Funding will accelerate expansion of connected communications infrastructure and create resilient, sustainable communities
TORONTO, Aug. 9, 2022 /CNW/ - Today Ting Fiber, a subsidiary of global internet services leader Tucows (NASDAQ: TCX) (TSX: TC), announced that it has secured up to $200 million USD in financing from Generate Capital—a leading sustainable infrastructure investment and operating platform. Generate's investment will accelerate Ting's deployment of next-generation communications infrastructure to municipalities across the United States looking for integrated digital and resilient energy solutions.
Both Ting and Generate are committed to building and operating infrastructure that supports resilient and decarbonized communities. Ting has changed the way its customers feel about their internet service provider and Generate's one-stop-shop business model is accelerating the adoption of sustainable smart cities solutions. The companies believe that their shared vision and collective expertise will expedite the roll-out of Ting fiber networks in the years ahead, connecting more residents and businesses to fiber, faster.
"We chose Generate because we wanted more than just a financing partner. We wanted their project management expertise, sustainability expertise and the wide range of capital solutions they offer——all of which will help Ting as we continue to rapidly scale our operations," said Elliot Noss, CEO of Tucows and Ting. "But most importantly, we respect and trust the team at Generate and look forward to working together for years to come."
Signed on August 8, 2022, this financing agreement provides Ting preferred equity of up to $200 million USD with no warrants attached, and with $60 million USD funded on close. The subsequent $140 million USD will be advanced as Ting achieves predetermined operational milestones.
With Generate's support, Ting will accelerate its network deployment and is poised to take full advantage of the coax-to-fiber transition opportunity across the United States.
"Generate is committed to bringing sustainable resources to communities and we are thrilled to work with a mission-aligned partner like Ting," said Andrew Marino, Senior Managing Director at Generate. "Ting brings expertise highly complementary to Generate's sustainable infrastructure know-how, and we look forward to deploying smart cities solutions with them to drive resource efficiency for municipalities over the long term."
Since launching in 2014, Ting has focused on strategically expanding its footprint, developing a successful customer acquisition and retention playbook, and has structured its operations for scale. Today Ting has a presence in 15 markets nationwide, with operations in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Maryland, North Carolina and Virginia.
With this preferred equity financing, Tucows has reorganized its existing credit facility to exclude Ting and its subsidiaries from the security package and group of borrowers. More information on this financing announcement can also be found in the company's Form 10-Q, which will be filed Tuesday, August 9, 2022.
For more information about Tucows, its businesses or operations, please visit tucows.com. To learn more about Generate and its sustainable infrastructure services, please visit generatecapital.com.
About Ting Internet
Ting Internet provides Crazy Fast Fiber Internet® in select U.S. towns and cities. Ting Internet is committed to net neutrality and the open internet. More than that, Ting Internet is committed to being a part of improving the communities it serves by supporting and championing local good works. Ting Internet sponsors local programs, events, foundations, festivals, charities, and public services everywhere we go, investing in the future of the towns we serve.
Tucows helps connect more people to the benefit of internet access through communications service technology, domain services, and fiber-optic internet infrastructure.
Ting (https://ting.com) delivers fixed fiber Internet access with outstanding customer support. Wavelo (http://wavelo.com) is a telecommunications software suite for service providers that simplifies the management of mobile and internet network access; provisioning, billing and subscription; developer tools; and more. Tucows Domains (https://tucowsdomains.com) manages approximately 25 million domain names and millions of value-added services through a global reseller network of over 35,000 web hosts and ISPs. More information can be found on Tucows' corporate website (https://tucows.com).
Tucows, Ting, Wavelo, and Hover are registered trademarks of Tucows Inc. or its subsidiaries.
Generate Capital, PBC is a leading sustainable infrastructure company driving the infrastructure revolution. Generate builds, owns, operates and finances solutions for clean energy, transportation, water, waste and digital infrastructure. Founded in 2014, Generate partners with over 40 technology and project developers and owns and operates more than 2,000 assets globally. Generate is the one-stop shop offering pioneers of the infrastructure revolution tailored funding and support needed to get projects built. Our Infrastructure-as-a-Service model delivers affordable, reliable and sustainable resources to thousands of customers, companies, communities, school districts and universities. Together, we are rebuilding the world. For more information, please visit www.generatecapital.com.
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