Asterion Industrial Partners today announced an agreement to acquire Axión from AMP Capital for €200m, equating to €314k per tower. Axión is the fifth largest tower owner in Spain, with 635 towers, following Telxius, Vodafone, Cellnex, and Orange.

Since 2016, the company was majority owned by AMP Capital, an infrastructure fund based in Sydney, Australia. AMP Capital had previously acquired Axión from Antin Infrastructure Partners for €169m, in August 2016, which represented an EBITDA multiple of ~10x and €290k per tower.

Axión provides broadcasting, transport, site hosting and operation and maintenance services to the radio, regional television, and telecommunications sectors. Axión currently manages more than 5,000 service points throughout Spain, across 635 towers, of which ~75% are in the region of Andalucía.

Asterion will combine the towers acquired from Axión with its portfolio company Lineox. Specifically, the combination of Lineox and Axión allows Asterion to create an end-to-end connectivity offering. In turn, Asterion will be able to offer its customers new services tied to the growth of 5G and the Internet of Things.

Axent Fiber Joint Venture

In 2018, Axión expanded into the fiber segment through a joint venture called Axent, with Enagás, a Spanish energy company. Through this fiber joint venture, the companies develop and commercialize their joint radio and dark fiber infrastructure. Overall, Axent has over 2,800 fiber route miles across Spain.

In terms of operations, Axent provides wholesale telecommunications transport services on fiber and radio platforms. Over the past two years, Axent has expanded its fiber network and signed clients including three large hyperscale customers.

Additionally, under AMP Capital’s ownership, Axión has grown in towers and beyond:

Transaction Advisors – AMP and Asterion

AMP Capital’s advisors were Greenhill & Co, Allen & Overy, Arthur D Little and KPMG, on the sale of Axión towers. Additionally, Asterion Industrial Partners’ advisors were Herbert Smith Freehills, Alvarez & Marsal, Analysys Mason and Deloitte, on the purchase of Axión towers.

Adam Simmons is the Founder & CEO of Dgtl Infra. He started his career with an S&P 500-listed big box retailer, in an operations management role. Adam's entrepreneurial "itch" led him to start a 5G-driven company, focused on innovative retail solutions using augmented reality and shoppable videos, which was eventually sold to an advertising and consulting group. After, realizing the potential of 5G, Adam shifted his efforts towards investing in the "building blocks" of 5G - known as digital infrastructure, completing a number of strategic investments, buying cellular towers, data centers and fiber networks.

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