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Author Topic: Cityfibre Hail Largest £1.12bn Debt Financing for UK Full Fibre Rollout  (Read 226 times)


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Cityfibre has today confirmed that they’ve put in place a new debt financing package worth £1.12bn, which will support their wider £2.5bn roll-out of a new 1Gbps capable Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) broadband ISP network to cover 5 million premises across 37 UK cities and towns by the end of 2024.

The deployment project, which is being supported by Vodafone, officially started last year with a funding pot of £500m (Phase One) and this was recently increased to £2.5bn. At the time the operator noted that this investment would reflect a combination of debt and equity, although the exact details were not revealed.

Today Cityfibre has followed this up by announcing that they’ve put in place a debt package of £1.12 billion from seven major financial institutions, including ABN AMRO, Deutsche Bank, Lloyds Bank plc, Natixis, NatWest, Santander and Société Générale. The operator claims that this is the “largest debt financing package dedicated to full fibre rollouts in the UK’s history” and will support their initial roll-out to 2 million premises.

The package includes a £775 million seven-year capex facility and £45 million revolving overdraft and working-capital facility. It also includes a £300 million accordion facility. Rothschild & Co acted as financial adviser to CityFibre and Latham & Watkins as legal adviser.

    Terry Hart, CityFibre’s Chief Finance Officer, said:

    “The appetite from these institutions to support our financing is further evidence that CityFibre’s strategy is the right one for the UK.

    As our networks are rolled out, this will benefit everyone, driving innovation and increasing fibre penetration across the UK, providing the future-proof digital connectivity the UK needs.

    CityFibre’s target to reach five million homes by 2025, as well as thousands of businesses and public sector sites, will catalyse huge economic growth in regional towns and cities across the country.”
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