American Tower is shopping for Telefónica’s tower enterprise, Telxius Towers, for about $9.4 billion. Telefónica will proceed to make use of the towers, leasing them from American Tower. And American Tower may even market the towers to new tenants, appearing as a impartial host.

Telxius Towers owns about 30,722 communications websites in Germany, Spain, Brazil, Chile, Peru and Argentina. Tom Bartlett, American Tower’s CEO, mentioned in a convention name with media right this moment that the towers are all 30- to 35-meter websites (about 98- to 115-foot websites) that may “considerably deal with extra tenancy.”

As well as, as a part of the deal introduced right this moment, American Tower plans to spend about $500 million to assemble about 3,300 new websites in Germany and Brazil by 2025.


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Bartlett mentioned in an announcement, “This transaction is transformational for our European enterprise…. Additionally it is complementary for our Latin American portfolio and positions us to drive robust long-term natural development throughout each areas.”

Bartlett not too long ago spoke at a Citi investor convention the place he talked in regards to the firm’s international ambitions, and he notably pressured alternatives in India. As we speak, he mentioned the acquisition of Telefónica’s tower belongings “will additional diversify our international footprint and improve our potential to assist present broadband connectivity for billions of individuals.”

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In previous feedback, American Tower executives have identified that income alternatives are a lot better in rising markets than in mature markets comparable to Europe. However they’ve additionally acknowledged that dangers are increased in rising markets.

This morning Bartlett mentioned, “We’ve all the time sought to strike an acceptable stability between the upper development potential of rising markets and the engaging stability and consistency of extra mature areas. And this deal matches squarely inside that goal.”

The acquisition is anticipated to shut in two separate transactions, starting within the second quarter of 2021, one transaction for the European enterprise and one other transaction for the Latin American enterprise, topic to regulatory approvals in these areas.

The analysts at New Road Analysis, led by Soomit Datta, estimate that of the 30,722 towers, 75% doubtless come from Europe and 25% come from Latin America.

American Tower expects the Telxius Towers belongings to generate about $775 million in property income of their first full 12 months in its portfolio.

Bartlett mentioned he is seeing, notably in Germany and Spain, a really comparable type of 5G construct as in the USA. “They’ve new mid-band spectrum,” he mentioned. “There are MVNOs who’ve spectrum themselves and are literally seeking to construct.”

Telefónica’s perspective

American Tower was already Telefónica’s second largest provider of towers after Telxius. 

Telefónica President José María Álvarez-Pallete, acknowledged, “This can be a deal that makes strategic sense inside our roadmap. After this nice operation we’ll proceed to give attention to our most bold goals: the mixing of O2 with Virgin in the UK, the acquisition of Oi cell in Brazil and the discount of debt.”

The New Road analysts wrote, “Whereas the deal represents a pleasant exit for Telefónica, forward of expectations (and with out all-or-nothing renewal clauses which supplies them extra flexibility), it’s not transformational for the stability sheet.”

On the unfavourable facet, Telefónica is exiting a enterprise that’s seen as having nice potential sooner or later with the buildout of 5G. Bartlett mentioned not too long ago that he expects operators to spend so much of capex to deploy the subsequent era wi-fi expertise, “which I believe is a really robust assertion for our enterprise,” he mentioned.