AXA IM Alts and Swiss Life Asset Managers to acquire Spanish fibre business lyntia Networks
AXA IM Alts, a global leader in alternative investments, acting on behalf of clients, and Swiss Life Asset Managers announce that in a new joint venture they have agreed to the acquisition of leading Spanish fibre business lyntia Networks from Antin Infrastructure Partners.
lyntia Networks is a leading wholesale operator in the Spanish telecommunications market and the only neutral provider operating both lit and dark fibre, where it is the market leader. It owns and operates a high quality nationwide fibre network of over 43,000 km built primarily alongside electric power and gas distribution infrastructure and is one of the largest providers of neutral connectivity to large customers in Spain, with revenues underpinned by long term contracts to blue chip companies. It offers long-haul access, connecting c. 2,700 metropolitan and underserved small-to-medium sized towns, as well as coastal areas, resulting in limited competition over the footprint.
Antin Infrastructure Partners will continue to own and operate the lyntia Access business which provides wholesale Fibre to the Home (‘FTTH’) connectivity to residential properties.
Following this transaction, José Antonio López, will continue as CEO of lyntia Networks, while Eduardo Taulet will remain with Antin as CEO of lyntia Access.
The transaction is subject to customary regulatory approvals and is expected to close by the end of the year.
Commenting on the transaction José Antonio López, CEO of lyntia Networks, said: “This investment guarantees the long-term support of experienced telecom investors that will bring value to our customers and contribute to the development of the gigabit society in Spain through expertise in dark fibre, lit fibre and edge data centres. I would like to thank Antin for its fantastic support in helping grow lyntia’s network and business in Spain, and welcome our new shareholders, AXA IM Alts and Swiss Life Asset Managers, to continue developing this exciting project. We will continue our strong cooperation with lyntia Access, providing them with best-in-class XGS-PON transmission across the country.”
Mark Gilligan, Head of infrastructure at AXA IM Alts added: “Our investment strategy is underpinned by the three themes we think will dominate 21st century infrastructure: decarbonisation, electrification and digitalisation. lyntia Networks is essential for the delivery of ultrafast internet services throughout Spain and it makes a superb addition to our growing digital infrastructure portfolio which includes XpFibre in France and Data4 across Europe. We are looking forward to working with our partners Swiss Life Asset Management and the Lyntia Networks management team as we grow this optical fibre network and its ancillary businesses toward 2030 and beyond.”
Emmanuel Lejay, Executive Director of Swiss Life Asset Managers, commented: “We are very pleased to announce this new investment in the telecommunication sector and to become the largest investor in lyntia Networks, emphasising the expertise of our team. Telecommunication infrastructure is a strategic asset class for us as the world continues on its path towards digitalisation. We are thrilled to support an experienced and motivated management team to help lyntia Networks further grow in the market and provide strong services to its clients. We are also glad to complete the investment alongside a long term and likeminded partner in AXA IM Alts.”
Mauricio Bolaña, partner of Antin Infrastructure Partners said: “We are very pleased with the successful execution of our value creation strategy. Together with management, we have built lyntia Networks into the leading independent neutral wholesale fibre operator in Spain through a focus on strong organic growth and transformational M&A. We have also in parallel built up lyntia Access into the largest independent FTTH access platform in Spain going from less than 150,000 homes passed at acquisition to over 2.4 million today. We will continue to own and develop lyntia Access with Eduardo Taulet at the helm.”
Antin was advised by Deutsche Bank, UBS and Banco Santander, with Herbert Smith Freehills as legal adviser. AXA IM Alts and Swiss Life Asset Management were advised by Rothschild and DC advisory, with Uria Menéndez and Gibson Dunn as legal advisors.
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