-largest mobile-phone operator, is considering increasing the size of its planned bond sale by 20 percent next month to cater to growing demand by investors, an executive said.
The Jakarta-based company plans to increase the bond to Rp 3 trillion ($324 million) from the original plan of Rp 2.5 trillion, said Curt Stefan Carlsson, chief financial officer of the company after an annual shareholders meeting on Monday.
“Indosat will sell bonds later this month or early next month,” he said, without saying how it would use the proceeds from the sale.
The company has Rp 3.5 trillion in debt that is due this year, he said.
In the original plan, Indosat proposed selling Rp 2 trillion in conventional bonds and Rp 500 billion in Islamic debt, called sukuk. Both notes would mature in 10 years. It didn’t provide the composition for the Rp 3 trillion bond proposal.
Indosat hired DBS Vickers Securities Indonesia, Danareksa Sekuritas, HSBC Securities Indonesia, Mandiri Sekuritas and Standard Chartered Securities as the financial adviser for the debt sale.
Indosat, which is 65 percent owned by Qatar Telecome Asia, posted net income of Rp 835 billion last year, up 29 percent from 2010, while its revenue edged up to Rp 20.58 trillion from Rp 19.79 trillion a year earlier. The Indonesian government owns 14.3 percent of Indosat.
The company’s revenue is expected to reach Rp 22 trillion this year, Carlsson said.
Indosat sold 2,500 mobile-phone towers to Tower Bersama Infrastructure, a mobile-phone infrastructure provider, for $519 million in February this year.
Indosat also agreed to pay Rp 417.5 billion in dividends this year, or almost 50 percent of last year’s earnings. It also set aside Rp 6.5 trillion to Rp 7.5 trillion as capital expenditure this year.
Its net income in the first quarter dropped 97 percent to Rp 16.6 billion from a year earlier, despite a 2.1 percent growth in revenue to Rp 4.9 trillion.
Indosat has 52.1 million registered mobile phone subscribers, compared with more than 100 million customers at Telkomsel, the biggest mobile operator in Indonesia.
Indosat shareholders also agreed to appoint Frederik Johannes Meijer as the company’s new chief commercial officer, replacing Laszlo Imre Barta. Meijer previously served as vice president of Bakrie Telecom, a rival mobile-phone operator.
Shares of Indosat tumbled 6.5 percent to Rp 4,300 on the Indonesia Stock Exchange on Tuesday, bringing its decline this year to 24 percent. That compareswith the benchmark Jakarta Composite Index’s 6 percent advance so far this year.