Why are U.S. Tower Companies Moving into Brazil?

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With the announcement that SBA Communications would be acquiring 2,007 telecom towers in Brazil, you may be wondering what’s so attractive about the Brazil market. This acquisition will give SBA ownership or control over more than 5,000 towers in Brazil. American Tower acquired 4,500 towers in Brazil in August 2013. Well according to Reuters, the American companies are focusing on acquiring assets in Brazil for the 2014 soccer World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games that will be held there. SBA said on Wednesday it expected the new towers to contribute about 110 million reais of cash leasing revenue and $70 million reais of tower cash flow to its results during 2014. Wireless carriers in Brazil have been making sale-leaseback agreements on their towers to help pay down debts and boost results in the face of an economic slowdown. (Source: Reuters)
December 6, 2013 |

SBA Communications Expands in Brazil after Acquiring 2,007 Additional Sites

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Yesterday, SBA Communications announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement with certain subsidiaries of Oi SA, which is one of Brazil’s largest telecommunications service providers. SBA will acquire 2,007 tower sites in Brazil and once the transaction is complete, Oi will enter into a long-term lease agreement with SBA with monthly lease payments for antenna space on each of these sites. The transaction is expected to close on or before March 31, 2014 and SBA will pay approximately R$1.525 billion, which is around USD $645 million at the current exchange rate. “We are very pleased to acquire these high quality assets and expand our relationship with Oi,” commented Jeffrey A. Stoops, SBA’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “These are very good sites, concentrated in the most populous areas of Brazil, with demonstrated attractiveness to tenants. With this acquisition, we will have established SBA as one of the largest and most capable independent tower operators in Brazil, a market which we believe is very attractive and will produce strong growth in the future.”

December 5, 2013 |

SBA & American Tower Set Dates to Announce 3rd Quarter Earnings

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SBA Communications and American Tower Corporation announced today that they will be announcing their 3rd quarter earnings within the next few weeks. SBA will release their results on Monday, November 4th after the market closes and they will host a conference call on Tuesday, November 5that 10:00am to discuss the results. SBA Communications Corporation is a first choice provider and leading owner and operator of wireless communications infrastructure in North, Central and South America. By “Building Better Wireless”, SBA generates revenue from two primary businesses – site leasing and site development services. SBA’s primary focus is the leasing of antenna space on its multi- tenant towers to a variety of wireless service providers under long-term lease contracts.

American Tower will announce their 3rdquarter results at 7:00am on Wednesday, October 30, 2013. Their conference call will be held at 8:30am that same Wednesday to discuss the results. American Tower is a leading independent owner, operator and developer of wireless and broadcast communications real estate. American Tower currently owns and operates over 61,000 communications sites in the United States, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Germany, Ghana, India, Mexico, Panama, Peru, South Africa and Uganda. 
October 16, 2013 |

Why Are The Major Tower Companies Focused On North America?

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At the PCIA’s 2013 Wireless Infrastructure Show in Hollywood, Florida earlier this week the four CEO’s of the major tower companies gathered to discuss hot topics within the industry. John Adelstein wanted to know why the focus of these companies is mostly domestic.
“We’ve built a foundation in the US and try to deploy US mobile into emerging markets. We look at the financial risk and the economical risks involved with those markets. There are usually no tower companies in emerging markers, but this is our home base and we’ll always look to enhance our infrastructure and further develop here in the U.S. as well as internationally,” Steven Marshall, Executive Vice President and President, U.S. Tower Division of American Tower.
Ben Moreland, CEO and President of Crown Castle, explained that, “The North American market is the most attractive market in the world. We’ve added over 7,000 sites last year. We’re certainly looking into other markets in North America. We’ve looked at South America and Eastern Europe but we’re going to stay with our strategy to become a leader in the North American market.
Jeff Stoops of SBA Communications noted that, “We decide where we want to capitalize the company. It’s all about creating the most value for our public shareholders.”
It was agreed upon that the tower industry is a global industry, but deciding which markets to expand in depends on the goals of the companies and whether or not it makes the most sense financially for the public shareholders and the company at large. 

October 10, 2013 |

PCIA’s Tower CEO Roundtable Provided Great Insights Into The Industry

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The tower industry is expanding quickly in order to keep up with the demand for mobile and broadband technology. Wednesday October 9ththe PCIA’s 2013 Wireless Infrastructure Show gathered the four CEO’s from the major tower companies in the United States. Benjamin Moreland was appointed President and CEO of Crown Castle International in July 2008. Jeffrey Stoops is President and Chief Executive Officer and a director of SBA Communications Corporation. He has been CEO since January 1, 2002. Steven Marshall was named Executive Vice President and President, U.S. Tower Division of American Tower in March 2009. Marc C. Ganzi was the Chief Executive Officer of Global Tower Partners.
These men came together to discuss their thoughts on the future of wireless and the state of the industry. John Adelstein, president of the PCIA, moderated the roundtable and started off asking American Tower’s CEO about their acquirement of Global Tower Partners. “We are absolutely delighted. We are very pleased. They have really great assets and when you combing those with American Tower’s assets we have over 50,000 communications sites,” Marshall said. “We welcome the many members of the team from across the nation to the American Tower team.”
With American Tower’s acquisition of Global Tower Partner’s, Marc Ganzi referred to his current position as “unemployed.” However, Ganzi noted that they have a portfolio of towers in Mexico that they need to get back to work on by building up and buying assets. “Mexico is a market that is growing and it’s a market with a lot of promise,” Ganzi said.
Having all of these CEO’s gathered at the same convention allowed Adelstein to ask them about their opinions regarding the efforts of the PCIA and whether or not they are making a difference in the industry. PCIA has a dedicated Government Relations staff that represents our members’ interests at all levels of government by educating key policy-makers about the critical role wireless infrastructure plays in our nation’s communications network.
Ganzi remarked that, “It’s no longer NIMBY (Not in My Backyard), it’s YIMBY (Yes in My Backyard). People are now saying, ‘I work at home and I need to be connected.’ It’s part of the fabric of how we connect to our families and I think that’s been a mind shift at the local level. We exist to help accelerate the build out and reduce cost. To me, that’s why we worked hard on the hill to get that legislation passed.”
Jeff Stoops of SBA Communications believes that, “On the federal side we’re in pretty good shape. On the state side, there’s always room to improve.”
PCIA and other wireless organizations have been working hard to decrease barriers that make it difficult for the wireless infrastructure to be built. Their efforts are starting to pay off with the federal government restriction the reasons state and local governments can give to veto a tower proposal. 

October 10, 2013 |

Conversion Right Triggered on SBA Communications’ 4.0% Convertible Senior Notes

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Today SBA Communications Corporation announced that SBA’s 4.0% Convertible Senior Notes due 2014 are convertible by holders of such notes.  Upon issuance of the 4.0% Notes, SBA elected to settle such notes in shares of SBA’s Class A common stock and that election is still in effect.

 “The conversion right for the 4.0% Notes has been triggered because SBA’s Class A common stock closing price per share exceeded $39.49 for at least 20 trading days during the 30 consecutive trading day period ending on September 30, 2013. The 4.0% Notes will continue to be convertible untilDecember 31, 2013, and may be convertible thereafter, if one or more of the conversion conditions specified in the Indenture, dated as of April 24, 2009, by and between SBA and U.S. Bank National Association, is satisfied during future measurement periods. Pursuant to Section 10.01 of the Indenture, a holder who elects to convert the 4.0% Notes will receive 32.9164 shares of SBA’s Class A common stock per $1,000 principal amount of notes. Pursuant to Section 10.02 of the Indenture, these shares will be delivered 50 trading days after the holder delivers its notice of conversion, unless a settlement period market disruption event (as defined in the Indenture) occurs during this period,” according to SBA.

October 1, 2013 |

SBA Posts Stock Information For Week of 9/23/2013

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Stock information for SBA Communications Corp (NASDAQ:SBAC) for the week of 09/23/2013.

September 30, 2013 |

SBA Communications President and CEO to speak at Goldman Sachs Annual Conference

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SBA Communications Corporation (Nasdaq:SBAC) (“SBA”) announced today that Jeffrey A. Stoops, President and Chief Executive Officer, is scheduled to speak at the Goldman Sachs 22ND Annual Communacopia Conference on Tuesday, September 24 at 8:50 AM EDT. This conference will be at the Conrad New York in New York City. The audio presentation for SBA can be accessed by visiting

Goldman Sachs regularly hosts conferences and events in which they bring together business leaders, entrepreneurs and thought leaders from around the world.
September 16, 2013 |
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