ADVANC’s Board Gives Final Nod to Acquire TTTBB-JASIF with Same Offering Prices

ADVANC announced on Tuesday that it will proceed with the acquisition of TTTBB-JASIF since it sees this transaction will contribute to its long-term business growth, which will boost its home broadband subscriber base from 2 million to 4.4 million, despite reports that JASIF’s unitholders oppose waiving or amending the rental assurance agreement.

Advanced Info Service Pcl. (SET: ADVANC) said that its Board of Directors has approved Advanced Wireless Network Co.,Ltd. (AWN), a 99.99% subsidiary of ADVANC, and/or AWN’s specified entity to enter the acquisition of Triple T Broadband Public Company Limited (TTTBB) and Jasmine Broadband Internet Infrastructure Fund (JASIF) despite the condition precedents to terminate the Rental Assurance Agreement and the amendment of the Main Lease Agreement were not approved from JASIF’s unitholders meeting on 18 October 2022.

After careful consideration, ADVANC sees this acquisition as appropriate for the long-term business due to the following reasons:

1. The acquisition will exponentially expand ADVANC’s home broadband business from the current subscriber base of 2 million to 4.4 million. The fiber optics cable network will have a wider reach towards an upcountry market that has a lower broadband penetration rate compared to urban areas. With the integrated services, we will have opportunities to cross-sell and up-sell varieties of products and services to the customers. The expanded revenue will help create additional value and improve long-term cash flow for the company.

2. As a result of JASIF’s unitholders’ disapproval to waive or amend the provision related to the rental agreement, the rental contract will end at the beginning of 2032. ADVANC considers that the renewal of the contract beyond its expiry will require a material change to the existing terms and conditions to support the future competitiveness of the business, which the company will also compare with other viable options to ensure the appropriate operating cost over the long run. In addition, the company foresees the importance of expanding the digital infrastructure and therefore has the policy to consider telecommunication asset monetization with options that bring more diverse sources of funds and effective cost of capital.

Nonetheless, ADVANC shall attain transaction approval from the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) before signing the share purchase agreement and executing the transaction. The company expects the share purchase and acquisition of investment units to be completed within the 1st quarter of 2023.