Zayo Buys AGL Networks

March 24th, 2010 by · 9 Comments

You heard it here first ten days ago, and rumor has indeed become reality.  Zayo Group has in fact agreed to purchase AGL Networks, the metro fiber arm of energy utility AGL Resources.  After the purchase closes in the next 60-120 days, Zayo will take possession of the metro assets in and around three markets:   Atlanta, Phoenix, and Charlotte.  Financial information for the deal was not provided, but multiple sources peg the deal at roughly $70M and 9x EBITDA – a premium to the current market price for such assets but not a surprising one.  There were multiple interested parties, but Zayo has been the most aggressive in the sector when it comes to M&A so it is not surprising that they won the auction.

Zayo already had a metro ring in Phoenix purchased from Citynet a while back, but they now will become one of the city’s major alternative providers.  Atlanta and Charlotte will be new markets for them, Atlanta being AGL’s largest market and Charlotte being a new one entered just last year.  In total the footprint covers 795 route miles with some 287 on-net buildings.  AGL has offered only dark fiber, whereas Zayo offers a wider array of services and will probably be spending some cash to light that fiber itself and expand operations.   This one is about expansion more than deriving synergy, so we will have to watch and see where Zayo takes the assets.

Might there be further M&A down the line for Zayo?  I suppose that depends on finding willing sellers like AGL looking to monetize a non-core asset.  There are still a few other energy companies out there sitting on piles of dark fiber.

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Categories: Mergers and Acquisitions · Metro fiber

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9 Comments So Far

  • Anonymous says:

    Rob … who is next, which one of the regional fiber players is likely to get acquired?

    • Rob Powell says:

      I’m not yet willing to predict. But in general terms, it depends on which owners are ready to cash out. That could be any of the networks owned by energy utilities, or perhaps one currently operated by private equity.

  • Anonymous says:

    Veroxity? fits perfectly for a number of players.

    • Rob Powell says:

      I have heard a few rumors about Veroxity in this regard, but so far they appear to be of the wild variety.

  • Anonymous says:

    rob have you heard of any possible buyouts in the Northeast area? I know Fibertech, nstar comm and lightower would look really nice on a larger carriers overall network map.

    • Rob Powell says:

      Nothing firm, though there are whispers of at least two in the region that are exploring options. When I have info worth posting, I will post it.

  • Anonymous says:

    Sounds like fibertech is next.

  • tooclosetosay says:

    veroxity has either merged with or been acquired by lightower

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