CS&L to pick up 473 towers and change its name to Uniti Towers

In Daily News Briefs by Wireless Estimator

Little Rock, Ark.-based Communications Sales & Leasing Inc. reported a loss on Monday of $4.1 million during its 2016 third quarter, and said it plans to acquire Network Management Holdings LTD, a private company that owns and operates 359 wireless communications towers in Mexico, Nicaragua and Colombia.

CEO Kenny Gunderman

CEO Kenny Gunderman

The company said it expects to initially pay $65 million for the purchase of the 359 towers. CS&L also will acquire another 114 towers under the deal once construction of those towers is completed. The entire tower business will operate under the name Uniti Towers.

“This portfolio is a very attractive investment for our tower business with nearly 90 percent of the revenues from the major wireless carriers, and approximately 60 percent from existing CSAL customers,” said Kenny Gunderman, president and chief executive officer, in a prepared statement.

“This portfolio further positions us to benefit from growth opportunities in Latin America as the wireless carriers continue to deploy mission critical communication infrastructure,” he said.

Communications Sales & Leasing was created last year when Windstream Holdings Inc. spun off its copper and fiber networks into an independent, publicly traded real estate investment trust.

CS&L owns 81 towers in the U.S. according to Wireless Estimator’s industry tracker.

The company said it had funds from operations of $99.7 million, or 65 cents per share, for the third quarter. CS&L had revenue of $200.2 million for the period ending Sept. 30, up from $173.6 million a year ago.

CS&L said that the acquisition of Network Management will bring in about $7.9 million in annual revenue and $4.4 million in annual cash flow.