Thu, Apr. 21, 11:21 AM
- American Tower (AMT -0.5%) has closed on its deal to take 51% of India's Viom Networks.
- It paid 76B rupees (about $1.14B) in cash as well as assuming about 51B rupees ($767M) in rupee-denominated debt, using cash in hand and an existing revolving credit facility.
- Viom owns and operates more than 42,000 communications sites in India.
- American Tower had committed to the deal in October. The company expected the deal to be immediately accretive to AFFO/share.
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Mon, Mar. 21, 9:33 AM
- Bharti Airtel (OTC:BHRQY) has reached a deal to sell about 1,350 communications towers in Tanzania to American Tower (NYSE:AMT) in order to deleverage and focus on core business.
- The two had combined on a similar sale of infrastructure previously in Nigeria. “We are pleased to strengthen our partnership with American Tower in Africa," says Airtel CEO Christian de Faria.
- In the deal, Airtel will be anchor tenant on the towers for an initial 10-year lease. American Tower can acquire up to 100 additional sites currently in development.
- Airtel had engaged in talks with Helios previously over selling the Tanzanian infrastructure. The deal's expected to close in the first half.
Fri, Jan. 22, 9:20 AM
- The Spanish-Italian consortium with Cellnex and F2i is the leader in the hunt to buy 45% of Infrastrutture Wireless Italiane, the cell-tower spinoff from Telecom Italia (NYSE:TI), Reuters reports.
- There still might be a gap to close yet, as the reported Cellnex-F2i bid of €4.35-€4.5/share sits below Inwit's current trade price of €4.56 in Milan -- Inwit is up 0.2% there today -- and TI may need more to part with its 60% ownership. American Tower (NYSE:AMT) has also submitted a non-binding offer, as has Italy's EI Towers (OTC:EITOF).
- EI Towers has proposed to buy just under 30% of Inwit to avoid triggering a law that mandates a takeover attempt for the whole firm. Cellnex/F2i's plan to take 45% would trigger such a takeover bid.
- TI has said it would like to seal a deal by the end of June.
- Previously: Report: Telecom Italia receives three offers for Inwit stake (Jan. 11 2016)
- Previously: Telecom Italia: No Inwit offers so far (Nov. 27 2015)
- Previously: Cellnex and F2i nearing $1.2B bid for Inwit stake (Nov. 25 2015)
Oct. 21, 2015, 8:59 AM
- American Tower (NYSE:AMT) is up 1.4% premarket after taking a controlling interest in Viom Networks, which owns and runs a portfolio of 42,200 towers and 200 antenna systems across India, for 76B rupees ($1.17B).
- The move adds substantially to American Tower's holdings of about 97,000 communications sites. American Tower may acquire the rest, or be required to acquire the rest under some conditions.
- Also, after merging its existing 14,000 Indian towers with Viom's, some adjustments may be required for ownership in country. Tata Teleservices and private-equity firms will retain some minority holdings.
- American Tower expects the deal to be immediately accretive to its AFFO/share. In its last quarter, Viom drew about 50B rupees ($767M) in revenue and had about 21B rupees ($322M) in gross margin.
- The deal's expected to close in mid-2016. American Tower says it intends to maintain its investment grade rating while financing the deal.
Jun. 17, 2015, 3:13 PM
- Macquarie Group is the latest in talks to acquire Brazilian cell tower operator Grupo TorreSur, with a reported bid that exceeds $1B including debt.
- A Macquarie infrastructure fund joins American Tower (NYSE:AMT) as a suitor for the tower company, which is now in a full-fledged sale process run by Providence Equity Partners.
- Grupo TorreSur owns and operates more than 6,000 towers in Brazil.
- Previously: Crown Castle closes $1.6B sale of Australian unit (May. 28 2015)
May 22, 2015, 11:46 AM
- India cellular operator Idea Cellular (OTC:ICLQY) is looking at reducing a debt of 140B rupees ($2.21B) with a sale of its 11,000 cell towers for 75.8B rupees ($1.2B), with three potential buyers: Axiata Group (OTCPK:AXXTF), Bharti Infratel (OTC:BHRYY), and American Tower (NYSE:AMT).
- Idea's towers have been the subject of several deal attempts over the past few years.
- The new talk comes as tower sales heat up worldwide, including Telecom Italia's plans to sell 40% of its Inwit subsidiary, and America Movil's spinoff of its towers unit.
- American Tower closed its $5B tower-site takeover from Verizon in March.
- Previously: Advisers: TI's towers stake could draw €970M (May. 22 2015)
Nov. 24, 2014, 11:27 AM
- American Tower (AMT +0.2%) hasn't disclosed how much it's paying to buy Airtel's Nigerian tower portfolio. Airtel's Nigerian unit will act as the portfolio's anchor tenant, courtesy of a 10-year lease. (PR)
- AMT CEO Jim Taiclet: "With the largest population and economy in Africa and relatively underdeveloped wireless infrastructure, we view Nigeria as a tremendous growth opportunity. Further, we expect this investment to support our long-term objective of generating double-digit AFFO per share growth for our stockholders."
- The agreement comes on the heels of a $1.2B deal to buy 6,480 Brazilian towers from TIM Participacoes.
- Update: AMT discloses in an 8-K it's paying $1.05B for the Nigerian towers.
Nov. 21, 2014, 6:36 PM
- American Tower (NYSE:AMT) is buying 6,480 towers from TIM Participacoes (NYSE:TSU) for R$3B ($1.2B), slightly more than the ~$1.1B previously reported by Reuters. AMT "intends to finance the acquisition in a manner consistent with its previously announced leverage targets."
- The towers are expected to produce R$435M/year ($171M/year) in revenue, and R$191M/year ($75M/year) in gross margin. TIM has agreed to 20-year leases for the towers, and will act as their anchor tenant.
- AMT has already bought Brazilian towers from NII Holdings, and acquired local tower owner BR Towers. The company also bought 666 Brazilian towers in 2011, a transaction Muddy Waters took aim at.
- Altogether, AMT owned/operated 69.5K towers at the end of Q3.
Nov. 21, 2014, 3:48 AM
- Telecom Italia (NYSE:TI) will likely sell the mobile phone towers of its Brazilian unit TIM Participacoes (NYSE:TSU) to American Tower (NYSE:AMT) for almost €900M ($1.1B), says Reuters quoting two sources.
- Yesterday, Telecom Italia was reported to be weighing a deal between TIM and Brazil's Oi (NYSE:OIBR), saying it would ask its board for support today to "explore a potential transaction".
- Previously: Oi, PT rally; Telecom Italia reportedly weighing deal
Sep. 23, 2014, 6:13 PM
- Verizon (NYSE:VZ) has hired boutique i-bank TAP Advisors to find a buyer and work out a lease-back agreement for its 12K wireless towers by year's end, Bloomberg reports. It adds a deal could yield $6B, given how much AT&T received per tower in last year's $4.83B sale/leasing deal with Crown Castle (NYSE:CCI).
- Crown Castle, American Tower (NYSE:AMT), and SBA (NASDAQ:SBAC) have all been buying towers at a heady pace. However, the rising debt loads produced by the purchases could make one or more of the companies respond cautiously to Verizon's move.
- Verizon, for its part, is looking to de-leverage some after raising over $60B in debt to help pay for the Vodafone deal. The carrier had $104.2B in net debt at the end of Q2.
Sep. 3, 2014, 12:59 PM
- With American Tower (AMT -0.7%) up 24% YTD going into day, Morgan Stanley's Simon Flannery now considers shares fairly valued, and is downgrading them to Equal-Weight. His target is at $98.
- AMT is 5 weeks removed from posting a Q2 beat and guidance hike. Flannery still thinks emerging markets (previous) could act as a growth driver for the cell tower owner.
Jun. 16, 2014, 6:58 AM
- BR Towers S.A. owns about 2,530 towers and the exclusive rights to another 2,110, and American Towers (AMT) is buying for about $978M.
- The towers are expected to generate about $131M in annual revenue and roughly $81M in annual gross margin. The deal is expected to be immediately accretive to adjusted FFO upon closing (anticipated in Q4).
May 5, 2014, 3:10 PM
- Globes reports American Tower (AMT +1.6%) is talking with Israel's Cellcom (CEL -0.9%) and Pelephone Communications about buying their mobile sites and leasing them back.
- AMT, which posted a Q1 beat on Thursday, has been on an acquisition binge in recent years. The company agreed to buy giant U.S. cell tower owner Global Tower for $4.8B last year, and also paid $811M to buy and lease back Brazilian/Mexican towers from NII Holdings.
- Thanks to its acquisitions, AMT ended Q1 with $14.3B in debt, a sum offset by just $333M in cash/equivalents.
- Globes notes antitrust regulators have objected to Cellcom and Pelephone's plans to jointly build a 4G network, and that the carriers are looking for other ways to cut costs. The paper reported last month Cellcom is getting set to launch a pay-TV service in August.
Nov. 27, 2013, 1:27 PM
- Bloomberg reports Telecom Italia's (TI +0.2%) Brazilian unit (TSU -0.5%) is partnering with Morgan Stanley to find potential buyers for its 7K mobile towers, and that TI proper is "analyzing internally" how to unload its 12K Italian towers.
- American Tower (AMT -0.2%) is named as a potential bidder for the Brazilian assets, which one source thinks could fetch €700M ($951M).
- The report comes as expectations grow TI will eventually sell TSU, in which it owns a 67% stake, altogether. Major TI shareholder Telefonica wants to see a Brazilian sale, but TI has said there's currently no sales process underway.
- AMT is only two months removed from announcing a $4.8B deal to acquire major U.S. tower owner Global Tower Partners. Before that, the company struck an $811M tower purchase/lease-back agreement with NII Holdings for over 4,400 Brazilian and Mexican towers.
- Muddy Waters has been quite critical of an older Brazilian tower purchase deal carried out by AMT.
Sep. 17, 2013, 12:55 PM
- Bloomberg reports AT&T (T +0.6%) is looking for a buyer for its massive cell tower portfolio in a deal that could be worth $5B.
- American Tower (AMT -0.3%), Crown Castle (CCI +0.1%), and SBA (SBAC) are natural potential suitors for part or all of the portfolio. AMT is fresh off announcing a $4.8B deal to acquire private tower owner Global Tower, whose assets are mostly U.S.-based.
- AT&T has spiked slightly higher on the report. A tower sale would help Ma Bell pay down some of the $75.2B in debt it held at the end of Q2, and thus strengthen its balance sheet as it turns its eyes toward Europe.
- Back in March, RBC speculated AT&T could sell its tower assets for a "mid-$5 billion" or higher price tag.
Sep. 6, 2013, 10:15 AM
- SBA (SBAC +2.1%) and Crown Castle (CCI +3.2%) have joined American Tower (AMT +4.4%) in rallying following news AMT is acquiring giant private cell tower owner Global Tower Partners for $4.8B ($3.3B in cash + the assumption of $1.5B in debt).
- The WSJ reported a month ago Global Tower, controlled by a REIT managed by Macquarie, was being shopped. The company owns 5.4K U.S. towers and 500 Costa Rican sites, and also has management rights to 9K+ U.S. sites (mostly rooftop assets) and property interests in another 800.
- The deal is expected to close in Q4, and will increase the size of AMT's debt load to $10.3B (offset by just $1B in cash/investments). The announcement comes a month after AMT announced an $811M Mexican/Brazilian tower purchase/lease-back deal with NII Holdings (NIHD +1.4%), and 10 months after it reached a deal to buy 2K German cell sites from KPN for $502M. NII has additional tower assets that could be on the block.
- In July, Muddy Waters criticized the accounting behind an earlier Brazilian tower purchase by AMT. The company strongly refuted Muddy Waters' claims.
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