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Superloop parts with Hong Kong business and Singapore assets for AU$140 million

Entire Hong Kong business and 'select' Singapore assets sold to Columbia Capital and DigitalBridge.
Written by Chris Duckett, Contributor
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Superloop announced on Monday morning it would be divesting its Hong Kong business and parts of its Singapore business for AU$140 million to Columbia Capital and DigitalBridge.

As part of the deal, Superloop has retained 15-year right of use on the existing and potentially expanded Singapore and Hong Kong networks. The company said this would allow it to continue to offer end-to-end services on the Indigo submarine cable between Australia, Indonesia, and Singapore.

The duo making the purchase will have a preferential deal on Indigo access, while Superloop will operate and support the Singapore network for at least three years at a cost of AU$1.5 million to the buyers.

The deal is expected to be completed early next calendar year.

"I recognised when I joined Superloop that one of our great opportunities was to look at the invested capital of the business and where appropriate, recycle it and re-invest in areas that will drive greater shareholder returns," Superloop CEO and managing director Paul Tyler said.

"This sale of our Hong Kong business and select Singapore assets, at a premium to their carrying values, allows the company to release significant shareholder funds and redeploy them into more strategically aligned assets, higher growth opportunities and markets."

The company is claiming a 30% premium on the sale from its AU$108 million carrying value.

Elsewhere on Monday, Spirit Technology Solutions, the company formerly known as Spirit Telecom, has sold its consumer assets for AU$5.1 million to DGTek. The company said it would book AU$2.5 million in profit from the sale.

"The consumer internet business is not critical to future operations and represents less than 2% of Spirit's revenue," Spirit told the ASX.

For its part, DGTek said the purchase would take its footprint up to 35,000 premises.

Spirit also said it was considering several non-binding proposals to sell its fixed wireless towers.

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