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Cellnex closes purchase of Hutchison assets in Austria, Ireland and Denmark

CK Hutchison’s entry into the capital of Cellnex will not take place until the complete closure of the operation in the United Kingdom. Thanks to this operation, Cellnex will enter three new markets, Austria, Sweden and Denmark, and will operate in a total of twelve European countries, in addition to expanding its presence in markets such as Italy, Ireland and the United Kingdom.

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Cellnex Telecom has closed the purchase of 7,050 telecommunication towers and sites from CK Hutchison in Austria, Ireland, and Denmark, after receiving the green light from the competition authorities.

These assets form part of the total of 24,600 towers and sites which Cellnex agreed to purchase from Hutchison, last November, in various European countries for a sum of almost $12 billion (€10 billion).

The Spanish company has informed in a press release that it expects to close in the next few months the purchase of the assets located in the other three countries covered by the agreement: Sweden, Italy, and the United Kingdom.

The agreement also contemplates the deployment of up to 5,250 new sites over the next eight years, with an additional investment of $1.7 billion (€1.4 billion).

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Cellnex will grow in profit and sales by 40% with the purchase of Hutchison

The global amount of the transactions in the six countries reaches $12 billion (€10 billion): $10.5 billion (€8.6 billion in cash and $1.7 billion (€1.4 billion) in shares that represent a participation of around 5% in the company.

Cellnex has committed to pay cash for the transactions in the three countries where the agreement has already been closed, as well as in Italy and Sweden, while in the United Kingdom the payment will be in cash and new Cellnex shares at the closing of the transaction in that country.

CK Hutchison’s entry will not take place until the complete closure of the transaction in the United Kingdom

CK Hutchison’s entry into the capital of Cellnex will not take place until the complete closure of the operation in the United Kingdom. Thanks to this operation, Cellnex will enter three new markets, Austria, Sweden and Denmark, and will operate in a total of twelve European countries, in addition to expanding its presence in markets such as Italy, Ireland and the United Kingdom, where it will double the volume of assets managed.

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Of the total of 24,600 sites to be acquired, 8,900 are in Italy, 6,000 in the United Kingdom, 1,150 in Ireland, 2,650 in Sweden, 1,400 in Denmark and 4,500 in Austria.

Of the up to 5,250 additional sites to be deployed over the next eight years, 1,100 are planned in Italy, 600 in the UK, 100 in Ireland, 2,550 in Sweden, 500 in Denmark and 400 more in Austria.

The company headed by Tobías Martínez estimates that the group’s turnover will increase by $1.46 billion to $4.6 billion (€1.2 billion to €3.8 billion), once all the planned deployments have been completed.

The company expects an Ebitda of $1.18 billion (€970 million)

The transaction is also expected to generate an annual adjusted ebitda of approximately $1.18 billion (€970 million) and a free and recurring cash flow of $753 million (€620 million).

Cellnex Telecom is Europe’s leading operator of wireless telecommunications infrastructure, with a portfolio of nearly 70,000 sites, including planned deployment through 2028.

The listed company operates in Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, France, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Portugal, Austria and Denmark. Its main shareholders include Edizione, GIC, ADIA, CriteriaCaixa, Blackrock, Wellington Management Group and Canada Pension Plan.

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