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Deutsche Telekom to sell 51% of towers business

  • Shock bid from Brookfield and DigitalBridge
  • Bid values entire of GD Towers device at 17.5 bln euros

LONDON/BERLIN, July 14 (Reuters) – Deutsche Telekom (DTEGn.DE) has agreed to offer 51% of its towers organization to a consortium of Canada’s Brookfield and U.S. private fairness firm DigitalBridge just after they produced a surprise past-moment bid that valued the device at 17.5 billion euros ($17.5 billion).

Brookfield (BAMa.TO) had originally assisted to fund a binding bid by Spanish telecoms organization Cellnex (CLNX.MC), prior to Cellnex withdrew on Wednesday. go through far more

The German telecoms large will keep the remaining 49% stake of the GD Towers business enterprise, with the offer anticipated to close towards the conclusion of the year.

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Proceeds of 10.7 billion euros will assist Deutsche Telekom cut debt, though it performs to getting a the vast majority share in its T-Mobile U.S. subsidiary.

“We crystalise the benefit of our tower belongings, therefore creating worth for our shareholders,” Deutsche Telekom CEO Tim Höttges claimed.

Brookfield and DigitalBridge (DBRG.N) “have deep pockets for the coming actions,” Höttges included, indicating their part in fostering field consolidation throughout a media briefing.

Deutsche Telekom shares were down 1.6% at 1102 GMT.

The offer is Germany’s major this 12 months and Europe’s next major, soon after the Benetton relatives and U.S. fund Blackstone’s (BX.N) 58 billion euro takeover of Italian infrastructure group Atlantia (ATL.MI). browse far more

The towers sale kicked off in March, drawing interest from heavyweight financial traders including U.S. buyout fund KKR (KKR.N) which teamed up with International Infrastructure Associates (GIP) and Stonepeak on a rival bid. read extra

Numerous telecoms corporations have carved out towers companies, or launched joint ventures with other companies, to raise income even though retaining a stake in operations.

Goldman Sachs advised Deutsche Telekom on the sale, although Perella Weinberg Associates, Evercore and Barclays labored with DigitalBridge alongside law firms Allen & Overy and Morgan Lewis.

With all over 800 staff, GD Towers operates radio towers at far more than 40,000 locations in Germany and Austria. In 2021, the organization realized sales of close to 1.1 billion euros.

Vodafone’s Frankfurt-listed towers business enterprise Vantage Towers (VTWRn.DE) and American Tower (AMT.N) experienced considered bids earlier in the auction approach. read through extra

“The partnership being formed these days is about constructing the next generation digital infrastructure winner of Europe,” claimed DigitalBridge CEO Marc Ganzi.

The infrastructure financial investment company manages $47 billion of belongings focused on digital infrastructure this kind of as wireless towers, information centers and fiber networks.

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Reporting by Emma-Victoria Farr in London and Matthias Inverardi in Duesseldorf
Producing by Rachel Extra in Berlin Editing by Jacqueline Wong and Mark Potter

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