M&A Deal Summary

Liberty Global Acquires Cablecom GMBH

On October 1, 2005, Liberty Global acquired communications company Cablecom GMBH from TowerBrook Capital Partners for 2.2B USD

Acquisition Highlights
  • This is Liberty Global’s 2nd transaction in the Communications sector.
  • This is Liberty Global’s 6th largest (disclosed) transaction.
  • This is Liberty Global’s 1st transaction in Switzerland.

M&A Deal Summary

Date 2005-10-01
Target Cablecom GMBH
Sector Communications
Buyer(s) Liberty Global
Sellers(s) TowerBrook Capital Partners
Deal Type Add-on Acquisition
Deal Value 2.2B USD
Advisor(s) J.P. Morgan Securities (Financial)
Kirkland & Ellis (Legal)

Target

Cablecom GMBH

Zurich, Switzerland
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Cablecom is the largest cable communications provider in Switzerland, providing a wide range of services including cable television, Internet access and telephony services to consumer and business customers. Cablecom serves approximately 2.0 million analog cable television (CATV) subscribers, through its own network and partner networks, representing approximately 74% of the Swiss CATV market.

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Buyer(S) 1

Buyer

Liberty Global

London, United Kingdom

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Category Company
Founded 2004
Sector Communications
Employees10,100
Revenue 7.2B USD (2022)
DESCRIPTION
Liberty Global's office in downtown Denver, Colorado.
Liberty Global's office in downtown Denver, Colorado.

Liberty Global is an international telecommunications and television company. It was formed in 2005 by the merger of the international arm of Liberty Media and UGC, and is one of the largest broadband. Liberty Global was founded in 2004 and is based in London, the United Kingdom.


DEAL STATS #
Overall 2 of 16
Sector (Communications) 2 of 11
Type (Add-on Acquisition) 2 of 12
Country (Switzerland) 1 of 2
Year (2005) 1 of 1
Size (of disclosed) 6 of 12
PREVIOUS DEAL
DATE TARGET DEAL TYPE VALUE
2002-06-26 OneLink Communications

San Juan, Puerto Rico

One link communications is a provider of cable services and the sole cable franchisee in the greater San Juan area.

Buy $585M
FOLLOWING DEAL
DATE TARGET DEAL TYPE VALUE
2006-01-01 Get AS

Oslo, Norway

Get AS (“Get”) is a provider of cable TV, high-speed broadband internet and telephony services to residential customers in Norway. The company serves approximately 375,000 households, with a footprint spanning each of Norway 's five largest cities. Get's core service offering is Pay TV; all of its customers subscribe to it. It also offers broadband and voice services. Get operates a fully digitized network, and is the only significant local loop provider outside of telecom incumbent Telenor.

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Seller(S) 1

SELLER

TowerBrook Capital Partners

New York, New York, United States

Investor Investor Investor Investor Investor

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Category Private Equity Firm
Founded 2001
PE ASSETS 17.4B USD
Size Mega
Type Sector Agnostic
DESCRIPTION

TowerBrook Capital Partners is a private equity firm focused on leveraged buyouts, leveraged build-ups and distressed situation investments throughout North America and Europe. TowerBrook prefers control-oriented investments and actively pursues complex situations that other firms may avoid. Target sectors include consumer services, distribution, beverages, pharmaceuticals, media, technology, communications, software, and healthcare. TowerBrook Capital Partners was established in 2001 and is headquartered in New York City.


DEAL STATS #
Overall 3 of 45
Sector (Communications) 2 of 2
Type (Add-on Acquisition) 1 of 21
Country (Switzerland) 1 of 2
Year (2005) 1 of 3
Size (of disclosed) 1 of 9
PREVIOUS DEAL
DATE TARGET DEAL TYPE VALUE
2005-07-01 Sound Physicians

Tacoma, Washington, United States

Sound Physicians is a physician-founded and led organization providing services across the acute episode of care - through emergency medicine, critical care, hospital medicine, transitional care and advisory services. Our clinicians and business colleagues are committed to improving outcomes for patients and hospitals through a proven performance management model. Sound Physicians was founded in 2001 and is based in Tacoma, Washington.

Buy -
FOLLOWING DEAL
DATE TARGET DEAL TYPE VALUE
2005-11-01 RLX Technologies

The Woodlands, Texas, United States

RLX Technologies is a leading provider of management software to OEM's with rack dense servers. Customers around the world use Control Tower for monitoring and alerting, single console remote management, advanced en masse true provisioning and policy based automation.

Sell -