Liberty Latin America Ltd. (“Liberty Latin America” or “LLA”) (NASDAQ: LILA and LILAK, OTC Link: LILAB) today announced that it has acquired the remaining 40% stake in Liberty Cablevision of Puerto Rico (“Liberty Puerto Rico” or “LCPR”) from funds affiliated with Searchlight Capital Partners, L.P. (“Searchlight”) in exchange for 9,500,000 Liberty Latin America Class C shares (LILAK). Following the acquisition, Liberty Latin America owns 100% of Liberty Cablevision of Puerto Rico. The transaction is expected to be accretive on a free cash flow per share basis for LLA shareholders.
Balan Nair, President and CEO of Liberty Latin America, commented, “We are pleased to announce this transaction, which reflects the confidence in our Puerto Rican management team and affirms our commitment to Puerto Rico as our business there recovers strongly following a difficult period for the island. At the same time, this further cements our strong relationship with Searchlight and I look forward to continuing to work alongside Eric as a member of our board.”
Eric Zinterhofer, Founding Partner of Searchlight, said, “I want to thank CEO Naji Khoury and the entire team at Liberty Puerto Rico for their dedication in transforming the company from a regional cable operator to the island-wide provider of market-leading broadband, pay TV and voice services in Puerto Rico. We are proud of the team’s tireless effort and leadership in rebuilding Liberty Puerto Rico’s network after Hurricane Maria devastated the island. We feel privileged to have been Liberty’s partner in Puerto Rico, and we look forward to being a long-term shareholder of Liberty Latin America.”
About Liberty Latin America
Liberty Latin America is a leading telecommunications company operating in over 20 countries across Latin America and the Caribbean under the consumer brands VTR, Flow, Liberty, Más Móvil, BTC and Cabletica. The communications and entertainment services that we offer to our residential and business customers in the region include digital video, broadband internet, telephony and mobile services. Our business products and services include enterprise-grade connectivity, data center, hosting and managed solutions, as well as information technology solutions with customers ranging from small and medium enterprises to international companies and governmental agencies. In addition, Liberty Latin America operates a sub-sea and terrestrial fiber optic cable network that connects over 40 markets in the region.
Liberty Latin America has three separate classes of common shares, which are traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbols “LILA” (Class A) and “LILAK” (Class C), and on the OTC link under the symbol “LILAB” (Class B). For more information, please visit www.lla.com.