GTCR has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire NewWave Communications from Pamlico Capital. The acquisition will be completed through GTCR`s previously established partnership with Rural Broadband Investments. GTCR and Spencer formed RBI in 2012 with the purpose of acquiring broadband infrastructure assets in small and mid-sized communities.
GTCR, a leading private equity firm, today announced it has entered into a
definitive agreement to acquire NewWave Communications (“NewWave”) from Pamlico
Capital. This acquisition will be completed through GTCR`s previously
established partnership with Rural Broadband Investments (“RBI”). With RBI`s
extensive cable experience, NewWave will continue to provide state of the art
high-speed broadband, video and voice services to its cable footprint.
GTCR and Mr. Spencer formed RBI in 2012 with the purpose of acquiring broadband
infrastructure assets in small and mid-sized communities. NewWave is the 22nd
largest MSO in the country passing approximately 250,000 homes and serving over
90,000 customers in rural Illinois, Indiana, Missouri and Arkansas. This is the
first in a series of acquisitions being pursued by RBI, which plans to acquire
300,000-400,000 cable subscribers in small-to-mid sized rural markets to deliver
a breadth of services to residential and commercial customers.
“The acquisition of NewWave Communications is a great first step and provides us
with an excellent platform to build upon,” said Phil Spencer, CEO of Rural
Broadband Investments. “NewWave has done an outstanding job upgrading its
network, moving to DOCSIS 3.0 and constructing fiber to tie their markets
together. These efforts give us an outstanding platform to roll out enhanced
video, voice and high-speed internet services as well as advanced commercial
services. In addition, NewWave has an outstanding employee base and we plan to
continue to build on the great work they have done over the last several years.”
“GTCR has been evaluating numerous opportunities within the cable industry,”
stated Phil Canfield, Managing Director at GTCR. “The NewWave acquisition is an
exciting opportunity and the ideal starting point from which to build our
investment in the industry. We look to build a leading cable platform through
increasing high-speed data penetration, growth in commercial services and
GTCR`s investment in NewWave will be made from GTCR Fund X, a private equity
fund with $3.25 billion of committed capital.
Kirkland & Ellis LLP served as legal counsel and PriceWaterhouseCoopers served
as accounting advisor to GTCR. SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, Inc. (STRH) served as
exclusive financial advisor to GTCR. STRH and Goldman Sachs Bank USA have
committed to provide the debt capital to support the transaction and will serve
as Joint Lead Arrangers and Joint Bookrunners on the financing. Waller Capital
Partners served as an advisor to Rural Broadband Investments.
Founded in 1980, GTCR is a leading private equity firm focused on investing in
growth companies in the Financial Services & Technology, Healthcare and
Information Services & Technology industries. The Chicago-based firm pioneered
the “Leaders Strategy” – finding and partnering with management leaders as the
critical first step in identifying, acquiring and building market-leading
companies through acquisitions and organic growth. Since its inception, GTCR has
invested more than $10 billion in over 200 companies. For more information,
please visit www.gtcr.com.
About Rural Broadband Investments
Rural Broadband Investments, headquartered in Overland Park, Kansas, acquires
and invests in rural-focused cable systems serving residential and commercial
customers in small-to-middle sized markets and rural geographies. For more
information, please visit www.ruralbroadbandinvestments.com.
Eileen Rochford, 312-953-3305 (c)
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