Breaking! MTN gets two months extension to pay $3.9bn [See Why]

Nigeria  has been given a two months extension window to settle with
the Nigerian authorities over its $3.9 billion fine imposed on it by the
Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) in 2015.
This followed the adjournment of the case to 18 March 2016 by a Federal High Court in Lagos‚ on Friday over the $3.9 billion that MTN Nigeria has been fined by that country’s regulator.
A statement by the telecom giant, said that the two months
extension was to enable the parties to try and settle the matter out of court.
“If the parties are unable to reach a settlement the matter will then proceed on that date‚” the company said.
It therefore advised the company shareholders to exercise caution
when dealing in the Company’s securities until a further announcement is
MTN had gone to court to challenge the fine in court
as it argued that the size of the fine and the way it was imposed were
not in accordance with the commission’s powers under the Nigerian
Communications Act‚ Business Day reports.
According to the company, the penalty is substantially larger than  it’s annual profits.
The Chief Executive Officer of MTN
Nigeria, Mr. Ferdi Moolman explained that the fine could bankrupt the
company as it represented 95 per cent of its annual turnover.
Meanwhile, MTN Group limited share rose the most in more than six years.
The share rose as much as 9.3 percent, the biggest gain since May 2009, before paring gains to 121.43 and at 1:27 p.m,Friday in Johannesburg.
The fine, which was reduced from an earlier $5.2 billion, was levied on MTN
for failing to meet a deadline to disconnect 5.1 million unregistered
subscribers, as security agencies seek to fight crime and Islamist
 “If the parties are unable to reach a settlement the matter will then proceed on that date,” MTN said.

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