The transaction is subject to regulatory approval and is expected to complete in the first half of 2020.
The sale is part of BT’s ongoing transformation of its Global unit, focused on delivering next generation networking, cloud and security services to multinational customers. BT will retain a presence in Spain with offices in Madrid and Barcelona, access points to connect to its global network and its cyber security operations centre. Through a wholesale agreement, BT will continue to have access to the domestic infrastructure. The Spanish business will also become a reseller of BT’s global products under a resale agreement.
The Spanish business, which will be led by members of the current management team, provides networking services to around 600 major enterprises, including most of the IBEX-35 index companies, and generated c.£230m (c.€270m) revenue (on a pro forma basis) in the 2018/19 financial year. Assets in the transaction include a 5,600 km owned and leased optical fibre network, fully owned city fibre networks in Barcelona and Madrid and three data centres.
“Today’s announcement is another key milestone in the execution of our strategy to make Global a more agile and customer focused business. The transaction is great for BT, for our people and for our customers. Through agreements with the Spanish business, it provides continuity to both our multinational and local customers. It also enables us to focus on what we do best: providing secure connectivity and digital solutions to multinational companies globally,” said Bas Burger, CEO of Global, BT.
“We are very pleased to invest in one of the leading providers of managed telecommunications services to the corporate market in Spain. We look forward to continued investment in the development of the business for the benefit of new and existing customers in the region,” said Luis Peñarrocha, a founding partner of Portobello Capital.
BT was advised on the transaction by Credit Suisse International (M&A), Allen & Overy (legal) and EY (accounting). Portobello Capital was advised on the transaction by Natixis Partners (M&A), Jones Day (legal), KPMG (accounting, tax and labour) and Oliver Wyman (commercial).
Aleksander Straunik, Head of External Relations, Global.