Denis, Digicel and debt

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Three years ago, Digicel was preparing for a €10 billion flotation, but Denis O’Brien pulled the plug at the last minute. And now the problems are beginning to mount up for the Caribbean mobile phone operator and its tycoon owner

Three years ago, Denis O’Brien stood on the cusp of his biggest ever deal, one that would more than eclipse the cool IR£230 million he made almost two decades ago from selling Esat Telecom. Digicel, an upstart mobile phone company he had set up in 2001 and based in Jamaica, was on the verge of listing on the New York Stock Exchange. Although O’Brien wasn’t cashing out his chips, the valuation of the company would cement his place as Ireland’s richest man. The proposed flotation would have given Digicel a value of both its debt and equity at close to $10 billion.

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