CityFibre has confirmed it has secured £1.125bn in its latest capital raise. The financing is the UK’s largest capital raise dedicated to full fibre deployment and will support the company’s rollout to a third of the UK market by 2025.
The capital includes new equity investments from Abu Dhabi’s Mubadala Investment Company and Interogo Holding. Those two companies join CityFibre’s existing investors Antin Infrastructure Partners and the Infrastructure business within Goldman Sachs Asset Management, as minority shareholders.
Greg Mesch, chief executive officer of CityFibre, said, “We’re thrilled to announce the completion of a £1.125bn capital raise, the largest ever secured to support the UK’s full fibre future. We also take great pleasure in welcoming Mubadala and Interogo Holding as new investors in this important project. This new capital will not only underpin our rollout to up to 8m homes across 285 cities, towns and villages, but will also enable our participation in the Government’s ‘Project Gigabit’ programme to extend our future-proof infrastructure to rural areas and ensure no one is left behind.
“This capital raise is proof of the benefits of a truly competitive infrastructure market, as envisaged by both Government and Ofcom. If nurtured and protected, infrastructure competition at scale will continue to unleash huge investment from the private sector as well as catalyse investment from incumbent operators. Ultimately though, it is residents, businesses and the UK economy that stand to benefit, with competition driving what has become the fastest rollout of full fibre in Europe.”
Prime Minister Boris Johnson added, “The Government is committed to making high-speed broadband available for every part of the UK, and this exciting investment will turbocharge the UK’s full-fibre rollout. It will revolutionise people’s lives and generate huge economic benefits, jobs and growth.”
Mubadala’s investment into CityFibre marks the first capital deployed under the new infrastructure vertical of the United Arab Emirates – United Kingdom Sovereign Investment Partnership. The partnership, which Mubadala oversees for the UAE and the Office for Investment for the UK, serves as a coordination platform to grow a future-focused investment relationship between the two nations and enable growth, employment, and global competitiveness across priority sectors.
Waleed Al Mokarrab Al Muhairi, Mubadala’s deputy group chief executive, explained: “Digital infrastructure is a vital enabler of social and economic progress, and a priority growth sector for Mubadala, so we are delighted to be the lead investor in a fund-raise which is accelerating the roll-out of world-class digital Infrastructure for one-third of the UK.
“Mubadala’s investment in CityFibre is consistent with our mandate to deliver sustainable financial returns. As the first investment under the infrastructure vertical of the UAE UK Sovereign Investment Partnership, it exemplifies the Partnership’s mandate to guide high impact investment to enable future-focussed economic growth.”
CityFibre has securing long-term volume commitments from Vodafone, TalkTalk, Zen, and 3UK throughout its fibre rollout. CityFibre is currently working to integrate and enable these ISPs and MNOs over its full national footprint.