Mumbai: Cellular firm Aircel, 74% owned by Malaysia’s Maxis, has shortlisted four firms including American Tower and Bharti Infratel to conduct due diligence as its looks to sell part or all of its holding in its tower operations, said two sources with direct knowledge.
Aircel, the no.7 mobile operator, owning about 12,000 towers, values its asset at between Rs100-Rs160 crore, the sources said. The company is looking to offload 51% to 100% of its tower business, the sources said.
“No comment. These are all speculation,” said a spokeswoman from Aircel, when approached.
Tower operators Crown Castle and Tata-Quippo are the other two suitors who would go through Aircel’s books, starting next week, the sources said.
“We will allow due diligence from early next week for about five, six weeks after which the binding offers will start coming,” one source involved in the deal said.
Both the sources declined to be named as they are not authorised to speak to media.
Standard Chartered, Nomura and Rothschild are advising Aircel in the deal, they said, adding that GTL Infrastructure, Reliance Infratel and at least one private-equity firm had also shown interest in the towers.