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CityFibre Infrastructure Hldgs PLC
26 September 2016

For immediate release

26 September 2016




('CityFibre' or the 'Group' or the 'Company')


Acquisition of duct and fibre network assets from Redcentric Plc


CityFibre adds Cambridge, Portsmouth and Southampton footprints, taking its presence to 40 cities


CityFibre (AIM: CITY), a leading designer, builder, owner, and operator of fibre optic infrastructure in UK towns and cities, is pleased to announce the acquisition of the entire metropolitan local access duct and fibre network assets of Redcentric Plc (AIM: RCN).   


The acquired assets comprise 137km of duct and fibre networks serving 188 Redcentric customer connections, with principal footprints covering Cambridge, Portsmouth, and Southampton, along with complementary incremental coverage in the existing CityFibre footprints of Nottingham, Derby and Northampton. With this agreement, CityFibre expands its metro fibre presence to 40 cities, including 25 of the top 30 cities outside Greater London.


The transaction structure follows CityFibre's standard anchor formula. The Group will pay a cash consideration of £5.0m in return for a commitment from the vendor to a minimum revenue guarantee of £4.5m under a 10-year lease-back agreement for continued use of the network to serve its existing customer base. The expanded CityFibre footprint now addresses an estimated 28,000 public sector sites, 280,000 businesses, 7,800 cell sites and 4m homes.


Harrogate-based Redcentric is a leading national IT Managed Services provider to the enterprise and public sector segments. As part of the transaction, Redcentric has also entered into a framework agreement with CityFibre for the use of CityFibre's infrastructure across its national footprint in future.


The Group will launch the acquired city footprints into full commercial production in due course.



Greg Mesch, Chief Executive of CityFibre, commented:

"We're delighted with today's acquisition of duct and fibre network assets from Redcentric, which takes us to an important milestone of coverage of 40 cities. In these assets, we have identified what we believe to be underutilised legacy fibre assets which will flourish by being part of CityFibre's wholesale shared infrastructure model. We are particularly pleased to welcome Redcentric onboard as the 51st service provider partner in our ecosystem, and we look forward to working with them across our broader national footprint in future."



The information communicated in this announcement is inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of Regulation 596/2014.


For further information, please contact:

CityFibre Infrastructure Holdings plc

Greg Mesch, Chief Executive Officer

Tel: 0845 293 0774

Terry Hart, Chief Financial Officer


James Enck, Head of Investor Relations

Tel: 0333 150 6283



finnCap (Nomad and Joint Broker)

Stuart Andrews / Christopher Raggett (Corporate Finance)

Tel: 020 7220 0500

Simon Johnson (Corporate Broking)




Liberum (Joint Broker)

Steve Pearce / Steven Tredget / Richard Bootle

Tel: 020 3100 2000



Vigo Communications

Jeremy Garcia / Fiona Henson

Tel: 020 7830 9700


About CityFibre:

CityFibre is the national builder of Gigabit Cities, as the UK's largest alternative provider of wholesale fibre network infrastructure. It has major metro duct and fibre footprints in 40 cities across the UK and a national long distance network that connects these cities to major data-centres across the UK and to key peering points in London.

The company has an extensive customer base spanning service integrators, enterprise and consumer service providers and mobile operators. Providing a portfolio of active and dark fibre services, CityFibre's networks address 28,000 public sites, 7,800 mobile masts, 280,000 businesses and 4.0 million homes.

CityFibre is based in London, United Kingdom, and its shares trade on the AIM Market of the London Stock Exchange (AIM: CITY). Further information on the company can be found at


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