PHOENIX -- Cable One, Inc. (NYSE: CABO) (the “Company” or “Cable ONE”) today announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Clearwave Communications (“Clearwave”), a facilities-based service provider that owns and operates a high-capacity fiber network offering dense regional coverage in Southern Illinois.
The acquisition provides Cable ONE with a premier fiber network within its existing footprint and further enables the Company to supply its customers with enhanced business services solutions. The acquisition will also provide a platform to allow Cable ONE to replicate Clearwave’s strategy in several of the Company’s existing markets. Clearwave has more than 2,400 route miles of dense metro fiber infrastructure connecting approximately 2,700 on-net businesses, towers and data centers. Clearwave is headquartered in Harrisburg, Illinois, and is majority-owned by funds affiliated with Stephens Capital Partners LLC, the private equity arm of Stephens Inc. based in Little Rock, Arkansas.
“We are excited to partner with the Clearwave team, who have built a highly successful business services platform in non-urban markets with similar characteristics to ours,” said Julie Laulis, President and CEO of Cable ONE. “This transaction provides us with a unique opportunity to continue to grow Clearwave in its existing footprint as well as expand our fiber footprint and enterprise business segment.”
The all-cash transaction is expected to be funded through Cable ONE’s cash on hand and its existing revolving credit facility. The transaction is subject to certain regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions and is expected to be completed during the first quarter of 2019.
UBS Investment Bank acted as financial advisor, and Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP acted as legal advisor to Cable ONE on this transaction. Bank Street Group LLC and Stephens Inc. acted as financial advisors, and Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP acted as legal advisor to Clearwave on this transaction.