|[February 13, 2013]
GTCR and Rural Broadband Investments Announce the Acquisition of NewWave Communications
CHICAGO --(Business Wire)--
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 enanced 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 accretive acquisitions."
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
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.
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