CPPIB Is Close to Deal for Wireless-Network Firm Mobilitie

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board is nearing a deal to buy U.S. wireless-solutions provider Mobilitie, bolstering its digital-infrastructure investing efforts, according to people with knowledge with the matter.

The pension fund has so far outbid other suitors, including private equity firms, for Mobilitie, which bills itself as the largest closely held telecommunications-infrastructure company in the U.S., the people said. A transaction is expected to value Mobilitie at more than $1.3 billion, according to some of the people, though terms could change as the deal hasn’t been finalized.

A representative for CPPIB declined to comment. A Mobilitie representative didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

Mobilitie, based in Newport Beach, California, operates a network that enables wireless coverage, including 5G services and speeds, at locations including sports and entertainment venues, universities and airports.

CPPIB, which has backed data-center assets in Asia, operates an infrastructure arm that targets stable, long-term cash flows from assets that are less vulnerable to economic downturns. The pension’s infrastructure group seeks deals with minimum equity investments of about C$500 million ($415 million), according to CPPIB’s website.

The pension has owned a majority stake in BAI Communications, another wireless-solutions provider, since 2009.

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