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regular-article-logo Thursday, 13 June 2024

Brookfield to acquire Indian arm of American Tower Corporation in a USD 2.5 billion deal

ATC India has a portfolio of approximately 78,000 sites across India

Our Bureau Mumbai Published 06.01.24, 10:13 AM
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Canadian firm Brookfield is all set to acquire the Indian business of American Tower Corporation (ATC), in a mega $2.5 billion deal that includes $2 billion enterprise value on ATC India alongside a ‘‘ticking fee’’ accruing from October 1, 2023.

The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals and expected to close in the second half of 2024.

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“Data Infrastructure Trust (DIT), an Infrastructure Investment Trust sponsored by an affiliate of Brookfield Asset Management, on Friday announced the signing of an agreement with ATC to acquire 100 per cent of the equity interests in American Tower’s operations in India (ATC India), for an enterprise value of Rs 16,500 crore ($2 billion) which is subject to pre-closing terms as per the securities purchase agreement,” a release by DIT said.

ATC India has a portfolio of approximately 78,000 sites across India.

A release by ATC said total cash proceeds to American Tower at closing, subject to certain pre-closing terms, would potentially represent up to approximately Rs 21,000 crore or $2.5 billion at current exchange rates.

“Total cash proceeds include an enterprise value on ATC India operations of approximately $2 billion, plus a ticking fee that accrues from October 1, 2023, to the date of closing,” the release said.

Proceeds associated with the enterprise value assume the repayment of existing intercompany debt and the repayment, or assumption, of the existing India term loan, by DIT.

“Furthermore, and considered within the total potential cash proceeds above, American Tower will retain the full economic benefit associated with the optionally converted debentures (OCDs) issued by Vodafone Idea and will be entitled to receive future payments related to existing ATC India receivables. Proceeds from the transaction are expected to be used to repay American Tower’s existing indebtedness,” ATC said.

DIT houses Brookfield’s telecom tower businesses in India through Summit Digitel and Crest Digitel.

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