Boston-based American Tower Corp. has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Eaton Towers Holding Ltd., which owns and operates approximately 5,500 communications sites across five African markets.
As a result of the transaction, according to a prepared statement, the company also expects to accelerate new build activity across the region due to expanded relationships with multiple key tenants. The total consideration for the transaction, including the company’s assumption of existing Eaton Towers debt, is approximately $1.85 billion, subject to customary closing adjustments.
Jim Taiclet, American Tower’s CEO stated, “This transaction will significantly augment our existing footprint in Africa and positions ATC to take even better advantage of the growth opportunity in the region as 4G mobile data technology is deployed to serve millions of Africans over the coming years.”
The assets are expected to generate approximately $260 million in property revenue and approximately $165 million in gross margin, at current exchange rates, in their first full year in American Tower’s portfolio. The transaction is anticipated to be immediately accretive to Consolidated AFFO per Share and is expected to close by the end of 2019, subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals.
American Tower, one of the largest global REITs, is a leading independent owner, operator and developer of multitenant communications real estate with a portfolio of more than 170,000 communications sites.