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June 11, 2014
07:26 EDTAMT, CCI, SBAC, TSUBR Towers joins Brazilian firms in $4B tower sale increase, Bloomberg says
Brazilian companies are approaching U.S. tower operators to solicit offers for more than $4B in wireless assets being sold in three different auction processes, according to Bloomberg, citing people with knowledge of the pending transactions. BR Towers, Grupo TorreSur and Tim Participacoes (TSU) are all looking to divest towers in separate agreements valued at more than $1B each. BR Towers is pitching the sale of its assets to American Tower (AMT), Crown Castle (CCI), and SBA Communications (SBAC). Reference Link
News For AMT;CCI;SBAC;TSU From The Last 14 Days
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October 14, 2014
09:51 EDTTSUTelecom Italia CEO says Tim Participacoes not in rush for deal, Reuters reports
Telecom Italia (TI) CEO Marco Emilio Patuano told Valor Economico that TIM Participaçoes (TSU) can remain competitive in Brazil for five years without losing market share and that it is not in a rush for potential mergers and acquisitions, reported Reuters. TIM Brasil reportedly hired an advisor to look at a potential bid for Oi (OIBR), a source told Reuters previously, and Oi itself has hired a bank as well to advise it on a possible bid for Telecom Italia's 67% stake in TIM Brasil, the report noted, but Patuano told Valor: "I find it curious to see public comments [on a potential Oi bid for TIM] well before there is any concrete possibility of such a thing happening. Telecom Italia is not seeking an offer." Reference Link
09:45 EDTCCICorvex letter to be well received by Crown Castle holders, says Wells Fargo
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08:46 EDTCCICrown Castle confirms receipt of shareholder letter
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08:13 EDTCCICorvex says Crown Castle, Verizon deal would 'diversify' revenues
Corvex said, "A Verizon (VZ) tower deal would diversify Crown Castle's (CCI) revenues and deepen the company's relationship with arguably the U.S.'s strongest wireless company and operator of the country's most robust network. As the largest and most-focused U.S. tower operator and the largest operator of legacy carrier portfolios, Crown Castle could be the best strategic acquirer of Verizon's tower assets. That does not mean the company will be best positioned financially to provide the highest and best bid though. Based on recent press articles, the potential sale price for the Verizon towers could be approximately $6B. However, we strongly believe that the company should not issue any equity at recent prices, and certainly not to acquire more tower assets at premium prices when Crown Castle continues to trade at a material discount to both transaction multiples and publicly traded peers."
08:11 EDTCCICorvex sees Crown Castle to trade closer to 3.5% dividend yield over time
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08:10 EDTCCICorvex says Crown Castle has 'exceptional growth opportunities' ahead
Corvex said, "We are optimistic that many of you share our view that Crown Castle (CCI) is a great business with exceptional growth opportunities in the years ahead. However, we also believe many of you share our frustration over the company's stock price underperformance relative to peers and the market over the last eighteen months, and the company's persistent market discount relative to its peers and its own intrinsic value. We believe Crown Castle shares some of these same frustrations, and we commend management for soliciting input from its shareholders on this issue as well as the company's activities generally. We recently met with management at Crown Castle's headquarters in Houston and have had several follow-up conversations, continuing the productive dialogue we have had with the company for several years. Given the recent published speculation of a potential Verizon (VZ) towers transaction, we felt compelled to reach out publicly to fellow shareholders at this time as well, to further stimulate the capital allocation discussion which has intensified among investors and analysts in recent weeks. We firmly believe Crown Castle's valuation can be improved dramatically and sustainably through a change in the company's capital allocation plan, reducing Crown Castle's cost of capital and enhancing its ability to continue to grow and compound shareholder value over the long term. Based on our analysis, we see a near-term opportunity for Crown Castle to drive a 27% re-rating in its equity, and the potential for over 60% upside in 15 months. Once the company's equity currency has strengthened, Crown Castle can aggressively pursue a Verizon towers transaction, creating even greater long-term value for shareholders. However, if the company does not have the right cost of capital, it should not be pursuing acquisitions or issuing equity, whether for Verizon's towers or any other transaction. We make our case to shareholders and the company below, as well as in the attached presentation. Our analysis suggests a change in capital allocation could result in Crown Castle's stock trading for in excess of $100.00 per share within a short time frame, and compounding further from there. Based on recent public commentary by management, we think Crown Castle may be considering the same actions we suggest."
08:07 EDTCCICorvex sends letter to Crown Castle regarding capital allocation
Corvex Management released a letter to Crown Castle shareholders outlining a proposal to improve the company's capital allocation strategy to strengthen Crown Castle's valuation, reduce its cost of capital, and enhance the company's ability to continue to grow and compound shareholder value. The company said, "Given the increased public debate around Crown Castle's capital allocation policy as well as the potential for a Verizon towers transaction in the near future, we feel compelled to share our views publicly. We believe Crown Castle's valuation can be improved dramatically and sustainably by changing its capital allocation plan, expanding the company's investor base and closing its discount to peers and intrinsic value. We commend management for soliciting input from us and our fellow shareholders regularly, and we look forward to working together to create value for all Crown Castle shareholders."
October 7, 2014
11:33 EDTTSUTelecom Italia mulls Brazil investment strategy, Reuters says
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