Uniti Group Inc. Completes Acquisitions of Southern Light and Hunt

Uniti Group Inc. Completes Acquisitions of Southern Light and Hunt

Announces Uniti Fiber Leadership Team

LITTLE ROCK, Ark., July 03, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Uniti Group Inc. (“Uniti”
or the “Company”) (Nasdaq:UNIT) announced today the completion of its
acquisitions of Southern Light, LLC (“Southern Light”) and Hunt
Telecommunications, LLC (“Hunt”).  The Company used cash on hand and
borrowings under its revolving credit facility to fund the aggregate $749.5
million cash portion of the purchase price, and issued 4.2 million operating
partnership units.

Kenny Gunderman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Uniti, commented,
“We are pleased to announce the closing of these transactions and welcome the
Southern Light and Hunt employees to Uniti Group. Southern Light and Hunt will
operate under the Uniti Fiber brand in our fiber infrastructure segment.”

Mr. Gunderman continued, “Uniti Fiber will be led jointly with Andy Newton,
formerly Chief Executive Officer of Southern Light, serving as President
Infrastructure and Operations, and Ron Mudry serving as President of Sales and
Business Development.  The executive team of Hunt will continue to have senior
leadership positions in Uniti Fiber, particularly focused on E-rate, military
and enterprise products and services.  This structure will provide continuity
to ensure an efficient integration while leveraging national and local sales
channels and the operational expertise of our entire Uniti Fiber team.”

The acquisitions of Southern Light and Hunt strengthen Uniti Fiber’s standing
as a leading provider of data transport services, with a particular focus on
infrastructure solutions to the wireless, E-Rate, military, enterprise and
wholesale sectors, including fiber-to-the-tower backhaul, small cell networks,
and dark fiber deployments. Uniti Fiber’s network now encompasses over 30,000
route miles and 1.1 million fiber strand miles, with 3,000 route miles of dark
fiber presently under construction.


Uniti, an internally managed real estate investment trust, is engaged in the
acquisition and construction of mission critical communications
infrastructure, and is a leading provider of wireless infrastructure solutions
for the communications industry.  As of July 3, 2017, Uniti owns 4,800,000
million fiber strand miles, 631 wireless towers, and other communications real
estate throughout the United States and Mexico. Additional information about
Uniti can be found on its website at www.uniti.com.


Certain statements in this press release may constitute forward-looking
statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act
of 1995, as amended from time to time. Those forward-looking statements
include all statements that are not historical statements of fact, including,
without limitation, those regarding our business strategies, growth prospects,
industry trends, sales opportunities, operating and financial performance, and
the anticipated benefits of the Southern Light and Hunt transactions.

Words such as "anticipate(s)," "expect(s)," "intend(s)," “estimate(s),”
“foresee(s),” "plan(s)," "believe(s)," "may," "will," "would," "could,"
"should," "seek(s)" and similar expressions, or the negative of these terms,
are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. These statements are
based on management's current expectations and beliefs and are subject to a
number of risks and uncertainties that could lead to actual results differing
materially from those projected, forecasted or expected. Although we believe
that the assumptions underlying the forward-looking statements are reasonable,
we can give no assurance that our expectations will be attained. Factors which
could materially alter our expectations include, but are not limited to, the
ability and willingness of our customers to meet and/or perform their
obligations under any contractual arrangements entered into with us; the
ability and willingness of our customers to renew their leases with us upon
their expiration, and the ability to reposition our properties on the same or
better terms in the event of nonrenewal or in the event we replace an existing
tenant; our ability to renew, extend or obtain contracts with significant
customers (including customers of the businesses we acquire); the availability
of and our ability to identify suitable acquisition opportunities and our
ability to acquire and lease the respective properties on favorable terms; the
risk that we fail to fully realize the potential benefits of acquisitions or
have difficulty integrating acquired companies; our ability to generate
sufficient cash flows to service our outstanding indebtedness; our ability to
access debt and equity capital markets; the impact on our business or the
business of our customers as a result of credit rating downgrades and
fluctuating interest rates; our ability to retain our key management
personnel; our ability to qualify or maintain our status as a real estate
investment trust (“REIT”); changes in the U.S. tax law and other state,
federal or local laws, whether or not specific to REITs; covenants in our debt
agreements that may limit our operational flexibility; other risks inherent in
the communications industry and in the ownership of communications
distribution systems, including potential liability relating to environmental
matters and illiquidity of real estate investments; and additional factors
described in our reports filed with the SEC.

Uniti expressly disclaims any obligation to release publicly any updates or
revisions to any of the forward-looking statements set forth in this press
release to reflect any change in its expectations or any change in events,
conditions or circumstances on which any statement is based.


Mark A. Wallace, 501-850-0866
Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer & Treasurer

Jim Volk, 501-850-0872
Vice President, Finance & Investor Relations

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