TOWERING ABOVE: A rendering is of the Towerstream's Wi-Fi offload network, a pilot program underway in Manhattan.
By Kimberley Donoghue PBN Web Editor Twitter: @kydonoghue
(Updated, July 18)
MIDDLETOWN – 4G service provider Towerstream (Nasdaq: TWER) said that it is holding a stock offering expected to gross $36 million in order to expand its Wi-Fi network, among other purposes.
The offering of 9 million shares of its common stock is priced at $4 per share, the company said on Friday. The sale is slated to close on or around July 20.
Towerstream will use the proceeds for the deployment and expansion of its Wi-Fi network, potential acquisitions, organic expansion in existing and new markets, and general corporate purposes, it said.
Towerstream has granted the underwriters a 45-day option to purchase an additional 1,350,000 shares of common stock to cover any over allotments.
The expected $36 million is before deducting underwriting discounts and commissions and other estimated offering expense.
“This offering was a result of favorable market conditions in light of the company’s plans and potential opportunities,” said spokesman Matt Calderone, noting that Towerstream has completed three acquisitions in the past 15 months. It has completed three public offerings during the past 10 years, raising about $105 million, with 52 million shares outstanding.
“As a Rhode Island based company, we are excited to raise this growth capital to help us continue the expand the company’s wireless broadband and Wi-Fi offload initiatives,” Calderone added.
Lazard Capital Markets LLC and Rodman & Renshaw LLC are the joint book-running managers and Merriman Capital is the co-manager for the offering.
In June 2007, Towerstream made a stock offering of 10 million shares at $4 each.