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MidOcean Partners and Crestview Partners sell OneLink Communications to Liberty Global and Searchlight

MidOcean Partners and Crestview Partners ave entered into a definitive agreement with a subsidiary of Liberty Global, Inc and investment funds affiliated with Searchlight Capital Partners, to sell 100% of the parent of San Juan Cable, LLC, dba OneLink Communications for an enterprise value of USD585.25 million, or approximately 8.0x LTM Q1 2012 Adjusted EBITDA. 

OneLink is the largest provider of cable TV, high-speed data and telephony services in Puerto Rico.

MidOcean and Crestview, together with co-investors and management, acquired OneLink in October 2005 from Adelphia Communications. At the time, its services were limited to basic and digital cable TV and high-speed data, which was offered in only a portion of its footprint. Rebranded as OneLink Communications under MidOcean and Crestview’s ownership, the Company has successfully upgraded its plant to 860 MHz; expanded its high-speed data service offering; launched telephony services, VoD and HD/DVR services; and launched an all-digital system transition that is expected to be completed in 2012.

"We have enjoyed a successful partnership with OneLink’s management team, led by Ron Dorchester, all of whom have done a great job growing the business during our ownership," says Tyler Zachem, Managing Director at MidOcean. "As a result of the team’s hard work, OneLink’s customers now enjoy superior product offerings across video, high-speed data and telephony, and will benefit even more in the coming months from the pending completion of the Company’s all-digital conversion."

Jeffrey Marcus, Partner at Crestview and long-time cable industry veteran, says: "We are proud of everything we have been able to accomplish at OneLink.  OneLink is now a best-in-class cable company with a strong commitment to providing outstanding products and service to our valued customers in Puerto Rico.  We are leaving our customers and employees in good hands with Liberty Global and Searchlight, who are very experienced cable operators and investors." 

Kirkland & Ellis LLP served as legal advisor to MidOcean and Crestview.

The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions including regulatory approval, and is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2012.

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