SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA- August 15, 2022 - OMERS Infrastructure today announced that OMERS investments in TPG Telecom Limited’s mobile tower and rooftop portfolio, and Stilmark, an independent Australian developer, owner and operator of mobile tower assets, have now both reached completion. Both businesses, which will have a combined footprint of 1,400 tower and rooftop sites in Australia and growing quickly, will be combined and operate as a single business under a new brand, WaveConn.
Commenting on the news, Christopher Curtain, Senior Managing Director, Asia-Pacific for OMERS Infrastructure, said: “We have developed a strong relationship with and respect for the Stilmark management team and their capabilities. The strong focus on delivering innovative and market leading solutions for mobile network operators continues to be a key part of our interest in the company. Stilmark is an excellent fit for our new Australian digital infrastructure portfolio, as it complements our recent investment in TPG’s mobile tower and rooftop portfolio.”
WaveConn will be part of OMERS Infrastructure’s growing portfolio of assets in Australia, alongside Port of Melbourne, Transgrid and FRV Australia. It will also be part of OMERS Infrastructure’s global portfolio of digital infrastructure assets, alongside Deutsche Glasfaser/inexio in Germany, and XP Fibre in France.
Since its establishment in 2013, Stilmark has delivered numerous development and build projects for TPG and Optus, growing a national portfolio and pipeline of towers, with all sites secured under long-term revenue agreements. Stilmark is currently owned by its founders, management team, family offices and US-based ATN International.
Commenting on the sale, Stilmark Chairman, Graham Bradley, said: “We are delighted that our business will be joining the OMERS Infrastructure portfolio in Australia and are excited about the opportunities this creates for our team to continue our innovation leadership in the tower market. We are proud of our activity across Asia-Pacific to support and grow our portfolio in key sectors including digital infrastructure, mobility, and the energy transition.”
Christopher added: Australia and Asia-Pacific more broadly are priority markets for OMERS Infrastructure, where we continue to see significant investment opportunities. We are delighted these transactions have closed, and we look forward to working with the new team to establish WaveConn as an innovative and customer-focused provider of critical telecommunications infrastructure in Australia.”
Q Advisors, a global TMT investment bank, acted as exclusive financial advisor to Stilmark in connection with this transaction.