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Debt Leveraging to be Key for Financial Success

Executive Summary

- Industry participants in the telecommunication services industry are leveraging on historically low interest rates to issue additional debt to finance their plans. This has skewed the debt-equity ratio and debt/capital in favour of debt with certain firms issuing debt up to three-fourths of their total capital.
- As competition increases in a consolidating market, firms are relying on newer revenue models and cost control measures, such as infrastructure sharing and outsourcing services, to control costs.
- Shelf registration has been the most favoured instrument in the equity offerings market. In the fixed-income market, corporate debentures accounted for nearly half the fixed income offerings issued between 2008 and 2012.
- Industry participants have heavily invested in fiber-optic and 4G networks. This has ensured sufficient population coverage on one hand. On the other, this has ensured that relatively lesser funds are needed by industry participants for capital investments.
- An exponential growth in data traffic has ensured that all industry participants focus on data as a source of revenue. Firms have shown interest in investing in value-added-services and mobile apps to compete with over the top (OTT) participants.

Objectives of the Study

To analyse the funding patterns in the North American telecommunication services industry
To identify the key sources of funding in the industry, based on transactions across revenue ranges and across years
To analyse historical deployment of funds across line items, such as capital expenditures, debt retirement, stock repurchase, and dividends
To analyse market trends and quantify impact in terms of funds needed
To estimate the distribution of funds needed across transaction types and revenue ranges

Analysis Includes

- Several revenue ranges
- Type of fixed-income offering types
- Type of equity offerings
- Fund deployment patterns
- Fund requirement estimation
- Key trends and impact quantification

Who Will Benefit?

- Telecommunication service providers
- Private equity firms and investors
- Venture capital firms and investors
- Fund managers
- Retail investors
- Sovereign wealth funds and managers
- Hedge fund firms and managers
- Insurance funds and managers
- Other members of the investing community

A Note on Data Availability and Consistency

While all efforts have been made to ensure that data is presented for the same time periods consistently, importance has been given to finding and analysing trends. Keeping this in mind, time periods for charts might not match. Also, data for firms with revenue of less than $ xx million is unavailable. Hence, analysis is included for this range only where data is available.

Table Of Contents

Funding Patterns in the North American Telecommunications Services Industry
Executive Summary
Key Terms Used in the Study
Introduction
Historical Fund Sourcing Patterns
Historical Fund Deployment Patterns
Estimation of Future Fund Requirements
Fund Sourcing Estimation
Conclusion
The Frost and Sullivan Story

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