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GTT snaps up Interoute in $2.3 billion networking deal

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The US cloud networking company GTT Communications has announced that it will purchase Interoute (opens in new tab) in all-cash deal for $2.3bn to expand its European operations.

Interroute currently operates one of the largest independent fibre networks in the region and the deal will allow it to expand its network to interconnect 136 cities across 29 countries. While GTT will be able to boost its cloud connectivity platform by adding 15 data centres and 17 virtual data centres as well as 51 collocation facilities.

The US-based company has a market value of around $2.9 billion and received committed debt financing from financial firms and committed equity financing of $250 million from The Spruce House Partnership and Acacia Partners.    

Interoute, whose headquarters is located in London, reported a revenue of $884.4m over the last twelve months ending on September 30th, 2017. 

GTT's President and CEO, Rick Calder emphasised the importance of the acquisition in a press release (opens in new tab), saying: 

“The acquisition of Interoute represents a major milestone in delivering on our purpose of connecting people, across organizations and around the world. This combination creates a disruptive market leader with substantial scale, unique network assets and award-winning product capabilities to fulfill our clients’ growing demand for distributed cloud networking in Europe, the U.S. and across the globe. Following our successful, proven acquisition model, we expect to complete this integration within three to four quarters post-close and achieve a post-synergy multiple of seven to eight times Adjusted EBITDA or better on a pro forma basis.”  

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After getting his start at ITProPortal and then working with the TechRadar Pro team for the last several years, Anthony is now the security and networking editor at Tom’s Guide where he covers everything from data breaches to how to cover your whole home or business with Wi-Fi. When not writing, you can find him tinkering with PCs and game consoles, managing cables and upgrading his smart home.