T-Mobile tower sale could net nearly $3 billion for Deutsche Telekom
posted by Alan F. / Jan 21, 2012, 1:51 AM
The 7,500 cell towers owned by T-Mobile is the largest number of such towers currently up for sale. Sprint did a sale-leaseback three years ago when it sold 3,080 towers to TowerCo for $680 million. Sprint used the proceeds to reduce debt. Thanks to the leaseback arrangement, T-Mobile will not be losing any tower space nor will it lose any areas of coverage.
source: Bloomberg via TmoNews
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posted on Jan 21, 2012, 4:06 AM 1
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Interesting indeed but what is more interesting is do you think they are going to put these proceeds into the US subsidiary or take it back to Germany? This would give TMobile $7 billion cash. Since the next spectrum auction is miles away, I think they should consider going after Cricket or Metro PCS the same way AT&T went after them. Buy on of them out, move them over to GSM, and convert that network to LTE.
posted on Jan 21, 2012, 11:07 AM 0
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D-T is definitely not looking to put any more of its $ into T-Mo. A sale-leaseback deal allows T-Mo to move into the LTE space without D-T footing the bill. I wonder what happens after the original lease agreement is up?
posted on Jan 21, 2012, 7:17 AM 0
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So D-T is going to sell off T-mo peice by peice since it can't find a buyer small enough not to be a GSM monopoly
posted on Jan 21, 2012, 2:32 PM 2
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That is a scary idea, and why I actually thought the sale to AT&T would go through. We can still cross our fingers that an investment company of some kind will purchase T-Mo, or that D.T. Silk have a change of heart once the advantages of the break-up with AT&T start paying some dividends.
posted on Jan 21, 2012, 8:26 PM 0
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It is important that everyone remember that selling the towers is not a big deal. This is a great move for Tmobile. It will save them millions of dollars on maintenance. They will still own and retain the infrastructure that is attached to the towers. So Tmobile doesn't lose a thing. While Sprint is mentioned as an example, VZW and AT&T have done this in many areas also. Economically, this makes financial sense. John B.
posted on Jan 22, 2012, 7:52 AM 0
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