CINCINNATI & NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–altafiber, provider of integrated communications solutions over its fiber-optic network to residential and business customers in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana, and TowerBrook Capital Partners (“TowerBrook”), the New York and London-based international investment firm, today announced that TowerBrook has agreed to acquire CBTS, a leading North American provider of IT solutions and services, from altafiber.
Founded in 1994 and based in Cincinnati, Ohio, CBTS is a provider of IT services and solutions focused on enterprise and upper middle market customers. Combining deep technical expertise with a full suite of flexible technology solutions, CBTS serves over 3,000 customers in all industries across the United States and Canada. The company has over 2,200 employees and 2,000 contractors on active engagements (from a network of over 40,000 contractors globally). The transaction with TowerBrook is expected to provide access to new markets and expand the company’s portfolio of products and services.
“This marks a historic day for CBTS, which has transformed from a regional IT provider into an international company. TowerBrook Capital Partners will provide the necessary investment capital to accelerate CBTS’ growth objectives,” said Leigh Fox, President and CEO of altafiber. “This transaction positions altafiber as a pure-play fiber infrastructure platform and will also help altafiber secure new funding opportunities to build fiber in the Midwest and Hawaii and increase digital equity in our existing footprint, as well as expand into new geographies with a need for gigabit connectivity to drive economic development and increase access to education, employment, and healthcare opportunities.”
Jeff Lackey, President and CEO of CBTS, said, “TowerBrook Capital Partners has an impressive history of enabling transformational growth for its portfolio of companies. As a leading provider of mission-critical IT solutions for enterprise organizations in North America, we are enthusiastic about the investment opportunities that TowerBrook Capital Partners brings to the table. Today’s announcement is tremendous news for our clients and our employees, and we are excited about this next chapter in the evolution of our company.”
“CBTS has built a longstanding brand as a trusted technology advisor and service provider to its customers over many years,” said Walter Weil, Managing Director of TowerBrook. “We look forward to partnering with CBTS’s experienced management team and employee base to further broaden the company’s service offerings and market coverage while continuing to be laser focused on providing the best customer experience possible.”
The agreement marks the realization of altafiber’s strategic plan – launched in 2017 – to organize into distinct operating segments with the ultimate goal of creating two standalone companies:
- A Fiber Network Infrastructure Company focused on building fiber to support gigabit Internet in its traditional operating territories and new geographies.
- An IT Services Company focused on supporting enterprise business customers with solutions and services including Application Modernization, Cybersecurity, IT Consulting, Cloud, Unified Communications, and Infrastructure Solutions.
To support the IT Services growth strategy, altafiber in 2017 acquired OnX Enterprise Solutions, adding meaningful scale and expanded service offerings across North America. The combination of CBTS and OnX created a North American technology company that today employs over 2,200 individuals with offices across the United States, Canada, and India.
In 2021, altafiber completed a take-private acquisition with funds managed by Macquarie Asset Management and supporting co-investors, to accelerate the fiber build across its operating footprint, and subsequently has passed over 1 million consumer and business addresses.
The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including expiration or termination of the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 and certain regulatory approvals, and is expected to close in the second half of 2024.
Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP acted as legal advisor to altafiber and Sidley Austin LLP acted as legal advisor to TowerBrook.
Cincinnati Bell is now doing business as “altafiber” in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana. The Company delivers integrated communications solutions to residential and business customers over its fiber-optic network including high-speed internet, video, voice and data. The Company also provides service in Hawai’i under the brand Hawaiian Telcom. For more information, please visit www.altafiber.com. The information on the Company’s website is not incorporated by reference in this press release.
CBTS serves enterprise and midmarket clients in all industries across the United States and Canada. CBTS combines deep technical expertise with a full suite of flexible technology solutions—including Application Modernization, Managed Hybrid Cloud, Cybersecurity, Unified Communications, and Infrastructure solutions. From developing and deploying modern applications and the secure, scalable platforms on which they run, to managing, monitoring, and optimizing their operations, CBTS delivers comprehensive technology solutions for its clients’ transformative business initiatives. For more information, please visit www.cbts.com. Follow CBTS: LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook
About TowerBrook Capital Partners
TowerBrook Capital Partners is a purpose-driven, transatlantic investment management firm that has raised in excess of $23 billion to date. As a disciplined investor with a commitment to fundamental value, TowerBrook seeks to deliver superior, risk-adjusted returns to investors on a consistent basis, guided by TowerBrook Responsible OwnershipTM principles which are central to the firm’s value creation strategy. TowerBrook partners with talented, experienced managers and senior advisors who share the firm’s values and support its investment objectives, providing capital and resources to transform the capabilities and prospects of the businesses in which it invests, driving better outcomes for all stakeholders. TowerBrook takes an entrepreneurial, multinational, single-team approach and since inception in 2001 has invested in more than 90 companies on both sides of the Atlantic. TowerBrook is the first mainstream private equity firm to be certified as a B Corporation, demonstrating leadership in its commitment to environmental, social and governance (ESG) standards and responsible business practices. For more information, please visit www.towerbrook.com
About Macquarie Asset Management
Macquarie Asset Management is a global asset manager that aims to deliver positive impact for everyone. Trusted by institutions, pension funds, governments, and individuals to manage approximately $US573.5 billion in assets globally, we provide access to specialist investment expertise across a range of capabilities including infrastructure, green investments, real estate, agriculture & natural assets, asset finance, private credit, equities, fixed income and multi asset solutions.
Macquarie Asset Management is part of Macquarie Group, a diversified financial group providing clients with asset management, finance, banking, advisory and risk and capital solutions across debt, equity, and commodities. Founded in 1969, Macquarie Group employs more than 21,000 people in 34 markets and is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange.
All figures as at 30 September 2023 unless otherwise stated. For more information, please visit Macquarie.com.
Other than Macquarie Bank Limited ABN 46 008 583 542 (“Macquarie Bank”), any Macquarie Group entity noted in this document is not an authorised deposit-taking institution for the purposes of the Banking Act 1959 (Commonwealth of Australia). The obligations of these other Macquarie Group entities do not represent deposits or other liabilities of Macquarie Bank. Macquarie Bank does not guarantee or otherwise provide assurance in respect of the obligations of these other Macquarie Group entities. In addition, if this document relates to an investment, (a) the investor is subject to investment risk including possible delays in repayment and loss of income and principal invested and (b) none of Macquarie Bank or any other Macquarie Group entity guarantees any particular rate of return on or the performance of the investment, nor do they guarantee repayment of capital in respect of the investment.
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