GTT to Acquire Hibernia Networks
Adds highly strategic global fiber assets, including ultra-low latency routes
Expands service portfolio and client base
Significantly increases scale
McLean, VA, November 9, 2016 — GTT Communications, Inc. (NYSE: GTT), the leading global cloud networking provider to multinational clients, announced today a definitive agreement to acquire Hibernia Networks, a leading provider of global, high-speed network connectivity solutions and owner of terrestrial and subsea fiber assets including Hibernia Express, the lowest latency transatlantic cable system. The $590 million transaction consists of $515 million in cash and approximately 3.3 million shares of GTT common stock, to be issued to the sellers at closing, valued at $75 million.
This strategic combination:
• Adds breadth and depth to GTT’s global Tier 1 IP network with owned and leased dark fiber assets including five owned subsea cables and eight cable landing stations
• Expands GTT’s cloud networking portfolio, composed of wide area networking, internet, managed services and voice services, with the addition of optical and low latency transport, video and CDN services
• Adds a world-class video transport platform servicing content rights holders, broadcasters, cable companies and OTT providers
• Grows GTT’s client base, adding marquee clients with depth in the financial services, media and entertainment, web-centric and service provider segments, which will remain strategic verticals of focus for GTT
• Enhances GTT’s financial profile by adding a substantial, highly complementary recurring revenue business with strong cash flow characteristics
“This acquisition accelerates GTT’s growth strategy by expanding our portfolio of cloud networking services, significantly increasing the scope and power of our global network, and growing our multinational client base,” said Rick Calder, GTT president and CEO. “Hibernia Networks has a demonstrated track record of growth, and brings unique, strategic network assets featuring high-bandwidth, low latency connectivity. We are very excited to welcome Hibernia Networks’ clients and talented team members to GTT. Following our successful, proven acquisition template, we expect to complete integration within two to three quarters post-close, and to achieve a post-synergy multiple of seven times Adjusted EBITDA or better on a pro forma basis.”
“GTT’s acquisition of Hibernia Networks provides great benefit to the entirety of our customer base as well as our two organizations,” said Bjarni Thorvardarson, Hibernia Networks’ chief executive officer. “GTT gains world class global fiber assets, including ultra-low latency routes between key financial markets, as well as optical, low latency and content services, and exceptional employees with a proven track record of network and commercial leadership, and exemplary customer service. Hibernia Networks clients around the world will benefit from the expansive reach of GTT’s Tier 1 IP network, the broader portfolio of products and services, improved scale, and the company’s expertise in delivering cloud networking solutions and managed services to multinational clients.”
The parties expect to close the transaction by the end of first quarter 2017, subject to certain regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions.
The Bank Street Group LLC served as exclusive financial advisor to Hibernia in connection with this transaction.
Under the terms of the agreement, the purchase price is $590 million, subject to customary adjustments for working capital and other items, composed of $515 million in cash, plus approximately 3.3 million shares of GTT common stock, to be issued to the sellers at closing, valued at $75 million. The cash portion of the purchase price will be funded with proceeds from additional debt issuance, consisting of secured term loans as well as senior unsecured notes. The debt syndication process will be led by KeyBank National Association and Credit Suisse, who provided committed financing for the transaction.
At closing, the ratio of total net debt to Adjusted EBITDA is expected to be approximately 4.5:1, using annualized pro forma combined third quarter 2016 Adjusted EBITDA plus expected cost synergies. Within one year after closing, the ratio of total net debt to Adjusted EBITDA is expected to be at or below 4.0:1, reflecting continued Adjusted EBITDA growth and cash generation.
Hibernia Financial Information
For the three months ending September 30, 2016, Hibernia reported, on an unaudited basis, revenue of $45.5 million, Adjusted EBITDA of $16.1 million and capital expenditures of $1.9 million. For the nine months ending September 30, 2016, Hibernia reported, on an unaudited basis, revenue of $138.6 million, Adjusted EBITDA of $49.1 million and capital expenditures of $12.7 million. In 2015, Hibernia reported revenue of $148.9 million, Adjusted EBITDA of $34.2 million and capital expenditures of $161.5 million. Revenue and Adjusted EBITDA growth from 2015 to 2016 is primarily driven by completion of the Hibernia Express low latency transatlantic cable system in September 2015, including the impact of certain prepayments for long-term indefeasible rights of use (“IRUs”) from anchor tenants. The results listed above are as reported by Hibernia Networks, without expected future cost synergies, and without any pro forma adjustments. Detailed Hibernia results and pro forma information will be made available in a Form 8-K within the next several weeks.
Third Quarter 2016 Results
In a separate press release issued today, GTT announced its third quarter 2016 results. These results, as well as this transaction, will be discussed later today on GTT’s previously announced conference call at 8:30 a.m. EST.
Conference Call Information
GTT will hold a conference call on Wednesday, November 9, 2016, at 8:30 a.m. EST. To participate in the live conference call, interested parties may dial +1.844.875.6916 or +1.412.317.6714, entering passcode 10093979 and ask for the GTT Communications call, or via webcast at GTT’s website.
A telephonic replay of the conference call will be available for one week and may be accessed by calling +1.877.344.7529 or +1.412.317.0088 and using the passcode 10093979. The webcast will be archived in the investor relations section of GTT’s website.
GTT provides multinationals with a better way to reach the cloud through its suite of cloud networking services, including wide-area networking, Internet, managed services and voice services. The company’s Tier 1 IP network, ranked in the top five worldwide, connects clients to any location in the world and any application in the cloud. GTT delivers an outstanding client experience by living its core values of simplicity, speed and agility. For more information on how GTT is redefining global communications, please visit www.gtt.net.
About Hibernia Networks
Hibernia Networks owns and operates a global network serving more than 100 markets and spanning 25 countries. Hibernia Networks serves customers with unparalleled support, flexibility and service in a variety of industry segments including financial markets, web-centric, media and entertainment, and telecom service providers. Providing enterprise-class and wholesale global connectivity solutions, Hibernia Networks offers secure and diverse optical transport, Ethernet and carrier-grade IP transit services. Hibernia Networks also offers dedicated cloud connectivity, low latency services, DTM and HiberniaCDN for seamless anytime, anywhere content delivery. Hibernia Express, Hibernia Networks’ transatlantic cable, provides the lowest latency connections available between major commercial and financial centers in North America, Europe and beyond. The state-of-the-art cable system garnered two Global Carriers Awards in 2015 — Subsea Project of the Year and Best Subsea Innovation, as well as the Global Telecom Business Innovation Award for 2016.
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GTT Investor Relations Contact:
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Hibernia Networks Media Inquiries:
Jaymie Scotto & Associates
+1.866.695.3629 ext. 14