TDS announces entry into agreement to acquire Continuum in North Carolina
Proposed transaction supports ongoing broadband growth strategy and would expand TDS into new state.
TDS Broadband Service LLC, a subsidiary of Telephone and Data Systems, Inc., and operated by TDS Telecom (TDS®), announces its entry into an agreement to purchase substantially all of the cable, broadband, and business assets of Continuum, headquartered in Mooresville, North Carolina, for a purchase price of $80 million, subject to customary adjustment.
The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2019, subject to the satisfaction of closing conditions, which include the approval of the transaction by citizen referenda in Mooresville and Davidson, expected to be held in November.
Continuum is a North Carolina-based internet, video, and voice operator owned by the municipalities of Mooresville and Davidson. Continuum offers high speed, fiber- and coax-based internet services in Mooresville, Davidson, Cornelius, and Huntersville, passing a total of 36,500 households and employing 70 individuals. Continuum reported generating $21 million in revenues for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2018.
“We and Mooresville and Davidson selected TDS because of the strength of its proposal and its leadership in the industry, specifically in areas of our size and geography,” adds Robert Guth, interim CEO of Continuum. “I strongly believe TDS will carry forward our local vision and continue to deliver a next generation set of communication services to our residential and business customers today and for many years to come.”
“We are looking forward to expanding our operations into the vibrant state of North Carolina,” said Jim Butman, president and CEO of TDS Telecom. “We expect to build off of the excellent operations and services provided by Continuum and look forward to welcoming their employees to our team.”
Employees will be offered positions within TDS to support local and national operations. TDS employs nearly 2,700 people in 30 states and currently has strong momentum in the broadband and cable industry with expansion of fiber optic networks in multiple markets across the U.S.
“We welcome the opportunity to bring Continuum into the TDS family of companies,” said LeRoy T. Carlson, Jr., president and CEO, Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. “Over the years we have been investing and building a high-quality broadband business to deliver value to our investors and customers alike over the long term.”
RBC Capital Markets, LLC served as the exclusive M&A advisor to Continuum.
TDS Broadband Service LLC is a growing force in the cable industry. With more than 300,000 customer connections, TDS Broadband Service provides cable TV, broadband internet, and phone service to customers in Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Texas. BendBroadband, located in Central Oregon, is part of TDS Broadband Service. Visit helloTDS.com or BendBroadband.com.
TDS Broadband Service is part of TDS Telecommunications LLC (TDS Telecom), headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin.
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