iHeartMedia Sells Select Radio Towers To Vertical Bridge For $400 Million
December 11, 2014 at 7:33 AM (PT)
iHEARTMEDIA has sold a select portfolio of its tower assets to VERTICAL BRIDGE for up to $400 million. The transaction is subject to due diligence and other customary closing conditions, and expected to close in the first quarter of net year.
There will be no impact on the company’s broadcast capabilities and operations; at closing, the company will enter into a lease with respect to the sold tower assets that will ensure the ability of its broadcast operations to continue without interruption. The company also advised that investors should expect incremental lease expense as a result of the transaction.
“This is a great example of how we continue to optimize our balance sheet and maximize liquidity -- and how we continually review our entire portfolio of assets to ensure we operate them in the most efficient way possible and invest our resources in the highest return opportunities,” said iHEARTMEDIA President/CFO RICHARD J. BRESSLER.
“We are excited to add this high-quality tower portfolio to our existing assets,” added VERTICAL BRIDGE HOLDINGS CEO ALEXANDER L. GELLMAN. “We are looking forward to a strong partnership with iHEARTMEDIA. In addition to being a premier broadcast portfolio, these sites already have many broadband telephony and data tenants and the capacity and potential to add many more. With this latest transaction, VERTICAL BRIDGE now has approximately 2000 revenue-producing sites that are owned or under definitive agreement.”