Edgewater Growth Capital Partners III, L.P. (“Edgewater” or the “Fund”) is pleased to announce its recent investment in Vertical Bridge Holdings, LLC (“Vertical Bridge” or the “Company”). Vertical Bridge is an owner and manager of wireless communications infrastructure. Edgewater is partnering with the same management team that grew a very similar business, Global Tower Partners (“GTP”), from its inception in 2002 to the largest private operator of wireless communications infrastructure in North America. GTP was ultimately sold to American Tower in 2013 for $4.8 billion.
Vertical Bridge is executing the same investment thesis that its management team followed in building GTP. The Company is acquiring cell towers and rooftop cell sites to build out its national mobile communications network. The rapid growth of wireless data usage is leading to greater network demand from mobile carriers who are Vertical Bridge’s core customers. We believe Vertical Bridge represents an excellent ground floor opportunity to partner with a proven, world class management team in an industry sector with strong growth trajectory.
The Edgewater Funds is a Chicago-based private equity firm with $1.4 billion in committed capital. Through Edgewater Growth Capital Partners, we partner with management to help accelerate growth in their businesses. Edgewater focuses on funding high quality middle market companies where we can add substantial value through our capital, our experience and our broad network. Edgewater leverages the experiences of its Partners and the Executive Advisory Board who have distinguished themselves as successful CEOs and business leaders.