GE Capital Provides $3.7B to Telecom, Media Companies in ’12
GE Capital’s Telecom, Media and Technology financing business said it completed 58 deals totaling $3.7 billion during 2012. The TMT business addresses the financial needs of customers in key growth sectors, including cable, data centers, towers, metro fiber, TV, digital media and software, among others.
“The increase in financings supports the continued M&A revival and growth of these specialized sectors,” said Pete Foley, senior managing director of GE Capital’s Telecom, Media and Technology team. Last year was active for corporate financing as well as private equity-backed transactions. We look forward to supporting the growth of these industries as we begin 2013.”
“We are committed to providing more than financial capital to our customers. We help them build stronger businesses by leveraging the depth and breadth of GE’s experience, including industrial and technology expertise,” continued Foley. “In 2012, we connected customers to GE’s broader domain expertise, exploring new technologies and learning how the industrial and financial sectors can come together to help them solve their toughest challenges.”
In the fourth quarter of 2012, GE Capital served as administrative agent on a new $140 million credit facility for JAB Wireless, a provider of fixed wireless high-speed internet and VoIP phone service to residential and business subscribers. GE Capital Markets served as lead arranger and administrative agent on the transaction.
“Since 2010, GE Capital has provided financing solutions that have enabled our company to more than double our customer base and profitability,” said Jack Koo, COO and CFO of JAB Wireless. “GE Capital’s expertise in the telecom industry and the capital markets make it a valued financial resource. The most recent financing has positioned us to strengthen our industry leadership and to continue our growth well into the future.”
In May 2012, GE Capital acted as administrative agent on a $131 million recapitalization for Hoak Media, a middle-market TV broadcaster operating in 13 different markets around the U.S. GE Capital Markets served as sole lead arranger and bookrunner for the deal.
“GE Capital has been our lead lender since 2007 and we truly value its deep industry knowledge and insight in the broadcasting space,” commented Eric Van den Branden, president and CEO of Hoak Media.
“GE Capital understands the various regulations and industry cycles that are inherent in the TV sector, which has allowed it to be invaluable to the company,” added Jeff Patterson, a partner at Columbia Capital.