Cox to Acquire Unite Private Networks

Cox Communications has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the remaining interest in Unite Private Networks (UPN). The transaction is expected to close by June 30.

“We will bring UPN and Segra together to create a new, stand-alone company that continues to offer our customers a broad portfolio of commercial business services,” said Cox Communications President Mark Greatrex. “I’d like to thank Ridgemont Equity Partners for their commitment, shared vision, and strategic insights. This partnership is a proof point of co-creating value and growth, and it’s a model we can continue to build upon in the future.”

Segra CEO Kevin Hart will lead the new company as CEO, and Jason Adkins, UPN CEO, will report to Hart as president of the new company.

In the last few years, Cox has invested in business services companies including Segra and managed cloud services provider Logicworks. Acquiring the remaining interest in UPN supports that focus. Cox became the majority owner of UPN in 2016.

The transaction is subject to customary regulatory approvals and closing conditions. Evercore acted as exclusive financial advisor to Cox Communications in this transaction and Eversheds Sutherland acted as legal counsel. UPN was represented by Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP and Dentons US LLP. Bank Street Group LLC acted as exclusive financial advisor to Ridgemont and Alston & Bird acted as legal counsel.

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