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Monroe Capital Opportunistic Private Credit Group, Oak Hill Advisors, Barclays Bank Support Vertical Bridge and Eco-Site Merger

May 18, 2021, 07:57 AM
Filed Under: Communications

Monroe Capital, Oak Hill Advisors (“OHA”) and Barclays Bank (“Barclays”), acting as administrative agent, closed a $325.0 million credit facility to support Vertical Bridge REIT, LLC’s (“Vertical Bridge”) merger with Eco-Site, LLC (“Eco-Site”) and the combined company’s future development of build-to-suit locations throughout the country.  
Based in Boca Raton, Florida, Vertical Bridge is the nation’s largest private owner and operator of communications infrastructure. The Eco-Site merger increases Vertical Bridge’s owned and master-leased tower portfolio to over 20,000 sites and its entire portfolio to more than 307,000 sites located in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. Together, Vertical Bridge and Eco-Site lead the build-to-suit market with more than 1,700 towers constructed over the past five years.
“We are appreciative of Monroe, OHA and Barclays’ efforts to close on a complex transaction on an accelerated time-table,” said Mike Romaniw, Chief Financial Officer of Vertical Bridge. “The lending group was able to mobilize quickly with their sector and structuring expertise to get the transaction closed efficiently.”
“We are excited to partner with Vertical Bridge as a world-class owner and operator of communications towers, and look forward to supporting its continued growth and its leading build-to-suit program,” said Ted Koenig, President and CEO of Monroe.  
“We are also pleased to partner with Oak Hill and Barclays as co-lenders on this transaction,” said Kyle Asher, Co-Head of Opportunistic Credit Group at Monroe. “While many competitors were impacted by COVID, our Opportunistic Private Credit group has continued to identify and execute on opportunities in niche, specialized areas like real estate, specialty finance, and litigation finance.”
“We are pleased to partner with Vertical Bridge and are excited about growing our relationship with its impressive team,” says Greg Leveto, Portfolio Manager, OHA. “This transaction highlights OHA’s expertise in providing unique and flexible financing solutions in private credit and real asset markets. We look forward to expanding our relationships with high-quality communications infrastructure companies like Vertical Bridge as we continue to capitalize on the evolving market opportunity.”

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