Pavlov Media on its Strategic Investment from Macquarie Asset Management
March 28, 2023
Pavlov Media announced that it has closed on an investment transaction with Macquarie Asset Management ("MAM"), the world's largest infrastructure manager. A fund managed by MAM ("the Fund") has made a preferred equity investment in Pavlov Media Inc. ("Pavlov Media" or the "Company"), one of the largest independent providers of fiber-based Internet connectivity to off-campus student housing in the United States.
Pavlov Media, which was founded in 1994, primarily provides broadband services to multi-dwelling units (MDUs) under bulk agreements with the MDU landlords. The Company currently focuses on off-campus student housing and today serves approximately 800 MDU buildings, which have over 275,000+ beds, across more than 150 markets in the U.S. and Canada. Pavlov Media connects these buildings to its national backbone through its owned last-mile fiber network or third-party circuits.
The Fund's investment will allow Pavlov Media to continue the construction of fiber infrastructure in existing and new markets, expand the company's MDU market presence and accelerate Pavlov Media's fiber-to-the-home initiatives, which are focused on locations around its core markets.
"We believe that the combination of Pavlov Media's highly contracted base business and its significant growth potential represents a unique opportunity to invest in the rapidly growing consumer fiber sector," said Karl Kuchel, CEO of Macquarie Infrastructure Partners. "We look forward to partnering with the Pavlov Media management team to support the future growth of the business."
"I'm very proud to announce this new partnership with Macquarie Asset Management," said Mark Scifres, Chairman and CEO of Pavlov Media. "MAM has a highly respected track record in bringing fiber connectivity to underserved geographies and shares my vision of building networks that deliver simply exceptional connections for our customers, and we look forward to working with them to grow our business."
Lazard acted as sole financial advisor to Pavlov Media and Hogan Lovells acted as Pavlov Media's legal counsel.
About Macquarie Asset Management
Macquarie Asset Management is a global asset manager that aims to deliver positive impact for everyone. Trusted by institutions, pension funds, governments, and individuals to manage more than US$542 billion in assets globally, Macquarie Asset Management provides access to specialist investment expertise across a range of capabilities including fixed income, equities, multi-asset solutions, private credit, infrastructure, renewables, natural assets, real estate, and asset finance.
Macquarie Asset Management is part of Macquarie Group, a diversified financial group providing clients with asset management, finance, banking, advisory and risk and capital solutions across debt, equity, and commodities. Founded in 1969, Macquarie Group employs approximately 19,000 people in 34 markets and is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange.
About Pavlov Media
Pavlov Media is headquartered in Champaign, IL and offers broadband, voice and television services. The company operates networks connected to its 100 Gigabit national backbone network in 44 states and Canada. Pavlov Media specializes in private networks designed, built and operated by a team of dedicated professionals from the multifamily real estate industry. For more information visit pavlovmedia.com.