AMERICAN TOWER CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED AND CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
mpany records acquisition and merger related expenses for business combinations, as well as integration costs for all acquisitions, in Other operating expenses in the consolidated statements of operations.
During the three and nine months ended September 30, 2017 and 2016, the Company recorded acquisition and merger related expenses for business combinations and integration costs as follows (in thousands):
Three Months Ended September 30,
Nine Months Ended September 30,
Acquisition and merger related expenses
The Company also recorded aggregate purchase price refunds of $22.2 million during the nine months ended September 30, 2017. The refunds were primarily related to an acquisition in Brazil in 2014 for which the measurement period has closed.
The estimated aggregate impact of the acquisitions completed in 2017 on the Company’s revenues and gross margin for the three months ended September 30, 2017 was approximately $21.2 million and $13.2 million, respectively, and for the nine months ended September 30, 2017 was approximately $47.5 million and $35.2 million, respectively. The revenues and gross margin amounts also reflect incremental revenues from the addition of new tenants to such sites subsequent to the transaction date.
FPS Towers France—On February 15, 2017, ATC Europe acquired 100% of the outstanding shares of FPS Towers (“FPS”) from Antin Infrastructure Partners and the individuals party to the purchase agreement (the “FPS Acquisition”), for total consideration of 727.2 million Euros ($771.2 million at the date of acquisition). FPS owns and operates nearly 2,500 wireless tower sites in France. The Company made a loan to fund 225.0 million Euros ($238.6 million at the date of acquisition) of the total consideration. The remainder of the purchase price of 502.2 million Euros ($532.6 million at the date of acquisition) was funded by the Company and PGGM in proportion to their respective interests in ATC Europe. The Company funded its portion of the purchase price with borrowings under the 2013 Credit Facility and cash on hand. The acquisition is consistent with the Company’s strategy to expand in selected geographic areas. The acquisition was accounted for as a business combination and is subject to post-closing adjustments.
Other Acquisitions—During the nine months ended September 30, 2017, the Company acquired a total of 1,112 communications sites in the United States, Brazil, Chile, Germany, Mexico, Nigeria, Paraguay and Peru for an aggregate purchase price of $214.6 million. Of the aggregate purchase price, $3.0 million is reflected in Accounts payable in the consolidated balance sheet as of September 30, 2017. These acquisitions were accounted for as asset acquisitions.