T.C. | Cellnex (CLNX) has closed its €7 billion capital increase without difficulties. This is the company’s fourth capital increase in two years. Since February 2019. Cellnex has raised €14.7 billion in capital on the market and is, after the capital increase, the fourth largest company in the Spanish market. The Benettons did not take part in this new capital increase – which was made at a discount of 17% – and have sold their rights, reducing their stake from 13.5% to 8.5%. On the other hand, the sovereign wealth fund of Singapore, which bought 2.5% of the capital from the Benettons, became the largest shareholder with 9.23%.
The rumor has been confirmed. Cellnex has announced a capital increase of 4 billion euros, 18.5% of its current market cap, which will put into circulation 101.4 million shares, which means 26.3% of the current shares at an issue price of 39.45 euros. The purpose of the capital hike is to finance the group’s expansion via acquisitions. According to the company’s press release, it is looking at assets worth up to 11 billion euros to invest in within the next 18 months.
Cellnex would be studying taking a minority stake in the European telecommunication tower network CK Hutchison, which is valued at about $10 billion, according to Bloomberg. This has been linked to news about Cellnex potentially making a €3 billion capital increase to raise funds for a large operation. The acquisition of a minority stake in a telco tower business would imply a deviation from Cellnex’s growth strategy up to now, as it has focused on buying complete networks.
Cellnex buys 100% of Portuguese company NOS’ tower operator. The transaction involves nearly 2,000 sites, with an initial investment of around 375 million euros. But Cellnex has agreed to earmark a further 175 million euros to expand the perimeter by up to 400 more towers over a period of 6 years.
CdM | Today CELLNEX presented its 2019 results, with a 40% reduction of its losses, reported at 9 million euros. CELLNEX increased its revenue to more than 1 billion (EUR 1.035 billion), which is a 15% year-on-year improvement.
Cellnex has reached an agreement with El Corte Inglés to acquire the exploitation rights for over 400 phone antennas installed by the Spanish distribution group on the roofs of more than a 100 of its centres. The final price is close to 70 million euros, which could be increased if certain financial objectives are met.
Cellnex has reached an agreement with Orange Spain to acquire a portfolio of 1,500 telecommunications sites, which means 11% of the current Cellnex portfolio in Spain, and 4% of the total portfolio of towers and antennas located in urban, suburban and rural areas. The operation involves an overall investment of € 260 M. The acquisition will be financed through available cash.
The firm reported revenues up 13% and EBITDA up 13% in first nine months of 2019.
Santander Corporate &Investment | We have adjusted our estimates (including its recent acquisition of Cignal in our forecasts). Nevertheless, the main novelty is the modification of our suppositions on the cost of capital to take into account the current interest rate scenario.
Renta4 | Cellnex announced an issue of senior bonds convertible into shares of 700 Mn€, extendible to an additional 150 Mn€. It will be exclusive for institutional investors, will mature on 5 July 2028 with a coupon of 0.5% and a repurchase value on maturing of between 103.74% and 108.58%, which means a performance at maturity between 0.9% and 1.4%, below the average current price of the company of 2.2%.