Digiciel Samoa Ltd presented a $1million tala dividend to local shareholders yesterday.
The presentation was made by the Chairman of Digicel in Samoa, Pepe Christian Fruean, to the Chief Executive Officer of the Samoa National Provident Fund, Faumuina Esther Lameko-Poutoa, at the S.N.P.F. Boardroom.
Pepe said this is an exciting time for the bigger and better network.
“Since 2012, we’ve paid back our local shareholders $8.6 million,” he said.
“The board of Digicel is very pleased to make such payments because at the end of the day it’s our customers, our local partners that allow us to create the business that we are and to offer the services we do and receive the success."
“It’s appropriate thereby to return some of this to our shareholders. It’s a day of celebration and a day of thanks, we thank our customers and shareholders for their faith and support.”
Digicel Samoa is owned by the Digicel Group but twenty per cent of the company is owned by a local company called C.S.L. Mobile.
The majority shareholders of C.S.L Mobile are the Samoa National Provident Fund (S.N.P.F.), Samoa Life Assurance and C.S.L.
The Chief Executive Officer of S.N.P.F. Faumuina congratulated Digicel on behalf of the local shareholders.
“On behalf of the local shareholders which include Samoa National Provident Fund, Samoa Life and C.S.L. we would like to say thank you to the Chairman of the Digicel Board for declaring the dividend of 1 million to us the local shareholders,” she said.
“I think the partnership between Digicel and the local shareholders has been very successful over the last few years.
“Over the last few years we’ve seen technological innovation as well as world class services delivered by Digicel to the people of Samoa.
“As a result of that partnership, we at N.P.F. are the direct beneficiaries of it. We’re very thankful to receive this gift and hope that the company will continue to prosper and continue to grow in the next year.”
Digicel’s C.E.O., Milos Surhl, handed over the cheque.
Digicel Samoa has had a very long and fruitful relationship with local shareholders dating back 10 years.