MVP of the Tower World

By Eleanor Snite

Media Venture Partners has been providing investment banking services for telecom companies, tower owners, Internet infrastructure providers, and radio and TV broadcasters for more than 25 years. The San Francisco-headquartered company provides those services to companies of all sizes and stages from new entrepreneurs to established corporations. “We learn our potential tower client’s goals, whether it’s selling their entire portfolio or a subset of their towers, raising capital to grow their business or even buying towers,” said Clayton Funk, managing director, who has been specializing in the tower industry for more than 17 years. MVP approaches every transaction as a team, trading knowledge, ideas and resources.”Because we work with both wireless and tower companies we have a great understanding of the carriers, and it helps us get better value for our tower clients,” Funk said. “We have many clients who know us and hire us because they know our reputation for getting transactions closed at market premium valuations.”

MVP works with sellers to determine the value of their towers and helps them sell them through either an auction process or selectively targeting buyers. MVP also helps with negotiating deal terms and has clients who sell through MVP multiple times. “Private equity firms are interested in the tower industry now,” Funk said. ”It is a very attractive investment for many firms looking to capitalize on the growth of the wireless industry.” The investment banking services MVP provides includes mergers and acquisitions, capital raising, restructuring advice and valuations and appraisals.