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LITTLE ROCK, Ark., Feb. 19, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Uniti Group Inc. (“Uniti”) (Nasdaq: UNIT) announced today that it has agreed to sell its Uniti Towers’ business in Latin America to an entity controlled by Phoenix Tower International (“PTI”) for cash consideration of approximately $100 million, subject to adjustments. PTI will acquire approximately 500 towers located across Mexico, Colombia and Nicaragua.
Kenny Gunderman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Uniti, commented, “We are pleased to announce today that we have agreed to sell our Latin America tower portfolio to PTI. This transaction realizes substantial value for our stockholders and allows us to focus on the vast communications infrastructure growth opportunities in the U.S. Uniti Towers will continue to be a significant component of our ongoing strategy to provide a full suite of solutions to wireless carriers and other customers.”
Dagan Kasavana, CEO and Founder of Phoenix Tower International, said, “We are pleased to expand our current tower holdings in Colombia, Mexico and Central America.”
The transaction with PTI is subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to close by March 31, 2019.
Citi served as exclusive financial advisor to Uniti in connection with this transaction.
Uniti, an internally managed real estate investment trust, is engaged in the acquisition and construction of mission critical communications infrastructure, and is a leading provider of wireless infrastructure solutions for the communications industry. As of September 30, 2018, Uniti owns 5.4 million fiber strand miles, approximately 850 wireless towers, and other communications real estate throughout the United States and Latin America. Additional information about Uniti can be found on its website at www.uniti.com.
ABOUT PHOENIX TOWER INTERNATIONAL
Phoenix Tower International ("PTI") owns and manages over 6,000 towers, 986 km of fiber and over 80,000 other wireless infrastructure and related sites throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands, Costa Rica, Panama, El Salvador, Guatemala, Colombia, Peru, Mexico, Dominican Republic, French West Indies, Jamaica, Argentina, Ecuador, and Bolivia. Headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida, PTI was founded in 2013 with a mission to be a premier site provider to wireless operators across the Americas in high-growth markets. PTI's investors include funds managed by Blackstone Tactical Opportunities and John Hancock, as well as various members of the management team. For more information, please visit www.phoenixintnl.com.
Certain statements in this press release may constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, as amended from time to time. Those forward-looking statements include all statements that are not historical statements of fact, including, without limitation, those regarding our business strategies, growth prospects, and the disposition of the Uniti Towers Latin America tower portfolio.
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